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Currently Obsessed-Jeffrey Dungan The Nature of Home

I don’t often dedicate an entire post to a book.  I think I have only done it twice. Once when my design obsession Beth Webb came out with her book, An Eye For Beauty and the other when Howard Backen’s inimitable book From the Land hit the shelves. I am currently obsessed with Jeffrey Dungan The Nature of Home. I seriously cannot put the book down.

currently obsessed the nature of home

The house on the cover is a farmhouse in Alabama. When the clients contacted him all that stood on the property was the simple farmhouse.  Instead of tearing it down he crafted a new structure that “engulfed and included the original” retaining its heritage.

stone farmhouse

farmhouse kitchen

This home was designed around a Pennsylvania barn that was dismantled and reconstructed on site in Alabama.

pennsylvania barn home

The use of stone, shingles and natural wood permeate his designs. This home at Lake Martin is a favorite of mine. It looks as if it has always been there.

lakehouse at lake martin

living room with stone wall

This Moorish inspired home in Alys Beach had to be situated on a small lot. The materials used in the design reflect the sea and sand.

beach house at Alys Beach














































I love the clean lines and the beautiful cabinetry that echo the colors and textures of the beach.

beach house kitchen

The doors to this bedroom are everything.

bedroom with reclaimed wood doors

This project La Petite Maison really resonated with me. It was built for a couple of empty nesters on a small site.  The clients wanted to downsize without sacrificing materials or quality.  The property consists of a two bedroom home with a small guest cottage. The roof tiles came from an old Spanish Convent.

jeffrey dungan small house

Small but stately. No detail was spared because of its size.

stone kitchen

One of the lovely exterior areas.

exterior fountain

This project, the Shades Creek Home, is the first project that caught my eye. The stone fireplace is to die for.

creekside farm house

I know you have spotted this gorgeous living space on Pinterest more than a time or two.  

stone fireplace and living area

I could continue to post image upon image. His work is that wonderful and the book is that good. When you click on his website this simple phrase appears, “If you Listen to the Site the house will almost design itself” Dungan’s designs are traditional yet fresh, and deeply rooted to their natural surroundings.  

jeffrey dungan the nature of home

This book, The Nature of Home has struck a chord with me.  It is the first book in a long time that I have not been able to put down.  Once you skim it you must go back and read the text that accompanies the beautiful images.  The narrative is equally as charming. You can purchase the book Jeffrey Dungan the Nature of Home Timeless Architecture on Amazon here

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  1. kim says

    Cindy, I love his style and every single one of these photos. That top kitchen is what my dream kitchen would be if I could build it. I think his look is the future with lots of windows and natural materials, emphasizing the outdoors and nature! It also makes me want to paint my new house dark, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough. I already have dark windows.
    I am getting this book! Thanks for putting this on my radar Cindy!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      If I had a house that could handle it I would be on the dark bandwagon….I am obsessed…

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      You will positively adore every page Celia. It is the best one I have come across in some time. Lots of inspiration for your next life as well!

  2. holly says

    Love his work. A couple of rooms remind me of the home of my childhood on Oconomowoc Lake, WI. Vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace and one entire wall of windows to look onto the lake. Sigh… Sadly now gone for a McMansion. Beasts. But that kitchen in the reconstructed barn in Alabama is like nothing else. What a room!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Holly
      Interesting that you would make that comment. As you know I grew up on a lake in the Midwest as well. If I were ever to build a home there (not likely!). I imagine a home similar to one of Jeffrey’s designs. It is one spectacular book.

  3. debra @ 5th and state says

    oh my!!!!! I too am in love, at first sight and this is first sight for me. thanks. cindy for this introduction, I am smitten, inside & out.

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