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.
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.
This home was designed around a Pennsylvania barn that was dismantled and reconstructed on site in Alabama.
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.
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.
I love the clean lines and the beautiful cabinetry that echo the colors and textures of the beach.
The doors to this bedroom are everything.
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.
Small but stately. No detail was spared because of its size.
One of the lovely exterior areas.
This project, the Shades Creek Home, is the first project that caught my eye. The stone fireplace is to die for.
I know you have spotted this gorgeous living space on Pinterest more than a time or two.
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.
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
Have a Great Monday!