Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bull's Eye

The new issue of Spaces came yesterday. Its focus is second homes and it is spot on. One of the things I like best is that most of the features are second homes within driving distance of KC.

Dan Auman and Kirby McCullough wanted a country house within an hour-and-a-half of the city. They scoured their determined radius from east to west before they settled on two adjacent lots in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

I haven't been to Arrow Rock, but know folks who have hit the jackpot in its antique shops. I have stayed in a family home in nearby Glasgow and the countryside is picturesque and lovely.

Auman and McCullough used the floor plan of the George Caleb Bingham house in town as the jumping off point for their new construction.

Clean and fresh, the owners wanted to express a different side of themselves here. Their home in town is mid-century modern and they were wanting something a little "different."

The house has a country aesthetic, certainly, but you can see the modernist influence here. Spare lines, un-fussy curtains and upholstery and graphic art give the owners room to breathe.

Ultimately, it was the people they met there who drew them in and made them feel at home. With only 32 full-time residents, my guess is they pick you as much as you pick them.

Looks like a match made in heaven.

Photography by Landon Collins.


pve design said...

love the color palette, oxblood red, black angus, and creamy neutrals. looks manly and timeless.
my guess is there are not any children with legos there

Mrs. Blandings said...

Ah, Patricia, how right you are. I think this is part of the appeal of my big city friend's beach house. No kids. Now or ever. It's so peaceful. Fun for a break.

Anonymous said...

Nice place for a break...but give me the Blandings house full of boys and dear Rosie...legos and all!

Style Court said...

Just read your latest Spaces article -- excellent!

Ann said...

The Chanel Coco ring is so gorgeous...Hmmmm...really lovely.