Modern Mountain is a near and dear project to my heart – I love the way this house came together! The home sits on a beautiful lake near just east of Oklahoma City near Arcadia, Oklahoma. With its beautiful wooded surroundings and lakeside views, it made sense for the design to be very nature inspired. You'll see in the finishes we chose, we leaned into natural stone, textured surfaces, and wooden features to bring our mountain cottage vision to life.
Photos: Summer Kristine Photography
The Living Room
We wanted to infuse the charm of a mountain lodge into this home, and to do that, we installed a natural stone wall in the living room. Both the fireplace and built-in shelving were inset in the stonework giving the wall a clean line.
This home just went off the market, but leading up to the sale, every single potential buyer who toured the house commented on how much they loved this stone wall. I may be biased, but I totally agree with the assessment – she's a beauty!
The kitchen is obviously my favorite room in the home! Just look at that backsplash! And... can you believe that's granite?! Yes, we used a brown leathered granite for both the range backsplash and the countertops, and I just can't get over the statement the veining makes in this space.
One of my favorite things to do when designing a new home construction project, is planning the kitchen cabinetry, so I was excited to play with this concept. My new favorite cabinetry design trend is face framing cabinetry, so I'm doing a lot of fur downs. I know you're thinking, Wait, don't we rip those out of projects?! Yes, and no. We noticed that homes are starting to get lower and cozier, and so give that feeling without leaving open space at the top of cabinets, we're opting instead to bring the sheetrock down to the top of the cabinetry and give it a built-in, flush look. I think it came together nicely here flanking the contrasting range hood.
This project is the epitome of beauty and function. The kitchen has not one, but two pantries – let me explain. We included your standard walk-in-closet style pantry just beside the refrigerator for food storage and canned goods but then added what we're calling the "second kitchen" behind the kitchen to function more like a butler's pantry (shown above). We envision this pantry housing all your appliances and being the ideal food prep area for friend or family gatherings. This gives so much extra storage, and the mixed open and closed shelving lets the homeowner style the space if they want!
We took a risk by pairing industrial style lighting with this mountain lodge design, and it truly paid off! What do you think?
We wanted the study to feel as cozy as the rest of the house. We built a stone fireplace in the office to match the living room stone wall. It adds so much warmth and character to this small space. We added modern lighting (some of my all-time favorite sconces) and called it good!
The bathrooms were so fun to design! We've been doing a lot of stained wood vanities recently, but we decided to flip it for the primary bathroom in this home. We used stained oak V-groove paneling behind the mirrors and painted the cabinets a neutral, off-white color instead of the walls. We accented the vignette with black hardware and a chrome faucet for a mixed metal moment.
We got really creative with the tile and countertops in this house – pebble shower tile, vertical tile bath backsplash, mixed black and high-contrast veined countertops... we could go on and on. A highlight is most definitely the rustic stone vessel sink in the powder bath, though!
Designer: Kelsey Leigh Design Co.
Builder: McGregor Homes
Styling: The Staged Life
Photographer: Summer Kristine Photography