In their search for the perfect site for their second home, the couple that now owns this beautiful house came across the Wood River Valley, a wonderful region in Idaho. They loved the surroundings and the fact that there was a lot to do here. The site they chose is in a grove close to the bike path and to the Rib Wood River.
The location is wonderful for a variety of reasons. it’s surrounded by lots of trees and vegetation, it has some nice views and it’s within earshot of the river which makes this a very relaxing and enjoyable space. The owners chose to collaborate with the Miller Architects and interior designer Jennifer Hoey for this projects.
The architects brought all their experience with similar projects. They always try to make the most of each site by finding inspiration in all the textures, colors and materials specific to the region and they dedicate their professional lives to building spaces that help people experience their surroundings as opposed to isolating them from all the natural beauty around them.
For this woodland chalet, the owners wanted an authentic rustic European style. As a result, the architects and designers envisioned a rustic house built with natural materials and enveloped in earthy colors. They managed to create a very rustic home using stone, wood, stucco and neutral palettes.
Great emphasis was placed on the natural elements present on the site. The site was cleared by cutting as few trees as possible and preserving as much vegetation as the team could. In addition great importance was also given to the colors and textures, the main idea being to incorporate the colors present in the surrounding areas.
The result was a 4,600 square foot cottage-style home with a design dominated by grays and browns and with a cozy and inviting look and with a cabin in the woods feel. The design relies a lot of the use of reclaimed materials. This helps give the house the authentic rustic look requested by the owners.
The interior is warm and cozy thanks to the extensive use of reclaimed wood. Another important detail that helps ensure this ambiance is the lighting which was meant to be subtle, warm and pleasant. Wall sconces, antique chandeliers and lamps ensure a very pleasant ambiance throughout the cabin.
A stone fireplace is the focal point of the living room. Comfortable sofas and armchairs are organized in front of its around a low coffee table. A traditional area rug outlines the whole area. Large windows give this space the necessary natural light and also brings some color into the décor.
The kitchen and dining room form a separate zone. The kitchen island is the central piece of furniture, with the dining table and kitchen cabinets on either side of it. Once again, a lot of wood was used here and this helps create a very warm, comfortable and welcoming ambiance.
A lovely feature is the cozy window nook. It gets its natural light from the windows and two wall-mounted sconces ensure the dose of artificial light needed. The seat is comfortable and the pillows make the whole space very cozy. Pull-out drawers under the seat ensure storage for books, blankets and other things.
The bathroom are in tone with the rest of the cabin, featuring wood-paneled walls, floors and ceilings, large mirrors that give them some depth and sinks and furniture designed with natural materials that becomes more beautiful as time passes. The lighting is soft and warm and the décor is kept simple and functional. Antler wall decorations emphasize the rustic nature of the design as well as the close connection to nature.