Built-ins, a display shelf and the staircase share the hall with a 6-foot Shaker reproduction bench made by artisan Marty Travis. Along with the stained-red pine floor clock, the setting defines the home's style.
Lined up like fence posts, rows of low-emissivity glazed and insulated double-hung windows keep the home cool in summer, warm in winter. Beauty meets practicality when a gas fireplace cozies beside a maple media cabinet, with slide-in doors. Curved brackets on the mantel add subtle contrast to a home design based on linear forms.
Modeled after a bench used in a Shaker meeting hall, this 6-foot-long settee greets visitors in the entry hall at Shaker Grove. Illinois artisan Marty Travis hand-planed and finished the piece following methods devised by the Shakers. The hand-turned spindles repeat the lines of the stair rail balusters, creating a rhythmic design element. Shutters on the windows electronically adjust to filter afternoon sunlight. A carpet runner from Mohawk, of crush-resistant nylon, cushions the stairs and quiets stairway traffic.
Soft sage green creates a natural backdrop for an arc of stars over the headboard. Layered pillows and window coverings decorated with plaids, checks and dragonfly prints should appeal to the little girl who calls this room her own.
In a more refined setting, guests can write letters at the stained-red writing desk, a Shaker reproduction from Ethan Allen. The ocher walls anchor a sophisticated color scheme that includes accents of black, a color that used sparingly adds contrast and dimension.
You'll find easy outdoor living on the cantilevered balcony or lower-level deck. The wood-composite deck and rail systems from Trex won't warp, crack or splinter. Brick patio pavers by General Shale add contrast to the natural surroundings.