Floor-to-ceiling windows in common areas of the house offer unobstructed views of the pastoral landscape, and Stiving-Nichols chose to keep the interiors fairly simple to harmonize with the bucolic surroundings. “The design became more about materials and textures rather than color,” says Stiving-Nichols, who introduced a mix of materials into the space, while keeping to a pale-hued, monochromatic color scheme. To alter the home’s traditional aesthetic, Stiving-Nichols clad four classical support columns in the main living area with salvaged barn board. “We drew elements from the farm views and introduced an agrarian feel into the space,” she says.
The fireplace wall, which divides the kitchen and living area, was originally finished in classical white moldings and a green marble firebox surround. Stiving-Nichols covered the wall in the same rustic barn board to give a uniform look to the space. She also changed the centerline of the room by moving the firebox off center, creating an asymmetrical design. The firebox and hearth are finished in heat-resistant neolith porcelain, which resembles concrete and creates an edgy look.
To carry the stark rural living theme throughout the house, Stiving-Nichols also added a barn door to the entrance of the media room just off the foyer. “The salvaged wood used throughout the public spaces ties them together,” she notes.