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What she didn’t know was just how everything would

look. For that she enlisted the help of architect Jennifer

Hartman, of Sunlit Architecture, and builder Scott Har-

grove, of Hargrove Construction.

The home is the result of a close collaboration between

Hartman, Hargrove and Davis, who took on the task of

interior design by herself. That team atmosphere, Hart-

man says, is what made the project so much fun, and

that cooperation can be seen in the final product. For

Davis, who is a passionate painter, it was important to

have walls of window to let the natural beauty of the

outdoors inside, as close to her canvas as possible. Walls

to hang paintings are few and far between. “We wanted

spaces in the house where she could paint, so there are

little nooks around the house where she can put her ea-

sel,” Hartman says.

Hargrove points out the home’s construction, which was

led by carpenters Justin Derby and Jason Kidd, went

relatively quickly, taking about a year and half from start

to finish, with ideas coming from every angle along the

way. “Everybody came up with different ideas and we

could just say ‘wouldn’t it be cool if …’ and see what

happened,” Hargrove says. One thing that happened

during the design process was an idea Hartman had for a

spiraled, floating staircase fashioned from steel and wood

that stands as a key architectural element in the home’s

interior. “Sometimes you just need to see the space and

be in the space to get that inspiration,” Hartman says. At

the top, the stairs end at a comfortable sitting area in an

observatory that looks out over the valley.

All together it’s a perfect pairing of classic and contempo-

rary; “modern-rustic,” Davis calls it. Found objects, like

a penny or a four-leaf clover, have always been thought

to bring good fortune to a person or a place. The Davis

house is dotted with objects found here and there, then

repurposed for a life of leisure in the mountains. Old

wooden pulleys that might have hung from the loft of

a barn now hang from a bedroom ceiling, appearing to

support a set of bunk beds. A decorative wastepaper bas-

ket is hung from a fixture and used as a light shade. Even

timbers and beams are fashioned from reclaimed wood

to take advantage of the unique hew

and patina each

piece brings to a project. Inside, the lines are clean and

contemporary, but in the most unexpected places pieces

from the past are used where something more modern or

manufactured would have simply sufficed.