morning room off the foyer was converted into an office for
Craig Rakowski of James Craig Builders to meet with his clients.
The white kuwa branches add a wow factor and natural element to
the space and create a contemporary edge. The Kalahari desk from
Theodore Alexander blends with the organic backdrop and stays in
line with the Craftsman-style architecture of the home.
After 15 years
of building for other people, Craig and Georgia Rakowski finally built
a home for themselves. "Iíve taken bits and pieces from all the
models Iíve built and put them all together," says Craig
Rakowski, owner of James Craig Builders. "It took three years to
design my house," he says.
hired Theresa Vaughan and Mike Wilke of Forte Design to furnish the
interior and complete the space.
wanted a large entertaining space with the kitchen as the focal point,
not an uncommon wish for a homeowner. But they mixed it up by making
the living room area their dining room and created a small seating
area off to the side as a place to relax.
homeowner-centric philosophy works for Rakowski on both a personal
level and a business level. "I can show people my house so people
start thinking outside of the box," he says. "I try to
create homes for peopleís individual lifestyles."
Rakowskis spend evenings on their screen porch, which they can
enjoy three seasons of the year with its built-in fireplace. A
corrugated steel insert is set into the fieldstone fireplace,
another Craftsman-style detail of the home.
Rakowskis opted to place their dining table in a space that
others might consider the living room. The round table provides
an intimate atmosphere for eight with a fireplace adjacent for
cool evenings. The large window provides views of sunsets
looking over woods and fields.
soothing color for the master suite was drawn from the custom
coverlet on the Craftsman bed. The Halcyon Green walls contrast
nicely with the stained crown moulding on the tray ceiling.
Interior designers Theresa Vaughan and Mike Wilke of Forte
Design had the Hickory White nightstands painted in Sherwin
Williamsí Riverway color.
strip of glass block adds an interesting architectural element
above the mirror. Rope lighting underneath the floating cabinet
shows off the curved apron, another custom element. Georgia
Rakowski wanted a vanity in the master bath; Mike Wilke and
Theresa Vaughan found a freestanding desk that worked perfectly
for the space.
steel is used as an accent on certain parts of the roof line,
adding an interesting element to the homeís exterior.