Contemporary meets country in Eagle Point
Imagine a dinner party where American sculptor Glenna Goodacre, several Navajo artisans, a team of Scandinavian furniture makers and a Rogue Valley steelworker converse over the dining table. Now imagine the dining table standing in a great, airy space that resembles an Oregon barn with what looks like a historic water tower in one corner and a cozy log cabin through the door on the right. Welcome to the Bylund's.
Industrial touches like metal furniture frames, an exposed heating duct (powder-coated red to pick up some of the southwestern accents and the spiral staircase in the "water tower") and a steel stair rail speak to the couple's appreciation for contemporary design.
More smooth lines lead into the master suite, where a partial wall is centered between the sleeping area and the bath. A bed in a Scandinavian design sits against the wall, facing a ranch-meets-factory wrought iron wall frame that displays family photographs.
The bath, covered nearly floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall in porcelain, is at once open and private. "It's very futuristic," says Robert Jose, owner of Catello Tile & Marble Company in Eagle Point. Robert used 12" x 24" copper and pewter Spanish tiles on the floor, rust with gold leaf tiles on the walls and black with gold leaf tiles on the counter. Flutter metal was installed as trim, sharpening the room's edge.
Below the ultra-modern footed tub is a sheet of mesh-mounted pebble rock. "The purpose of it is to give it a country look to go with the log cabin," says Robert. Mirrored, rotating office cabinets are used as medicine cabinets on either side of the double sink. Behind the bath is a walk-through closet that stretches the width of the entire room.
"It's so nice to finally have room for everything and everyone," says Linda, who regularly hosts her extended family.
Indeed, from the water tower's observatory to the garage that shelters David's perfectly restored, wedding mint green 1952 Nash Rambler, there's no end of fun and function to this stunning and offbeat home.
This lovely world of art, warmth and whimsy is David and Linda Bylund's delightful "country modern" house in Eagle Point. Full of contrasts and a razor-sharp attention to detail, the 4200 square foot, three bedroom, three bath home started as a 1600 square foot log home located several hundred yards from its current footprint.
"As more of our relatives moved to the valley, we discovered we needed a dining room and another bedroom, but we didn't want to lose the warmth and character you get with the log home," David says of the couple's decision to move the 14-year-old building to a lot that would accommodate their iconoclastic additions.
The original structure has now become the heart of a much larger home. Its main area offers cushy seating around a shadowbox coffee table that displays several pieces of Southwest art as well as David's own childhood cowboy boots. Teal carpet and rust upholstery play up the room's Native American sensibility as do a Kokopeli sculpture and bleached horse skull that peer down from former windows built into the 22-foot pitched wall.
An open staircase leads to an upstairs loft and office-cum-guestroom, which used to be the master bedroom. Now populated by miniature art installations, a drafting table and stacks of books, the area has become headquarters to David's business. Under the office space is a guest bath and another guestroom, this one furnished with antique twin beds, vintage accents and standing wrought-iron lamps topped with animal hide shades.
"We really like the contrast of the old and the new," says David, who sometimes refers to the home's style as "contemporary farm."
The farm aspects are most visible architecturally. An interest in Oregon's rural history inspired David to design an addition that models a large barn. Accessible through a door cut into the living room wall of the log home, the expanse holds a Scandinavian-flavored dining area that's set apart from an early 20th-century-influenced conversation pit by a "suspended" three-sided fireplace. On the far end of the room is a custom chestnut staircase that leads up to Linda's hobby loft.
Navajo white paint over smooth plaster walls looks like once-washed natural wool, says Linda, and creates a soft glow, aided by light from the home's 53 windows.