A Mediterranean estate planted in the middle of the Rogue Valley
Inspired by Southern Oregon's Mediterranean climate, this luxurious home near Jacksonville personifies Old World grace and sumptuous raw materials artfully applied in a Tuscan-influenced American design.
Step through solid mahogany doors into the entry, where a 20-foot, coffered barrel ceiling introduces the first of many decorative columns and niches. Serving as the entry centerpiece of the 5,750-square-foot, four bedroom, six-bath home, the Byzantine tile floor stretches toward a glass wall that opens onto a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and pool beyond.
Looking right, rich, earth-toned leather settees beckon from a cozy formal living room; to the immediate left of the entry is the formal dining room, dressed with light walnut burl furniture.
Look closely at the details. Scrolled ironwork accents the front door, chandeliers and sconces, complementing natural light that pours in from tall windows with arched eyebrow windows high above. Custom knotty alder baseboards join textured plaster walls to stone and hickory floors and hand-carved cornices add curvature to door frames.
Welcome to the classic-American-heritage-meets-Italianate style executed by William Strickler, owner of William Strickler Project Management in Jacksonville, and a team of contractors and subcontractors.
"We wanted to make everything as warm and welcoming and as lovely as possible for the homeowners," says Strickler. "They gave us a budget to work within and told us to create something beautiful."
Finished in 2007, the home anchors 10 acres of land that sits low in the Rogue Valley, delivering excellent city views of Medford and Jacksonville, with a panoramic vista of the Table Rocks and Siskiyou Mountains beyond.
The views, pool and patio serve as artistic displays for the open kitchen and family room located in the middle of the home's west wing.
Juparana Bordeaux granite tops knotty alder cabinetry lining two walls of the kitchen; a travertine backsplash and hood complement an eight-burner Wolf range, while the Sub-Zero fridge promises cool cleanliness with its anti-bacterial blue light. The U-shaped main kitchen station creates separation from a lodge-inspired living area and from the nearby cozy breakfast nook.
"We added the decorative beams and six pendant lights to the 19-foot family room ceiling for a sense of coverage and warmth," says Strickler, who opted for a masculine, early European décor. Antique maps, trunks, still lifes and vases add intrigue to the chenille brocade sofa and oxblood leather chairs. A vintage Baronial mantel over the fireplace with a cream marble hearth below finishes the look.
Past a butler's pantry and utility room are stairs leading to the "entertainment floor," where a solid mahogany Brunswick pool table and kitchenette give the billiard room a decidedly clubby feel. Down the hall is a full bath with steam shower and beyond that is a home theater, painted mocha brown and outfitted with theater carpet, leather movie seats, handmade acoustic panels, black velvet curtains over the screen and several classic movie posters.
"It's really focused on relaxation," Strickler says of the space. "And it's great for guests."
Back downstairs, the west wing houses a powder room and three guest rooms. The first offers a private patio, sage and gold shantung linens and an en suite bath with an antiqued white vanity and stone inlays.
Chocolate, tan and gold color the second guest room in a more traditional tone, with heavy wooden furniture, floating iron table and dark panels. This room connects to the third guest room via a Jack-and-Jill bath, featuring matching black antiqued vanities with marble sinks on either side of the shower.
A king-sized iron bed frame adorned in ivory and light green linens greets guests in the third, very feminine room.
The master suite occupies the home's entire east wing, accessed past the entry and a small office where an original Roger Butterfield fireplace mantel helps keep things warm.
Facing the patio and gardens, the master suite is all about luxuriating. A sage green chenille sofa is tucked into a bay and the bed's brocade wardrobe further evokes an Italianate theme, playing off the textured plaster walls and coffered ceiling.
Through a wide archway is the room's coup de grace — an 800-square-foot open vanity and bath. Twin, chiseled-edge slate counters with travertine surrounds and vessel sinks reflect each other from both sides of the vanity area. The pitched ceiling gives way to a barrel ceiling in the bath, dominated by a jetted tub, 50-inch plasma television and a curved, Byzantine tile wall that divides the tub from the walk-through shower. His and hers closets are tucked behind doors on either side of the bath.
"It's all about openness here," Strickler says. "The sheer size of the room allowed us to not use any walls as impediments."
Nothing about this home's gracious, relaxed and abundant design impedes its purpose: comfort wrapped in Old World luxury.