Natural Instinct: Home Design That Counts

Coal Creek Village in Lafayette is a mecca for active young families seeking a break from a hectic urban landscape where they can enjoy stunning mountain views, easy access to trail systems and homes designed for modern living. Meritage Homes, the ninth largest homebuilder in the nation, has taken great care to create a community of homes with distinctive architectural elements and open floor plans that are nearly 40 percent more energy efficient than other similar new homes on the market.

With the bar set high for architecture and efficiency, Meritage turned over the interior design of this three-bedroom home to Design Lines Interiors. No stranger to designing award-winning homes, owner Sandy Saul and design director Jodi Rutherford created a contemporary interior with fashionable (yet family-friendly) finishes. “With these highly efficient homes, it’s important to keep ‘green’ in mind,” Saul says. From that sprouted a natural and organic theme that drove the design for this spacious home.

In this flowing floor plan, the kitchen, dining room and family room are one large space with the living area boasting cathedral ceilings and oversized windows. The wide-open space feels intimate and comfortable thanks to the rich paint palette of browns and warm grays and dark wood floors. “In a large space like this, we look at each room individually and determine how to make it unique,” Rutherford says. “But they each have elements of the color scheme to create continuity.” A fresh green is carried throughout the space completing the organic look.

The colors of the large space meld together in the glass tile mosaic backsplash in the kitchen adding a burst of color with modern styling. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with solid surface countertops in the contemporary look of concrete and stainless steel appliances. The modern styling is tempered by the curved and intricate ironwork of the light fixtures. Maple cabinets finished in a dark stain match the walnut wood flooring.

Such a great expanse of wood flooring, while beautiful, can feel stark without breaking it up. “We’ve added lots of area rugs to warm it up,” Saul says. The rugs add both texture and punches of the browns and green of the color palette.

The color palette reaches beyond the open areas to the flex spaces offered in this home as well. The two spaces were used as a study and a yoga room. Chris Presley, Meritage Homes Division Vice President, says Coal Creek Village homeowners love the flex spaces. “It’s really valuable to our homeowners to be able to customize these areas to meet their family’s needs,” she says.

The study is complete with plenty of work space, bookshelves and extra seating. A bold painted stripe ties together the color scheme and adds an interesting field to highlight contemporary artwork with splashes of contrasting natural colors. Luxurious custom window treatments mimic the stripe enhancing the clean, chic design. The yoga room features natural elements that add to the Zen nature of the space. A double-sided fireplace between the living room and yoga room adds one more natural element to the serenity of the home.

Bedrooms are the one area of a home that the designers don’t feel inclined to always follow the color scheme. The master suite of this home, maintains the tawny elements, but incorporates gold from the bedding. Textured tile in the master bath complements the textured carpet in the bedroom, both reminiscent of elements found in nature.

From the textured carpet to the organic colors, the details are certainly not lost in this design. Modern styling and natural colors coalesce into a flowing, livable space for an active young family that values the environment, their home and great design.

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