Friday, April 11, 2014

The Sanctuary….a home tour.

 

….Smile, breathe and go slowly

                                        ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 
There is a home in this beautiful small town of ours
down a winding sandy road… heading towards the blue green ocean
That truly is a sanctuary for the soul.
IMG_8643
{say hi to Daisy…the little scrapper that will show us around}
It is a peaceful retreat built to work with nature…not against.
Built as their family home… Husband and wife architect team Mary Juckiewicz and Peter Moor
created a homestead befitting of the tropics…and a barefoot lifestyle
IMG_8458
Collecting easterly breezes which waft through open doors and windows…keeping them cool.
Enchanting collected gifts from the sea adorn every corner
IMG_8436
 
IMG_8557
IMG_8502
IMG_8474
{here a pair of shells found outside their door….act as a doorstop}
Coconuts….scattered and found…happily growing everywhere…In and out.
IMG_8473
It isn’t so much decorated…
But embellished with finds from nature….good books….collected stories. Music and art are made here.
Kick off your shoes….let the sand warm your toes….and come visit4d65bcbcb67168db8fbceb2b22a67d3e image from here 
We enter the house through a beautiful large ‘keep the evil spirits away’ blue louvered door…actually the same color as the blue blue sky above.
the peaked roof to the left is the garage and breezeway…
IMG_8456
Which opens onto a loggia courtyard and stairs going up to the main part of the home
{ Living, kitchen, master bedroom and a sitting/meditation room }
IMG_8447
IMG_8469
The courtyard…to the left is simply filled with sandy pea gravel
Six new green buttonwood trees are taking hold in their new home…Soon, when stronger, will be strung with lights across the outdoor teak table and chairs
IMG_8442
 
IMG_8602
Mary actually found a zen rake…that they can use to rake meditation circles in the gravel
I tried it.  Calming….
IMG_8460

IMG_8462 IMG_8438
 
Taking the stairs up, we find more sea finds…walking us up the steps
IMG_8466
We walk through tall french doors into a large breezy large room…where everything happens
No unneeded walls. Just living space….Breathing space.
IMG_8485
IMG_8540
IMG_8476
 
IMG_8491
IMG_8483
IMG_8487
IMG_8543 
Art…many from local artists…adorn the pale cool walls
IMG_8501
{these above from local artist Renee Guerin}
IMG_8498
Books are everywhere….the words almost fall off of their pages onto the bamboo floors…tickling your senses…begging you to pick one up…find a cozy spot and read. 
IMG_8480
IMG_8563
IMG_8621
To the south is the kitchen space…Tall ceilings….windows overlooking coconut trees…shelves to the ceilings
IMG_8550
Soapstone counters….a large butcher block island,
IMG_8503
filled to the brim with tablecloths and serving trays a woman after my own heart
IMG_8518
IMG_8526
IMG_8521 IMG_8532
IMG_8516
Off of the kitchen is a small bright eastern facing room…Mary calls it her meditation spot
Morning sun washes through the windows….birds call from the trees below…
IMG_8635
IMG_8562
IMG_8509
IMG_8576-001
The floors throughout the top area of the home are bamboo…
Heading down the stairs to the bedrooms and sitting/tv room…your hand brushes along a natural bamboo handrail
IMG_8580-001
IMG_8421
 
 
IMG_8591
And you reach a cool Saltillo tile lower entry…and hallway to the bedrooms and sitting room…
IMG_8419
…and more salted collections from the sea…
IMG_8589
IMG_8425

IMG_8426
The tranquil and light filled sitting room has art created by Peter…and maps and photos of other corners of the world where this family has lived…and loved.
IMG_8428
This lovely tranquil collected sanctum of a family home…
IMG_8649-001 
is a mere 100 steps to the salt and  sea of the Atlantic.
 
IMG_8641IMG_8638
IMG_8629
{ Thanks for the tour….Darling Daisy.}

21 comments:

donna baker said...

I would never leave. Paradise.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

As always....my photos do not do the place justice. It was such a treat to tour it last night!

Seawashed Kerrie said...

So beautiful. I admire the natural aspects and zen garden. It is a comfortable home, a calm sanctuary.

Ginny Piech Street said...

Love everything about this house. The comfort, the relaxed feeling. The impromptu nature collections in the most unexpected, yet logical places. Lovely. You know how we see a place and say "it's beautiful but I would change . . . " I wouldn't change a thing in this house. And great art. Loved Jan Miller's painting in the living room.

VirginiaC said...

This was a lovely post of a charming home...so relaxed and peaceful.
I paused on several photos to take it all in....I could almost smell the salt sea spray.
Like Donna above, I don't think I would ever leave.
Daisy is a cutie and a great hostess.

thegreatwalloflutz.net said...

I wanna live there.I wonder if they'd notice me camping out under the trees.....

janvierpainter said...

Thank you, Ginny.

AndeM1 said...

Lovely tour.....I would move there in a heart beat.

Lauren said...

Ah perfect !!! Heaven
Xoxo
Lauren

tammy j said...

what a treasure...
from beginning to end.
and to have little daisie as our guide. inspired!
your photographs are as sublime as any in the digest.
and what a wonderful tribute to your friends to capture their home so beautifully here.
i will be coming back often.
to simply soak up the peace and the beauty of it.
thank you!

Barb said...

I feel better just looking a the photos.

Carla Aston said...

Beautiful. Truly soulful. Thanks for sharing.

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Oh my, how peaceful.... Oh how lucky you are.

-happy sigh-

Tessa~
(Upper NYS)

An Urban Cottage said...

I love every little thing about this place. LOVE!

Fröken L said...

What a beautiful home, so relaxing for the soul.

/Linda

cindy hattersley design said...

Paradise perfected...

Renée Finberg said...

i truly needed this.
after the long winter freeze up here....
the images thaw my soul and ready me for my maine summer. (thank g-d)

and i have always love sea beans.
when i was a child they told me that they came all the way from africa.
i never found out if they were kidding me.

xx

Becky Jerdee said...

Awesome home and awesome tour...the pictures are HOT, HOT, HOT!!! Good job! Love all the wood and wicker accents.

Hooper Patterson said...

PERFECT.... all the detail... swoon...Thanks for sharing! -Ann
-birdsofafeatherdesign

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

Everything about this property is dreamy! Love the blue trim.

Karen Deborah said...

loved EVERYTHING! what a well lived in and loved home it takes a lifetime to create all those lovely details; and that DAWG!!!!!! too cute Daisy is a darling.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails