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Chmielewski sited the windows of the main living spaces on the southern side of the house, allowing plenty of light to warm the space. The passive solar heat generated by the southern exposure helps keep the house warm in the cold winter months. In the summer, the house stays cool in the shade of trees surrounding the property.
A single potted orchid provides the only flora inside the house, which is surrounded by vegetation. Chmielewski bought the vintage Scandinavian chair from a brocante store called Guéridon. "The chair is one of a pair; it doesn't have any labels or markings, but they are similar to the Falcon Chair by Sigurd Resell," he says.
The kitchen's open floor plan, unadorned windows, and floating cabinets and shelves, plus the clean, simple lines of the décor, enlarge the space visually.
A reclaimed wood table with a modern glass top and antique chairs occupy the dining room. Chmielewski, a self-professed math geek, designed the wood-burning fireplace as an expression of the golden ratio, widely considered the most aesthetically pleasing proportion.
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"How the light hits the home throughout the day, how the floor plan flows from room to room, and how each room relates to one another — getting these elements right will make more of a difference than anything else when you design and build a home," says Chmielewski. Wife Angela (above) reclines and watches over their baby, Chase, as dusk approaches.
Beanbag: Roche Bobois; pumpkin sofa and rug: Ligne Roset; mounted photograph: Jeff Chmielewski; stools: Eames Walnut Stools
When asked about the stark and clean interior spaces of his home (bathroom and bedroom images above), Chmielewski waxes philosophical. "It's important to leave unadorned spaces in any new home. We have our whole lives to gather beautiful things, and you need to leave some places to add the things you find along the way."
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