Having lived several states apart during their courtship, Ann and Ed Beddow, newlyweds in their 60s, wanted to merge their lives into a single new home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In planning a primary residence that would be theirs together, they envisioned a home properly sized for just the two of them while allowing for gracious entertaining.
Ann Beddow had long admired the work of architect Jonathan Foote, associated with the preservation movement in the U.S., particularly his involvement with and penchant for vernacular architectural forms. Revered in the American Northwest for projects integrating stone with indigenous hand-hewn timbers, Foote is also noted for siting buildings carefully in their natural environment. Though Foote retired in 2000, the Beddows were thrilled when he agreed to take on the project, and Foote's respect for the regional vernacular weaves its way through the structure he designed, evident in the sensitive reuse of old materials and the traditional craftsmanship used to assemble them. A second architect, Jeremy Corkern, who has a highly active practice in Birmingham, Alabama, and is known for his embrace of traditional forms, sequenced the flow of rooms and designed the kitchen, bar, and master bathroom.
"This project is the result of an unusual collaboration of talent," says designer Jane Schwab, who came onto the project early and created the home's interiors. The Charlotte-based Schwab is co-author of The Welcoming House (Rizzoli, 2013), and her commitment to creating comfortable, beautiful homes is well-documented. The hallmarks of her work are evident in the interiors of this light-filled home of timber and stone and, as with all of her successful designs, Schwab's solutions for these interiors were driven by concerns about function, practicality, and how this couple wished to live and entertain.
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY JANE SCHWAB
ARCHITECTURE BY JONATHAN FOOTE AND JEREMY CORKERN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA RESEN
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BLEVINS
WRITTEN BY EDWARD MCCANN
This story appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of MILIEU.