An Idaho Lake Home With Broad Perspective

“I just couldn’t take my eyes off the lake,” Kathy Woods recalls of the first summer she and her husband Rodney spent at their new Coeur d’Alene home at the Golf Club at Black Rock. “I would sit in the great room or out on the patio for hours, mesmerized by the view.”

The couple tasked Coeur d’Alene residential designer Eric Hedlund with creating a warm, modern retreat worthy of the setting—including plenty of space to accommodate visiting family and friends. Hedlund delivered a single-level home that takes full advantage of its lakeside environment while maintaining a relatively low profile on the wooded terrain. “We didn’t have height restrictions, but we all agreed that we didn’t want the house to feel too tall,” Hedlund explains.

60,000 square feet of colorful Telluride Greystone was used in the construction of the home.

The home’s exterior is clad in a striking combination of Telluride stone, zinc panels and Trespa zebrawood siding with teak soffits. The 7,766-square-foot, three-bedroom design features two guest suites, a professional-grade kitchen, fitness room and dedicated home offices for both Rodney and Kathy. The master suite is accessed by a dramatic glass bridge that crosses one of the narrow, rectangular reflecting pools surrounding the house. A separate 2,200-square-foot guesthouse features a bunkroom, great room and full kitchen for the couple’s eight grandchildren. 

The Trespa zebra-wood-patterned exterior siding is accented by zinc parapets.

Dallas designer Chandra Payne created the home’s restrained interiors, beginning with a palette of teak ceilings and accent walls of the same Telluride stone used on the structure’s exterior. “Just as you find big boulders and delicate flowers in nature, I like spaces that are balanced—not too masculine, not too feminine; not all heavy and not all light,” she explains. “Stone can sometimes feel cold and hard, so we created balance with cozy, warm fabrics and a blend of modern and vintage pieces.”

A textural Favela armchair by Edra and a round Petalon side table from The Bright Group make for a striking arrangement in the home’s foyer; the painting is from homeowners Rodney and Kathy Woods’ extensive Western art collection.

For the home’s 40-foot-wide living area, Payne chose streamlined, low-profile furnishings: a red Open Borders rug by Holly Hunt, generously proportioned Christian Liaigre chairs and a custom sectional covered with soft, cream-colored alpaca. “At no time did we want to distract from the views,” she says.

A petrified tree sculpture from John Gregory Studios contrasts with glossy, dimensional Discus wall tile by Andy Blick for Ann Sacks.

The home’s minimalist interiors showcase a number of pieces from the homeowners’ extensive art collection, including landscapes, Native American paintings and a massive petrified-tree sculpture displayed at the end of a light-filled hallway. “We discovered that our Western art is better viewed in this very contemporary setting,” Rodney says.

To maximize views of the lake and mountain skies that change by the hour, Hedlund specified stainless-steel-flanged windows by Hope’s Windows, which are strong enough to accommodate large panes of glass. In the great room, retractable glass doors open wide, connecting the living area to the adjacent patio. “We wanted to completely engage the outdoors,” says Payne, who chose sturdy Janus et Cie sectionals and Sutherland teak lounge chairs for the outdoor space.

Deep overhangs shade the interior of the home and minimize glare. The grass on the lake side of the house is low-maintenance artificial turf.

Hedlund designed the patio’s five stainless-steel fire pits, which allow the Woods family to enjoy the outdoors even on chilly evenings. “Idaho’s climate is dry and we don’t have a lot of bugs, so it’s really comfortable relaxing on the terrace with a fire and seeing the reflections from the wading pool and the lake beyond,” he says. Riverview Landscape Company installed native trees, shrubs and hardy plants in a series of gardens and terraces that cascade down the hill from the house.

At a moderate elevation of 2,200 feet above sea level, the lake warms to a comfortable temperature in the summer. “When we’re here, we swim, fish and sail, and it’s an uncluttered kind of life,” says Rodney, who shares his wife’s reverence for the ever-changing artistry of the environment. “Sometimes, though, we love to just sit and watch storm clouds gathering over the lake. Even in the rain, this is a beautiful place to be.”

Gently curved custom Capri dining chairs from George Cameron surround a clean-lined square table in the dining room. The oversized Pierre ou Paul pendant light is by Ingo Maurer.

An expanse of Hope’s rolled-steel windows floods the foyer with natural light; the ceilings are inlaid with teak. The custom slate-topped Washington Park console table is from David Sutherland Showrooms.

The sleek kitchen features Miss B stools by Pierantonio Bonacina, and Neidhardt glass pendant lights from Scott + Cooner.

A curved barrel chair and sculptural side table provide contemporary contrast to paintings from the Woods’ private collection.

The home’s waterfront location influenced Hedlund’s design for a glass bridge connecting the master suite to the main house. The shallow reflecting pond running beneath the transparent bridge can be illuminated at night.

The light, airy master suite is furnished with a Michael Berman Lido bed from Allan Knight & Associates and e15 Farah Sideboard from Scott + Cooner. The Hugo lounge chair and ottoman are from David Sutherland Showrooms; Payne commissioned its custom embroidery from Holland & Sherry.

Payne specified a palette of warm browns and tans for the powder room, which features a Waterworks Opus double washstand and boldly patterned Waterworks Aballe Grande marble mosaic floor tile.

Residential designer Eric Hedlund shares the strategies the design team employed to strengthen this home’s connection to the water:

Prime position: To enhance the enjoyment of the outdoor spaces, Hedlund sited the home with the great room and adjoining terrace facing southeast. “The homeowners enjoy nice sun during the day but don’t get beaten by it in the afternoon,” he says.

Horizontal lines: Rectangular reflecting pools, retaining walls and terraces visually link the property to the lake.

Deep overhangs: Generous eaves provide shade, minimize glare inside the home and keep the interiors naturally cool in the summer.

Expansive glass: Hedlund specified broad windows to showcase the views in the home’s living areas. Corner window systems provide expanded 210-degree views of the surroundings.

Grounded spaces: Interior designer Chandra Payne eschewed high-back chairs and tall cabinets in favor of low-profile furnishings that preserve the line of sight to the lake.


RESIDENTIAL DESIGN Eric Hedlund Design  INTERIOR DESIGN Chandra Lee Payne, ASID, CPayne Interiors, Dallas, TX  75205, 214-288-8043,  CONSTRUCTION Gunder Construction ENTRY TABLE Sutherland Custom Washington Park Console Table from David Sutherland Showrooms ACCENT CHAIR edra Favela Arm Chair from Scott + Cooner SIDE TABLE Petalon Round Drink Table from The Bright Group HALLWAY WALL TILE Ann Sacks Discus Tile, Ann Sacks Tile & Stone SCULPTURE Petrified Tree from John Gregory Studios MASTER SUITE CONSOLE e15 Farah Sideboard from Scott + Cooner SEATING Sutherland Hugo Lounge Chair and Ottoman from David Sutherland Showrooms with custom Holland & Sherry embroidery BED Michael Berman Lido Bed from Allan Knight and Associates  KITCHEN PENDANTS Neidhardt Custom Clear Frosted Glass Shade Pendant from Scott + Cooner  COUNTER STOOLS Pierantonio Bonacina Miss B stools from Scott + Cooner GREAT ROOM SEATING Christian Liaigre Merlin Chair and custom Augustin Sectional covered in Great Plains Alpaca from George Cameron Nash,  END TABLE Tom Dixon Screw Table from Scott + Cooner  RUG Holly Hunt Open Borders Rug from Holly Hunt LOVE SEATS Cassina Nest loveseat from Scott + Cooner ACCENT TABLES Draenert 1015 Figura Round Tables from Scott + Cooner  POWDER ROOM CHAIR Cassina Kanu Chair in Walnut from Scott + Cooner SINK Waterworks Opus Double Washstand, Dallas, TX FLOOR Waterworks Aballe Grande #2 marble mosaic DINING ROOM LIGHT FIXTURES Ingo Maurer Pierre ou Paul Light Fixture with custom interior color from Scott + Cooner CHAIRS Cameron Collection Custom Capri Dining Chair from George Cameron Nash OUTDOOR SPACE SECTIONALS Janus et Cie Lounge Series LOUNGE CHAIRS Sutherland Camano Yachting Lounge Chairs from David Sutherland ShowroomsSaveSave


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