Dream Space: A peaceful home office

Photo by Matthew Millman


Getting away to their rustic log home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, wasn’t always a vacation for these homeowners. When extended family and friends filled the rooms, the owners found themselves in want of their own private retreat. And so they asked architect John Carney of Carney Logan Burke Architects to build a separate sanctuary for them—a place to catch up on work or relax with a book.

“I wanted to pull the addition away from the main house,” Carney says. “The idea is to leave the house and go down a long curved corridor to a much simpler, less active space.”

Carney designed a sleek and spare room that provides a dramatic contrast to the log home’s rustic style. A wall of glass brings in natural light, fresh air and expansive views of the Tetons. Horizontal slot windows frame views of Sleeping Indian Mountain and Wolf Mountain to the east and south. “A palette of natural materials adds to the calm feeling,” Carney says. “Striated rammed-earth walls on two sides relate to the earthiness of the site and anchor the space” while stained concrete floors and wood elements contrast with a floating copper ceiling.

The room is furnished simply with classic modern chairs and a desk by Thierry Lemaire, while a centuries-old stone Buddha watches over all. To see more inspiring dream spaces, pick up a copy of Mountain Living’s November/December 2012 issue, or click here.

Text by Nancy Richman Milligan.