Architect Christopher Kempel was in his wheelhouse when he designed a thoroughly modern home in Los Angeles for his clients, a published book author and tech-entrepreneur husband.
But when the couple looked north to establish a weekend home near where their children attend boarding school in Oregon, it was a different story. They wanted the retreat to channel the original white farmhouse that sat on the hilltop property in Willamette Valley.
“The truth is, we hadn’t been asked to a do a home like this before,” Kempel says. “They challenged us.”
Kempel teamed up with L.A. designer Alana Homesley–who’d also worked with him on the clients’ main house–to bring the family’s vision to life.
The two sought to create a vintage-modern environment within a traditional farmhouse structure that boasts wide verandas, stone chimneys and pitched rooflines.
“The struggle from day one was to understand the mix of rustic-traditional with clean-modern,” Homesley says. The result is spot-on.