Modern Awakening

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June 1, 2009
Originally published in Modern Across America
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  The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the recently completed home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.
    The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the recently completed home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.
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  The backyard features a cedar deck that extends into a field of rolling wildflowers and local fauna.
    The backyard features a cedar deck that extends into a field of rolling wildflowers and local fauna.
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  The living room utilizes Eames lounges and a B&B Italia sofa to create a spare but comfortable environment. Sliding glass doors provide ample ventilation.
    The living room utilizes Eames lounges and a B&B Italia sofa to create a spare but comfortable environment. Sliding glass doors provide ample ventilation.
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  Cassina cab chairs and curvilinear vases from Vietnam create a sense of calm, and provide a warm contrast to the strong clean lines of the interior.
    Cassina cab chairs and curvilinear vases from Vietnam create a sense of calm, and provide a warm contrast to the strong clean lines of the interior.
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  Berlin Jespersen, 8, daintily rocks the family drum kit, which Brent is also learning to play.
    Berlin Jespersen, 8, daintily rocks the family drum kit, which Brent is also learning to play.
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  Jill prepares breakfast in the custom kitchen, which features a Roman travertine-topped work island.
    Jill prepares breakfast in the custom kitchen, which features a Roman travertine-topped work island.
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  The landscaping appears to be based on the mullet principle: business in the front, as seen here (manicured grid lawn, with native vegetation sprouting in careful symmetry), party in the back (sunflowers and wild mountain grass growing in harmonious chaos).
    The landscaping appears to be based on the mullet principle: business in the front, as seen here (manicured grid lawn, with native vegetation sprouting in careful symmetry), party in the back (sunflowers and wild mountain grass growing in harmonious chaos).
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  The main living room, separated by a freestanding wall, continues into an open study. The bookshelves, close to ten feet tall, are home to numerous architectural books, philosophy texts, and the literary work of Ayn Rand. Recessed speakers emanate music throughout, dependant on the wills of Jespersens' iPod.
    The main living room, separated by a freestanding wall, continues into an open study. The bookshelves, close to ten feet tall, are home to numerous architectural books, philosophy texts, and the literary work of Ayn Rand. Recessed speakers emanate music throughout, dependant on the wills of Jespersens' iPod.
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  A meticulously manicured lawn complements the pared-down lines and massive front door. By night the path is illuminated by floodlights, which almost succeed in deterring the local wildlife. Almost—Jespersen notes that deer, moose, and other hoofed beasts visit the property on a regular basis.
    A meticulously manicured lawn complements the pared-down lines and massive front door. By night the path is illuminated by floodlights, which almost succeed in deterring the local wildlife. Almost—Jespersen notes that deer, moose, and other hoofed beasts visit the property on a regular basis.
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