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June 17, 2009
Originally published in Act Locally
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  Dappled sunlight and reclaimed-wood floors and walls give the master bedroom a warm, peaceful feel. Giant sliding doors open onto a wraparound deck peppered with potted plants 
from the couple’s vacations in Brazil, Uruguay, the Netherlands, and Italy.
    Dappled sunlight and reclaimed-wood floors and walls give the master bedroom a warm, peaceful feel. Giant sliding doors open onto a wraparound deck peppered with potted plants from the couple’s vacations in Brazil, Uruguay, the Netherlands, and Italy.
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  The house peeks out from a scrim of greenery.
    The house peeks out from a scrim of greenery.
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  Sticotti and Hernaez relax in their living room, where custom-built windows and sliding doors enhance the indoor-outdoor effect.
    Sticotti and Hernaez relax in their living room, where custom-built windows and sliding doors enhance the indoor-outdoor effect.
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  Hernaez organizes CDs on a modular lapacho wood shelf designed by Sticotti.
    Hernaez organizes CDs on a modular lapacho wood shelf designed by Sticotti.
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  The couple relax in their open-plan kitchen with their twelve-year-old lab, Uma.
    The couple relax in their open-plan kitchen with their twelve-year-old lab, Uma.
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  In the kitchen, buffed concrete floors, chrome globe lights, and a fleet of Bertoia chairs comprise a sleek backdrop for quirkier pieces like the marble-topped wooden tables from a Catholic school, snagged at a local flea market. The secret to the spare, uncluttered shelves? A dispensa, or walk-in pantry, down the hall. “We hide everything we don’t want to see,” Sticotti explains. “We don’t want to have to look at brands.”
    In the kitchen, buffed concrete floors, chrome globe lights, and a fleet of Bertoia chairs comprise a sleek backdrop for quirkier pieces like the marble-topped wooden tables from a Catholic school, snagged at a local flea market. The secret to the spare, uncluttered shelves? A dispensa, or walk-in pantry, down the hall. “We hide everything we don’t want to see,” Sticotti explains. “We don’t want to have to look at brands.”
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  The living room resembles a Sticotti furniture showroom: The architect designed the couch, coffee tables, and stumplike stools. The fireplace is made of stacked stone from San Juan, a nearby province.
    The living room resembles a Sticotti furniture showroom: The architect designed the couch, coffee tables, and stumplike stools. The fireplace is made of stacked stone from San Juan, a nearby province.
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  The wood-and-steel open staircase wends its way up three stories, supported by a concrete structural wall embedded with PVC tubes and bare lightbulbs.
    The wood-and-steel open staircase wends its way up three stories, supported by a concrete structural wall embedded with PVC tubes and bare lightbulbs.
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  The master bedroom.
    The master bedroom.
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  Even the economy has regions, Alejandro Sticotti and Mercedes Hernaez discovered when Argentina's economy collapsed. This led them to build a house from local woods and materials, creating a house that is "of Argentina"—and proud of it. Here, a ground-level patio and third-floor deck overlook a lush front garden; sitting out there is like “being on vacation,” says Hernaez.
    Even the economy has regions, Alejandro Sticotti and Mercedes Hernaez discovered when Argentina's economy collapsed. This led them to build a house from local woods and materials, creating a house that is "of Argentina"—and proud of it. Here, a ground-level patio and third-floor deck overlook a lush front garden; sitting out there is like “being on vacation,” says Hernaez.
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