- Barrett Lewis
Apply all of your superlatives to this most unique and interesting of West Sonoma County wonderlands.Two Frank Lloyd Wright inspired dwellings connected by 60 feet of gracefully stepped decks emerge from a hillside landscape that is both primordial and delicate.Together these homes total 2700 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 half baths in an efficient flow with natural ornamentation. Your search for sophisticated but simple living in unsurpassed craftsmanship and artistry will bring you to this Xanadu . . . you will never want to leave. Both homes have expanses of glass, mitered windows, built in furniture and shingled walls matching the exterior. The original home has a bird's nest bedroom and newly remodeled kitchen and bathroom. The larger home has an upstairs bedroom with half bath and a lower level sleeping area reminiscent of sailboat living.
The upper portion of the land was previously a rhododendron nursery with greenhouse and workshop still in place. Deer fenced gardens with raised beds enjoy plentiful sun.
All of this in the most extraordinary private setting of redwoods, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, ferns and hostas. This calming, peaceful environment is the birthplace of inspiration and realized dreams.
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Trillium House, one of two homes nestled in redwoods and rhododendrons in perfect serenity was designed by Barrett Lewis, a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Perfectly matched larger second home, Eagles Nest, connected by gorgeous decking to Trillium House.
Nearly every inch of both homes is in the Frank Lloyd Wright style of architecture.
One is pulled from the entry across the room and through the mitered floor to ceiling windows to the grandness of nature beyond. Trillium House.
Classic built-in tete-a-tete sits beneath custom shelves and lighting.
The Trillium House kitchen now has leather granite counters and cherry cabinets.
The privacy of Trillium House allows for expansive shower windows. Leather granite and boulders add to the illusion of bathing al fresco.
Eagles Nest, built twenty years after Trillium House, is a larger but perfectly matched home on three levels. Living room, kitchen, dining area and full bath are sandwiched on the main level between upper bedroom and lower bedroom and office.
As in the original Trillium House, one enters Eagles Nest and is drawn beyond.
The galley kitchen in Eagles Nest has original redwood cabinets and sky blue corian counters. Throughout both homes, square skylights (here with optional blue filters) are liberally scattered. Look close -- all are Pyrex dishes with emblem in the center.
Rhododendrons -- over 1200 -- grace the hillside in harmony with second growth redwoods. Many specimens are rare and some reach over 50 feet tall.