As I’m nearing the start of my very first semester in architecture, I’m spending most of my days buttoning up my independent study class (is there anyone out there who DOESN’T procrastinate to the end??) and finding more and more inspiration to add to my “collection” of architects.

Pursley Dixon is one of my newest finds, and I was immediately captivated by their work. Not to mention, as a graphic designer myself, their website is very professional and clean, which can already say a lot about them haha. (You guys, they have a dog listed as one of their staff members. These people get me.)
Over this last year, I’ve been trying to figure out who I am as a designer, what I believe in, what I want to accomplish as an architect someday, and I came across this beautifully put paragraph in their bio that describes pretty perfectly what I strive for:

“Founded on the simple thought that beauty matters, our firm strives to thoughtfully create living spaces that are as beautiful and unique as the people who will occupy them. Ever mindful of traditional building elements, the design team collectively views both modernism and classicism as a part of the broader language of architecture, while working to cultivate a fresh and forward approach to design.

Pursley Dixon Architects

I mean, could these people be any more lovable?! Their works has even been featured in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Southern Living, Elegant Homes, Beautiful Homes, and several other publications of the like. But enough of my monologuing, let’s get right into it!

South Carolina Farmhouse

Needless to say, with a wide array of absolutely gorgeous homes all over the east coast, it’s so hard to just choose one! I mean, it’s my blog, so I guess I can do whatever I want… but for organizational purposes, I might just end up having multiple posts singularly featuring these architects. Because, why not. 🤷🏻‍♀️

For today, I’m focusing on this modern Farmhouse in South Carolina. This contemporary beauty overlooks rolling pastures and ponds scattered across the property, making it the perfect opportunity to really invest time, money, and design into (you guessed it) the windows.

If you’ve been following along, you know by now that I swoon over seamless indoor-outdoor design; architecture that embraces rather than invades the natural setting it has been delicately placed into.

Some people think that “modern” = cold and uninviting. What a terrible misunderstanding that is! This home is a perfect example that you can have contemporary design, whilst holding onto a cozy, homey setting. Of course it’s all up to personal preference, but the world of modern architecture isn’t as black and white as some may make it seem.

It’s all about the details for this place. A common way of softening modern or contemporary design is with organic elements. It grounds the design, and makes it feel warm, tangible, and effortless. This singular branch naturally placed in the vase; the weathered barn wood table; the rope railing and light fixture. Everything is thoughtfully placed to compliment one another, and I think they executed this beautifully.

On the exterior, the same principles are applied: the organic stone surfaces and wooden beams break up the metal work, and one of my favorite features of this house, the tree-like braces on the porch almost mimics a Bali-inspired escape. What a wonderful way to incorporate the surroundings into the design.

I hope you all enjoyed this eye-candy for your Friday! I know I sure did. I love getting to see all of the creative work that is out there. There are millions of people creating beautiful designs all over the world, from a sketch in a book, to a brick and mortar building. It’s inspiring what humans can do, isn’t it? Until next time friends! À bientôt 😘

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