Minnehaha Creek Residence


minnehaha creek residence


This project was an exciting creative challenge for Ruth and architect Tim Quigley of Quigley Architects, as the clients were living in Africa while the house was being designed and built! Even with limited Internet access, the clients had a clear vision and a rich design vocabulary for their house. They wanted a modern home, but they also wanted it to be comfortable enough for grandchildren. Guided by the clients' vision of a minimal space with the "warmth of a honey jar," Ruth and Tim designed open spaces finished with exotic woods and finishes. They designed a wood ceiling for the main living area and a 20-foot long window seat topped with velvet cushions. They also designed a walnut-topped center island for the kitchen and added a metal stairway to balance the natural elements. Inspired by a favorite mid-century home in Palm Springs, Ruth designed a wall of bright blue, orange, and white custom cabinets in the laundry room. Throughout the house, Ruth added warmth, color and texture with handmade pillows and rugs, original art and keepsakes from the clients' travels.

Photography by Bill Olexy of Modern House Productions