This farmhouse in Wisconsin provides a wonderful rural retreat for a Chicago couple to escape city living.
The road leading to the house winds through pastures and forest. Around the final turn, the western elevation emerges – the vernacular gable form stripped down its essence.
A cozy nook inside the main entrance to the house provides a spot to stow away muddy boots. The square window above the russet-colored bench frames a view of the ridge that starts to rise just outside.
Contrasting with the pine that skins most surfaces in the house are the vivid blue of the kitchen cabinets.
The limestone cladding of the fireplace was mined nearby and is a material common to the region. A piece by Art Green, a key member of the Chicago Imagists art movement, looks down from above.
The stairs wrap around a wood and blackened metal screen whose design is loosely based on the corn cribs and tobacco barns that dot the region’s rolling hills.