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Sexy M A K I N G CONCRETE VANITIES MARBLE, QUARTZ, ENGINEERED CONCRETE, SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS, & FURNITURE 910 - 2 33 - 9 6 2 9 www.bluewatersurfaces.com E N G I N E E R E D CO N C R E T E FO L LOW U S O N : TTHE BARKERS BEGAN WORKING with Jennifer Kraner, principal interior designer at Big Sky Design, over a year ago. “They wanted their beach house to feel like a home and make it feel as warm as possible. They didn’t want it half-dressed; at the same time they wanted it to be their beach getaway,” Kraner says. The Barkers share a contemporary vision driven by artwork, color and the way light reflects off of materials. They worked collaboratively and brain-stormed with Kraner and local artisans to develop out-of-the-box ideas, then brought their concepts to the table. Big Sky expanded and refined them. “I would call Jennifer Kraner with crazy ideas and she was fantastic about taking the ideas and making them come into life,” Jennifer Barker says. “We kept coming home with pieces of artwork that we would buy and I would call her from random places with more random ideas.” Having already collected pieces from Australian photographer Peter Lik in their Raleigh home, Jennifer and Robert decided to continue their collection at the beach. An ocean wave photograph with multi-colored illumination hangs on the right wall of the living area and many other Lik photographs are used throughout the home as statement pieces. Jennifer and Robert purchased a blown glass semi-sphere with metal fish inside from an art gallery in Santorini, Italy, which is displayed on the left side of the fossilized concrete fireplace in the living area. The couple used glass tiles from St. Lucia to create their own unique piece of art to cover the television in the living area. They collaborated with a woman at the Jade Mountain Resort gift shop who had worked with the original architect of the resort. After drawing sketches on a napkin, the Barkers took the napkin home and used the design concept in their living area, which quickly became the focal point. With a style described as warm contemporary, the wood tones in the dining table, chairs and surfboard chandelier quietly flow to the natural herringbone wood floors used throughout the main space. A dark and sleek wooden ceiling fan contrasts against the soothing wood tones on the back wall in the living area. Woven textures in the area rug and chrome pedestal chairs bring an organic warmth to the contemporary aesthetic. 68 WBM june 2015


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