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Sonia Thompson

Designed by Lang Architecture and completed in 2017, the East Cove Concept House design blends in with and becomes part of the natural landscape. The architectural style features informal, simple wood frame structures clad in wooden siding, inspired by farm buildings, natural light, and other characteristics mindful of the environment.

The house has clean, contemporary lines and large windows that frame the lake and views, almost like artwork. Everything from the light fixtures to the tile to the built-in woodwork was hand-selected to enhance the idea of nature-first design. Take a tour of some of the brands and partnerships that make the Splinter Creek model house a place where nature's beauty is at your doorstep.

The landscape design was created by Jordan Crabtree of Loch Collective with a focus on native grasses, wildflower mixes, and a hardscape using stone, rusted steel, and raised boardwalks. The firm "designs landscapes, spaces, interiors, solutions and art where nature is brought into a person's daily life and where people are drawn out into nature." Find them on Instagram @lochcollective.

Two graphite drawings, "Cedar" and "Sumac," by Oxford-based artist Carlyle Wolfe Lee hang in the front entrance hall. Wolfe has said nature is the biggest influence on her artistic aesthetic. She says, "My paintings and works on paper are about awareness of the natural world — becoming progressively, cyclically more present to its rhythms, gaining deeper understanding of its design, and acquiring direct experiential knowledge of its mysterious beauty." Find her on Instagram @carlylewolfe.

The Steel and Stone Kitchen Island was designed and fabricated for Splinter Creek by Andrew Becker Design. The studio's focus is on "unique detailing and functional living. Their holistic design/build approach yields an authentic aesthetic, creative detailing, and high-quality craft." Find them on Instagram @abd_work.

The kitchen backsplash tile is by Heath Ceramics. The employee-owned ceramics studio is "committed to good design." They use clay from American soil. Their tiles are produced sustainably, aiming for zero waste. Each tile is touched by twelve hands in the process of creation." Find them on Instagram @heathceramics.

The master bedroom light fixtures are the Signal Sconce from Workstead Studio and feature a hand-blown glass globe suspended from a luminous metal back plate by a pair of metal pins. The award-winning lighting studio is "sought after for their attention to detail, and their disciplined process that considers both client and community." Find them on Instagram @workstead.

The ceiling fixture in the master bathroom is the Cloud chandelier designed and fabricated by Apparatus. Glass orbs are frosted by hand to create an irregular texture reminiscent of 19th century glass frosting techniques. The design studio "explores the relationship of lighting, furniture and objects in immersive environments, threading the historical and the cultural through a modern lens." Find them on Instagram @apparatusstudio.

The built-in desk with floating shelves in the guest bedroom was made by Oxford-based carpenter and craftsman John Haltom of Roxie Woodworks. Haltom, an 8th generation Mississippian, has deep family ties to the woods: his grandfather owned a lumber mill in the small town of Roxie, Mississippi, and he built his home from wood produced at his mill. Today, Haltom "designs and builds heirloom furniture from local trees otherwise relegated as firewood or, even worse, destined for a landfill" at his north Mississippi studio. Find him on Instagram @roxiewoodworks.

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