Splinter Creek is written about often, from prestigious national magazines and newspapers to more local websites and blogs. If you haven't had time to keep up with the news cycle lately, we've collected some of our past coverage into one space to make it easy to review. Below are descriptions and links to some of our favorite articles, if you'd like to read more about our community.
The East Cove home -- featured in Garden & Gun -- lights up the lake at night (photo by Jean Allsopp).
1. Garden & Gun
Lake District: A mod new neighborhood blends with the Mississippi countryside
By Vanessa Gregory (April/May 2018)
'When Ellen and Eason Leake bought 750 hilly acres near Oxford, Mississippi, in 1997, they considered it a simple timber investment. But one day Ellen decided to visit the tract. As she drove an old ridgetop logging road onto the property, she saw towering oaks and hickories among the pines. The views stretched on and on, and down below, in the wider valleys, she could imagine glittering lakes. “The land just revealed itself,” she recalls. “It was gorgeous.” And so began Splinter Creek, a community that blends the Leakes’ love of place with their regard for modern design.'
The website Medium focuses their questions on Splinter Creek founder Ellen Leake (center) -- photo by Erin Austen Abbott.
Making Something From Nothing: Ellen Leake Of Splinter Creek On How To Go From Idea To Launch
By Fotis Georgiadis (March 8, 2022)
'Splinter Creek, as an idea, really presented itself to us. The silver lining in 2020 was that people began to see themselves working and living in a different way, which really enhanced the vision we already had for the property. It was not until late 2020 that we saw a change in posture of our buyers which allowed us to take the reins of telling the story ourselves. We found that through this unique timing and set of circumstances, we could authentically tell our own story. From that, people really began to listen, and that’s when the business of Splinter Creek took off.'
A strong connection with nature and simplicity are the ultimate luxuries, writes Luxe Interiors + Design (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).
3. Luxe Interiors + Design
At This Lakefront Community, Nature Is The Main Attraction—And Consideration
By Mary Jo Bowling (May 18, 2020)
'Lang, the architect, calls the luxurious homes meticulously detailed and refined, but that doesn’t mean they are opulent mansions. Most designs clock in at roughly 2,000 square feet. “Although they are generous, especially in the public spaces, they are smaller houses created that way intentionally, so that they don’t overwhelm the landscape,” says Lang. “To us, a strong connection with nature and simplicity are the ultimate luxuries.”'
Cara Greenstein writes on her CaraMelized blog that "Splinter Creek offers shared community spaces and arguably 'neighborhood' amenities, such as kayaks and boats, plentiful firewood, and fishing docks." (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).
4. CaraMelized blog
Escaping to Splinter Creek — Where Nature Meets Design
Cara Greenstein (April 18, 2021)
'Designed by a handful of creative partners, including New York’s Lang Architecture and Texas’ Lake Flato, Splinter Creek aims to be a model of environmentally sensitive and sustainable living, encouraging residents to build lightly on the land.
The East Cove Concept Home was created in the classic Southern dogtrot style, but with modern a modern sense of direction. Indoor and outdoor living blend together through large windows, patios, balconies and the very land the home sets on.
When designed, the concept home was built naturally and lightly onto the land (and lake’s) natural space. We felt one with the lake from every room and perspective! In addition to the private features of the home, Splinter Creek offers shared community spaces and arguably "neighborhood” amenities, such as kayaks and boats, plentiful firewood, and fishing docks.'
Designer and HGTV star Carmeon Hamilton "took full advantage of the home’s amazing kitchen and patio" during her stay at Splinter Creek (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).
5. Carmeon Hamilton blog
Snowbound...But Dreaming of Splinter Creek
By Carmeon Hamilton, an HGTV Design Start winner (Feb. 19, 2021)
'We took full advantage of the home’s amazing kitchen and patio and made homemade pizzas on the grill. We spent our nights sitting by the lake, roasting marshmallows in the fire pit. We played. We rested. We simply enjoyed and cherished our time together as a family.'
"This environmentally sustainable, modern community is breaking the mold with their beautiful homes nestled among acres of pine forest and flanked by two beautiful lakes and a pond," writes StyleBlueprint (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).
Right Outside of Oxford, MS, Who Knew This Amazing Community Existed?
Located in northern Mississippi, Splinter Creek offers luxury living in a beautiful natural setting. Find out more about this sustainable community and take a look inside a home.
By Emily Gahafer (Sept. 27, 2018)
'An influx of neighborhoods and property developments are popping up all over the country, many of which are not built with sustainability as the number one priority. But Splinter Creek, located in north Mississippi, is an exception. This environmentally sustainable, modern community is breaking the mold with their beautiful homes nestled among acres of pine forest and flanked by two beautiful lakes and a pond. The owners, Ellen Leake, and her two daughters Elizabeth Keckler and Blair Wunderlich, set out to develop the property with as little disruption to the natural landscape as possible and to ultimately create a family gathering place for years to come.'
Blair Wunderlich (seated ) who wanted a place to unwind or 'pump the breaks' with her young, four-person family, is featured in Washington Life magazine (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).
7. Washington Life magazine
In the Deep South, A Break from Reality
By Dara Klatt (Aug. 17, 2021)
'Blair wanted a place to unwind or 'pump the breaks' with her young, four-person family, just as she had as a child. Her one-level, open floor plan property she calls East Cove Home is a far cry from the Queen Anne or Gothic Revival style residences typical of the region. Its mid-century design cantilevers over grassy banks to create a hovering effect and “minimize the touch of man on the earth.”'
Fast Company focuses on the way Splinter Creek houses blend into the landscape (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).
8. Fast Company
This cabin was an Instagram sensation. Now it’s being copied all over the U.S.
by Nate Berg (Aug. 31, 2020)
'The modern feel of the house and the way it integrated itself into the landscape instantly appealed to Leake and her husband, and they hired Lang to design a version of the house for their project, now known as Splinter Creek. The house he designed features a similar wall of windows to the Hudson Woods house, a palette of hand-selected material finishes, and a slate of add-on architectural features such as porches, guest wings, and outdoor kitchens. Splinter Creek doesn’t prohibit buyers from bringing their own architects and designs, as long as they comply with a set of architectural guidelines.'