Some time ago, I became familiar with Jeffrey Dungan’s Timeless Design & Architecture when I glimpsed an image on Pinterest of the kitchen from his project, Villa at Shoal Creek. I bet you know this image of a breakfast nook as well (the 13th image below) because it has resonated with thousands of design lovers for good reason. It’s a fresh approach to traditional and classic design from a masterful eye. I’m a great admirer of this Alabama-based starchitect’s philosophies and sensibilities. He seems to be remarkably capable of remaining grounded in wonder and a reverence for nature for his varied projects. It’s a humble and honorable approach that will never fall from favor.
Jeffrey Dungan’s Timeless Design & Architecture
Source of images: Dering Hall
Be inspired by this pure gold from the architect in an interview shared on Jeffrey Dungan’s Journal:
Approach to Design? “There are always three things I ask the site when approaching design: 1. Where are your best views? 2. How does the sun travel across? 3. What is the shape of the topography? The answers to those questions will tell me how to lay out the house.”
Where does the architect find inspiration? “For me there are endless sources. Certainly the earth and the beauty of it are inspiration, but also music and people are for me as well. Especially when I draw, people are huge and I have surrounded myself with some amazing ones who inspire me everyday. In the end, it’s personal and it’s spiritual. There is no recipe for it- it’s mysterious but worth seeking out.”
Want to know the person behind all this beauty and hear the voice behind the designs?
TREAT YOURSELF to 2 minutes of lovely, vulnerable sharing from an architect full of gratitude.
I love the sense of purpose and calling inherent in this video capturing a man’s mission and am so inspired to reflect on my own motivations and longings. I also love the architect’s mention of the trees since they are so important along my own spiritual journey. In fact, just this afternoon I spoke with someone who is tender and having trouble moving forward. I felt compelled to suggest spending time with trees in order to return to center.
No matter where this post finds you, no matter how you may have stumbled upon this little inspiration sanctuary on the web, maybe this poetry will mean something for you.
When I am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
How grateful I am for poets and architects who create shelter for us with words and bricks!
Let’s tour a few of my favorite Jeffrey Dungan Architects projects to educate ourselves and train our eye to learn a little more about timeless design and superior architecture. Savor this sophisticated, luxurious, thoughtful approach to architecture and meet me at the finish line to share your sentiments.
Farmhouse on Shades Creek
Villa at Shoal Creek
Mountain Brook Alabama
Lake Martin, Alabama
Jeffrey Dungan’s Timeless Design & Architecture: Alys Beach
Do you have a favorite interior design or architectural moment from above?
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Peace to you right where you are.