Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan

Some time ago, I became familiar with Alabama-based architect Jeffrey Dungan’s work when my eyes feasted upon an exceptionally lovely and serene kitchen via Pinterest. It was the kitchen from his Villa at Shoal Creek project, and I bet you know it too (see below). It has resonated with thousands of design lovers for good reason. Then I fell in love with more of his work showcased in Milieu magazine right here. Today’s design lesson, Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan, will introduce a most transcendent approach to traditional and classic design from a masterful eye.

Serene kitchen. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. Photo: ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan

What treasure I discovered when I dug deeper into Mr. Dungan’s portfolio. What I found was a kindred spirit, and what I became was a great admirer of this Alabama-based starchitect’s philosophies and sensibilities. It is refreshing to find an architect with this level of success so remarkably grounded in wonder. Lots of design professionals have a reverence for nature and an ongoing love affair with light; this pro has learned to honor and preserve it timelessly.

Perhaps such grounding is a result of his growing up on the family farm in rural Alabama.

Such a humble and soulful approach to building homes yields beautiful structures which will never fall from favor.

Rustic kitchen. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. Photo: ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Meet Architect Jeffrey Dungan

In an interview the architect shared on Jeffrey Dungan’s Journal, we learn some important inside information about Dungan’s creative process and values.

His 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.” – JEFFREY DUNGAN

© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. Photo: ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. Photo: ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. Photo: ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

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.” -JEFFREY DUNGAN

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 was moved by the sense of purpose and calling inherent in this video capturing a man’s mission and am inspired to reflect on my own longings. It is also admirable how the architect mentions trees since they are such important teachers in my own spiritual journey. Just this afternoon I spoke with someone who is quite tender at the moment and struggling to move forward. I was compelled to suggest spending time with trees for help in returning to center.

An Amazing New Book

How positively fortuitous that the architect has just written a book! It is a must own for students of beauty, design, and timelessness. So much more than inspiring design details, this is a collection of wisdom.

The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan

Jeffrey Dungan The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses.
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz.

I spent good chunks of time this weekend with Dungan’s awe-inspiring book, and the quality of the projects, commentary, and photography by William Abranowicz is staggering. This is not one of those sweet catalogs of pleasant interiors. Yet it isn’t show-offy either. The work is highly sophisticated, understated, thoughtful and poetic. Each page is worth savoring and lingering over.

Let’s tour some of Jeffrey Dungan Architects’ projects to be enlightened a bit more about timeless design, the use of natural materials, artistry with natural light, proportion, and superior architecture.

Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan

Barn door in bedroom. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
All white living room. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

A Clean & Modern Approach

Modern house exterior in Alys Beach. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018.      © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
Detail of mosaic tile in bathroom. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018.                ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Now, This is Just FUN!

Unique stone sink in bathroom. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Traditional Vernaculars & Classic Architecture

Rustic wood 3-panel door. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018.        ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
Rustic wood door. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018.    ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Cozy, Pale, and Interesting

Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018.           ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Natural Materials + Natural Light

Rustic driftwood grey wood in a classic kitchen flooded with natural light. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Innovative Shapes from Nature

Black and white stucco house exterior in Alys Beach. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018.            ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Sophisticated Yet Accessible

Luxurious bathroom with floating vanity. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
Barn door in bedroom to bathroom. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Pattern Play

Moroccan tile on statement wall. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Staircase Wonder

Architecturally magnificent staircase. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Serene and Timeless

Floating vanities in a luxurious bathroom.Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
Built in banquette and oval window. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Rugged & Handsome

Detail of rugged character of grey driftwood toned wood. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

Playing With Light

Elegant white room with abundant natural light. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.
Luxurious kitchen with rustic wood cabinetry. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

How Fast Can I PIN This Image & These Doors!?!

Rustic double doors open to bedroom. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018.                ©William Abranowicz. Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Timeless architectural and interior design with classic, natural, sophisticated, bespoke style.

You will love the book!

The Nature of Home by Jeffrey Dungan.
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018. © William Abranowicz.

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!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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