Jeffrey Dungan Inspiration & Nurturing Quotes to Soothe Weary Souls Now

We have explored the inspiring timeless design of Jeffrey Dungan before. Yet every time I engage with images of this artist’s work or commentary from his book, I discover fresh territory. Maybe it is all the inherent beauty of timelessness mingling with nature’s mystery. Authentic, natural, timeless beauty is never one-note and its shape is always more spiral-like than linear. Jeffrey Dungan Inspiration & Nurturing Quotes to Soothe Weary Souls is destined to evoke wonder as it celebrates exquisite design, architecture, craftsmanship and nature.

Jeffrey Dungan designed kitchen with amazing architecture and built-in breakfast nook - Luxe Magazine.
Luxe Interiors+Design – Jeffrey Dungan Inspiration with photo gallery, architecture, and also interiors.

Jeffrey Dungan Inspiration: Soul, Authenticity & Timelessness

One can feel Dungan’s deep devotion to natural materials straight away (this artist appreciates the nobility of trees!) as well as a reverence for light.

Serene kitchen with timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #kitchen

You can’t miss the bespoke design, rugged natural materials, and sophisticated simplicity in the architect’s projects. But there’s so much mystery as well.

Photos: Jeffrey Dungan and AHL

Timeless Kitchen Design

Can you even fathom the number of details and bespoke elements entailed in a space like this?

Jeffrey Dungan designed rustic luxe bespoke kitchen with natural materials and impeccable craftsmanship and architecture. This kitchen appears in "The Perfect Kitchen" by Barbara Sallick (Rizzoli, 2020).
Jeffrey Dungan designed kitchen in Barbara Sallick’s’ THE PERFECT KITCHEN (below).
The Perfect Kitchen by Barbara Sallick (Rizzoli, 2020) book cover.
The Perfect Kitchen by Barbara Sallick (Rizzoli, 2020)

To say I’m taken with the kitchen below is an understatement. Indeed it is having its way with my imagination in satisfyingly wonderful ways as great design always does!

Magnificent kitchen with timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

Would you, could you spend endless hours with a friend, with a book, with a delicious meal in a space such as the nook below?

Timeless kitchen design and architecture (look at that nook!) by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign
Jeffrey Dungan’s timeless design and architecture…certainly inspiring indeed

What happens when the same artistic attention to architecture inside is applied outdoors? Magical moments such as these:

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

They don’t build ’em like they used to?

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign
Jeffrey Dungan’s timeless design and architecture…certainly inspiring indeed.

I beg to differ.

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

There are those among us who indeed have the vision and patience to create structures to outlast lifetimes.

Inspirational quote about nature's beauty and wisdom by John Muir on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #johnmuir #naturequotes
“WHEN WE CONTEMPLATE THE WHOLE GLOBE AS ONE GREAT DEWDROP, STRIPED AND DOTTED WITH CONTINENTS AND ISLANDS, FLYING THROUGH SPACE WITH OTHER STARS ALL SINGING AND SHINING TOGETHER AS ONE, THE WHOLE UNIVERSE APPEARS AS AN INFINITE STORM OF BEAUTY” (John Muir).

Architecture’s Interaction With Light

As I type this, January light in the Southwest is streaming through sheer silk panels at my parents’ Arizona home. It bids me to notice its beauty and recognize that this moment in time will never return again.

Timeless kitchen architecture and design (look at that built in booth!) by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

When timeless design, natural finishes, and masterful planning meet nature’s wisdom and light, a house can become a work of interactive art.

Timeless kitchen architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #kitchendesign
Jeffrey Dungan’s timeless design and architecture…certainly inspiring indeed.

Senses may be filled and thrilled through the seasons, come what may.

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

Even the shadows tell a story.

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

I’m so grateful for artists and architects with gifts to sculpt shelters and work with light.

Inspirational quote about nature's beauty and wisdom by John Muir on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #johnmuir #naturequotes
“WHEN WE TRY TO PICK OUT ANYTHING BY ITSELF, WE FIND IT HITCHED TO EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE” (John Muir).

Handsome Interiors

What makes a space more handsome than pretty? Rugged materials like gorgeous wood and straightforward geometric shapes are certainly a good start.

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

In addition to standing the test of time, such materials also develop patina to become more beautiful with time.

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign
Jeffrey Dungan inspiration, timeless design and architecture…certainly inspiring indeed.

And when more feminine curves enter the equation…

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

well, in those moments we feel a greater sense that it all belongs.

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

Doesn’t the oval window with grid transform an already beautiful space?

Inspirational quote about nature's beauty and wisdom by John Muir on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #johnmuir #naturequotes
“THE POWER OF IMAGINATION MAKES US INFINITE” (John Muir).

The Wonder of Windows

As I consider a kitchen like the one below in a lake house, I’m struck by how we mostly live with functional kitchens lacking imagination.

Magnificent walls of windows in a breathtaking rustic luxe kitchen designed by architect Jeffrey Dungan!

While I’m not advocating second mortgages or going bankrupt…what if we began to more fully embrace the potential for beautiful LIVING in this space in which we spend so much time?

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign
Jeffrey Dungan’s timeless design and architecture…certainly inspiring indeed.

What if we gazed beyond runs of cabinet storage and more thoughtfully considered the quality of light?

Stunning rustic luxe design in a living room with stone walls, ring style chandeliers, and wood plank ceilings - Jeffrey Dungan.

How might daily living in such a space be transformed?

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

While I’ll never live in homes as masterfully imagined as these,

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign
Magnificent timeless kitchens, rooms for living, and bedrooms as well as exteriors.

I find so many clues from the inspiring glimpses of them.

Timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign

Whether it’s the color story, symmetry, broken symmetry, textures, and scale…

Inspirational quote about nature's beauty and wisdom by John Muir on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #johnmuir #naturequotes
“KEEP CLOSE TO NATURE’S HEART…AND BREAK CLEAR AWAY, ONCE IN AWHILE, AND CLIMB A MOUNTAIN OR SPEND A WEEK IN THE WOODS. WASH YOUR SPIRIT CLEAN” (John Muir).

there is all this territory worthy of study.

Meet the Architect

Jeffrey Dungan Book: The Nature of Home

Jeffrey Dungan The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses.
© The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018…certainly inspiring.

Is it modern? Ancient? Otherworldly?

Modern house exterior in Alys Beach. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect

I marvel at such imagination!

Unique stone sink in bathroom. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
Magnificent timeless kitchens, rooms for living, and bedrooms as well as exteriors.

This quote from John Muir is so worth pinning!

Inspirational quote about nature's beauty and wisdom by John Muir on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #johnmuir #naturequotes
“EVERYBODY NEEDS BEAUTY AS WELL AS BREAD, PLACES TO PLAY IN AND PRAY IN, WHERE NATURE MAY HEAL AND GIVE STRENGTH TO BODY AND SOUL” (John Muir).

Serenity & Whispered Beauty

When there’s a quietude to interiors, I am always all ears.

Rustic wood 3-panel door. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect

Because the noise of life can steal so much, and we need restful silence to heal.

Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect

Tranquil, spare interiors may not work for everyone, but surely they are appealing in fresh ways to souls who have grown weary by rises in technology, cultural unrest, and environmental upheaval.

Built in banquette and oval window. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect

Not all of Jeffrey Dungan’s projects are sprawling structures…remember this tiny house he designed!?!

And notice the cozier size of the kitchen below (I’m not completely naive…maybe this is someone’s “pantry” or “dirty kitchen” or “scullery”:

Luxurious kitchen with rustic wood cabinetry. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect

How can rugged wood doors impart a velvety sumptuousness?

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 by Jeffrey Dungan.
©The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses by Jeffrey Dungan, Rizzoli New York, 2018…certainly inspiring!

Thanks to the architect, interior designers, and photographers involved in the execution of these timeless design photos and inspiration. I bow to you in gratitude.

Inspirational quote about nature's beauty and wisdom by John Muir on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #johnmuir #naturequotes
“NATURE IS EVER AT WORK BUILDING AND PULLING DOWN, CREATING AND DESTROYING, KEEPING EVERYTHING WHIRLING AND FLOWING, ALLOWING NO REST BUT IN RHYTHMICAL MOTION, CHASING EVERYTHING IN ENDLESS SONG OUT OF ONE BEAUTIFUL FORM INTO ANOTHER” (John Muir).

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. Connie
    January 21, 2020 / 10:03 am

    Completely in awe of those creations/designs! Many of the photos speak directly to my soul saying “This is you!” 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      January 21, 2020 / 5:34 pm

      Oh the timelessness and the divinity in all of those natural materials which will live on and weather so beautifully. I’m simply in awe and am so happy you found solace in these projects and thoughts. Happy Tuesday, Connie. xox

  2. Amy
    January 21, 2020 / 11:45 am

    I love Jeffrey Dungan…one of my all-time favorites & a fellow Alabamian!😁 I love everything he does, his philosophy, his emphasis on the beauty of nature and how that influences his designs, his simplicity. And I love all the inspiring quotes he accompanies each of his awe-inspiring pics with on his instagram. They are as much fun to read as his pics are to admire! I especially enjoyed hearing his thoughts on the video! I love how he said he designs environments…that he is after creating an experience people who go there will enjoy & remember. That’s what I’d want folks to remember about my home…the environment/experience not just the decor of the house itself. Thanks for this reminder of his incredible work. And I thoroughly enjoyed the nature quotes by John Muir! It is one of my biggest blessings in life to live the second of it on a mountain surrounded by God’s creation after living the first half conveniently in town. Both have wonderful advantages, but I completely concur with Muir that…spending time in the woods – washes your spirit clean & that being surrounded by nature can heal and give strength to body & soul! Thanks for another inspiring/encouraging post, Michele!!

    • Michele
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      January 21, 2020 / 5:32 pm

      Your words of beauty have filled up my senses in a similar way that living in the woods does! What a blessing to live on a mountain with so much beauty and aliveness to remind you of God’s hand in it all. We need nature so badly these days to keep us anchored to truth and point us toward that which is eternal. Jeffrey Dungan creates these living works of art that for me are on the level of sacred cathedrals. They invite reverence not because of monetary value but because of the spirit of devotion and commitment paid to them. Anyone who spends so much time thinking about light and trees surely has discovered sources of enlightenment – how could you not? xox

  3. Karen
    January 26, 2021 / 11:00 am

    Thank you for the lovely post! I long for trees and light and gardens and wildflowers, blue skies and flowing water. I find refreshment in my back yard in summer and in the winter sit in the window longing to find what is beneath the snow and ice. It so helps my mood when I take the time to put on the warm boots and Yak Tracks, the down coat, scarf and mittens and force myself out into the woods near me. (My favorite mittens and warmest are like Bernie’s)

    • Michele
      Author
      January 26, 2021 / 12:13 pm

      Ahhhhh – love this imagery your lovely words have conjured and the longing for all the tightly held buds to eventually open. Yes! I am with you. And you are persuading me to venture out into the snow globe that is my world today. If only for a few minutes! Peace to you, and thank you for adding beauty here.

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