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A Place Between: A Virginia Home Inspired by Japanese and Italian Architecture

Homeowners play with form and function with their Charlottesville, Virginia, home.



The husband and wife team of professional architects designed their home as a modern expression of Japanese grid organization.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
The outside decking is treated with nonhazardous ACQ preservative, rather than arsenic and chromium.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
Allison Ewing and Chris Hays have built a riverfront home with sweeping views to the south, yet urban Charlottesville, Virginia, is just minutes away.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
As these homeowner-architects designed their home in a grid pattern, they gave more space to the family areas and melded the dining room and kitchen.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
This Rolf Benz (www.rolf-benz.de/ unternehmen/e_start.html) sofa and square table lamp accentuate the simplicity of clean lines.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
The aesthetic of the master bathroom, outfitted with dual basins and exposed metal pipe, centers on light and reflection and a clean balance between function and form.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
Allison Ewing and Chris Hays sit with, son, Christopher, and daughter, Emily.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
A hanging basket on a pulley is a playful touch in Christopher’s room.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
Elegant dresses from a local secondhand store decorate the entrance to the children’s room.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
The children’s play area articulates the home’s open design and allows plenty of light in through the windows.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
The bedroom creates a snug private space, completing the international flavor of the home with an Italian-designed hanging lamp and a wall hanging from China.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
Allison Ewing and Chris Hays have built a riverfront home with sweeping views to the south, yet urban Charlottesville, Virginia, is just minutes away.
Allison Ewing and Chris Hays have built a riverfront home with sweeping views to the south, yet urban Charlottesville, Virginia, is just minutes away.





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