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When tackling a new build project for a high-profile Stillwater family, architect Scott Vrooman of Tri-Arch made sure the space would both meet the needs and reflect the interests of the active family.

“When we started the process we thought we knew what we wanted,” the owner shares, adding that she soon realized her family needed something more.

After sharing with Vrooman and interior designer Mary Kreider what was important to them as a family, the creative team came up with a space tailor-made for the young family.

“We use every inch of that house. They did an amazing job,” the owner adds.

Vrooman began with an inspiration piece.

“We found a circular window used in the old Gallagher-Iba arena and used elements from that throughout the home,” he says of the intricate, curved designs as well as detailed ceiling and beam work.

The curved, intersecting theme is also reflected in the design of the front door, created by Cox Interiors of Campbellsville, Ky., along with the detailed beam work in the formal living room.

“I loved that sense of organized randomness,” Kreider says of the dark wood beams. From the kitchen to the master bedroom each ceiling is at once unique and unifying to the home’s design.

While the family has a shared interest in sports, the owners do have differing styles.

“One has a more rustic style, while the other likes a unique, eclectic feel. It was our job to blend those in order to create a personalized space for them and their young family,” Vrooman says of the owners.

The result was a lodge-like exterior with muted, rustic stone and gas lanterns across the front, with an interior that exudes an eclectic, Mediterranean feel with linen tones and exquisite lighting. 

In creating the interior, the owner wanted to be sure it was comfortable yet distinctive.

“She is not one for overbearing or vibrant tones, so the palette features earth tones. It’s all very subtle and elegant,” Kreider says.

The team brought pops of color to the rooms by adding modern artwork selected from the Phoenix Art Group.

The owner wanted the lighting to be unique and distinctive throughout the home, and that was achieved with the help of Corbett Luxury Lighting. The pendant lighting hanging in the clubroom and the pendant chandelier in the formal dining room are standout pieces. However, the piece de resistance of the collection is the large silver and gold pendant light that hangs above the island in the kitchen.

“This was a tough piece to find. We both had an idea in mind and kept searching, but when we saw this we both just said, ‘Wow,’” Kreider says.

In addition to all the ceiling work, the floor design is also the custom work of Kreider. 

The patterned flooring is a mix of porcelain tiling and hand-scratched wood, like that featured in the Atherton Hotel at OSU, located on the campus in Stillwater. In addition to the kitchen, the floor design appears throughout the home, including in the entryway and living area.

The master bath design is also a particular favorite of the owners. With a barrel-vaulted ceiling and translucent onyx countertops that light up, it encourages luxurious relaxation. A paneled wall mirror equipped with a 50-inch television mounted inside adds the final touch.

It’s not all relaxation, though, for this active family.

Leading out of the clubroom through floor-to ceiling French doors is the outdoor living area complete with a pool and waterfall system that feed one another.

Because the backyard is at a slope, Vrooman worked with the builder to create a system that allows a gradual descent. The play pool is off the back of the home and comes complete with a slide and an infinity edge that feeds the pool below through a waterfall. 

The family also has access to a pond where kids can enjoy catching tadpoles and fishing. In the front area through the porte-cochere is an area to play basketball both outdoors and indoors.

“It all flows together so easily,” the owner shares. “We love every room in the house.”

While paying homage to a great sport, this unique Oklahoma residence has created a place where they and their young children can grow and family memories can be made.

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