Near a Mountain Brook – Photographing a Rustic Retreat

July 19th, 2015

Our van descended the steep incline to the entry of the designer’s home in the mountains near Highlands, North Carolina. The home, aptly named “Falling Water”, is inviting and comforting in the way it embraces its surroundings and invites them in though spectacular views of forest and water. My photographic assistants and I had driven over from a shoot some miles away and met up with my wife, Loretta, the stylist on the shoot who had driven up from Miami to meet us. We were prepared for several days of a concentrated effort. I was charged with the task of photographing the home for its designer/owner and for a future of magazine articles about it. The home was a challenge through a variety of unpredictable weather conditions – sunny, rainy, foggy – all that summertime in the mountains has to offer up. Nonetheless, it was a pleasure to photograph.

 

 

Water Cascades over Falls - Home in the Distance

Water Cascades Noisily over a Series of Small Falls – The Mountain Home in the Distance

 

From the rear balcony, you can hear the sounds of the water pouring over the small falls.

From the rear balcony, you can hear the sounds of the water pouring over the falls.

 

Living Room Table with Panoramic View Forest and Steam

Living Room Table with Panoramic View Forest and Steam

 

 

Small Gathering Spot Takes Advantage of the Forest View

Small Gathering Spot Takes Advantage of the Forest View

 

 

The Kitchen with Mountain Fog Beyond

The Kitchen with Foggy View Beyond

 

 

Bonnie Muxo Residence, NC

The Dining Table with Kitchen Beyond

 

 

Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom – traditional style, warm and comforting with a rustic fireplace and adjoining balcony overlooking the stream and forest.

 

 

Bonnie Muxo Residence, NC

Each bathroom is warmed by a fireplace

 

 

Bonnie Muxo Residence, NC

The liberal use of native river-stones in the bathroom brings the outside world into contact with the interior one.

 

Dining in the Foreground with Living Room Beyond

This multi-purpose space serves an active family as dining room, game room and living room.

 

Across a Small Bridge to the Home's Back Yard

Across a Small Bridge to the Home’s Back Yard

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