If Heather and Matt Dozier’s house looks like it could be at home in the South Pacific, then consider this project a success. Heather’s Filipina mother and Matt’s childhood in Hawaii were two major influences, along with the couple’s travels to Southeast Asian destinations like Vietnam.
“We wanted a modern flair with Asian elements—I guess what you’d call ‘Modern Balinese,’” says Matt, citing their wish list for the custom house: wood, glass, and stone as prominent materials; low-pitched eaves on the roof; and a water element. “My mother asked if we really wanted our house to look like a resort,” says Matt. “And I told her: We absolutely do.”
The house wraps around a courtyard with a sleek pool and firepit. “We wanted a seamless quality of the outside and inside coming together, like you see in Hawaii,” says Heather. “From almost every part of the house, you can see the pool.”
Architect Joel Kelly and principal designer Whitney Ray of Wyeth Ray Interiors brought the project to life, deftly balancing scale and aesthetics. “They showed us images of resorts in Bali and Southeast Asia,” says Whitney, “but the common concept was to create a sense of warmth with layers of natural textures. They wanted a modern home flooded with sunlight.” The great room, with its 15-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sheer draperies, stacked-stone fireplace, and sculptural play of pendant lights, delivers drama in a calming way. Throughout the house, antiques and natural woods ensure that the modern design feels organic and relaxing.
Heather and Matt, both physicians, are often up before dawn, so the peaceful home is “sanity-saving” after a long day, she says.
“When they’re inside this house and courtyard, they’re essentially in a world of their own,” says Joel. “It’s a resort for everyday living.”
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