Outside In

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The Drurys like the look of an extra-thick countertop and chose high-polished white Geolux quartz for the exterior counters and Madre Perla quartzite for the island.

A floating soffit above the island helps make the 10-foot ceilings look less expansive, and a geometric LED lighting fixture provides a stunning focal point.

Glass tambour doors roll up to reveal storage for the Drurys’ small appliances, serveware, and a TV. “We have the cable news on a lot, so it was a plus that we had a TV you could hide,” Gail says.

The kitchen is laid out so Jim can cook on one side of the island while Gail mixes drinks, preps table settings, or washes dishes on the other side. “We were always on top of each other in the kitchen of our old house,” she says.

As president of Drury Design, Gail Drury spends her days doing the incredibly personal work of collaborating with homeowners to create functional, beautiful spaces. One of her most recent projects, however, was more personal than ever: a new-build home in Winfield for her and husband Jim. “I wanted to do what I’ve done for my customers for the last 30 years,” Gail says. After finding a wooded lot, they hired builder David Olseng to bring their vision of a modern, nature-inspired home to life. “A lot of elements of the home were inspired by our ski trips out to Park City,” says Jim, vice president of Drury: white oak floors, walnut cabinetry, stacked stone, plus expansive windows that help bring the outside in.

“We didn’t want a separate dining room,” Gail says of the home’s main living space, “but we did need a table that seated 12 people.” They designed the custom table, which has a polished stainless steel base and a wood top stained to match the doors throughout the home. Two swivel chairs create a seating nook on one end of the dining table. “That’s where I sit and watch the birds,” Gail says. A wooden soffit bisects the space, making the high-ceilinged room feel cozier. “We brought the same stone [used on the exterior] on the inside of the house for some accent areas,” builder David Olseng says.
The Drurys’ office features two workspaces and a clean-lined look where everything has a place. “We didn’t want your traditional bookcases, so that’s why I did the thicker shelves, so they’re a little more like furniture,” Gail says. Custom cabinetry with interior roll-outs hide away different kinds of equipment, including shredders, printers, and computer towers.

Photos by Eric Hausman Photography