Atrium, Pool, and Endless Views: Crau House by Nico van der Meulen

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In the shadow of a traditional-styled mansion with contemporary “feel,” an inviting swimming pool, outdoor living space, and intriguing atrium and windowed stairways create a unique interpretation of modern style by Nico van der Meulen. This Crau house is clearly the domain of people who love the outdoors — and want to bring it inside with them without fuss. From the gracious entryway with its vintage clock and elegant foyer accents, you can see directly into a lush tropical garden that seems part of the very home décor itself. Look more closely and you see that it is, indeed, a garden and so much more: open to illumination from outdoors, it’s a double-height central “courtyard” that hosts tall, feathery trees, lush ferns, and a tiny pond with a soothing water wall.

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Pause for conversation in a sitting area that’s open-air, and you’re only steps away from a fabulous pool and spa edged in spotless limestone decking and bordered by tall trees. More water, and a rambling wood path, are visible from the deck….but you might leave that for tomorrow; tonight’s delights may include dinner around the outdoor barbecue, stargazing from the second-floor terrace, or a leisurely bubble bath in the soaking tub with its own view. Every room in the house welcomes the sunlight and starlight through expansive windows; every room holds just the right balance of modern artistry and thoroughly comfortable style. In the midst of rolling lawns, the house shines like a jewel in the night…a sophisticated, subtly luxurious home with the van der Meulen touch.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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