Contemporary Comfortable Home from Dennis T’Jampens Architectural Projects

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Sometimes it’s not easy to find a modern home that’s also full of light — but Dennis T’Jampens brings it about in Destelbergen, with care and custom details. To T’Jampen’s trademark uses of neutral, warm tones against a background of white, this design adds the architectural detail of skylights over the stairwell and the bathtub – additional splashes of light in areas that might otherwise be shadowed. Bringing the outside in are cheerful windows — a pair over the kitchen sink and a wide-angle panel in the living room. Also, in the living room and augmenting the coziness of leather chairs, couch, and patterned rug, you find a wide fireplace; the eat-in kitchen adds umber-toned cabinets and stainless steel to the palette and an easy, convenient layout for quick meals or entertaining. And little surprises are tucked into the minimalist approach: a handy counter serves as a beverage bar or a work space; behind charcoal-toned sliding doors are shelves for dishes, books, or miscellany, and open shelves also surround the fireplace, giving the owners a prime spot to display ceramics and other art.

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The bathroom continues the clean, neutral palette of pale sand-colored tiles and white accents, while at the same time providing space and luxury for a good pampering. A wide shower, plus a deep soaking tub, give you options for refreshment and relaxation — even a starlit soak, with a skylight for gazing above. There’s room enough for two to wash or get ready for work, with double sinks and a wall of mirrors, illuminated by uncluttered recessed lighting in the ceiling; it’s efficiency without austerity. The sum of it is simple: neutrals, warmth, and light give Destelbergen all the freshness of modern…with no harsh edges.

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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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