A Rich, Artful Retreat In Ashland

A Rich, Artful Retreat In Ashland

The cliff-hugging, contemporary house with its grand eyeful of the southern Rogue Valley was a serendipitous fit for Shanti and Goa Lobaugh. The couple wanted a home with high ceilings, simple lines and a linear flow to serve as a backdrop for their impressive collection of furniture, textiles and art.

"What's not to love about this house with its almost big city, brownstone feel on the inside?" asks Shanti. "It speaks of comfort and easy entertaining with an emphasis on beauty."

The couple moved into the 3,300-square-foot, four bedroom, 3.5 bath home in 2004, about three years after it was built. Then they started to envision how to make it even more perfect.

Working with Ashland architectural artist Tom Stammers and Annie McIntyre of McIntyre Interiors in Ashland, the Lobaughs began developing an "earthy, Pan-Asian-meets-Mediterranean" color palette to showcase their eclectic belongings.

Big, rich hues start in the entry with merlot walls. Here, a Buddha sits atop an altar, setting a peaceful tone, while a red Afghani rug adds depth to oak floors.

Under an expansive arch on the right is the family room, where the merlot stretches along the longest wall before turning left and embracing an intimate breakfast nook. A conversation area invites with comfortable seating around an antique Chinese wooden coffee table. Below is a hand-stitched Tibetan silk rug in gold, orange and mustard.

Overseeing the space is a piece of visionary art by Wingmaker called Chamber Six. An angel ascending from a vortex, the artwork is one of the couple's many evocatively spiritual images.

"The art tells the story of what moves us, and speaks to our eclectic nature," says Shanti.

The warm family room is divided from a cabinet-lined kitchen by a 9-foot-long, granite-topped island. An embedded sink, wine rack, bookshelves and drawers make the island do double duty as furniture. Soft green walls keep the space functional and understated.

An opening from the kitchen leads to a formal dining room. Faux painted in a dark paprika with an overcoat of gold foil, the room bows to another Wingmaker piece, two John Pitre paintings and the couple's custom dining room table.

Long and sturdy, the table comes alive with a carved Buddha in the center, snow-capped mountains, sacred symbols and lotus flowers. The border is lined with quotes from Goa.

Chairs covered in purple micro fiber and dressed with big buttons in back give the room its playful formality.

Both the dining room and the nearby living room are accessed under double-sized arches. In the living room, the inside of the arch is painted a deep cobalt blue to match a faux dome built by Stammers.

The dome was used to make the room smaller by visually dropping the 22-foot ceiling.

French doors open onto a front deck while a gas fireplace, Chinese dressers, a faux fur-covered futon and a Thai brass table with hookah and floor pillows have turned this room into what Shanti calls the Temple Space. This is also where Goa, who moonlights with local bands, displays his collection of 12 didgeridoos.

Down the stairs, past a limited edition Salvador Dali print, two Bev Doolittles and two Tibetan tanghkas, is the media room. Decorated with Goa's photographs of Africa, Tibet, Belize and Egypt, the room's warm, nutty colors and red sectional are a nod to fun and relaxation.

In the second floor master suite, the Lobaughs matched their antique walnut dresser with a big, wood-framed bed. Soft, peachy plastering gives the room more visual texture.

Shanti helped design the rich purple velvet drapes with billowing silk sheers that Goa wired to open and close using a remote control. A matching purple velvet duvet cover gets the royal Moroccan treatment with persimmon-colored sheets that are echoed by the persimmon towels in the attached bath.

Similar luxury, detail and focus on artwork continues through the home's guest bedroom, office, baths and Shanti's healing arts treatment room.

"Our home is our sanctuary," says Shanti. "I like it to be a symbol of relaxation, rejuvenation and comfort."

This artful Ashland home is also a symbol of meaningful travel, both near and far.

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