Architectural Travels

Last month we re-visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kinney House in Lancaster WI. It was the first time we had been back since our initial scouting trips to meet the owners and prepare the property for rental.  We found the restoration of the massive polygonal flagstone fireplace and hearth to be most exciting!  

What sets the Kinney House apart from other similar houses that Wright designed is the high quality of its construction, its state of preservation, its excellently maintained condition and its continuous history of single family ownership. Definitely one of the most intact and original of all the Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Wisconsin. 

Stay here to immerse yourself in Wright’s remarkable “diamond module” plan, which results in unique rooms that seem to unfold before you. As a example of Wright’s non-rectilinear Usonian vocabulary, the Kinney House provides you with a rare opportunity to experience firsthand what it would be like to live in Wright’s “democratic” architecture.

And what better time to visit the Kinney House than 2017 - the celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday!  Taliesin (the architect’s beloved home and studio - just an hour away) has a number of special events and activities planned to celebrate Wright this year - film, photography, music, a children’s program, anniversary gala and even the “Tour du Taliesin” bike ride. 

Book before April 1st and enjoy $150 off your stay at the Kinney House by using Promo Code FRANK150 when checking out.

PlansMatter in Artful Living

We are thrilled to be part of Artful Living Magazine's 2017 Winter Travel issue! Thank you for including us!  Be sure to check out Artful Living for beautiful design and engaging content focused on the best of the North. We love it. 

The magazine selected Gunflint Lake Cabin (VJAA), Saddle Peak House (Sant Architects) and Pole House (Frank Dixon) as their picks for design-driven vacation stays.

If you are a regular reader of our newsletter you already know that Gunflint Lake Cabin is our favorite place for a northern winter getaway.  Enough said (for now).

Admittedly, we are a little nutty about design - do you find this article about Saddle Peak House’s glass mosaic tile and pool as interesting as we do?  The first “elevated perimeter overflow pool”.  Wow.  Kudos to Sant Architects for not compromising on the design.

Visiting Pole House (an Australian icon) this year is on our wish list.  We love the backstory -  the house was designed AND BUILT by architect/engineer Frank Dixon in the 1960s/1970s. It was his dream. Apparently, he got “a vision to construct a house-on-pole” while recouping from a surfing accident.  Cowabunga! 

These three properties (and so many more) are available through PlansMatter. 


Please, please, please - can we stay here? Is this the future of cabins? Here are three “Muji Huts” designed by Naota Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Gricic. They are made from wood, cork, and aluminum. We frequently buy Muji’s minimalist designs from their US online store so why not a cabin too? Available in 2017. $25-40,000.

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