Modern Meets Huntsman
What happens when a savvy interior designer and a retired pro football player, who incidentally loves to hunt, decide to build a home in the Pacific Northwest?
What happened in the case of Jilleen and Jake Scott is a stunning house overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene where modern farmhouse meets hunter . . . timeless and effortless style with a touch of vintage and global eclectic.
Football fans probably already have heard of Jake Scott, 35, who played four years with the Indiana Colts (including the Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears), another four with the Tennessee Titans and one year for the Philadelphia Eagles. Born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho, Scott started his career in high school and played for the University of Idaho Vandals during his college years.
Jilleen Scott, 36, a self-described city girl, is a runner and mother whose passion for photography and art fairs shows up throughout the home. An interior designer for the past 15 years, Jilleen owns JH Design Interiors, and works with clients all over the country.
So when it came to building the #scotthomestead as the popular Scott home is known on social media, she says she put her heart and soul into creating a comfortable, elegant space for her family of four.
The Scotts, who were married in 2012 while Jake was still playing pro football, have two boys, Granville, 3, and Anders, 18 months.
The couple moved to the area in 2014 and broke ground on the house in July after working with Mitchell Barnett Architects PC, in Nashville.
“We moved in June 2015. I purchased furniture during the building process and had current pieces already,” Jilleen Scott says.
“I’ve built several homes so when we decided that this was going to be our ‘home home,’ I knew exactly what I wanted,” Jilleen says. “There’s not anything in this whole house that I regret.”
A Grand Affair
The 7,000-plus square foot house is situated on 186 acres of land on a hill overlooking Loffs Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The home has five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms and an everywoman’s laundry/mudroom with a gift-wrap station and separate creativity nook for the kids.
White shiplap creates a clean, open feel throughout the open concept design of the house, and tall vertical windows from floor to soaring cathedral ceilings open the house to spectacular views of the lake and surrounding pine trees.
“Shiplap is timeless. It’s been around forever,” Jilleen says. “It’s so clean. I like it because I wanted a white, clean house and of course I have two boys, but so far it’s been good with them.”
The large, airy house has a modern chef’s kitchen with an oversized island that flows into an informal eating area. The charming living room, with its circa 1800s limestone fireplace imported from France, reveals what Scott does so well: mixing different eras with furnishings, textiles and lighting to create something familiar yet original and fresh.
Open shelving on either side of the fireplace provides a background for the couple’s wedding photography and favorite artists like Ed Nash, a Nashville abstract painter, and Leroy Neiman, an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events.
A breeze-through butler’s pantry between the formal dining and living room features two facing four-foot rustic wooden wine racks on one wall below a thoroughly modern shimmering veil of ball chain which adds an industrial touch to the Victorian design of an opulent crystal glass and iron light overhead.
Usually found in Victorian mansions of old, butler’s pantries are making a comeback—becoming a standard inclusion in new home designs around the country.
The facing wall features a mirrored backsplash, petite sink and glass door cabinets creating an easy flow when the couple entertains—which is often.
“We entertain a lot,” Jilleen says. “And we cook a lot. I think I’m a pretty good chef. Jake just shot a black bear last spring and he smoked it. We used it in lasagna and other dishes and the smoke taste was so rich.”
Jilleen says she honed her cooking skills when Jake worked long hours during football season.
“He wouldn’t get home until seven at night and of course he’d be starving,” she says. “I just started cooking and really liking it. It’s definitely something I enjoy doing.”
Just past the butler’s pantry, black matte walls in the formal dining room allow the focus to fall on the two unusual light fixtures above the elm plank table with pedestal legs. The reclaimed table is made with timbers salvaged from dismantled industrial buildings. Each piece is handmade by a single carpenter using traditional methods according to the Bungalow Classic.com website where the table was purchased.
Wood floors throughout the house are “French oak all made overseas. I like the grey oak color in them. And they’re very durable of course,” she adds.
Wood beams from a dilapidated old red barn on the property create dramatic style in a nearby hall leading to two of the bedrooms.
“We took the salvage wood from the floors of our barn to create this detail,” Jilleen says, pointing to beams in the vaulted ceiling which contrast nicely with the white shiplap walls.
It’s taken awhile for Jilleen to adjust to mountain living after growing up outside Chicago she says, but her ability to mix modern and vintage with hunting lodge accouterments like a pig’s skull and a boar’s head from one of Jake’s hunting trips—while still maintaining a charming cohesive look—is no easy feat.
“Jake shot the boar in Tennessee,” she says. “And yes they’re very scary looking.
“I can do animal heads and other relics that are rustic, and as long as it’s mixed with modern I can pull it off. All of the exposed wood that you see throughout the house is from our barn,” she adds.
Downstairs near an outside door—outside of which a pool will be located—a large bathroom and changing area are nestled into a corner.
“This whole room was made up to be the pool house bath,” Jilleen says. “You can see this is where my husband strips after hunting so he’s not going through the house. He’ll shower down here and get all cleaned up. And when you have small boys coming in from outside it’s nice to have this.”
Nearby in a huge theatre room with sumptuous seating, jerseys from Jake’s football career are mounted in glass boxes along two of the walls. A wine cellar, and a gym are projects in progress, and several roomy storage areas hold accessories and home décor.
“Our kids are so young they don’t really sit through entire movies, but we did have a Superbowl party down here this year that was a lot of fun,” she says.
Outside, behind the house, is a patio complete with outdoor dining and cooking area with ceiling fans that also are heat lamps, and classic outdoor furniture surrounds a custom made concrete table from Spokane-based Concrete Habitat, a “modern, concrete design studio.”
“This is one of the pieces I bought from the Farm Chicks Antique Show this year,” says Jilleen, pointing to a table centerpiece.
An oversized hot tub takes up another corner on the patio with a wood surround designed and built by the Scotts.
Although many Midwest and Southern vendors were used to furnish the house, all the concrete countertops and tables, patio furniture, and some vintage pieces were purchased locally.
“We work with local people a lot. We worked with a local guy who did all the masonry,” she adds.
“We designed the house around the views of the lake. You can see the lake from every room on the back side. We took advantage of that. Jake and I wanted more of a ranch style with a guest quarters upstairs,” she says.
The upstairs guest quarters are currently inundated with boy’s toys but will eventually serve as a guest suite.
“It has a kitchen with microwave and coffee area as well as a bedroom and bath,” she adds. “But right now it’s a kids play area. It’s where my mom will stay when she comes to visit.”
Any visitors will undoubtedly thoroughly enjoy their time in this spectacular Coeur d’Alene home.
Judith Spitzer is an independent journalist living and working in the Pacific Northwest.
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