By Denise DePaolo

Dramatic, yet cozy. Modern, yet homey. The Scandanavian-inspired Brookings house Dusten and Shalene Hendrickson share with their three children is full of beautiful contradictions.

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“Every single room, we wanted to have something to look at, some texture and some sort of wow factor,” explained Dusten, who owns Brookings Built Green.

“I’m a design build contractor,” he said. “So I start from someone giving me their idea, then I do everything for them.”

Shalene, a stay at home mom, tells us that the home took two years to design.april home     april home1 april home4

The first room we check out is off the entryway, through a pair of modern barn doors. The paint is dark and the feel is decidedly masculine. Near the window sits a vintage leather Ralph Lauren chair.

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“We wanted this room to have the feel of a smokers lounge,” said Shalene.

Dustin added, “I think we achieved it. Once you close these doors, it feels even cozier.”

If one presumed that this room set the tone for the rest of the house, they would be sorely mistaken.

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The house beyond the den is blindingly bright, airy and dramatic. Immediately to the right of the entry is a sunken dining room with a built-in buffet. The lighting fixture is straight out of a 1920s Hollywood hotel.

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A boot room with a drawer-lined bench, ornate coat hooks, and turquoise mosaic-patterned throw pillows sits across from the dining room, tucked beneath a towering stainless steel and pale wood staircase.

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“There’s pretty much a great view from every window in the house,” said Dusten. “We didn’t realize that until we moved in. And the way the house is positioned, it’s absolutely perfect for the most amount of sunlight.”

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To read the full article, pick up the April issue of 605 Magazine or click here.

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