A set of grass covered steps leads from the main house down to the paddocks and barn area. To define this feature from the lower level, natural stone was added to the face of the steps. This addition allows for a pop of color in the landscaping as well as creates a separation between upper and lower spaces.
There are seven new fenced-in horse paddocks that cover most of the home's acreage. These new spaces allow for several riders and their horses to graze, train or simply enjoy a day of casual riding without disturbing one another.
With the farm's most recent renovation, the humans aren't the only ones who get a new, elegant space. The homeowners' equine friends got seven new fenced in paddocks for more space to run free, a new, larger barn area, as well as riding trails that wind throughout the property.
The Huron River, a 130-mile-long river runs through Ann Arbor before emptying into Lake Erie. Running through several parks, the Huron River is a hub for outdoor recreation, including canoeing, kayaking and fishing. With a generally slow current and only minor rapids or obstructions, the Huron River has prime canoeing conditions. Fishermen can find blue crappie, largemouth bass, rock bass sunfish, catfish, trout and more varieties of fish living in the water
This modern kitchen breakfast nook has midcentury modern furnishings, including red upholstered dining chairs, white dining table, and blue upholstered banquette bench, as well as black and white patterned wall tile, midcentury modern brass pendant, and bass window valences with roman shades.
A painting by artist Math Bass creates a focal point above a mirrored console on this west-facing wall. The nearby dining table by actor-turned-interior designer Billy Haines is topped by Alex Israel’s “Risky Business," a cut glass replica of the famed egg from the 1983 film of the same name. The homeowner's art collection is showcased throughout the renovated penthouse.
The Culinary Getaway: South Africa
The brainchild of International Hall of Fame golfer and award-winning vintner, Ernie Els, Big Easy Winebar & Grills serve sophisticated South African comfort food, with locations in Durban, Stellenbosch and Dubai. And now, Mike McLaurin is taking the reins as Executive Chef of their first U.S. property in the vibrant Brickell neighborhood of Miami. Throughout his gastronomic career, he’s cultivated extensive knowledge of international cuisines as well as wood-fired techniques and flavors, holding positions at Del Frisco’s Grille, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar and Bravo Cucina Italiana. He’s excited to bring his diverse background to Big Easy Miami to give guests an authentic taste of South African cuisine. The curries and steaks are must-haves, along with the Big Easy Signature Burger, Cape Malay Seafood Pot and the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly lollipop smothered in a sweet and spicy braai “bbq sauce”—that wowed guests at the SOBEWFF BACARDÍ Rum & Bass Beach Party featuring Walshy Fire. When he’s not cooking, McLaurin loves baking and spending time with his two daughters.