Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 50


'Mountain Modern'
in Harpers Ferry

The Fossett-Fox family finds a soulful balance
between rustic Arts and Crafts and modern
mountain home aesthetic.
by Mikenna Pierotti
Photography by Carla Witt Ford

In 2008 Leslie Fossett-Fox and Gregg Fox
were pushing through the thick underbrush of a steep lot on Mission
Ridge, trying to imagine balancing a
house on that narrow mountain lip
overlooking the Shenandoah River.
It would be five years before their
custom Harpers Ferry home would
rise from the hard-packed earth, but
the Fossett-Foxes weren't willing to
settle for anything less than their
dream - what Tracy Moller, residential designer, drafter and owner
of Fine Line Home Design in Maryland, calls "a modern interpretation of an Arts and Crafts mountain
home." Leslie just calls it a "a house
with a soul."
In 2015 the Fossett-Fox home
rises organically from the tree line
despite its angular silhouette and
striking tower feature. Yet its size
is deceptive. From the home's long
driveway the structure's sheer elevation gives an imposing feel - a dusky
blue castle hidden in thick green
forest. But open the front door into
the nearly two-story great room and
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an adjacent bank of wide windows
opens up the space like a breath of
mountain air.
"When you open the door it's
like you've been invited to share
this incredibly inspiring, secret panoramic view," Moller says.
The more than 3,000-square-foot
Mission Ridge home is a breathtaking marriage of Arts and Crafts style
and a modern rustic aesthetic. Faux
timber beams, barn doors, etched
glass and heavy brackets pair well
with clean lines and contemporary
details like cable railings and recessed lighting. In the great room,
muted colors frame reclaimed barn
wood inlaid into wall recesses while
a massive stone fireplace is both centerpiece and window into a timberframed screened porch. A spacious
kitchen beckons culinary arts and
conversation with a wide banquette
and energy efficient appliances hidden from view behind white maple
paneling.
An unexpected spiral staircase
leads to a tower bedroom/sitting


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015

Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
SUP in the Mountains?
Northern Shenandoah Weekend
A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
From the Editor / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Creature Feature
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Mountian Garden
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 6
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Festivals & Events
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 16
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Country Roads
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - SUP in the Mountains?
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Northern Shenandoah Weekend
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 51
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mountian Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Guest Column
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