Built to Entertain

Premier Living

BY TORY IRMEGER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL NEUHOFF/CREATIVE REVOLVER

Perched on a bluff with nearly 270-degree views, the Duncan home is a mid-century marvel packed with cherished spaces.

The house, built in the 1970s, drew the Duncan family with its unique, contemporary roofline and unbeatable panoramic vista. Dr. DeAnna Duncan shares that the 3-acre property was also appealing due to the large, flat lawn with nearby trailheads to a waterfall. “In our last house, we lived like a billy goat on the side of the mountain,” DeAnna jokes. “So we were really looking for a level yard for the kids without sacrificing the amazing view.” The home also proved to be an ideal retreat for DeAnna as she navigated serious health issues, and since her recovery she is grateful to have the space to foster healing and community with friends and family.

modern den with white bricks, fireplace, plush carpet, white couches, and sloped ceiling

The recessed den area is a prime example of the house’s capacity for entertainment, as this expansive space can fit quite a crowd. The room boasts several ideal amenities: a home bar, a screened-in fireplace, and a large sectional that can accommodate any party. Even the extra padded plush carpet provides a safe landing pad for rough-and-tumbling kiddos or yogis finding flow during the occasional yoga retreats DeAnna enjoys hosting.

modern den with white bricks, fireplace, plush carpet, and white couches

The recessed den area is a prime example of the house’s capacity for entertainment, as this expansive space can fit quite a crowd. The room boasts several ideal amenities: a home bar, a screened-in fireplace, and a large sectional that can accommodate any party. Even the extra padded plush carpet provides a safe landing pad for rough-and-tumbling kiddos or yogis finding flow during the occasional yoga retreats DeAnna enjoys hosting.

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balcony overlooking the Chattanooga valley

Throughout the house, the combination of architectural elements with mid-century modern furnishings gives the space a distinctly retro aesthetic. Hardwood flooring and shiplap ceilings add warm timber tones, while patterned textiles and upholstery infuse the home with comfort. Custom art pieces form gallery walls that are eclectic and intriguing.

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Dr. DeAnna Duncan with sons Duncan and Preston Cannon

“I’ve always liked modern design,” shared DeAnna. “But this house helped me lean into more mid-century styles, which fits well with the exterior.” 

As much as there is to appreciate inside, the house is structured to feature the views. A wide array of picture windows and glass doorways open up the home to the horizon. Exposed brick on the interior, as with the fireplace wall in the den, works with these observations points to create an indoor-outdoor feel.

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duncan's orange lounge room

Each step through the home reveals a new aspect of its personality, from bright pops of color to recycled and reimagined textures. One such room showcasing this pomp is a lounge aptly dubbed the “Orange Room.” Sporting all shades of tangerine, the Orange Room is full of fiery warmth and ‘60s pop art flourishes.

Bookshelves in a shade of russet compose a miniature library, while vinyl-covered benches offer a unique sitting area. This is a favorite area for the Duncan family, where they can curl up for a movie, hang out with friends, or settle in for a siesta.

modern kitchen with window ceiling, bright white accents

Abutting the Orange Room is the kitchen, which is relatively unadorned with color but spunky with retro-style appliances. Flat paneled cabinetry offers plenty of storage space, while silver hardware pops against a white backdrop. The kitchen is bathed in natural light due to a central skylight as well as wall-to-wall windows that DeAnna added.

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dining area with lots of warm and bright colors

Rounding out the primary living area, a dining room sports yellow ochre walls and fun, sculptural fixtures. A glass-topped table seats six, and sliding glass doors provide easy access to the porch. From here, guests can spill out onto the deck on a nice evening or take a quiet dinner al fresco.

master suite with sloped ceiling, large windows, plush pink colors, and mirrored sliding doors

In contrast to the bright oranges and yellows of the main level, the master suite incorporates plush pinks and warm wicker tones. Here, modern furnishings blend with older embellishments, such as a vintage suitcase and retired treadle-foot Singer machine. Around the corner, a walk-in closet provides luxurious storage space behind mirrored sliding doors.

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bathroom suite with sloped ceiling and multiple mirror doors

This cozy master suite is lined with picture windows as well as a personal porch, ensuring a bird’s-eye view of the morning rays.  “I wasn’t much of a sunrise person before I lived here,” DeAnna shares. “But now I set an alarm just for the view. It’s gorgeous, it’s changed my entire morning routine.”

infinity pool overlooking sunset in chattanooga

Stepping onto the deck, guests arrive at the pièce de résistance of the Duncan home. An infinity pool spills seamlessly into the horizon – a feature that DeAnna designed for use at her yoga and healing retreats. Other features include an outdoor shower as well as several seating vignettes offering spaces for conversation and sightseeing. The Duncan family is sure to be found here catching glimpses of distant fireworks on New Year’s or the Fourth of July.

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the duncan home backyard

On a clear day, guests can make out specks of cars moving along the highway below and the Blue Ridge Mountains rising in the distance. With pristine views and a brightly curated collection, the Duncan home was built to be shared with friends and loved ones.

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