The Huebner Home
Photo courtesy of Norman Hersom
Mary and Randy Huebner relocated from a modern home on the West side to their 1924 Eastmoreland Prairie Style gem three years ago. They had always loved the charm of Eastmoreland and are thrilled to be close to their daughter and grandchildren who live the nearby in Arletta neighborhood. The Huebners have infused a modern touch into their home while retaining many classic original details, resulting in a serene ode to family and creativity.
The house sits atop a raised corner lot, where guests are received through a gracious, recently redone front entry. A neutral palette in the living and dining rooms provides a perfect backdrop for Mr. Huebner’s original art, immediately drawing the eye is to its lively colors and whimsical elements. Here is where a series of Mount Hood-inspired works that can be seen throughout the home begin. An archway and original wood flooring with an inlay design define the dining room, where a mid-century Nelson light fixture floats above the inviting table.
Remodeled within the last year, the kitchen boasts clean lines, quartz countertops and updated appliances. Guests will notice a small alcove with an arch overhead, echoing the dining room entry. A family room off the kitchen leads into the hallway, which provides access to the main floor master bedroom, bath and home office.
Just outside exists an oasis, complete with a clean flagstone patio installation, bubbling fountain, established landscaping and fire pit. Ambience is heightened by low voltage lighting surrounding the space. The Huebners can be found (or heard) enjoying their outdoor retreat with friends and family on warm nights.
Back inside, stairs ascend to one of the many hearts of the Huebner home — the art studio. Restored hand-crank windows encircle the room on three sides, allowing natural light to pour in throughout the day. A half bath displays an original medicine cabinet and hexagonal tile characteristic of 1920’s design. Many works in various states of completion can be seen in the studio, including a piece from the “Bag-head” series and a comical interpretation of historical figures. Most precious, however, are the works pinned to a large bulletin board — solo pieces created by the Huebner’s grandson as well as grandfather/grandson collaborations.
The finished basement, also recently updated, lends itself perfectly to an informal family gathering. Smart use of space under the stairwell provides an activity station for both grandchildren to enjoy. A storage room and separate guest room feature artwork from a period when Mr. Huebner was inspired by modern shapes. A bedroom for the grandchildren is equal parts play, create, and rest; featuring a piece from the “Godzilla” series and a collaged portion of the Huebner’s son’s math homework.
A large remodeled full bath rounds out the basement. Reconfigured to enhance function, this space blends modern and natural elements, fostering a spa-like atmosphere. A wall hanging comprised of wood, air plants, and mixed mosses grounds the space and heated textured linen tile floors ensure comfort year-round.
A spirit of modern elegance and whimsy has allowed for the successful melding of distinct style period details, design and personal artifacts. The Huebner home breathes new life into the phrase “going to grandma’s.”
Drawing of the Huebner Home by 5th Grader, Elsie Bradford