Douglas & Caryl’s Worldly Zen-Inspired Home — House Tour

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Thanks, Douglas Caryl! Caryl’s long career as a dance professor – her area of expertise is sacred and ritual dance and yoga – provided a life of adventure for the Sickuls. Wrought Iron sculpture candelabra 5 ft long
Pakastani tribal tent entry rug
Piano shaped sectional couch
Double opening flueless gas fireplace edged with purple heart wood, granite rough sculpted and smooth edges
18 ‘ Ceiling holds three 4’x2’ skylights softly lighting living room, dining room and kitchen
11’ natural pine table, designed and built for the room
Light fixture made from kudzu vine
Huichol yarn painting from a tribe in the hills of Mexico
New Guinea ceremonial mask
Adirondack mask lamps
Australian Dream dot painting
Bamboo and purple heart cabinets surrounded with dark green edging
Green and wine granite countertops
3 Hand blown glass bell shaped lights, lavender with light green swirls, over sink and counter
Multiple lights focused up and down
Electrolux appliances
Headboard designed and made of redwood reused natural slab
Cloth Mandala from Bhutan hanging over bed
Masai wedding skirt and necklace wall hangings
Multiple closets


Natural beach stone granite countertops
Jacuzzi tub and shower focused outside to a field
Natural light through continuous large windows for 12’
Wave shaped mirror 8’ long over sinks bringing nature indoors


Yoga Studio 18’ x 36’ with mirrors for private, semi-private session and small classes. Places traveled during Caryl’s sabbaticals from college teaching in Wellness and Sacred Dance
165’ of continuous windows upstairs and down
5 curved teak roots incorporated into fireplace, kitchen counter and ceiling
Bamboo floors. “It has to feel like it all belongs together,” says Douglas, who has been designing and building homes for 35 years. Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form. Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. Hammock from Oaxaca, Mexico. “People make the things they cherish,” Douglas says while pointing to a mask he and Caryl watched a little old man hand-carve in New Guinea. “The sun, moon, and earth are elliptical, as are the features of land and faces. Light also enters from above from the glass front doors and exterior skylights in the living room. This is also a personal dance rehearsal space for Caryl. Open House Tour

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My Style: Seaside New England Cottage with Zen-Asian influences

Inspiration: Asian temples, zen, yoga, world travel, dancing, light and seasons. Proudest DIY: House and landscape design and building. Favorite Element: Gentle curves inside and out, wood shingles, windows wood inside with baked on aluminum outside, stone retaining walls with river rocks. ‘All is one’ as the Dalai Lama says.”

The element of fluidity lends itself beautifully to Caryl’s life and work as a dancer and yoga instructor. (Image credits: Jacqueline Marque) • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Blending agriculture which surrounds with individual housing. “Doug would see a piece of land and get a vision and want to build a house,” Caryl explains. Douglas’ passion for creating inspiring spaces has lead the Sickuls to move a dozen times in their almost-50 years of marriage. It also holds in heat in winter as half the walls downstairs are insulated by the earth. Upstairs full bathroom has an interior skylight capturing natural light into the room. Note: A previous version of this story described Caryl Douglas’ art collection as primitive. Creative expression is fluidly woven into the fabric of their everyday existence. Follow Apartment Therapy’s board House Tours Apartment Therapy on Pinterest. Open House Tour

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The concept for their Tiverton, Rhode Island home, situated on 3.7 pastoral acres, was serenity and connecting with nature. The downstairs is cooler in summer and at night for sleeping, AC is rarely necessary. Biggest Indulgence: The garden

Best Advice: Continuity and flow inside and out, so the house feels like it belongs to you, itself and the neighborhood. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? The ethnographic art displayed throughout their home reflects the deep impression these travel experiences made on their life. Her research sabbaticals sent the couple to Africa, Australia, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Mexico and New Guinea, where they observed performances, community ceremonies and events that Caryl would later share with her students. “I worked at it so everything feels like it keeps flowing along.

Updated: 10.12.2014 — 04:25