Stay: Tryon Farm

Michigan City, Indiana
10.27.2010 | by: Meghan

Last fall, I spent the night at a sweet bed and breakfast in a farmhouse on the edge of Tryon Farm—a modern conservation development outside Chicago—so I could check out the 170-acre idyll that I’d read so much about (Dwell, The New York Times, and the magazine I edit, CS Interiors). The super-charming developers of the project, Eve and Ed Noonan, drove me around in their little Nissan Cube and I was hooked. Modernist architecture—tall treehouse-inspired structures in the woods and flat, low-riding berm houses with sod roofs near the wetlands—built with environmentally conscious materials like bamboo flooring and insulation made from recycled blue jeans. And nature of every variety, in every direction.

So this year, when I found out that Laurel Rundle, who owns a two-story cabin at the farm, was going to start renting it out, I loaded up the whole family for a long weekend. And I’m just as smitten. With a huge steel fireplace, floor-to-ceiling views over the meadow, sheepskins tossed over chairs and tons of great art, Laurel’s place couldn’t possibly be more darling or comfy. Building on the Tryon tradition of using natural materials whenever possible, Laurel had a built-in bench made from recycled barnwood and a beautiful, low-slung coffee table created by a local craftsman based on a sketch of her own design. We went on hikes, picked fresh herbs from the end-of-season community garden for our dinners, visited the chickens, and spent hours in front of the fireplace playing board games and reading.

The Details
Price starts at $1,500 for a week. Two bedrooms and a sleeping loft. To rent, contact Laurel at


5 Comments on “Stay: Tryon Farm”

  1. This is great — on my ever expanding list of places to go when I want to escape the city.


  2. I really want to go here! I would love to own something like this!!! Thanks for sharing. I heard they use jeans as insulation!!! Kara


  3. Laurel, thanks for bringing your happy self and good design sense to the lovely place that is Tryon. Being in the dunes and countryside just an hour from Cbicago is nirvana!


  4. Spent a weekend there a while back – the pictures don’t really capture the full scope of the property. Tranquil veiws from inside especially when surrounded by snow. I Promise that you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to unwind and recharge during the winter months.

    Thank you Laurel for the stay.



  5. Laurel you are so talented. Your Tryon home mixes comfort and elegance, steel and fur, amateur paintings and fine art, trees and sky. Love it, love it!


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