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SMALL & SOULFUL A once-cramped Colorado cottage lives much larger than its tiny footprint, thanks to a high-style, low-fuss design. Architecture by Scott Coburn & Associates Interior Design by Nestor Santa-Cruz Decoration
BREAKING THE MOLD A predictable mountain home in Montana’s Yellowstone Club becomes a sleek, sexy—and downright cozy—space. Interior Design by YS Squared
A BARN REBORN An old barn in Washington state is thoughtfully salvaged and reimagined as a rustic-chic retreat for family and friends. Architecture by SHED Architecture + Design
ONE ROOM, THREE WAYS One creative interior designer gives three living rooms with identical floor plans three distinctive looks. Interior Design by Worth Interiors
SHOPPING Need to refresh your rooms, but don’t want a complete remodel? Get inspired by our favorite “room-changers.”
PEOPLE Get to know Brad Tomecek, the Boulder, Colorado, architect who’s winning awards for challenging the status quo.
MATCHMAKERS We chose one great dining table and asked the pros to design a room around it. The results will wow you.
TRAVEL A handful of historic cabins are transformed into a luxe Wyoming getaway at The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch.
REAL ESTATE A side-by-side comparison of two of the most exclusive—and expensive—homes for sale in Aspen, Colorado.
GET THE LOOK Find a collection of furnishings and accessories inspired by the stylish pieces in this issue’s homes.
IN THEIR WORDS Our panel of top tastemakers tell us about the decorating trends they’d like to banish, once and for all.
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I may visit and write about homes that are perfect from rooftops to baseboards, but in my own home, there are things that are looking a little worse for wear. There’s the living room carpet that recently had an entire carton of soy milk dumped on it, walls and trim battered by my husband’s guitar equipment, a duvet that debuted in my college dorm room, and homemade valances that are saggy and sad. I’m always discovering decorating ideas for these rooms that need some help. I bookmark websites, tear pages out of magazines, and jot down notes—and then I forget all about them. That’s why I’ve become completely addicted to Pinterest, an online home for all of my favorite design finds. Any time I fall in love with an image on the Web, I simply “pin” it onto one of my virtual pinboards, where I can easily find it later. Mountain Living has started pinning too. Visit our Pinterest page at pinterest.com/mtnlivingmag and you can browse all of our favorite spaces, which we’ve categorized by room type, so you can search for kitchens, bedrooms, dining rooms, or any other space in need of inspiration. If you see something you love in this issue, simply follow the Web link we’ve provided and you can “pin” the photos onto your own Pinterest boards. It’s an easy way to get organized, and maybe even inspired to address those carpet stains. CHRISTINE DEORIO EDITOR IN CHIEF cdeorio @mountainliving.com
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FOOD & WINE CLASSIC IN ASPEN JUNE 15 – 17, 2012 For 30 years, foodies and wine-lovers from near and far have converged on the town of Aspen for The Food & Wine Classic, an annual celebration of all things delicious. This year, attendees can taste their way through wine seminars led by Master Sommeliers and cooking demonstrations by Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Giada de Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and more. A daily Grand Tasting offers festival-goers the chance to taste their way through a delicious array of fine wines and culinary creations.
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Half industrial, half organic, the OUTLINE FLOOR LAMP melds bare driftwood branches with black-lacquered stainless steel. In a bedroom, living room or library, it’s sure to lighten the mood. $3,726. U.S. orders, call 212370-4408. BLEU NATURE BLEUNATURE.COM
You’ll never think of cowhide the same way again. Shown here in hues of Tricolor, Bark and Carrot, the REWIND RUG is made from hairon-hide leather and can be specified in any color combo and size. It’s great on the floor and amazing on an accent wall. Price upon request. KYLE BUNTING KYLEBUNTING.COM
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It’s decidedly rustic, but we can imagine the Molesworth reproduction ROUND BURL COFFEE TABLE taking center stage in any number of scenes, from Western to mountain-modern. When you’re this handsome, you’ll fit in just about anywhere. $6,600. MARC TAGGART & COMPANY MARCTAGGART.COM
SHOPPING Every room needs one eye-catching chair. It’s a surefire way to escape the matchy-matchy trap. The simple lines of this DANISH MODERN CHAIR let the bold BROWN COLLINS IKAT fabric really shine. Price upon request. MADELINE WEINRIB MADELINEWEINRIB.COM
Need to dress up a hallway or make an accent wall pop? A new trend in wallcoverings—custom WATERCOLOR WALL MURALS—will do the trick. Add to the drama by playing with scale, extending the pattern down a hall or from the floor up to a high ceiling. From $12-$20 per square foot. BLACK CROW STUDIOS BLACKCROWSTUDIOS.COM
American designer/artist Paul Evans created the straight-out-of-Mordor sculpted bronze STALAGMITE DINING TABLE back in 1971 and a few can still be had today. It’s bold, a bit daring, and guaranteed to get the conversation started. $19,800. MILORD ANTIQUES AT 1STDIBS.COM
The COLETTE SIDE TABLE’s solid hand-cast bronze legs remind us of a delicate ring setting. A diamante glass top is the jewel. Each table in the limited-edition series of 50 is handcrafted and signed by artist James Magni. Available to the trade. MAGNI HOME COLLECTION MAGNIHOMECOLLECTION.COM FOR SHOWROOMS ○
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INTERVIEW BY CAROLINE EBERLY What first drew you to the work of creating buildings? I’ve always been inclined to put things together. My dad was a general contractor and built a few homes in our neighborhood, so I would spend afternoons on-site with him and the sub-contractors, just hanging out. Define “modern architecture” in your own words. I don’t see it as a style that can be applied. Modern architecture, for me, is situationally responsive: It’s always about the clients, how to respond appropriately to their needs, and how to block out undesirable aspects of the site. Constraints are good. Is less always more, then? Some buildings are so stark and done so poorly that “modern” can get a bad name for being cheap. But making design clean means you have to pay more attention to detail; it drives up the cost. Less is more, but less can also be more expensive. How can architecture be more sustainable? We need to pay more attention to designing with passive strategies in mind, like appropriate solar orientation. Our homes need to be as efficient as possible, designed for their place, and well daylit. Let’s pretend we could fast-forward 10 years to 2022. What would you hope to see? I would like to see the concept of mass customization successfully realized, which would allow people to customize their own homes, understand total cost and realize the built product in a matter of weeks, not months. It would be like shopping for a Mini Cooper car online, where you can select and change features, push a button and be emailed the total cost. The challenge with today’s prefab structures is that choices have been limited. As a result, more people are looking at holistic systems that make custom options available to the masses.
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BRAD TOMECEK Each year, the American Institute of Architects recognizes a small group of professionals with its Young Architects Award. This year, Brad Tomecek of Studio H:T in Boulder, Colorado, is among the elite few. Here, the architect talks about modern design and the future of his craft.
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What does the Young Architects Award mean to you? I’m extremely humbled and grateful to be recognized by a national jury of my peers. My hope is that Studio H:T’s work inspires and challenges the status quo in our industry, and this award validates our approach. I don’t think we’ve accepted traditional standards. We believe in a process and a system that really reduces elements down to their essence. If you weren’t an architect, what would you be? I would probably be a pilot. I have always found flying to be liberating, and it allows me to see patterns of living from a different perspective. Studio H :T Architecture, 303-247-0405, studioht.com
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iPHONE “The phone itself is really just the interface. The joy is having everything in one place: being able to email photos to clients or use the compass to take our bearings during a site visit.” THE WEEK “It’s a magazine that documents what’s happened every day in the world for the past week. It doesn’t create any new information, it just shares perspectives from different sources.” INTERNET “Going back to phone books and encyclopedias is my idea of pure hell. I remember when, once a year, someone would come by selling an encyclopedia upgrade. The information was finite.” BOOKS “Right now I’m reading the Steve Jobs biography and a monograph by Joseph Eichler. Jobs was a control freak, and Eichler refined products down to the very last nut and bolt. To read them at the same time is fascinating.” A SENSE OF HUMOR “Life can create some pretty preposterous moments. If you don’t have a sense of humor, it can take you down pretty fast.”
FAMILY “No matter how much we rush around in our own little worlds, family keeps everything in perspective for me. There’s nothing like being with a five-year-old who just wants to play and draw and run around.” ○
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matchmakers WE STARTED WITH ONE OF OUR FAVORITE DINING TABLES AND ASKED A FEW OF THE WEST’S TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS TO CHOOSE A CARPET, CHANDELIER AND CHAIR TO PAIR WITH IT.
THE RESULT? THREE ENSEMBLES WE’D REALLY LIKE TO BRING TO LIFE.
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[Table Caption] Baobab table by Jiun Ho, jiunho.com for showrooms
CHANDELIER GLOBUS CHANDELIER in polished nickel with silvered mirror glass by Michael Amato for Urban Electric; $2,750, urbanelectricco.com
“ This was love at first sight CARPET METALLIC SUEDE & HEMP RUG by Serena and Lily; from $250, serenaandlily.com
“ This rug is the epitome of casual chic. It’s thin enough to allow the chairs to sit comfortably on top, and the mix of metallic and suede work well with the wood table and the light fixture.”
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for us. We like that this fixture is somewhat traditional but still a little funky, just like the Baobab table.”
CHAIR BERTOIA SIDE CHAIR by Design Within Reach; $539, dwr.com
“ We love this chair in chrome or white. The metal provides a nice textural contrast with the wood table and chandelier. Top the seat with a sheepskin throw and you have instant comfort.”
THE INSPIRATION BAOBAB DINING TABLE in walnut. Available with a round or oval top; jiunho.com for showrooms and pricing. “It’s timeless.” “Organic.” “Traditional, with a twist.” That’s what these design pros had to say about Jiun Ho’s root-inspired table, which we chose for its ability to move from rustic to modern environments with ease.
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it’s a very organic statement. It looks like the glass is dripping. It complements the grounded, feminine lines of the Baobab table and adds drama.”
“ I love the whimsical but rustic feeling this carpet exudes. The seriously fun texture and saturated color help tell the design story in this space.”
CHAIR SMOKE DINING CHAIR by Moooi; $2,522, at hivemodern.com
“ I’m tuned in to Moooi because they produce pieces with a sense of humor. I love the deep black color, the charred wood and the incompleteness of this chair, which makes it totally perfect. It’s probably the last chair you’d expect to see with this table.”
CARPET VINTAGE RYA SCANDINAVIAN RUG; $2,400 for 4’ 7” x 6’ 6”, at nazmiyalantiquerugs.com
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PLUMA CUBIC KUGEL K1 suspension lamp by Heike Buchfelder; $6,300, at mossonline.com
“ Goose feathers! What could be lighter and more serene? A glowing cloud of soft light, this piece adds a lighthearted element to the very organic grouping.”
HOPKINS ROPE ARM CHAIR by The Wicker Works; thewickerworks.com for retailers
“ This chair is all about natural texture within the context of a very straightforward structure. The weave creates a surface depth that relates to and contrasts with the smooth natural wood of the Baobab table.”
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HERITAGE & HOSPITALITY WITH ITS UNIQUE MIX OF WELL-PRESERVED HISTORY, LUXURIOUS AMENITIES AND CASUAL COMFORT, THE LODGE & SPA AT BRUSH CREEK RANCH OFFERS GUESTS A WARM WELCOME IN AN AUTHENTIC WESTERN SETTING
WHEN CRITTERS WERE DISCOVERED living in some of the dilapidated cabins on the property that is now The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, it must have crossed owner Bruce White’s mind that it would be a heck of a lot easier to tear everything down and rebuild from scratch. Instead, White resolved to meticulously restore the timeworn buildings—some of them nearly 130 years old—where families and ranch hands once lived on the Saratoga, Wyoming, cattle ranch. The vintage logs were carefully removed, numbered, refinished and reassembled. New foundations were poured, electrical and
plumbing systems were added, and present-day features like heated floors were installed to create the resort’s luxurious lodging. “The ranch is Bruce and Beth White’s passion,” says executive vice president and COO Michael W. Williams. “They both have a love of hospitality and entertaining, and a dedication to preserving the history of the ranch.” The property was settled in 1884, when the Sterrett brothers built the original homestead with logs from the adjoining national forest. Today the ranch has more than 40 buildings, including the Trailhead Lodge, a bunkhouse, seven new log homes and 19 original >>
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HOME ON THE RANCH To encourage relaxation, televisions and phones are intentionally absent from the luxurious guest rooms, which feature 400-thread-count sheets, Egyptian cotton towels and nightly turndown service. Dining options range from elegant sit-down meals in the lodge to outdoor chuck wagon dinners and “sundowner” cocktails at the ranch’s hilltop viewing platform. Spa treatments have a decidedly Western twist, from a Wyoming river stone massage to a Native American smudging ritual in a private teepee. One- to three-bedroom accommodations range from rooms in the main Trailhead Lodge to log cabin rooms, suites and residences. Lodge rooms start at $720 per night, off-peak season. Meals and most activities are included. 307-327-5284, brushcreekranch.com.
CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: The new lodge, designed by RMT Architects. The original Brush Creek Ranch Lodge, a.k.a. the Old White Lodge. Fly-fishing in Brush Creek. Former ranch manager John Yoakum and his daughter Anna, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. The new lodge’s inviting great room.
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THE RANCH EXPERIENCE
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Anna Yoakum and her dog Brownie rest by an original cabin. The “Wood Cabin” was once a bunkhouse for traveling wranglers. Florence Yoakum (circa 1910-1920) atop Happy, Anna Yoakum’s favorite mount. A conference room in the new lodge. Exploring the ranch on horseback.
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The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch’s mission is “to create and deliver authentic experiences and indelible memories as vast as the Western skies,” and in keeping with this, the property offers a host of activities and experiences for people of all ages. Fly-fishing enthusiasts enjoy 10 miles of private water access, and the ranch’s equestrian program offers trail rides, individual instruction, arena riding and cattle round-ups. The ranch has a private gun club including a shooting range and sporting clays course, and other popular activities include archery, horseshoes, a rock-climbing wall, mountain biking, orienteering and, in the winter, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowcat tours.
cabins—each unique and outfitted with modern amenities and comfortable interiors created by Simeone Deary Design Group of Chicago.
ENTREES FEATURING PRIME STEAK AND FRESH SEAFOOD are served in the Trailhead Lodge’s dining room, where guests can select their bottles of wine from a large wine cellar. Seating is family-style at community tables to encourage conversation. “People become friends as they break bread together,” Williams explains. For a taste of the Old West, meals are also prepared at an outdoor, open-fire chuck wagon. Weekly “creekside” dinners feature al fresco dining accompanied by live music.
With 15,000 private acres bordering a million acres of federal wild lands, the ranch offers dozens of outdoor activities ranging from flyfishing, horseback riding and hunting to cattle round-ups and wintertime sleigh rides. “One of the ranch’s core values is a commitment to sustainability,” Williams says of the company’s decision to keep the majority of the property undeveloped and protected as open space. “We’ve cleaned up rivers and streams to restore fish habitats, and made other enhancements like replanting native vegetation and improving roads. Our vision extends to the stewardship of the entire ranch.” ○
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170 CLAY LANE Your very own Ritz-Carlton hotel Three miles from downtown Aspen and adjacent to the East Owl Creek Ranch subdivision, known for large homes on expansive lots
PRICE POINT Hunter Creek Valley and West Buttermilk
18,000 square feet, 5 acres, 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths, 4-car garage, commercial-grade kitchen with 2 islands, 2 refrigerators, 2 freezers, breakfast table for 10 people and dining room table for 12 Approximately 500 bottles 5 indoors, plus an outdoor wood-burning fireplace and fire pit
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Outdoor living room with wood-burning fireplace, fire pit and 60-foot-long negative-edge pool and spa, all adjacent to more than 300 acres of pasture
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100-year-old hand-hewn timbers; temperature-controlled wine room with limestone walls and seating for 30; 5-kWh photovoltaic system
Caretaker’s suite with bedroom, living room, full kitchen, bathroom and separate entrance
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1518 W. BUTTERMILK ROAD Under the Tuscan Sun meets Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Four miles from downtown Aspen in West Buttermilk, which draws privacy-seeking homeowners with its big lots and even bigger views Owl Creek Valley, Mount Daly and Mount Sopris 16,000 square feet, 2 acres, 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 half baths, 2 laundry rooms, 3-car garage, 100-year-old hand-hewn timbers, 40,000 square feet of hand-cut limestone, 10-foot-tall mahogany doors Approximately 300 bottles
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Imperial plaster (the same plaster used at the Vatican); Venetian plaster in the wine room; aged limestone flooring (the same stone used in Roman coliseums) in the kitchen
5,000 square feet of patios and decks; a 30-by-70-foot pond with 15-foot-tall waterfall; 625-square-foot arbor and dining table for 12; summer kitchen and spa
Caretaker’s suite with full kitchen and separate entrance
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SMALL & SOULFUL BEFORE: CRAMPED AND UNWELCOMING AFTER: OPEN, RELAXED AND PERSONALIZED
STORY BY NORMAN KOLPAS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY MINTON REDFIELD
French doors connect the dining area with the garden. The spare lines of the dining table and Wishbone chairs by Danish designer Hans Wegner contribute to the open feeling of the compact space. FACING PAGE: The Steinway grand piano on which the homeowner, a concert pianist, first learned to play proudly occupies one corner of the great room. A stool by Danish modern designer Poul Kjaerholm sits atop a Turkish sirt goat-wool area rug.
“IT’S A DESIGNER’S JOB TO PUT TOGETHER A STORY FOR THE HOMEOWNER, AND IN THIS CASE IT’S A SHORT STORY, A VIGNETTE OF A LIFESTYLE.” NESTOR SANTA-CRUZ
ARCHITECTURE BY SCOTT COBURN & ASSOCIATES INTERIOR DESIGN BY NESTOR SANTA-CRUZ DECORATION
INTERIOR DESIGNER NESTOR SANTA-CRUZ AND HOMEOWNER MARY KATHLEEN ERNST SHARE HOW THEY TURNED A CRAMPED COLORADO COTTAGE INTO A SPACIOUS CONTEMPORARY-CASUAL RETREAT. MOUNTAIN LIVING: WHAT WAS YOUR STARTING POINT FOR THIS DRAMATIC REMODEL? MARY KATHLEEN ERNST: My husband and I had been looking for a little place in Boulder, Colorado, where we could stay when we came to visit our children and grandchildren. About six years ago, we found this 1,550-square-foot cottage, built in the mid-1980s, on an alleyway a short walk from downtown. With its porch and small yard it felt almost like a freestanding hotel suite. But inside it felt dark and claustrophobic, so we hired the original architect, Scott Coburn, to take down all the downstairs interior walls to make one great room. That’s when Nestor came into the picture. ML: TELL US ABOUT YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERIOR DESIGN. MKE: Nestor and I began talking about what I would love and what I thought would be comfortable. I told him I wanted a place where you could curl up by the fire and read a book, where the grandchildren could come and not worry about knocking anything over. We talked about art and furniture and travel and fashion, things we were both really excited about. NESTOR SANTA-CRUZ: We wanted to create something with subtle elegance that felt comfortable and inviting, like wearing a great pair of jeans. ML: DID THE HOME’S SMALL FOOTPRINT MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL? NSC: In the great room, which measures just 650 square feet, the challenge was the scale: How do you fit pieces of normal size, including a proper dining table and chairs and Mary Kathleen’s grand piano—she’s a concert pianist—without making the room feel crowded? The solution was to include only furnishings that served a purpose, and nothing extra, and to choose pieces that were flexible and versatile in their use. MKE: We put as little into the space as we could possibly get away with—just what we needed for living and our own personal comfort. ML: HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT THE INTERIOR’S CONTEMPORARY STYLE? MKE: Nestor and I didn’t want to do a typical Western-style house with Navajo blankets or log furniture or deer heads. We did want beautiful rustic furniture, but in a completely different vein than you might expect. NSC: On the outside, it’s a pretty little clapboard cottage, so we went for a simple American casual look, featuring some Scandinavian modern furniture that’s a little rough around the edges. ML: THE OUTDOOR SPACES FEEL AS INVITING AS THE INTERIOR. HOW DID YOU WEAVE THE PORCHES AND GARDEN INTO THE DESIGN?
NSC: Mary Kathleen furnished the porches to create living spaces that help give the feeling of a real inside-outside connection, which makes the house feel larger. MKE: The architect and builder also added three French doors that lead from the dining area to the covered porch, where we can sit even on nice winter days. The garden design by Elizabeth Slokar is lush and low-maintenance, with native plants, something flowering from March until November, and high privet hedges that make the garden feel like a cozy room. It all contributes to the serenity, quiet and comfort I feel now whenever I go to that little cottage. ○ LEFT: On the cottage’s side porch, graceful wicker chairs from Pottery Barn flank an antique zinc-topped French laundry table. Mounted on the wall above the table is a small antique mirror framed with ox horns, which the homeowner calls “our tongue-in-cheek nod to the deer heads you might see in an Aspen lodge.” The porch’s original wood flooring was refinished with a tough weatherproof varnish.
Visit www.mountainliving.com/smallandsoulful for designer Nestor Santa-Cruz’s home-makeover “punch list,” plus a guide to this home’s products and pros.
THIS PAGE, TOP LEFT: A pair of sofas bought as floor samples from Crate and Barrel face a clear acrylic Waterfall coffee table from Plexi-Craft, which all but disappears in the small space. The gas fireplace was added as part of the remodel, along with small square windows on either side of the flatscreen television. TOP RIGHT, AND LEFT: The exteriorâ€™s original weather-worn yellow-and-blue color scheme called for an update in more subtle tones of sand and white. RIGHT, AND BOTTOM RIGHT: Working within local zoning guidelines, the architect raised the roof to make upstairs bedrooms and beneath-the-eaves baths feel more spacious. BOTTOM LEFT: In the side garden, stepping stones meander through groundcover that replaced patchy grass and weeds. FACING PAGE: An existing frontporch swing was revived with white Benjamin Moore paint to match the trim and picket fence, along with Pottery Barn cushions in a soft green hue and a floral pattern. Garden designer Elizabeth Slokar added flowering plants and a pathway in reddish-hued local sandstone to the previously unkempt front yard.
BREAKING THE MOLD BEFORE: JUST WHAT YOU EXPECTED AFTER: DARING SURPRISES YOU’LL LOVE
DESIGNER KATH COSTANTI OF YS SQUARED REVEALS JUST HOW SHE CHANGED A PREDICTABLE MOUNTAIN HOME IN MONTANA’S YELLOWSTONE CLUB INTO A SLEEK, SEXY—AND DOWNRIGHT COZY—SPACE. MOUNTAIN LIVING: THE “BEFORE” PICTURES OF THIS HOME GIVE NEW MEANING TO THE TERM “LOG CABIN.” IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS HOUSE IS THE SAME SPACE. KATH COSTANTI: It was built in the early days of the Yellowstone Club, before the reclaimed-wood look became really popular, and it’s just filled with these 30-inch logs. They were a significant part of the architecture, and they couldn’t be changed. ML: SO YOU EMBRACED THEM. KC: Right. We painted the walls and ceiling white, and we darkened the wood floors, so the only “woody” elements left were the mega-logs and the floors. The white gave the house a whole new persona, and the logs became these sculptural pieces instead of overwhelming the space. ML: AND THEN THERE’S THE BRANCH-TURNED-RAILING ON THE STAIRS. KC: I wanted to have it lacquered, but we couldn’t remove it, so we painted it with shiny white enamel. There’s no other shiny white wood in the house, so that railing has its own special quality. I love how it turned out. ML: WHITES MAKE SOME HOMEOWNERS NERVOUS BECAUSE OF THE MYTH THAT THEY ALL HAVE TO MATCH. WHAT DO YOU SAY?
KC: You would go insane trying to match whites, especially when you’re working in a place where the view outside is snowy. Instead, you should work to blend the whites. In the master bedroom, for example, the custom wool rug blends several shades of white, the sofa is upholstered in an off-white fabric and the walls are painted another shade of white. It’s natural for whites to be different shades. ML: ONCE YOU CREATED THIS CLEAN WHITE PALETTE, WHAT DID YOU DO? KC: The great room is a huge space, so we divided it up according to how the homeowners were going to use it. Creating smaller spaces within a larger room makes it feel much more intimate. Rugs help define spaces, too. I found the rug we put in the living room during a trip to Istanbul, Turkey. It’s actually two rugs that fit together, which was an incredible find. They’re creamy white with slate gray and a touch of red and blue. We topped them with this huge, gray flannel sectional that faces the windows. >> In the living room, black patent-leather tuxedo settees from USA Rags flank a hair-on-hide bench. The Belzebu chandelier from YLighting adds sparkle. “What I like best about this seating area is that you can cozy up to the fire, and you have the contrast of the stone with the sleekness of those tuxedo sofas,” designer Kath Costanti says.
STORY BY HILARY MASELL OSWALD
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AUDREY HALL
INTERIOR DESIGN BY YS SQUARED
ML: NOT A BAD VIEW, WE’RE GUESSING. KC: The house sits on a perch overlooking the club, so the view is fabulous. We didn’t want to impede it at all, so we skipped window treatments. We fitted the windows with charcoal-colored solar shades that diffuse the light when the glare from the snow and sun gets too strong. ML: TELL US ABOUT THAT SEXY DINING AREA. KC: The dining table is 14 feet long and made from walnut. It was a real feat to find walnut planks that long. Over it, we hung a beautiful Ochre crystal chandelier, and then put those tall custom host chairs at each end. We needed the bulk to make the scale just right.
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ML: SO SPARKLY CHANDELIERS AND CRISP WHITE WALLS CAN REFLECT A SENSE OF PLACE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY? KC: From the start, the house had the potential to be clean and sleek and still keep the integrity of the logs, which feel so Western. We talked about this balance a lot. We have these massive logs that are such a spectacle, a chandelier from New York City, and a rustic but polished dining table surrounded by contemporary chairs. It’s the combination that makes it feel fresh and still rooted in Montana. It’s like New York City slid in here, had a good time, and left. ○
Costanti and the homeowner banished design clichés in the master bedroom in favor of a warm, contemporary style. The sofa at the foot of the bed helps balance the room’s scale. “The bed would have looked too small without it,” Costanti says. The bed and sofa sit on a custom rug from Burak Aydogan that was fabricated from recycled yarns from early-20th-century Anatolian kilims.
“THE GUYS WHO PAINTED THE OLD WOOD CEILINGS WERE JUST FLABBERGASTED THAT THEY HAD TO PAINT OVER THE WOOD. IT’S JUST NOT SOMETHING PEOPLE USUALLY DO HERE.” KATH COSTANTI
“SCALE IS TRICKY IN THESE MOUNTAIN HOMES THAT HAVE A VARIETY OF CEILING HEIGHTS AND VISTAS. A PIECE THAT LOOKS GIANT IN THE SHOWROOM MIGHT BE JUST RIGHT IN A SPACE LIKE THIS.” KATH COSTANTI
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ABOVE: In the kitchen, Costanti and the homeowner repurposed a few key elements, including the red concrete countertops. “We wanted to get rid of them, but it would have meant a complete kitchen gut,” Costanti says. Instead, they stained the cabinets dark to strike the right contrast and embraced the red hue with a rug runner made by Burak Aydogan from recycled kilims. A bold black vinyl pendant light from Tango now hangs above the Silestone-topped kitchen table. LEFT: The original blond wood ceilings, trim and floors felt overwhelming to the homeowner, who wanted to modernize the look while keeping some of the rustic elements that felt appropriate for a mountain home. FACING PAGE: Painting the walls and ceiling white allows the 30-inch logs to take center stage. A local craftsman, Scott Bartelt of Big Timber, Montana, created the long walnut-plank dining table. “We needed something big to compensate for the scale of the room,” Costanti says, so they opted for the oversized custom host chairs from Artistic Frame, covered in fabric from Place Textiles. A chandelier from Ochre crowns the table.
LIKE A PRO Designer Kath Costanti shares her go-to spots for inspiration and can’t-miss finds.
1STDIBS.COM: “It’s the world at your fingertips. If you find a piece you like, the site tells you where it came from. I visit almost daily, either to buy something or for inspiration.” HOUZZ.COM: “I like to breeze through this site. It’s easy to use, and you can get furniture, accessory and room ideas. If I’m looking for lighting, I’ll often search here first.” DENVER AND SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN CENTERS: “You can hop on their websites and go to your favorite showrooms to see what’s new, or stop by the centers and wander around. You once had to take serious credentials to design centers. It was like flying abroad! But today, anyone can go and check them out.”
HORCHOW.COM: “Horchow is an online catalog of home furnishings from a wide range of sources. I like it because for many pieces, the site lists the manufacturer, so I can go to that vendor’s website to learn more. And if I want a piece from a vendor but can’t get it quickly from my own sources, Horchow might have it in stock. It gives my clients the immediate gratification they want.”
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ABOVE: “It’s the antithesis of the antler chandelier,” Costanti says of the delicate Belzebu chandelier that lights the stairway. A coat of white paint transformed the original branch railing (right). “Now, it’s more of an art installation,” she says. FACING PAGE: Costanti paired a gray flannel sectional from USA Rags with midcenturyinspired white swivel chairs from Thayer Coggin. She found the area rug—actually two rugs that she had sewn together—in Turkey. Intended for the floor of a yurt, they’re made from wool fibers that weren’t woven, but literally pounded together.
A BARN REBORN BEFORE: AN OLD AND UNINSPIRED BARN AFTER: A RUSTICCHIC FAMILY RETREAT
STORY BY SALLY STICH PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNY ELIA PFEIFFER ARCHITECTURE BY SHED ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
The barn’s first floor—called the bunkhouse—provides a comfortable place for visiting family members to stay. The main living room opens to the outdoors via site-built sliding barn doors made of steel, cedar and glass. Simple industrial light bulbs illuminate a table and benches designed and built by SHED Architecture + Design using marine-grade plywood. FACING PAGE: Custommade Dutch doors were crafted from steel angles and 2”-by-4” car decking. The wall-mounted light fixtures are made from jelly jars.
The barnâ€™s second-floor guest quarters are reached by climbing a staircase on the outside of the barn. A ladder leads up to a sleeping loft that includes a bedroom and bath. The living room walls are clad with siding salvaged from the original barn and plaster mixed with coffee grounds. White Panton dining chairs and simple slipcovered furnishings keep the look crisp, clean and easy to maintain. FACING PAGE: Designed with entertaining in mind, the main floor kitchen features cast-inplace concrete counters that sit atop steel plate bookshelves. The concrete floor is stained a warm, earthy hue.
THOMAS SCHAER, PRINCIPAL OF SEATTLE-BASED SHED ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, AND HOMEOWNER MEGAN GRISWOLD TELL US ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF AN OLD BARN FROM NEAR-RUIN TO NATURAL BEAUTY. MOUNTAIN LIVING: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO TURN A BARN INTO A FAMILY HOME?
MEGAN GRISWOLD: The barn is on the property where my mother lives in a small cottage. It was built in the 1970s and was underutilized because it had no insulation and few windows. My mother, sister and I saw its potential as a guest house and place for family events. From the beginning, we knew we wanted to recycle as much of the exterior wood as possible and maintain the natural simplicity of its gorgeous setting. ML: WAS IT CHALLENGING TO SALVAGE THE BARN’S ORIGINAL MATERIALS? THOMAS SCHAER: When you’re trying to use recycled materials, you must carefully remove them from their original setting. We couldn’t tear the cedar siding off the exterior of the barn; it had to be removed slowly by hand. As it turned out, we were able to salvage about one-third of the siding, which we used in the barn’s interior. Some people think that using salvaged materials is a less expensive way to go, but it’s often more expensive because it’s labor intensive to salvage, clean up, store and install them. ML: NONE OF THE NEW CEDAR SIDING IS SEALED. NOR IS THE STEEL. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT WEAR AND TEAR?
TS: The owner wanted the structure to weather naturally. And it’s doing just that. There’s really no downside to not sealing exterior wood if it’s properly installed so it can expand and contract. For many
people, rust on steel is appealing. And practically speaking, the rust forms a protective coating. This barn is weathering beautifully and will never look frozen in time but rather organic to the setting.
ML: THE INTERIOR DESIGN IS SIMPLE, NATURAL AND PERFECTLY AT HOME IN THE WOODED SURROUNDINGS. WHAT ARE YOUR DECORATING SECRETS?
MG: The goal was to not feel a psychological shift from exterior to interior. We had some furnishings built from simple materials, and others were recycled from my mother’s cottage. An old iron bed became a couch, and we used old farm implements as accessories. The farm table that’s surrounded by modern Panton chairs was in the family. Most of the furniture is covered with heavy cotton slipcovers, which are very durable and easy to wash. Everything in the house is made of wood, steel or concrete, and nothing competes with the views. ML: THE HOUSE HAS SEVERAL SPECIAL FEATURES. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES.
TS: The custom-built Dutch doors allow the homeowners to open the top half like a window while keeping critters out. I also like the indented bowl we made in the concrete kitchen counter. It adds a touch of whimsy but is also functional. MG: I love the way the window lines up above the tub in the guest bathroom. Visually, it’s so striking. And I love the texture of the walls, which are coated with plaster mixed with coffee grounds. They look like they’ve been there forever. ○ 67
“IF YOU CARE ABOUT MATERIALS, YOU WANT THEM TO DO WHAT THEY DO NATURALLY: WEATHER, RUST AND FADE IN RESPONSE TO THE ELEMENTS AND TIME.” THOMAS SCHAER
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The original barn was clad with cedar siding and a green metal roof. The “Bird’s Nest” fruit bowl was created when the designers pushed a mixing bowl into the main kitchen’s newly poured concrete countertop. Rafters in the old barn. Sliding barn doors connect the main living room to an outside patio. Furnishings that had been stored in the original barn were spiffed up and given new life. The patio table is set for an al fresco meal. The barn’s hayloft doors were replaced with locally made custom wood windows. The window above this bathtub is one of homeowner Megan Griswold’s favorite features. FACING PAGE: A model of efficiency, the guest kitchen includes a two-burner stove, under-counter refrigerator and a microwave oven. SHED designed and built the Honduran mahogany cabinets and counters. The medium density overlay (MDO) plywood floor got a pop of color with a coat of high-gloss green paint.
“MY MOTHER TAUGHT US THAT NOTHING IN DESIGN SHOULD BE PERFECT. THE INTEREST COMES FROM THE FLAWS.” MEGAN GRISWOLD
FIRST ROW: Old family furnishings covered in durable white slipcovers continue the barn’s oldis-new-again theme. An iron bed was transformed into a couch that the homeowners dressed up with white and burlap pillows. An animal skin rug tops the painted concrete floor. SECOND ROW: With few windows and no insulation, the original barn’s interior was dark and uninviting. The new bunk room showcases the salvaged barn siding—and offers up plenty of sleeping space under tranquil white bedding. The custombuilt Dutch doors double as a window. THIRD ROW: The homeowner wanted the structure to weather naturally, so the new cedar siding and galvanized steel roof were left unfinished. FOURTH ROW: The design team was able to salvage about one-third of the old barn’s siding, which they reused in the new interiors. FACING PAGE: The pass-through bathroom is rustic yet hip. Chicago faucets top Ceco enameled cast iron sinks. The fir countertop is made from salvaged floor joists.
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STORY BY MINDY PANTIEL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RIC STOVALL
INTERIOR DESIGN BY WORTH INTERIORS
ONE Room THREE Ways AT THE RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES IN VAIL, INTERIOR DESIGNER EDDY DOUMAS GIVES THREE LIVING ROOMS WITH IDENTICAL FLOOR PLANS THREE DISTINCTIVE LOOKS
HIGH STYLE “No big overstuffed sofas here,” interior designer Eddy Doumas says of this space he created with a young hip couple in mind. “This is a cocktail party room for the Prada Sport crowd.” Dubbing the space “The Fashionista,” the principal of Vail, Colorado, design firm Worth Interiors introduced classic modern pieces— like an early-1960s-style lounge chair—and added chrome accents to infuse the room with a sleek, contemporary look. The addition of eye-popping chartreuse accents keeps the monochromatic taupes and grays from looking bland. >>
SIT In lieu of chairs with big rolled arms, Doumas chose sophisticated and angular furnishings. “Everything is tailored but comfortable,” he says. Gray ultrasuede is pulled taut over a sofa that mimics a day bed—“Itʼs very Mies van der Rohe,” he says—and the chair and ottoman wear a textured vintage fabric that resembles raw silk. LIGHT By day, natural light streams through the windows. But come après-ski time, the oversized chrome floor lamp, reminiscent of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioniʼs Arco floor lamp, provides the ambience. “Itʼs right at home with the other Midcentury Modern pieces,” the designer says. ACCESSORIZE An iconic Noguchi Cyclone table displays books and interesting objects. A multilevel Japanese coffee table and a trio of Mongolian sheepskin rugs layered on the walnut floors tie it all together. “With such a classic design, itʼs a good idea to add something shaggy and warm,” Doumas says. “That textural touch helps break up the strong lines and reflective chrome.” 73
SIT The homeownersʼ desire for a place to hang
FAMILY FRIENDLY “That rug has so much texture, the kids could spill macaroni and cheese on it and youʼd never know,” Doumas says of the multicolored wool rug that grounds this casual living room. “For this space we were aiming for a warmer, more ʻmountain cabinʼ feel.” Acknowledging the trend toward more contemporary ski homes, Doumas included a few modern overtones for a bit of edge, like the geometric coffee table with polished nickel legs.
out and watch television or play games mandated a cushy sectional with overstuffed pillows. For reading, thereʼs a traditional wingback leather chair with nailhead trim thatʼs both durable and comfortable. “Everything is meant for lounging,” Doumas says. LIGHT To avoid that “matchymatchy” look, Doumas placed a wine jar lamp with a rawhide shade—which he says “creates a warmer light than a crisp linen shade”—on one side of the sofa, and a brushed-nickel pharmacy light on the other. ACCESSORIZE The designer introduced color and pattern with a blue, green and terra-cotta rug, then added throw pillows in a mix of solid burnt-orange and chevron-patterned fabrics. A round cerused oak end table mimics the curves of the wingback chair. Simple, natural linen gauze draperies complement the woodwork. Regarding his mix of mountain-modern and traditional design elements, Doumas says itʼs always important to include a couple of contemporary pieces to “keep things from getting predictable and boring.”
SIT A wood-frame chair covered in cowhide is a
MOUNTAIN CHIC A low sectional sofa designed by renowned modernist Milo Baughman is the centerpiece of this bachelor pad. “This is a place where a cool single guy from New York City would take his friends for the weekend,” Doumas says. “That white sofa is definitely not conducive to family life.” Soft white cotton draperies and creamy walls complement the sofa. “The lack of color provides great flexibility,” the designer says. “You can throw in any hue and make it work.”
surprising foil for the custom sofa, which was fitted to fill the wide bay window. An upholstered chair that seems to say “Sit down and put your feet up” completes the grouping. LIGHT A ceramic table lamp in a warm brown hue and a surveyorʼs tripod lamp flank the sofa, providing light for evening reading or conversation. “The tripod lamp has a cool, masculine shape that adds a little funk,” Doumas says. ACCESSORIZE Handmade tin drum tables from India offer plenty of space for books, magazines, or cocktails and hors dʼoeuvres. The texture of the basketweave sisal rug contrasts with the curly Mongolian lamb fur pillows on the sofa, while terra-cotta-colored throws provide a welcome pop of color. “When youʼre starting with a neutral environment dominated by a commanding piece like this sofa, mixing in traditional lighting and ethnic accessories makes it a more welcoming space,” Doumas says. “Introducing something unexpected is almost always a good thing.” ○
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2 1 Find furnishings like your favorites from the homes in this issue
GET THE LOOK
1 Love the curves of the mirror on page 50?
The White Glossy Baroque Mirror by Inside Avenue, made of hand-cut glass, puts a slightly different spin on the shape. INSIDEAVENUE.COM
2 Composed of an antique metal shade, the Goodman Hanging Lamp by Thomas O'Brien for Circa Lighting rivals the strong lines and clean finish of the fixture that crowns the dining table on page 51. CIRCALIGHTING.COM
3 The contoured back and slender legs of the Domitalia Star Dining Chair by AllModern recall the sleek profile of Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chairs on page 51. ALLMODERN.COM
4 The rug on page 63 grounds the living area with a bold pattern. This beauty, the Rangoli Rug by nanimarquina, is based on a traditional Hindu floral design and promises the same striking effect. NANIMARQUINA.COM 5 Make
a statement with Jonathan Adler’s Letter Pillow, reminiscent of the Hermès pillow that adds a graphic punch to the sofa on page 63. JONATHANADLER.COM
6 Swooning at the mirrored chest on page 58, but afraid to commit? Try a subtler dose of shine with the Antiqued Mirror Chest of Drawers by Currey & Company. CURREYCODEALERS.COM ○
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IN THEIR WORDS MEGAN HUDACKY INTERIOR DESIGNER, CKY DESIGN, DENVER, CO, CKYDESIGNS.COM
“Aluminum farmhouse furniture is one of those things that makes me think, ‘Uh, again?’ I’ve always loved the look, but it’s played out; it’s done. Instead of going for the literal farmhouse look, I’d rather find furniture with more slimming lines that complements barn wood, for example. I’d also like to see people get more creative when it comes to sourcing products; to work with a local craftsman to create a custom design that’s affordable but high quality instead of turning to mass-production pieces or knock-offs from China.”
JENNIFER HOEY SMITH INTERIOR DESIGNER, JENNIFER HOEY INTERIOR DESIGN, KETCHUM, ID, JENNIFERHOEY.COM KYLE WEBB ARCHITECT, K.H. WEBB ARCHITECTS, VAIL, CO, KHWEBB.COM
“I recently sat down with my staff and said, ‘What do you think has to go?’ We all agreed that ‘green’ is just a marketing ploy, and we’d really like to see sustainable design practices become what we all do all the time. We try to teach our clients to associate value with a home that’s energy efficient, uses low-impact building materials and conserves water.”
“In traditional settings in the West, you see a lot of heavy, antique reproduction furniture, and I think it has a really contrived, plastic-looking finish. I don’t know how to say that without sounding snobby, but that’s how I feel! People should source real antiques---they have a better story and a patina that can’t be replicated, and they’re often more affordable too.”
CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS DISH ABOUT THE DECORATING AND DESIGN TRENDS THEY THINK JUST HAVE TO GO AND THE LOOKS THEY’D LIKE TO SEE INSTEAD
PALOMA CONTRERAS DESIGN BLOGGER, LA DOLCE VITA, HOUSTON, TX, LADOLCEVITABLOG.COM
“I’m over the whole industrial trend that’s been so huge for a few years now. We’ve seen all of this eclectic, industrial, vintage-inspired décor and I’d like to see a return to polished and pretty.” SETH ANDERSON DESIGNER, LIFDOM, SANTA FE, NM, LIFDOM.COM
“A lot of people replace their windows with clunky frames that close up the space. I think that if you’re going to replace your windows, they should open up the space as much as possible. My favorite way to do that is to use windows with minimal steel or aluminum frames that maximize the expanse of glass and really allow the outdoors to come in.” 80
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EMILY MINTON REDFIELD PHOTOGRAPHER, EMR PHOTOGRAPHY, DENVER, CO, EMRPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
“One of my don’ts is a ‘matchy-matchy’ design approach: the curtains are the same as the bedspread, which is the same as the pillows. I’d like to see more of a mix of fabrics that are different yet harmonious. I’m especially drawn to vintage and handmade textiles, which bring diversity and personality to an interior.”
BARBARA MULLEN INTERIOR DESIGNER, CAROLINE • EDWARDS, ASPEN, CO, CAROLINEEDWARDS.COM
“Ever since flat-screen TVs appeared, people seem to think it’s a brilliant idea to frame them and hang them on the wall. I think that trend is on its way out. A TV should just be a TV; it’s not art. Art lifts are a great idea: You cover the TV with a piece of art that can slide or lift off. I also like to recess TVs architecturally; it helps hide them a little.”○
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