Behind the Design: Creating a Modern Mountain Home in Vail
When you think of mountain homes, chances are you conjure up images of rustic log beams, river-rock mantles, antler chandeliers and crackling fires. Though this archetype cues warmth, comfort and nostalgia, it doesn’t always feel personal or reflect the client’s style. But how do you incorporate individuality and contemporary touches into a mountain home without making it feel out of place?
Such was the question for the Dowsons, a family of four who recently bought a spacious five-bedroom ski home on the west side of Vail, an area surrounded by forest and just a quick drive to lift access. The Dowsons are outdoorsy and love to ski (they are already teaching their three-year-old the wonders of a powder day), but their palate is more refined. I became well acquainted with their clean, sophisticated sense of style after furnishing and accessorizing their Denver home in 2014, and knew that a traditional mountain-lodge look wouldn’t cut it.
My challenge was to achieve balance between modern style and mountain setting, and to subtly incorporate the surrounding landscape the Dowsons know and love into the home. After months of space planning, sketching design concepts, selecting color and material palettes, building custom furnishings, ordering and tracking products (a time-intensive step that Sarah commandeers), and a series of hairy snowstorm install days, we are nearing completion and can’t wait for this family to start making memories here.
Keep scrolling for a sneak peek, and to see how we towed the line between mountain and modern:
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