When we began designing homes in Aspen, Colorado, our team quickly realized that it is all about creating contemporary, yet rustic, spaces. It’s all in the mix, which is perfect for our Classically Current style. The design process for each and every project is strengthened by the collaboration with my design savvy clients. For me, working in Aspen is about creating a home that pulls inspiration from this beautiful village in the Rocky mountains and also incorporating practicality, functionality and modern necessities. Keeping this in mind, I discovered a few key elements that embody rustic charm in modern mountain homes:

[ezcol_1half]1[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Spotlight your statement pieces!
Colorado has 300 days of sunshine every year, so we take full advantage of it! I’m always looking for ways make sure that natural light is flooding into our client’s homes. With an open floor plan, huge windows soaking up fab views, and a bright color palette, even the smallest rooms open up. With all of this extra light and space, we can incorporate some major statement pieces, like a beautiful dining table that will seat everyone you have ever met! In this quaint cabin perched just above the Roaring Fork River, the family room boasts a great view of the mountains beyond. Inside, I love the warmth of the knotty, natural wood lamp base, the metal drum cocktail table and the beautifully tailored drapery (they soften the space). It’s the mix of these various textures and materials that make this room a success. The large picture windows frame the beautiful landscape while the accessories bring the outdoors in.[/ezcol_1half_end]

[ezcol_1half]Our go-to: Reclaimed wood elements:
Natural wood elements should be found throughout traditional timber homes and they certainly have their place in even the most contemporary mountain home. In our latest project, we used a rustic, live edge, bar faced with reclaimed wood planks. The look is finished with copper lanterns, iron-base bar stools, of-the-minute appliances, and bold red cabinetry. In the guest bath we incorporated custom reclaimed wood cabinets and mirror frame, paired with a trough sink for two. We found a pair of glass pendants reminiscent of vintage jars which were the ideal fixtures for the room.

Be bold in your Color Palette:
While it is important to choose a palette that compliments, and doesn’t detract from, your surroundings, it is always fun to bring in bold or unexpected colors. That said, I have found that a neutral foundation is preferable in modern mountain home design. We used a warm white throughout this home which highlights the reclaimed wood wainscot and accent walls. [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]2[/ezcol_1half_end]

We then selected a deep red for the interior doors, the kitchen cabinetry and a few of the furniture pieces inside, while bringing the same red to the window sashes on the exterior. Pulling your palette throughout the exterior and interior of the home creates consistency and unifies the space. This rich color truly transformed the home and I am thrilled with the outcome!


Until Next Time,




Ohorona24.in.uamansky is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.

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