A Gem-Inspired Generational Home in Carbondale, Colorado

Most new empty nesters downsize or find a vacation home fit for the grandkids, but these homeowners love a challenge as much as they love their family home’s site in Carbondale, Colorado. So when all four of their children flew the coop, this restaurant-industry couple embarked on a two-year project, gutting the entire interior of their mountain manse and creating a home that both captures their fun-loving personality and maximizes space for a crowd.

Ready to enjoy to the fullest this new stage of life, the couple wanted their new interior design to feature more pops of color than the average mountain home. Rich jewel tones and playful patterns and prints are thoughtfully incorporated into every space, with a heavy emphasis on top-notch entertainment (just wait until you see the wine room.)

Colorful and sculpture-like custom lighting is featured throughout the house, like it is here in the home’s entryway.

The kitchen went from old and outdated to sleek and warm, with ample prep space and a kitchen island for gathering. The layout opens seamlessly to the living and dining areas.

A gemstone slab sits above the fireplace and is backlit to display its array of colors. When it’s turned off, new colors emerge; the surrounding interiors were chosen to work with both palettes.

To the right of the intimate dining space are glass doors, which lead to the custom wine room.

When the couple sold their Vail restaurant, they inherited quite the collection of fine wine—thus, their wine room is fully stocked. Custom flooring was crafted from old barrels, and a remnant of the living room’s gemstone slab is backlit over the countertop. A fun light fixture confirms that visitors are truly in for a party.

Layers of drapery frame the golf course view from the master bedroom while providing varying levels of light and privacy.

The owners’ love for rich blues is apparent throughout the home; in their bedroom, a custom leather-wrapped dresser is the showstopper. Silk wallpaper adds both luxury and texture. 

The spa-like master bath boasts calming hues. Backlit inserts are perfect for displaying art pieces—or resting a glass of wine while enjoying an evening soak.

To tie in an existing structural beam, additional timbers were used, which add height and interest to the ceiling, along with a gorgeous bubble-inspired light fixture.

Stone slabs bookmatch the opening of the master steam shower.

One of the guest rooms features a built-in reading nook and daybed.

Bedding and linens are stored in the drawer below.

To maximize limited space in this guest room, custom floating nightstands provide a surface for a book or drink, as well as a shelf for fun lighting.

Pops of color, pattern and texture surprise and delight around every corner.

The recreation room is the perfect spot for entertaining, with a blacktop pool table, backlit textured bar, and a Kegerator.

The super-cool vibes extend from the rec room into the adjacent powder room, with funky accents and an LED strip illuminating the mirror. 

The entertainment continues to the outdoor living space, with a full outdoor kitchen, hot tub, fire pit and plush seating.

Even the laundry room is bright and colorful, with a high-glass aqua color on all the cabinetry. “If I’m going to be in here, I am going to have fun,” the homeowner says. 

That sentiment rings true for the entire home—a playful hub for generations to come.



Denise Taylor, M.A. Allied ASID, is Design Director of Cathers Home, a Basalt, Colorado-based full-service interior architecture and design studio, as well as a home furnishings retail store and rug gallery. View their profile or contact Denise at denise@cathershome.com or 970-927-6556.

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