An Aspen Home Gets a Mountain Modern Makeover

Situated on lovely Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, this 8,000-square-foot mountain home boasts great bones and dynamite views. The architectural design includes high ceilings, a well-thought-out layout, expansive picture windows, and wonderful wooden beams and floors.

The only thing the homeowner’s weren’t thrilled about? Its dated interiors. When they bought the property, color palettes stood in yellow tones reminiscent of the 80s, and the overly traditional fixtures and furnishings lacked personality and flair.

However, with a fresh eye for clean lines, the house’s kitchen, living spaces, and master bedroom got a massive style overhaul—leaving the owners feeling so much more at home.


The kitchen needed an entire facelift—and the challenge was to completely update the space with a design that felt original to the home.


The result is a brand-new clean-lined, contemporary culinary haven.

Rustic hickory wood cabinetry with a gray stain honors the existing wooden beams and flooring, mixing the old with the new. A sophisticated color palette of gray and white is the perfect landscape for pops of visual interest, like the herringbone backsplash and the handmade metallic tiles over the custom bar area.


​Two living areas grace the main level. Nestled up against the kitchen is the more casual living space, deemed the family room, which before had been quite lackluster. This was the spot the homeowners envisioned themselves sipping coffee while watching the morning news, and comfort was the main aim.


A plush sectional and ottoman, custom-designed from Lee Industries, were added for easy reclining and cozying up around the television and fireplace—the perfect retreat from chilly mountain evenings.


The formal living area is of a much larger scale, and the giant stone fireplace takes center stage.


Warmer elements, custom found pieces, and a mix of textures were thoughtfully arranged to add symmetry and balance.

Brother-and-sister sofas face each other without creating a mirror image, flanked on either side by a pair of inviting chairs. Near the fireplace is a wonderful mix of clean lines and updated, stylized wing chairs, paired with hexagonal leather ottomans—all from Hickory Chair. On the opposite end, brown mohair chairs sing to the architecture of the space. The oversized coffee table anchors the layout and was custom-made by Bradshaw.

And, as is unavoidable in mountain home decor, a touch of nature made its way to the walls—both in the buffalo head (found by the homeowner) above the hearth and the large landscape painting found in transition to the dining area, a piece procured from local gallery Keating Fine Art.


Overridden by beige and floral, the original master bedroom décor left much to be desired. However, its scale and existing built-in library nook served as a great foundation for a new, true sanctuary.


The room’s white walls, soft colors, and touch of sparkle in the pillows add an airy ambiance and a feeling of Zen. The library and seating area adds depth to the space, complete with luxurious mohair velvet chairs and a leather ottoman by the fire.

Near the oversized window sits a popup television unit, framed by elegant twin sculptures from the Phillips Collection as well custom Donghia wool draperies. Over the Bernhardt dresser hangs an almost dream-like glass-coat photograph of a galloping horse from Left Bank.

The final result is a room-by-room reinvention that completely elevates mountain modern style while paying homage to the priceless surrounding views.

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 or 970-927-6556.

Content for this article provided by Cathers Home.

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