Designing Interiors Around Mountain Views

One Colorado family's vacation home becomes their primary residence
Cathers Sp Sunroom

Photography by Dallas & Harris Photography

Our clients, an east coast-based couple, spent years vacationing with their family in the Roaring Fork Valley. But it took the pandemic (like many other secondary homeowners) to convince them to plant their roots year-round in their Colorado mountain home.

Their Carbondale home is now their primary residence and a gathering place for their growing family to come together during the holidays, ski season, and for summer getaways. Over the past two years, the homeowners worked closely with the Cathers Home Interior Design team to transform the mountain traditional home to a softer, lighter and brighter, mountain transitional aesthetic while showcasing their amazing 360-degree views of the mountains.

Designed with Nature as the Main Inspiration

Cathers Sp Great Room

The main design goal was to keep the mountain views as the focus, with the interior furnishings and lighting designed to pull in the outside scenery. In the great room, the colors from the rug reflect the blue in the sky and natural earth tones. The surrounding pieces keep a soft tonal color palette while incorporating plaid and leather accents. Large floor-to-ceiling windows frame the calm mountain retreat environment inside and draw the eye outward to the magnificent view.

Elegant Light

Cathers Sp Staircase 1

The grand staircase features an artistic, uniquely crafted glass art design. The evening glow of the lights can be seen from the front entry as well as on every level, giving off an elegant feel to the space.

Cathers Sp Staircase 2

This Carbondale home contains beautiful wood elements throughout with beams and arches in almost every room. It was important to the designers to “quiet” or lighten up the interiors with textiles and a softer color palette to create harmony.

Kitchen & Dining

Cathers Sp Kitchen

The kitchen and dining spaces were all updated with new paint, flooring, countertops, hardware, plumbing, lighting, and upholstered seating to bring new life to this home. The nailhead trim on the barstools bring in the mountain transitional element. Neutral fabrics and colors do their part to not distract from the sweeping views outside the kitchen.

Primary Suite Seating Area

Cathers Sp Primary Suite

The primary suite features a seating area with once again stunning views of the mountains. The height of the stationary drapery guides the viewer’s eyes up above the furnishings and out to take notice of the scenery. The overall design aesthetic was achieved in updating a traditional home with functional family-oriented pieces to create gathering spaces while keeping the focus on being able to enjoy the surrounding views.

Preethi Rajaratnam and Amanda Furlong are Senior Interior Designers at Cathers Home Furniture + Interior Design, an Aspen, Colorado-based full-service interior architecture and design studio, home furnishings retail store and rug gallery. View their profile or contact Cathers Home at and 970-927-6556. 

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