By Linda Hayes By Linda Hayes | July 26, 2022 | Home & Real Estate Home & Real Estate
A home in Old Snowmass gets a modern makeover in record time.
The home in Old Snowmass features multiple levels.
Around the Roaring Fork Valley, where work-in-progress residences may be spotted everywhere from secluded mountaintops to the streets of Aspen’s historic West End, the renovation of a four-story, 7,242-square-foot hillside home at the edge of Old Snowmass might be brushed off with a shrug. That it was accomplished working remotely in just over two months is mind-boggling.
Seating area with views of iconic Mt. Sopris featuring a high-back armchair and ottoman from B&B Italia and vintage lounge chair from Nickey Kehoe
Panoramic views from outdoor decks with furniture from Aspen Teak.
“It wasn’t my first rodeo,” laughs the owner, a Dallas-based lawyer and philanthropist, who purchased the home as a getaway for herself, her business executive husband and their blended family, about the feat. “Plus, I’m a bit of a honey badger. I was on it with the contractor, the architect, the interior designer, all of whom had been lined up before we closed on the purchase of the house, pushing them to get the project done from start to finish in record time and in the midst of supply chain drama.”
The kitchen was updated and refreshed with both extended family and entertaining in mind
The dining area features a table by Mobili Model from 1st Dibs and Porter Teleo Kintsugi wallpaper.
With the vision of turning the 33-year-old home, which, while notably neglected, had good contemporary bones and extraordinary views of Mt. Sopris, the owner engaged Dallas interior designer Shannon Bowers to assist. “Shannon and I have worked together many times, and it’s truly a partnership,” shares the owner. “She knows I like a clean, modern look with warm touches and contemporary art in every corner, nook and crevice, and is good at finding focal points in a room and making every one unique.”
Comfort is key in the great room, where the Kagan-inspired custom-designed sectional is from 1st Dibs.
In addition to realigning and refreshing a dramatic but awkward entry stairway, removing planters and adding new concrete steps with floating wood treads (enhanced by Bluetooth LED strip lights) to an upper section, the renovation began with the third floor, which encompasses the kitchen and a breakfast nook, a formal dining room and, most importantly, the great room.
Highlights of the primary bedroom include a Richard king bed from B&B Italia and an antler chandelier by Country French Interiors.
“The great room has 25-foot vaulted ceilings and a beautiful view,” explains Bowers. “The owner wanted to have multiple seating areas, and we had fun playing with scale, being intentional with colors that blended with the nature outside, and mixing materials, including for the art.” Oriented toward the view as well as the refreshed stone fireplace, a Kagan-inspired custom-designed sectional from 1st Dibs dominates the main lounging area.
A casual corner dining area opens to one of the home’s many terraces
Below, the guest level houses a quartet of bedrooms, each approached with the same thoughtful interior aesthetic and each piece of furniture and artwork meticulously researched, sourced and placed. “We wanted every inch of the house to feel consistent in terms of the quality,” says Bowers.
The sleek primary bath features the Lyle console from Future Perfect and sconces from Two Enlighten.
Up top, the primary bedroom is especially serene. Above a Richard king bed from B&B Italia topped with a bright sunset-orange Hermès duvet, a significant antler chandelier by Country French Interiors hangs from the vaulted ceiling. “We were always adding a wood element and texture to warm up the modern aesthetic,” shares the owner. “The room is simple but comfy enough to take a nap.”
The outdoor lounge area provides a front-row seat to mountain sunsets
Ensuring that no need goes unmet for the family or their guests, the home also includes a game room, a gym and even a hair salon. Each level also has terraces that were cleaned up and “finished out” with steel railings during the renovation and outfitted with sleek outdoor furniture from Aspen Teak. A new “modern-day” trellis emphasizes the central front door.
A unique antler chandelier adds a rustic touch of glam.
Looking back at the process, which involved working from video tours of the interiors, with AutoCAD 3D design software to envision furniture placement, and via FaceTime consultations, and curating artwork and furnishings from all over the world, Bowers notes, “There isn’t anyone else I could have done a project like this with, having a shared vision and never visiting the house until the installation. I knew it would be fabulous.” “There was a lot of trust,” adds the owner. “We got over the finish line in record time. It was a wild ride.”
Featuring incredible views, the home is located in a peaceful valley.
Shannon Bowers Designs
R & A Enterprises
Decatur Wilkie Inc.
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHED BY SAM FERGUSON