Aspen History Provides Inspo For A Family Abode


country exterior landscape

Inspired by the owners' Americana history, a farm-style Aspen home plants roots for multiple generations.

country exterior entry landscape

In creating an Aspen retreat for a Texas family, architects Bill Poss and Kim Weil clad a farmhouse-style structure with reclaimed siding from American Antique Lumber. Landscape architect Sheri Sanzone of Bluegreen designed the grounds with a combination of native plants and Texas flowers. "It's what the homesteaders did," she explains. "They brought their favorite plants with them."

country living room old-fashioned chandelier...

Inside, interior designer Linda Niven kept the colors in the living area on the soft side with custom Tyler sofas by Caperton Collection swathed in a Myung Jin fabric. Niven designed the chandelier, made by Paul Ferrante, to have an old-fashioned feel. Crafted from end cuts of reclaimed white oak, the parquet floor is from Legendary Hardwood Floors in Chicago.<

country dining room table framed...

A custom 12-foot-long Mimi London table formed from single lengths of spruce centers the dining area, which is framed by timbers supplied and installed by E.H. Beamery. Surrounding the table are the owners' antique Windsor chairs along with host chairs by Dennis & Leen. The oil is by Joe Andoe.

country sitting room banquette yellow...

In a sitting room off the kitchen, a banquette is outfitted with a cushion upholstered with a Rogers & Goffigon fabric. The same textile covers the pillows, which are accented with a trim by Samuel & Sons. Vintage Italian sconces from Obsolete in Culver City, California, frame the G. Harvey artwork When Bankers Wore Boots.

country kitchen neutral concrete countertop...

Pendants with opal-glass shades and flush-mount ceiling fixtures--both by Urban Archaeology--illuminate the kitchen, where the island is crowned with a countertop by Concrete Revolution. An RH table pairs with custom benches by Paul Ferrante to create an informal dining spot in the room.

country neutral hallway with stairs...

Vintage game boards from carnivals create a whimsical display in the hallway leading to the home theater. Custom paneling was created by Watson Mills & Design, and the prefinished wood flooring is from Cavendish Grey in Los Angeles. The home's architectural lighting design was handled by Patrick B. Quigley & Associates (PBQA), based in Torrance, California.

country hallway wooden rack holding...

An antique French wooden rack holding wool bobbins, found at Obsolete, makes a colorful statement in the downstairs hallway just off the home theater. The Belgian sofa with a custom seat cushion is by Mimi London; the red-and-black bocce ball lamps are from Lee Stanton in Los Angeles.

country living room sitting area...

In the grandchildren's sitting room, Niven selected a woven sofa and chairs by John Himmel Decorative Arts and upholstered the pieces with an outdoor fabric by Perennials. Cypress tables by Mimi London rest on a cotton rug by Elizabeth Eakins. The hand-forged floor lamps are from Niven's The Ranch Collection.

country bathroom beige cabinetry

Niven custom-designed a vanity for a guest bathroom and hung a Formations lantern to illuminate the space. Sconces by Palmer Hargrave mount to the beadboard paneling, which clads the room's walls and ceiling.

In the accompanying guest bedroom, Marjorie Shushan Studio's Alexa bed pairs with a bench by Dennis & Leen. Paul Ferrante's Battersea hanging lantern suspends above, while a rug by Elizabeth Eakins grounds the space. Draperies were made with a Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabric and a Ralph Lauren Home sheer.

When pioneers settled in the West they did so with the meager contents they could cram into a covered wagon. Modern day-homesteaders like a Texas couple with five grown children seeking to build a family compound in Aspen, however, come a little better equipped, but still want to emulate the handcrafted touch and feel of the materials of yore. In response, designer Linda Niven “selected woven fabrics with a homespun feel,” she says.” This place is all about family so everything had to be warm and kid-friendly.”

Gnarled-walnut lamps, Windsor chairs and a hallway lined with old carnival game boards imbue an Americana feel, while the combination of parquet floors in the living room, reclaimed stone in the kitchen and stained-oak elsewhere imply that idea of adding on over time with locally available materials.

A similar concept pervades the overall structure, for which architects Bill Poss and Kim Weil–along with builder Bill Harriman–garnered reclaimed wood and timbers from barns, airplane hangars and even an old Salvation Army building to evoke the appropriate spirit in the gabled structures and soaring ceilings.

“From the outside you can see distinctive parts of each family’s quarters and the shared space where they all come together,” says Poss. “It’s the old Western ranch idea of additive architecture.”