Glam Details Pop Against A Rustic Backdrop In A Dreamy Colorado Home


Contemporary home exterior.

This Steamboat Springs house is set on a historic site in the midst of a meadow.

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The home’s spacious entry—a key transition space—houses a stairway with custom glass-and-steel railings and hickory treads designed by Vertical Arts Architecture and fabricated by general contractor John Shivley. Bocci sphere pendants cascade alongside the stair. The porcelain floor tile is by Crossville Studios, and the hair-on-hide rug is by Yerra.

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In the great room, a Minotti modular sofa from Studio Como offers various conversation options. Two light-colored swivel chairs provide window-side seating by American Leather. The custom blackened- steel coffee table—designed by Vertical Arts Architecture and fabricated by Twenty1Five—was sized to fit the space. A long beam table by Peter Thomas Designs from Stēl House + Home doubles as a bench. The rug is by Fabrica Bel Air.

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Glam and rusticity meet in the dining room, where a table fabricated by Where Wood Meets Steel is surrounded by TCS Designs chairs dressed in Osborne & Little’s Duccio, a metallic velvet. The high-backed bench seat wears an Edelman Leather hide and an Eleanor Rigby Home leather. The Starfire chandelier is by Maxim Lighting.

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The recreation room has a stylish bar with weathered-cherry cabinets by Dura Supreme Cabinetry and a re-sawn timber backsplash. Drinks are enjoyed at the blackened-steel and polished Pental Quartz waterfall island, made by Cactofab. The counter stools are by Fyrn, and the light fixture is by Fine Art Lamps—both from Stēl House + Home.

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In the entry of this Steamboat Springs home, a walnut console—designed by the team at Vertical Arts Architecture and fabricated by Twenty1Five—has a minimal profile so as not to interfere with the view. The garden by landscape architect Mitch Rewold blends in seamlessly with the meadow beyond. The door by Castlewood Doors sports a Rockwood GeoMetek handle.

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The main bedroom features a Gregorius Pineo wallcovering—with a hand-painted gold-leaf stripe—from Kneedler-Fauchère. The Izzy bed by Interlude Home is upholstered in Maxwell Fabrics’ Snug textile and dressed with a Lili Alessandra Battersea coverlet. Caviar pendants by Laura Kirar for Arteriors hang above the Huppé Clark nightstands, and a chaise by Thayer Coggin offers a comfy reading spot.

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In addition to more views, the main bathroom features a stone wall with an inset slab of Calacatta Borghini marble as a shower backdrop, with a floating shelf for toiletries. The Armony vanity is from Alpine Design Kitchens, and the countertop is by Sonoma Cast Stone, with faucets by Jason Wu for Brizo. Dangling above are Drizzle pendants by Shakuff. The Juliet sculptural tub is by MTI.

Colorado is a state with a diverse array of awe-inspiring views from snow-capped mountain peaks to rusty-red plateaus. So, when a Midwestern couple came upon a site in Steamboat Springs with grassy meadows that flow into a spectacular mountain range topped by a cerulean sky, they knew they had found the perfect spot for a home dedicated to family gatherings. “We wanted to build a place similar to many of the houses we’ve stayed in around the world, where guests would feel like they are visiting a retreat,” the wife says.

To create a getaway that would capture the beauty of the setting, the couple hired general contractor John Shively and the team at Vertical Arts Architecture, who designed a glass-lined dwelling with a cantilevered roof that makes for sheltered patios where one can relax and appreciate the scenery while enjoying the mountain air. “They wanted to stretch the house out toward the view and really connect with the land,” says architect Brandt Vanderbosch.

While the striking, flat-roofed structure is characteristically modern, the design team went to great lengths to make it comfortable and cozy. “They knew they wanted something streamlined, but they also wanted it to be simple and homey,” says designer and architect Sarah Tiedeken O’Brien. The main gathering spots are located in the center of the home, and the great room—with its large openings to the outdoors—is perhaps the most popular. Per the wife’s request, Tiedeken O’Brien selected a large, welcoming multi-sided Minotti sofa for the space with seating oriented to both the views and the kitchen, making it easy to converse with people preparing meals. “Essentially, we’re creating micro-environments in one room,” Tiedeken O’Brien explains. “If you have 20 people here, there can easily be separate conversations going on in the same area.”

A naturalistic feeling was created using materials like Kansas limestone, dark hickory floors and a larch-wood ceiling. These elements are juxtaposed with modern features like the bold black-framed windows. A similar contrast exists in the furnishings. As Tiedeken O’Brien explains, “Most of the primary pieces are done in neutral tones to create an elegant vibe, but we also layered in fun touches like the blue sofa in the recreation room and the colorful pillows throughout.”

With a prime outlook to the mountains, the spacious, glass-encased entry offers visitors a welcoming and memorable passage into the home. “It’s completely transparent to the view,” Vanderbosch says. “We’ve been there for parties, and it’s a great space to both welcome and say goodbye to visitors.”

Glass meets stone and wood-paneled walls throughout, and the glamorous details shine even brighter against a more rustic backdrop. That’s quite literally the case for an elegant, dangling Bocci fixture in the stairway. “We provided extra width between the stair runs to make sure that the lighting could cascade right down the middle,” Tiedeken O’Brien says. The floating staircase is located just off the entry, and it’s designed with beauty and function in mind. “We wanted it to be light and open,” she says. “But we also ended up installing glass risers between the treads because the owners have little dogs and they didn’t want them to fall through.” It’s just one example of the close collaboration between the clients and the design team, which often pushed the project to new levels. “We could play off each other and challenge each other, and it maximized the design,” the wife says.

One of those ideas was paying homage to the site’s history. You can still find the ruins of an old stagecoach stop on the land, and there’s newly installed evidence of the pioneer family who lived here in 1915. “We obtained a historic image taken on the property from the Tread of Pioneers Museum here in Steamboat Springs,” Tiedeken O’Brien says. “It’s a photo of the ranching family who used to live here, taken in front of their cabin. For a fun detail, we printed that image as a huge mural, installed it on the powder room wall, and paired it with a sleek floating countertop.” The couple’s new home represents the next chapter in the land’s history, and they’ve named it Sidney Butte Ranch, a nod to both the little town of Sidney that once existed here and to the place where the wife’s parents were born.

When they discovered the land, the couple hoped for a home that would live up to it. The result is so compelling, the homeowners make the long drive to their Colorado dream house frequently throughout the year. “We love to be here, especially given everything that happened recently with the pandemic,” says the wife. “Every time we walk in, we fall in love with the view all over again.”