Rustic Goes Glam In Interiors By This Aspen Designer


A bedroom designed by Kristin Dittmar with large windows, mountain views in the fall, a fireplace and white bed

Lakeside home featured in Modish: The Book of Great Design (Benton Buckley Books). Photo by Michael Brands/Mountain Home Photo.

The Aspen design scene is a melting pot of talents from around the world who all find inspiration in the town’s spectacular surroundings to put their own modern spin on alpine style.

In this context, a local’s perspective is rare—and is what has set Kristin Dittmar apart since founding her namesake interior design studio in 2008. “Being born and raised in Aspen, I love to draw from my personal history with the mountains—which has shaped my style—and add a twist with contemporary, sustainable furnishings and upholstery, such as bouclé and faux fur,” she says.

Her designs, which range from private residences to buzzy new restaurants like Casa D’Angelo, include a lakeside home featured in the new, lavishly illustrated tome Modish: The Book of Great Design. With its rustic-goes-glam mix of stacked-stone walls and glossy ceilings, “this residence perfectly expresses my design style,” notes Dittmar, “and showcases where I want to take the studio’s aesthetic next.”

Kristin Dittmar standing by a kitchen island holding a bouquet of peonies

Kristin Dittmar portrait by Brooke Casillas Photography