In Colorado, Contemporary & Craftsman Styles Unite


transitional exterior

In this Snowmass home, a couple negotiated between a love of Craftsman style and a desire for contemporary aesthetics.

transitional entry staircase steel railings...

Steel railings and handblown glass light fixtures in the entry are among the many modern elements designer Anne Grice used to lighten the heavy elements in this Snowmass Village home. Grice designed the light fixture and the walnut-and-steel console table. The rug is by Tufenkian.

transitional living room neutral palette...

In the living room, new windows and glass doors without mullions by Sierra Pacific Windows deliver an unobstructed view of the mountains. The sectional and sofa are by Thayer Coggin, the swivel chairs are by A. Rudin and the leather-and-wood ottomans are custom.

transitional kitchen and living room...

The existing stone wall and fireplace anchors the newly configured kitchen and living room. The counters are from Loveless Stone & Tile in Taos, New Mexico, and the counter stools are by Patricia Edwards.

transitional kitchen dark-stained cabinetry

Dark-stained cabinetry, designed by Grice through Vaussa, complements the darkened beams and lintels in the kitchen as well as the living room and the long gallery, visible through an opening over the farmhouse sink by Franke and a Hansgrohe faucet. The new glass doors open into a courtyard.

transitional dining room brown accents

Grice designed a custom table for the dining area, which enjoys nearly 180-degree views through large picture windows and glass doors by Sierra Pacific Windows. The chairs are custom through Patricia Edwards, and the mobile light fixture is by John Pomp.

transitional office brown accents

In what was previously the dining room, Grice created a home office with a Natuzzi lounge chair and custom-shaped rug by Tufenkian for relaxing while looking out to the courtyard. The Rosemary Hallgarten alpaca throw is from Town and the accent table is by Holly Hunt. A blown-glass light fixture designed by Grice hangs above.

transitional neutral hallway custom console...

The home's gallery is punctuated with a custom console and a painting by local architect David Warner. Grice chose a frame to match the blues in the painting. The white-oak flooring here and throughout the common areas is from Arrigoni Woods.

transitional neutral bathroom brown accents

Grice condensed the master bath to allow more room in the adjacent closet--a move that focused more attention on the window and views. The counters, tub surround and shower bench are Calacatta Borghini marble from GraniTech. The cabinetry is custom through Vaussa, the Zia-Priven lighting is from Una Malan in Los Angeles and the wall tile is by Mosaïque Surface.

transitional neutral bedroom

Grice lined an existing niche in the master bedroom with oak paneling and leather panels from CC Leathers Inc. in Toronto to serve as a headboard for the custom platform bed through Bradshaw Design in Salt Lake City. The reclining theater chairs are by Mimi London, the accent table is by Palecek and the bed shams, bolster and faux-fur coverlet are by Misia from John Brooks Incorporated.

The peaks of Mount Daly and its surrounding ridgelines dramatically announce themselves through the windows of this slope-side Colorado home in Snowmass Village–but it wasn’t always so. Before a recent renovation that amplified the views, heavy embellishments and dated features muted the scenery. “The way the house is sited, the layout and the window locations are really great,” designer Anne Grice says of the home, which was built in the early 1990s. “The big question was whether it could be made up-to-date and contemporary.”

It was a question that Grice’s clients wrestled with from the moment they purchased the home. From the beginning, the husband loved the structure’s stone walls, ceiling beams and extensive wood paneling, but his wife wanted something more streamlined. “She was worried about how the contemporary style she hoped for would integrate with the existing architectural features,” Grice says. In the eyes of the designer, transforming the residence was a matter of stripping away excessive details for the wife while retaining the craftsman-style elements the husband most admired.

Grice started with the façade. The original exterior had hunter-green shingles with blond-wood columns, doors and trim. The wife asked the designer to darken the outside to a hue matching the very dark brown tobacco barns and horse fencing that are commonplace around the couple’s primary home in Franklin, Tennessee.

“At first, nobody knew what we were talking about,” the wife says of the nearly black shade, “But we wanted this color because it’s aesthetically pleasing with the green mountain slopes.” Architect Bill Pollock then specified a new standing-seam metal roof in the same hue. For Pollock, the project represented a full circle: He had worked with architect Tim Hagman on the original house. “The design and the layout really work, which is a testament to Hagman’s design,” Pollock notes, adding that the recent remodel provided opportunities to update finishes and fixtures.

To provide continuity, Grice brought the tobacco-hued shade inside incorporating it on the large ceiling beams. While those beefy beams remained, much of the existing rustic wood did not. The knotty-pine flooring, wainscoting, built-ins and cabinetry, for instance, had developed an orange hue over time, so Grice had the elements removed. A new white-oak floor was installed, and the wood ceilings were sandblasted to remove the orange cast and create a pleasing contrast with the now darkened beams. “All of this was a game changer because it really allowed us to clean everything up,” Grice says.

Next on the list was a revamp of the windows and exterior doors. Although their locations were perfect, their mullions and heavy trim fractured and detracted from the landscape. “We restructured the headers for larger doors and windows to better capture some of the views of Mount Daly,” says builder Greg Woods, adding that the new glass is double paned and thus better insulated. “The energy efficiency makes a night-and-day difference,” he says, noting that his team also replaced the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

As she mapped the interiors, Grice was careful to emphasize the views without creating distractions. Colors, for example, are in the wife’s favorite shades of soft gray and sedate blue. Another client request was for comfort and durability, so all the new pieces had to stand up to their active dogs and young grandchildren. Practically, that translates into plush seating and resilient fabric throughout the home. “All of these little things add up, so the house feels elegant, comfortable and like it all flows together,” she says.

Whenever possible, Grice commissioned artists to create custom works, including many furnishings and light fixtures of her own design. One of the most personal is a series of three encaustic paintings by Theresa Stirling in the living room that depict the clients’ horses back in Tennessee. Grice herself designed airy, sculptural pieces to balance out the weighty architecture, such as walnut-and-steel consoles set against the stone walls in the home’s entry and its long hallway, and the delicate blown-glass pendant lights in the beamed foyer and study.

In the end, Grice achieved the mountain contemporary look the wife was after while giving new life to the husband’s favored wood and stone elements, a fact they witnessed during a spectacular home reveal staged by the designer. The wife describes the first sight of the new home as putting to rest the initial concerns they had, saying: “When we saw everything–the house fully furnished and art hanging on the walls–it just floored both of us.”