Modern Elements Bring An Aspen House Up To Date


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Staying true to its modernist roots, an Aspen residence is brought up to date.

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Designers Barbara Glass Mullen and Richard Mullen gave a 1960s Aspen home a modern update. For the living area, Glass Mullen positioned a sofa and swivel chairs--all custom-made by Mike Ragan/Rags in Los Angeles--around a Michael Berman Limited coffee table from John Brooks Incorporated. The custom rug is by Tai Ping.

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In the dining space, Glass Mullen arranged A. Rudin chairs from Town around a sculptural table crafted by Andi-Le with a white-oak top and stainless-steel legs. The buffet from Carter Inc. is by J. Alexander, and the artwork is an existing piece from the residents' collection.

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Mullen recreated the pyramid ceiling, which was executed by the project's builder, Max Filiss, above the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas using Douglas fir from Diversified Lumber Products. The ceiling fixture, Circular Cumulus by Ted Abramczyk from Ralph Pucci International in Los Angeles, offers a counterpoint to the room's linear elements.

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In the renovated kitchen, new white-oak cabinetry, which the designers collaborated on with Daniel R. Ellis of Ellis Design, was fabricated by Utah-based Cottonwood Fine Kitchen Furniture and features both light and dark stains. Bar chairs by Mark Albrecht Studio from John Brooks Incorporated pull up to the center island. White-oak floors by Ragged Mountain Floors flow throughout the space.

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The clients' existing furnishings appoint a covered outdoor sitting area and provide a spot for viewing the lush Aspen landscape, marked by mountain peaks and gold and green trees.

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A mix of textures adds interest to the powder bathroom, where a wood-framed mirror hangs above a marble countertop and sink. The sleek sconces are by Boyd Lighting, and the faucet and fittings are by Waterworks.

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In the guest bedroom, Glass Mullen dressed a daybed by RH with vibrant throw pillows and hung sconces by Barbara Barry for Circa Lighting on a wall. Just below the sconces, built-in cabinetry fabricated by Peach Valley Woodworks supplies the room with added storage.

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A large vanity crafted with rift-cut white oak by Peach Valley Woodworks anchors a section of the master bathroom, where a pair of sconces by Ralph Lauren Home from Circa Lighting hang on the mirror. The chair is by Hickory Chair from Hoff Miller.

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An existing Fortuny light fixture adds a romantic note to the master bedroom, where Glass Mullen flanked a custom platform bed with nightstands by J. Alexander from Carter Inc. The table lamps are from Circa Lighting; the rug is from Aspen Carpet Services.

With its vast mountain views and lush landscape, this Aspen home was the perfect setting for one couple. But, originally devised in the 1960s and remodeled in the Arts and Crafts style in the ’90s, the house was due for a simplification. So, the homeowners called on designers Barbara Glass Mullen and Richard Mullen to reimagine the space.

“The clients wanted a more modern design,” says Mullen, “so we pointed them toward working with the architectural vocabulary of the original 1960s features.”

In the living-dining-and-kitchen area, Mullen recreated the original pyramid ceiling, which ended up being a prominent feature in the house. Working with Glass Mullen, the designer created a new and enlarged kitchen with white-oak cabinetry and an expansive marble backsplash and hood.

Glass Mullen then dressed the interior architecture with different layers of texture and a cool wintery palette of blue, gray and white. “Using layers of different fibers creates dimension and richness,” she says.

“Our clients asked for something much cleaner and lighter,” Mullen says. “We paid homage to the home’s modern roots but also brought it into the 21st century.”

Get a closer look at the entire renovation.