Mountain Lane Show House: A Guide to Modern Mountain Design
Friends, it has been a long-time dream to move to Colorado, and when Michael and I made the decision to move mid-2020, it was so important for us to select the perfect home for our family. As many of you know, I am a renovation junkie – a good before-and-after really lights my creative fire. So, when I began my home search, I was looking for a major project. My real estate agent, Doug Leibinger, came to me with this home. Built in 1995, it had incredible views and a lot of open space. It also needed a good amount of TLC, and we purchased this home knowing it would need a complete overhaul to achieve all we wanted.
We’re a busy family. On the weekends, we love to be outdoors, from skiing to snowboarding to hiking. And during the week, Michael and I are running our businesses from home, which means we spend a lot of time in meetings and conference calls. It was essential to have spaces that embraced all we love to do together, while carving out those corners dedicated to work and solitude. With the help of my firm’s talented Creative Director, Gina Elkins, and some of the home industry’s top movers and shakers, we set out on a 10-month renovation to create my sanctuary in the mountains. In this resource guide, we detail the amazing partners who made this house, our home. Welcome to Mountain Lane!
For the Love of Home,
Presenting Partner: Monogram Appliances
One of our favorite partners in design, Monogram is no stranger to the show house experience. In 2018 they were instrumental in helping us open our first show house in Houston, Boulevard. Monogram sources the highest quality materials for their appliances, from commercial-grade stainless steel to the unscratchable sapphire glass of their cooktops. Their designs incorporate leading-edge materials that ensure lasting beauty and quality for your luxury kitchen.
For MLSH, Laura selected their beautiful Statement Collection which has subtle brass accents and a timeless aesthetic, all while keeping some of our favorite kitchen design features. In Laura’s home you will find Monogram’s 48″ custom brass hood, the duel-fuel professional range, the Smart Five in One wall oven, the smart fully integrated dishwasher, smart integrated column refrigerator and freezer, their double-drawer refrigerator for the beverage center, and Laura’s favorite – the 30″ fully integrated wine refrigerator.
Cosentino was an obvious choice when Laura was looking for a hard surfaces partner. Not only does our team select Cosentino brands for the homes we design, but Laura is a huge fan of their technologically advanced surfaces that are innovative, sustainable, and of course beautiful! There are many different brands under the Cosentino Group, including Silestone and Dekton which were used throughout the MLSH. Ethereal Haze, a white canvas with subtle gray gradients, was used in Laura’s kitchen and butler’s pantry and is the perfect solution for her kitchen countertops and backsplash. Cosentino’s Dekton Kelya was selected for the hearth in the great room. This black marble with soft veins creates a handsome show-stopping moment.
Hudson Valley Lighting Group
The Hudson Valley Lighting Group seeks to inspire and support interior designers in their pursuit to achieve a home that perfectly reflects their clients. For the MLSH, they hit the nail on the head! The lighting fixtures in Laura’s home are timeless, thoughtfully crafted, and swoon-worthy.
While we can’t pick a favorite, the Hudson Valley Lighting Vine white plaster fixture truly makes a statement in Laura’s primary bathroom.
Kohler & KALLISTA
Kohler is one of our go-to brands for plumbing fixtures. They offer innovative, high-quality, and classic looks for bathrooms and kitchens. Because bathrooms and kitchens are high-traffic areas, investing in quality ensures you will have beautiful fixtures for years to come. For the MLSH, Laura also selected KALLISTA products, which is Kohler’s sister-brand offering premium bath and kitchen solutions that are artfully crafted.
Paragon Systems Integration
Seamless audiovisual technology is intricate in any home design, and is more important than ever in our tech-forward world. Paragon Systems Integration was the perfect partner for MLSH, with world-class service and design-minded AV integration.
Due to the location of the MLSH and the HOA regulations, no recessed lighting could be used in the home. Paragon worked with Laura on an innovative ambient lighting solution. In addition, all the AV functions are voice activated. Laura’s favorite function is telling the smart hub it’s “wine time,” which lowers the lights and turns on music for a relaxing après ski atmosphere.
Having served on the 2021 Sherwin-Williams design council, Laura knew Sherwin-Williams was the ideal paint partner for her new home. They deliver the best in paint and coatings products in the world. They worked with Laura to create a modern mountain exterior and interior aesthetic.
The primary color used throughout the home is SW 7048 Urbane Bronze. This dark gray has slight bronze-brown undertones creating a cozy, warm mood as you enter the home. To create contrast, Laura selected SW 7634 Pediment for the kitchen and great room. In the guest room, we were thrilled to showcase the 2022 Sherwin-Williams color of the year, SW 9130 Evergreen Fog. This versatile and calming hue creates a guest sanctuary.
Alchemy Fine Home
Alchemy Fine Home is a designer’s dream! They have combed the globe for luxury brands and unique pieces to make your home a beautiful place you love. They have everything from furniture to accessories to lighting. In addition to Laura’s dinnerware, some of her favorite items she selected for the MLSH are the petrified wood placemats, mineral napkin rings, and an elegant knotted napkin – all perfect for entertaining.
Ann Sacks brings unsurpassed artistry, craftsmanship, and quality to the table with the finest product selections. The coolest thing about tile is that it can be used in so many different ways. There are many ways you can lay it out, mix and match patterns, change up the grout – it really is limitless to how you can express your personality through your tile applications. For MLSH, Laura did not hold back on her creative selections.
In the powder bath, we are thrilled to showcase one of their new products – the Alisal Vanity, which is a part of Ann Sack’s newly released curated bath line.
Bentwood Luxury Kitchens
Bentwood’s dedication and love of cabinetry is contagious! Their philosophy is to create kitchens that feel comfortable in their environment – most people are in their kitchens everyday and they want their customers to feel good and enjoy their kitchen. That is definitely the case for Laura and her family! Laura worked with Ellis Designs in Basalt, CO on all her design goals and specifications for the house.
Laura selected Bentwood’s Harmoni line that offers the same popular door and finish options as Bentwood. The colors that Laura picked are a perfect complement to the mountain surroundings… timeless! Besides the cabinets in her kitchen, you will also see Bentwood in the primary bathroom.
Isberian Rug Company
Founded more than 100 years ago, the Isberian Rug Company is located in the Roaring Fork Valley, making them the perfect match for the MLSH. This family-owned business offers the largest selection of exceptional Oriental rugs, antique, and stylish modern and custom rugs. Besides rugs, they also offer hard surface flooring. For Laura’s family home, Isberian’s wood flooring was installed in the great room and primary bedroom, while LVP was utilized on the first floor kids’ zone. In addition, geometric bespoke rugs were selected for the primary bedroom and downstairs den.
Signature Windows + Doors
Whether its new construction, remodeling projects, or choosing replacement windows and doors for historical renovations, Signature Windows + Doors never take shortcuts and always adhere to the highest levels of service. For Laura’s Snowmass home, the windows were an integral part of the renovation design. Given the location of the home and cold winters, the energy-efficient Marvin Ultimate line was the perfect fit for the MLSH to retain internal heat. The home does not have central AC, so for the summer the windows will be opened to cool the home.
For more than 20 years, TruStile has innovated the door industry with every stile, rail, and panel they produce by blending modern technology with old world craftsmanship. Design drives every decision at TruStile, which is why Laura selected them for the MLSH. Located in Aspen, it’s important for the doors to be energy efficient, and TruStile delivers unprecedented performance with aesthetically pleasing solutions.
Helix Sleep + Birch Living
When selecting a sleep partner for the home, Helix was our go to for all the mattresses in MLSH. At Helix, they understand everyone sleeps differently and celebrates those differences with products that keep you comfortable. For the primary bedroom, Laura selected a Birch Living mattress which is organic and highly breathable with the softest touch.
For Ryan’s room, the Helix Kids was selected and has two-sided design for growing kiddos. It’s safe to say Laura’s family is getting their beauty sleep.
The dark gray porcelain tile Laura selected from Daltile brings all the drama to the MLSH! This smoky hue comes alive with movement created by the delicate highlights of light greys and whites. She loved it so much, she incorporated it into the design in multiple spaces of the home, including, the exterior entry, the foyer, the kitchen, and the butler’s pantry.
When selecting our hardware partner, we knew Emtek’s wide-range of products would allow for the perfect balance of statement and subtle options. Door hardware is an integral part of a room’s design theme and is an extension to your personal style. For the show house, Laura went with a modern door lever in a flat black finish for a clean minimalist design. In the primary bathroom, the Urban Modern Cinder knob in the brass finish adds a touch of glam to the vanity cabinets.
For 160 years, Frette has brought comfort to homes and hotels of the world with masterfully crafted linens and decorative accessories of unparalleled quality. With bespoke details and sophisticated textiles, Frette added oh so much luxury to each room their products grace in the MLSH.
The soft and chic dual-tone Links Embroidery Duvet Cover effortlessly transforms the primary suite. In the great room, the link design is carried over with the bold Luxury Chains jacquard cushions. In Liv and Ryan’s bedrooms, the Single Adjour Duvet Cover is minimal and versatile with Frette’s signature open hemstitch.
Perennials is the leader in the high-performance textile industry making them the obvious partner for the Mountain Lane Show House. Laura selected Perennial textiles for most of the window treatments in the home. From saturated colors to classic prints, the window treatments in MLSH are bold and moody yet welcoming and serene. While we opted for flowy drapes and pleated curtains in some spaces, our team repeatedly gravitated to Roman shades throughout this project. Both modern and classic, Roman shades can add either whimsy or elegance to a space.
Since 1889, Schumacher has been a style leader and design trailblazer. A passion for luxury and unwavering commitment to beauty are woven into everything they do – from fabrics to wallcoverings to rugs. In the show house, Laura selected Schumacher wallcoverings to add personality to each unique space.
In Liv’s room, their Rolling Hills wallcovering features charming animals within a naive landscape in this endearing pattern that’s brimming in detail. Matching Laura’s daughters personality! In the lower den, their Queen of Spain in the silver colorway adds a fun backdrop to the ultimate kid zone. In the study, the Herringbone Paperweave creates a sophisticated and grounding look, the perfect working from home Zoom background.
A leader in handloom weaving, KUFRI textiles are loved for their earthy hues, imperfectly perfect textures, and sublime artisanry. Designed in Dallas and handwoven in India, their textiles are unique, genuine, and inspiring, like the people that make them, and the people that use them.
In the mudroom, we opted for the horizontal Cusco Stripe fabric in Black from Kufri to create the illusion of a wider window. Horizontal stripes are especially stunning in a flat fold Roman shade because the folds line up beautifully with the stripes.
Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in the to the trade home furnishings industry. For the show house, we utilized this black and white dotted performance fabric for Liv and Ryan’s reading nook under the stairs. The perfect place to cozy up to do homework!