Inspiration comes from many different places. From design blogs to the runway and trips to market, I find inspiration all around me. But hitting the reset button every so often is a necessity for me. I find nothing helps me refocus and gets my creative juices flowing more than putting myself in a different environment. What destination is at the top of my list to renew my interior design inspiration? Aspen, Colorado.
Aspen, Colorado is one of the places I love going to when I need a change of scenery. From music festivals to outdoor activities and the premiere Food & Wine Classic, Aspen has so much to offer. What I love most about visiting Colorado is the perspective shift it offers. The peacefulness of the lush mountain scenery provides a welcome change from the flat landscape and hustle of life in the city.
Nature plays a huge role in our designs. The lush landscape may inspire the color palette we use in the home. Or a river stone fireplace might create the perfect focal point. And natural elements like wood and stone are a fabulous way to bring organic shapes and unique textures into a design. They add warmth, depth, and visual interest. But the structure of the home and where it’s located on the property is also important to understand. The surroundings, natural light, and physical space the home occupies influences our design. These elements are the foundation on which we create interiors that maximize the home’s functionality and beauty.
Colorado Home Designs
Though we no longer call Aspen our “office home”, we are still inspired by the beautiful surroundings. I’m so excited to announce that the Laura U team will be heading back to Aspen this summer! Our official countdown to Colorado and wrapping up a fun new project has definitely got me dreaming about beautiful mountain homes. Today I want to share a few of my favorite mountain homes with you.
Laura U Design Collective
Contrast is one of the essential elements of Classically Current designs. The tension of color, texture, and pairing pieces that aren’t supposed to go together is what makes an interior design interesting. With our Mountainview project, our goal was to bring the organic, beauty of nature together with clean, modern lines. The color palette of rich browns and stark whites was inspired by the gorgeous landscape surrounding the home. It brings the beauty of the outdoors inside and provides the perfect backdrop for the home’s views. Natural wood elements add warmth and visual texture while the fireplace’s industrial facade and these leather accent chairs give the room a modern touch. And fresh florals add a pop of color, making the space relaxing and calming. Bold Aztec print pillows create a bit of depth and a cozy bench beckons guests to sit down and stay a while.
Charles Cunniffe Architects | Structural Associates
The masterminds behind this outstanding home are Charles Cunniffe and Rich Pavcek of Charles Cunniffe Architects. Headquartered in Aspen, Colorado, CCA is a highly rated architecture firm that designs homes, hotels, and everything in between.
CCA partnered with Shane Evans and Brian Hanlen of Structural Associates to bring this stunning home to life. Structural Associates is a Colorado-based contractor that specializes in new construction, renovation and maintenance. From modern sanctuaries to rustic cabins, Structural Associates has a wide-ranging portfolio that we can’t get enough of.
Vail Custom Builders
Located in Vail, Colorado, this beautiful mountain home was constructed by Vail Custom Builders. VCB is a luxury home builder that designs spaces tailored to their clients’ unique experiences and preferences. Along with honestly and accountability, their key values include a strong dedication to getting things right the first time around.
C. Barnes Construction
Next on our list of mountain homes is this gorgeous residence built by C. Barnes Construction, a general contractor in Aspen. From the highly frequented living room to the open yet private master bedroom, the spaces in this home boast sweeping views of Colorado’s mountainous landscape. The architecture also embraces a mountain modern aesthetic that we just love!
Rowland+Broughton | Brikor
Built in the ‘70s, this modern mountain home was renovated by architecture firm Rowland+Broughton and custom home builder, Brikor. Rowland+Broughton is a high-end design firm with a broad portfolio that includes custom residential, commercial, and master planning projects. Brikor, on the other hand, is a family-owned general contracting company that specializes in building custom homes in Aspen.
G.F. Woods Construction | Anne Grice Interiors
G.F. Woods Construction can be thanked for building some of Aspen’s most beautiful spaces, including this one. Their work includes everything from residential and commercial to multifamily and restaurant development. Valuing honesty, integrity, and attention to detail, G.F. Woods has built strong relationships with clients and partners throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.
The interior of this fabulous home was designed by Anne Grice, an interior designer who has worked in Aspen for more than 20 years. Her work is sophisticated yet functional, using patterns and textures to connect to Colorado’s lifestyle and mountainous landscape.
Home Design Colorado, Nature-Inspired Design
Each of these Colorado mountain homes fits beautifully into the stunning scenery that surrounds it. While some are modern and some are rustic, each design blends the beauty of nature with luxe elements. All these fabulous mountain homes have me counting down the days until we head back to Aspen. If you’re dreaming of your own perfect mountain get-away house, we know a little bit about creating one! Drop us a line to let us know how we can help bring your design dreams to life. I can’t wait to breathe in the fresh mountain air. And I can’t wait to share the details of the mountain inspired project we’ve been working on with you! Be sure to follow along on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look.