Nov 10, 2011

High Mountain Style

Tuesday's post covered some amazing Colorado estates for sale, of which I only showed exterior photos.  The interior photos of many of these listings were not exactly the types of interiors that make me drool.  Not at all.  Too much theme.  Yikes.

Many mountain homes are second homes, where homeowners (and decorators) use the location as a 'theme,' and that 'theme' gets vomited all over every surfaced of the vacation home.  The idea of theme decorating is a lovely thought; it works in a chosen motif or 'parti' (my old design school friends will scream at the mention of the term parti, ha) to the design plan.  But, theme decorating often gets out of control.  While I looked at various mountain cabins, ski chalets and lodges currently for sale, I saw too-much-theme, from bearskin rugs to animal heads to tree branch chandeliers to Native American prints and leather-only furniture all in the same room.  As if a team of ranch cowboys, an ancient Indian tribe and some lumberjacks had a decorating war with twenty moose and a few grizzlies.  Over. The. Top. 

I really don't like to speak poorly of others' design and décor choices, but I bring it up to make a point about restraint.   Restraint is key in developing an enjoyable and comforting design scheme.  As is the very challenging step of self-editing

I've compiled some key images from Pinterest where the mountain/ski/chalet theme is only alluded to, with calming color, soft texture and minimal pattern all chosen with restraint. These choices make the jaw-dropping views the focal point and the primary character of the home, which certainly should be the point of a property with this lovely landscape, right?








Source: google.com via Whitney on Pinterest

Source: hgtv.com via Whitney on Pinterest

Source: hgtv.com via Whitney on Pinterest



Source: google.com via Whitney on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Whitney on Pinterest

Source: hgtv.com via Whitney on Pinterest




Ah, how I'm wishing for a ski house in the Rockies now....
Cheers,
Whitney

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