Bringing Nature Indoors

The Aspen area is so stunning that one of the biggest design challenges around here is orchestrating something that doesn't distract from the natural beauty, but complements it instead. This newly finished home by architects Bohlin Cywinkski Jackson and interior designers Shelton, Mindel & Associates succeeds by incorporating natural elements and fusing those textures and colors on the home's interior.

"The house actually looks as if it grew out of the land." the homeowner told Architectural Digest. "It's definitely modern--but not so severe that it feels like an intrusion on the beauty all around it."

The two-story structure is completed with split-faced Valser quartzite and was hand selected by the architects at the quarry in Switzerland. Mahogany and cedar undulate along mimicking the hills. The same quartzite extends from the house to create outdoor living spaces and a sunken lounge area finished with furnishings by Kettal.

This same marriage between elements continues indoor, and the Douglas fir ceiling brings some of the forest inside. A custom-made sofa anchors the living area and the Poul Kjaerholm daybed (used as a table) and stools are by Fritz Hansen.

The common areas are inviting and open, playing off natural light and the master suite and courtyard bookend the public spaces for a wrap-around, cozy and efficient feel. 

When can we move in?