Inspired by Nature, Infused with Sleek Sophistication
By Laura Jackson
Today’s successful interior designers understand that in our fast-paced frantic world, their clients want a home that not only creatively stimulates all of the senses, but helps to wind them down as well. Blending the natural beauty of the outdoors with clean, sophisticated lines and open contemporary spaces, modern mountain design in Park City has achieved just that.
Barclay Butera Interiors
Barclay Butera’s recent interior design for one of Montage Deer Valley’s premier designer residences provides an excellent example of the beauty and innovation of contemporary mountain design. Liza Salowey from Montage Residences Deer Valley describes the fast-growing popularity of this look, “More and more prospective buyers and current owners are requesting designs that feature the clean lines of modern contemporary style, yet still want the warmth you expect in a luxurious mountain retreat.”
Butera explains his captivating approach, “I design spaces for the way I want to feel when I walk into them. Engaged, relaxed, and right at home.”
This beautiful Montage residence features breathtaking views from multiple private balconies along with its expansive windows throughout. Mario Ferreira with Barclay Butera Interiors in Park City describes how “Knock out neutrals punched up with such glamorous elements as gilded mirrors, rich dark woods, Lucite, metal and just a touch of animal print provide a light and fresh version of Butera’s distinctive mountain living style.”
The huge transformation currently taking place in the world of wall coverings is beautifully displayed throughout the residence, adding rich textures, depth and movement to its rooms. Exclusive Butera furniture pieces bring personality to all sorts of spaces including a fabulous cocktail bar cabinet in the living room. Unique lighting applications add artistic ﬂair and refined classical details, while the soft, organic textures and fashion- forward designs of the rugs tie it all together.
San Francisco Design
“There are so many fascinating changes happening in the design world today resulting in opening up ﬂoorplans, bringing outdoor beauty inside, and lightening up overall designs,” explains Aleece Sligar of San Francisco Design. On her recent design for a stunning home in The Colony, Sligar used a wide variety of materials and textures to achieve an appealing warmth and charm alongside elegant, contemporary styling.
Natural stone delivers the ruggedness of the mountains, while the sleekness of steel provides an industrial edge. A great variety of woods with varying finishes, including a wire-brushed wood, bring even more alluring layers of texture to the home. Natural metallic finishes give a nod to Park City’s silver mining history, while introducing fabrics such as mohairs, leathers, velvets and furs serves to soften up its contemporary elements.
This home’s kitchen won the favorite award in this year’s Showcase of Homes due to a variety of appealing factors, including a charming cement tile backsplash with a European ﬂavor and a whimsical pattern climbing the walls, as well as Cesarstone countertops. Its star is an intimate breakfast nook with a fun retro diner feel.
The lower level features a dreamy spa experience its owners may never want to leave. Within a cozy, yet very luxurious atmosphere, there’s a multitude of ski storage lockers and benches with plenty of room for a huge crowd of guests, then a steam room, steam shower and a hot tub just outside on the heated patio.
Although this home is definitely a skier’s paradise, one step outside makes it clear why this mountain gem won not only the People’s Choice Award for best overall, but also the Best Outdoor Living Space in the 2013 Park City Showcase of Homes. Jeﬀ Hill, President of Midway Construction, the builder for this inspiring home and yet another invaluable member of a creative team including Architect Michael Upwall explains, “Truly unique for our area, this home was designed to take full advantage of all seasons of the year in Park City.” A spiral staircase leads directly from an incredible outdoor living room featuring a covered outdoor kitchen with a state-of-of- the-art grill and a large TV recessed in stone, and then goes down to a dazzling infinity pool area with an elevated deck, gas torch lamps and canopy heaters—the perfect invitation for guests to relax and enjoy every season.
Hamilton Park Interiors
Linda Ashton of Hamilton Park Interiors understands that collaboration is a vital part of the design process. “I believe that when members of the team provide their most creative ideas, and there is open communication, the results will reﬂect design on a higher level than would be the case individually,” said Ashton. The spectacular outcome of Hamilton Park Interiors, Upwall Design Architects and Douglas Knight Construction proves that creative design knows no limits.
Beginning with the feel of immense windows and open architecture inviting the outdoors to fill its interior spaces, to superior building craftsmanship, and the magnetic charisma of its interior design, this home in Parley’s is truly a treasure.
Part of the challenge and opportunity of large, open spaces in contemporary design is in keeping its spaces unified and intimate at the same time. Using a band of warm wood to surround and tie together all the elements of the first ﬂoor, as well as a unique system of open shelving, this home is simultaneously spacious and exposed, while also feeling personal and approachable.
Seeking to surround the home first in comfortable neutrals,and then blending bursts of vibrant color, Ashton uses a variety of exciting color palettes to infuse the home with life and vitality. From the inside out, this home is all about balance. The seasons of the year appear to ﬂow seamlessly as you encounter enticing ranges of color from soft winter greys, to touches of spring and summer’s greens, and then back to the warm oranges of fall. This feeling is also reﬂected in the home’s energizing art collection spotlighting many Utah artists including Allen Lund and John Collins.
While the home was still under construction, designers gave local artist Linda Pinnock Brown photos of inspiring spring wildﬂowers blooming around the property, which later transformed into her beautiful painting in the downstairs family room. Continuing to draw nature inside, you can even hear the soothing sounds of a comforting outdoor water feature in the background.
As you enter so many new and evolving interior designs in spaces all around our town, you are invited to share in the refreshing sophistication of modern contemporary style, yet marvel at how well it continues to characterize the organic, warm welcome of life in the mountains.