Photography By Michael Skarsten
The Chervo – House of Deer – Interior Design by Suzanne Geibel McCammon – Oohs & Aahs
Finding the right creative expertise to showcase an exquisite 10,000-square foot contemporary home in Park City’s prestigious Deer Crest is no small endeavor.
Blending the best elements of design with the natural beauty of its breathtaking mountain vistas, while at the same time reflecting the unique style and tastes of its owners requires something extra special.
Suzanne Geibel McCammon, owner and lead designer of Oohs & Aahs Furniture and Design, was most definitely up to the task.
“My clients will be the one’s living in the space so it is very important to me that it reﬂects their aesthetic and lifestyle.”
~Suzanne Geibel McCammon, Oohs & Aahs Furniture and Design
Upon entering this luxurious home named “Chervo”, it’s at once easy to fall in love with the charm of its warm woods, striking interior stone features, expansive living spaces, and all the many rich textures and colors throughout. It’s also easy to see how Suzanne has built a reputation over the last 20 years for exceptional design while making the process stress-free and enjoyable for her clients.
the process | planning the ideal direction
At the beginning of the project, Suzanne invited her clients to walk through several homes she had previously designed to better understand their likes and dislikes. Taking copious notes throughout, she noticed the details they responded to and those they didn’t care for.
“Listening to my clients and learning their tastes are the most important parts of the process. Th e clients are the ones who will be living in the home for years to come, so I spend a great deal of time making sure our choices reflect their taste and lifestyle.”
Once Suzanne felt that she had a clear idea of the direction her clients would like to go, she then developed and presented a three tiered budget estimate. “Establishing a budget before beginning the process set our client’s minds at ease.”
the design | details make all the difference
Upon entering the home you are overtaken by the dramatic and panoramic views over looking Deer Valley with the Jordanelle reservoir in the distance.
The blues of the sky and water just outside the two-story main living room windows are introduced throughout the home in artwork, pillows, upholstery and accents that play among neutrals in various textures and finishes. Just off the living room is a spectacular custom breakfront cabinet with interior pendant lights. Th is large-scale piece was designed specifically for the space to showcase the homeowners’ memorabilia. “My client had a vision for the cabinet, so we worked together. I sketched out the plan, then had a local cabinet maker create the piece. We worked on special formulations of paint to get the exact blue we wanted and the final result is perfect.”
“After choosing our price range, I never worried about the price of materials, rugs, sofas, lamps, wallpaper or anything required for our new home.
If Suzanne thought that maybe I was going to choose something that was a little out of the budget, she would tell me—otherwise we never discussed prices. That made the project so pleasant. And the best part is—when our home was ﬁnished we came in just a little under budget! That has never happened to us before!”
~Oohs & Aahs Deer Crest Client’
In the downstairs family room, the color becomes more playful with the introduction of fuchsia. “Often people are concerned about the use of bright colors in their homes, but my client was not afraid to play with color so we chose this beautiful fuchsia for the pillows and the custom pool table,” explains Suzanne.
When it came time to design the custom bunk beds in the kids’ room, the homeowner’s wanted to ensure that their grandchildren could safely climb the steep steps. Suzanne came up with the idea to add rock climbing holds. Needless to say, the grandkids are thrilled. Functional and beautiful, the bunk beds are made with specially formulated cerulean blue while pops of color are added with poufs and pillows in a Moroccan motif.
For the upper level ski-prep room, Suzanne chose a blue Ralph Lauren plaid for the couch and two hide chairs from Australia. This cozy space invites you to relax after a long day of skiing, while the custom made, copper ski rack provides a stylish backdrop to house skis when not in use.
The dining room is layered with an elegant mixture of materials from upholstery to metal and wood. Knowing that the homeowners had a large family, Suzanne had the 14-foot live edge, walnut table made in Italy. The piece has a reﬁ ned, sculptural feel that anchors the room. A custom elegent but industrial chandelier over the table adding extra texture and charm.
In the main en-suite master, subtlety of color and texture quietly command your attention. A hair on hide bed by Bernhardt is juxtaposed against a large wall covered in raw silk. Wall paper which has a gossamer, ethereal quality to it that nicely contrasts against the lighter headboard.
Suzanne’s use of layering, texture and pattern extends into the bathrooms through subtle and sophisticated wallpapers. Th e wall coverings serve as a counterpoint to the elegant marble and tile finishes.
retreat | a finished gem
Now complete, The Chervo home is a mountain retreat that embodies a bespoke elegance seen in every room. The final result is now ready to welcome their multigenerational family as the house has everything from bunk beds and a game room to a gourmet kitchen, en-suite masters and a state of the art home theater for the family to enjoy together. The thoughtful details throughout whether a silhouette, color, pattern or texture have been carefully curated by the designer to create an effortless design aesthetic. Hiring a designer can be the difference between furnishing a space and creating a cohesive look that transforms the environment from a house to a spectacular home.