With only three months to complete the comprehensive remodel, they used items that were in stock and would complement the homeowners' personal collections. In the end, they created a welcoming space that is light and modern, yet stays true to the mountain surroundings with subtle natural accents.
Established in Aspen five years ago, Caroline-Edwards Interior Design is led by the husband-and-wife team of Barbara and Richard Mullen. With expertise in architecture and design, they offer a full range of services for interior remodeling, from structural to aesthetic. Find them online at www.carolineedwards.com .
The zebra hide chairs emphasize the stark contrasts of the living space. Mullen found the chairs at Paris Underground in Aspen. "They have a lot of 1940s French antiques. It's a wonderful store," she says. www.parisunderground.com
Fireplace / Mantel
Remodeling the fireplace was a big undertaking and the most significant aspect of the home's redesign. Mullen and her team tore out the old river rock mantel and replaced it with this elegant black honed slab of granite and clean white wall. It creates a strong, modern centerpiece for the room, anchoring the overall design.
Rain Drum Side Table
Mullen found this rain drum side table at Town, in the Denver Design Center. www.townstudio.com
The coffee table is elegant yet sturdy and recalls the natural elements while tying in the home's original walnut floors. "Working in Aspen, it's a small town so we find things from sources we trust and like," Mullen says of Mecox Gardens in Los Angeles, where she found the table. "This is one of those." www.mecoxgardens.com
"This is a great texture," Mullen says of the thick wool Tufenkian rug. "It has hints of green and the texture ties everything together." www.tufenkiancarpets.com
Painting the front door black adds a dramatic against to the all white walls. "We like the strong contrast, the black and white," explains Mullen. "It makes it stand out, gives it another layer." She likes how light colored walls keep the house "light and open" while emphasizing the great art.
Art Above Fireplace
The art — a large image made up of many smaller images when you look closely — is from the homeowner's personal collection. She found it in London.
A metal replica of a tree trunk, this Baker lamp suggests the mountain lifestyle while staying true to the room's modern design. "It gives a hint of the mountains, without being super literal, like an antler chandelier," says Mullen.
Sofa and Throw Pillows
The Dessin Fournir sofa that Mullen found at Kneedler-Fauchere, at the Denver Design Center, is a soft cotton fabric, very cushy and comfortable. The wool throw pillows introduce different patterns and textures to the room. "I like to mix textures a lot," she says. www.denverdesign.com