Thursday, October 9, 2014

Room of the Day: Refining the Rustic in a Log Home

While this ski-in, ski-out home in Steamboat, Colorado, was a great buy and had spectacular views, the owners were not particularly keen on the rustic log cabin look. Interior designer Lisa Kanning worked with them to tone down the heavy logs and make the space feel more contemporary.

She used a calming palette of creams and grays and a range of textiles to soften the aesthetic, and added visual elements to bring the room’s vast size down to human scale. Working closely with her long-term clients, she also brought in some unexpected elements that reflected their tastes and personalities.

Room at a Glance
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Team: Interior design: LKID; architecture: Katherine Keifer, West Elevation Architects

The Italian light fixture was one of the first things one of the clients picked out. “It sets the tone immediately,” Kanning says. The large fixture adds unique texture, stands up to the scale of the room and helps delineate the seating area in front of the fireplace.

Expansive windows let in views of aspen trees and ski hills. “In homes like this, you typically have a mountain-view area and a fireplace area; if you’re lucky, you can create two separate seating areas at each one,” Kanning says. In front of the windows, a set of comfortable vintage swivel chairs atop a sheepskin rug creates an intimate conversation area.

Also standing up to the scale of the room is a large piece by artist Iris Shoemaker. The homeowners are art aficionados who are building a collection. They found this piece at Art Basel Miami. It breaks up the expanse of logs, contrasting with their color and texture. One of the homeowners also found the unique antique horn chair, which winks at traditional mountain-lodge style.

Long drapes on a motorized track and a dark stain for the floors (which used to be the same color as the walls) also help tone down the logs. Sleek glass and metal clip railings replaced rustic log railings up the stairs and across the loft.

The room is part of an open plan; continuing grays and other neutrals give the house a cohesive feeling. The fireplace is open to the dining room on the other side, and you can see a peek of the kitchen to the left. “A gray palette really calms everything down and modernizes a space,” Kanning says. “It can also neutralize a finish you don’t like.”

A mix of textures includes a patchwork cowhide rug, a tweedy sofa and chairs, faux leather and sheepskin stools, a textured lacquer coffee table, a leather-wrapped console table, a resin cube and metal nesting tables.

Room of the Day: Refining the Rustic in a Log Home

Room of the Day: Refining the Rustic in a Log Home

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