Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Houzz Tour: Clean Lines and Whimsy in a Rustic Ski House

“It was dead, and we needed to bring it to life,” says Jennifer Prugh Visosky of this rustic ski house. Having sat empty for a few years before her clients bought it, the house was dark and dated. Visosky, of Grace Home Design, worked closely with one of the homeowners; they started by going on a New York City shopping trip together so the designer could get a good sense of her personal style. “She loves gray, blues and pops of honey,” Visosky says. “She really wanted the house to be a space where she and her family felt embraced.”

Scrambling to get things together in time for a big extended-family Christmas at the house, Visosky brightened things up, balanced the rustic nature of the space with clean lines and brought in light touches of whimsy and her client’s favorite hues. “My client had a big hand in the design; she really helped to make it a very personal home,” the designer says.

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: This is the vacation home of a couple who lives in Texas.
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Size: About 4,500 square feet (418 square meters); 4 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms

The house pays subtle tribute to its location through contemporary and whimsical takes on Western ski cabin style. Instead of a moose trophy or a crossed pair of snowshoes hanging on the wall, it begins with a duck lamp.

“We love this little guy,” Visosky says of the quirky light. The lamp makes a strong first impression, letting you know that the mood will be light and comfortable. This feathered friend sits atop a beautifully crafted console table by BDDW that has plenty of room for hiding winter gear.

The rug is hide but doesn’t have the usual hide shape. The custom geometric pattern transforms it into a more modern way to present the popular Western element.

In the main living space, the dining area, kitchen and living room are all open to one another. The homeowner was eager to lighten up the space, so they painted the walls white. “It helps bounce the light around so much,” Visosky says. “The house was already pretty rustic with the wood ceilings, beams and stone wall.”

The dining table’s location was a no-brainer. “My clients wanted one large enough to comfortably seat eight people,” she says. To match the scale of the table, she had a sculptural light by Jonathan Browning customized to a large size. If you squint (really hard), it looks like a contemporary interpretation of an antler chandelier.

“My client absolutely loves blue,” Visosky says. She brought in blue tones via the dining chair fabric and the butterfly artwork. Lighter browns and creams inspired by the woods complete the color palette.

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