Artisan Vacation Home Caters to Crowds in Aspen

Wanting a second home with plenty of room to entertain, an Oklahoma couple asked Colin Griffith to create their dream vacation destination in Aspen. See how the designer used artisan-crafted pieces to give the couple and their friends a warm welcome. 

Contemporary Living Room With Stunning Mountain View

Contemporary Living Room With Stunning Mountain View

This neutral living room features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a gorgeous mountain view, the perfect sight to take in while cozying up fireside. An ivory leather sofa and armchairs offer spots for relaxing, while a circular metal chandelier hangs from the wood plank ceiling. Faux fur lamps offer a fun touch.

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Photo by: Emily Redfield Photography

Emily Redfield Photography

With a 15,000-square-foot floor plan and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, this rustic-modern retreat in Aspen, Colo., boasts an interior that's just as impressive as its surroundings. 

The estate was co-designed by Colin Griffith, principal of Griffith Interior Design in Denver, for an Oklahoma couple who wanted a vacation home that could easily accommodate a crowd. 

“People come to Aspen for a lot of reasons,” says Griffith. “Skiing, art, culture, dining, etc. It’s a great place to escape and enjoy time with friends and family.”

Mountain Home With Rustic Stone Entrance

Mountain Home With Rustic Stone Entrance

Stone foyer with granite floors.

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Stone foyer with granite floors.

The mountain views are often a driving force as well, which is why the designer showcased them throughout his clients’ second home. From the stone foyer to the rooftop terrace, nearly every room includes floor-to-ceiling windows and moveable glass walls, giving the owners and their guests ample access to the outdoors. 

To further draw the beauty of the outdoors inside, Griffith layered the vacation home with natural materials like wood and stone. In the foyer, a stone accent wall and granite stairs create a seamless transition from the surrounding wilderness. 

At the same time, a woven area rug and bench provide space to remove shoes, which helps protect the hardwood floors from stray snow and mud.

Contemporary Living Room With Eye-Catching Circular Chandelier

Contemporary Living Room With Eye-Catching Circular Chandelier

Living room with modern chandelier.

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Living room with modern chandelier.

A nearby living room with wall-to-wall windows invites guests to sit back and relax after a day of shopping or skiing. Here, visitors have their pick of ivory leather sofas, all of which sit before an expansive fireplace. A chandelier from a designer in Dallas floats overhead, both brightening the room and adding interest like a modern sculpture. 

Choosing pieces from American artisans is especially important to Griffith, and so he often shares that passion with his clients. Whenever he travels for a project, the designer encourages the homeowners to go with him.

“I love taking my clients to showrooms and workshops so that they can literally see how these products are being made,” the designer says. “It helps them understand that these pieces are one-of-a-kind, like artwork."

Contemporary Powder Room With Zigzag Patterned Backsplash

Contemporary Powder Room With Zigzag Patterned Backsplash

Art Deco-inspired powder room.

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Art Deco-inspired powder room.

Naturally, the homeowners love to show them off to visitors. In a powder room down the hall, a handcrafted Art Deco-style backsplash transforms the small space into a showstopping feature. With LEDs illuminating the glass, the piece easily dazzles guests. 

"It's like a hidden treasure in the house," Griffith insists. "If they're having a party, everyone wants to go see it." 

Similar artisan features flow throughout the home, shifting from delicate glass-blown pendants in the dining room to bold, modern fixtures in the professional-grade kitchen.

Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen With Two Kitchen Islands

Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen With Two Kitchen Islands

Kitchen featuring walnut cabinetry.

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Kitchen featuring walnut cabinetry.

To soften the sharp design, Griffith infused the kitchen with warm walnut cabinetry and hardware from a local manufacturer. 

Two marble-topped islands work overtime as well, providing storage and counter space during the day, and doubling as a buffet table or bar during parties, which occur often.

Spacious Wine Cellar With Rustic Stone Ceiling and Walls

Spacious Wine Cellar With Rustic Stone Ceiling and Walls

Private wine cellar.

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Private wine cellar.

Though these spaces can fit countless people at once, Griffith also wanted to create zones for more intimate gatherings. Because the home sits on a slope, he chose to carve out a wine cellar, complete with a round, high-top table for two and stone walls to keep the bottles cool.

“It wasn’t meant to be an overzealous, flashy thing,” Griffith says of the room. “It’s a great spot where they can go with a couple of friends and pick out the night’s bottle of wine, or they can enjoy a date night. It’s comfortable.”

It’s also elegant, with the table made by carpenters in Colorado Springs and a stone sink carved in Bali. Wine racks decorate the walls for functional yet sophisticated artwork.

Contemporary Bedroom With Stunning Mountain View

Contemporary Bedroom With Stunning Mountain View

Contemporary master suite.

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Contemporary master suite.

When not attending to their guests, the owners can retreat to their master suite, where neutral hues in gray and blue echo the calming colors of the mountains. An attached spa bathroom with his and her sinks and cabinets underneath gives each person their own space to unwind after a demanding day.

It’s no surprise that the finished design pleased far more people than just the homeowners; that weekend, the home served as the backdrop for the Aspen Food and Wine Festival.

“It was selected as the venue that year,” Griffith recalls. “Mario Batali was there with caters and cooks doing wine pairings for 400 people. It was the most amazing housewarming I’ve ever seen.” 

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Rustic Retreat Offers Weekend Getaway

Featuring a stone exterior and gray paneling, this rustic-modern retreat in Aspen, Colo., easily fits with the surrounding landscape. Black woven chairs by the fire pit create space for year-round entertaining.

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Foyer Showcases Stone Accent Wall

With a large wooden door and a stone-covered accent wall, the foyer of this rustic home brings the great outdoors inside. An area rug softens the granite floor, while a bench becomes a seat for removing shoes and snow attire. 

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Living Room Complete With Mountain View

In this contemporary living room, floor-to-ceiling windows allow for a breathtaking view of the mountains. An ivory leather sofa and a pair of armchairs by the fireplace ensure enough seats for comfortable relaxation. 

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Modern Chandelier Doubles as Art

A round chandelier floats overhead, both illuminating the room and adding interest, much like artwork. Two custom, raccoon fur-wrapped lamps help balance the space and further its rustic aesthetic.

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Art Deco-Inspired Powder Room

Just down the hall, an Art Deco-inspired backsplash adds movement and visual interest to the powder room. A simple, freestanding vanity carved in Bali gives visitors room to wash up, while also keeping all eyes on the bold design. 

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Dining Room With Glass-Blown Pendants

Set against floor-to-ceiling windows, this contemporary dining table boasts breakfast with a view. Overhead, delicate glass pendant lights create understated visual interest and balance the rustic flooring. 

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Two Kitchen Islands for Easy Entertaining

With two sizable, marble-topped islands, this professional-grade kitchen allows for meal prep and easy entertaining. To draw attention away from the stainless appliances, the designer outfitted the space with warm walnut cabinetry.

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Photo By: Emily Redfield Photography

Elegant Yet Intimate Wine Cellar

For a luxurious yet intimate experience, this vacation home includes its own wine cellar. Against the stone walls, a high-top table and stools provide room for late-night conversation and wine tastings. 

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Master Suite Features Mountain Colors

Infused with the same soothing hues as the mountains, this platform bed encourages quiet rest and relaxation. Brown leather chairs help maintain the master suite's sophisticated nature. 

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Platform Bed With Floating Nightstand

High-end linens like silk and cashmere decorate the bed for a luxurious night's rest. To the right, a sleek nightstand topped with a glass lamp catches the eye and allows for late-night reading. 

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Spa Bathroom Features Neutral Finishes

Just off the master suite, this contemporary bathroom includes a sleek, glass-enclosed shower and wooden vanity with plenty of storage options. A faux-fur rug underfoot keeps the room soft.

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Freestanding Tub With Dramatic Flair

A freestanding tub adds a dramatic touch to this light and airy bathroom. Broad windows allow for soaking up the natural light and surrounding mountain views, while a bear carved from petrified wood serves as a step stool. 

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