All in the Mix
Works of art don’t always call for quiet backdrops. Sometimes they hold their own—or even come into their own—when set in lively, layered environments.
This five-bedroom condo in Steamboat Springs features original artwork and handcrafted furniture in nearly every room, but rather than be set apart like precious investment pieces, they intermingle with the vibrant mix of colors and prints on the everyday items around them.
The homeowners worked with interior designers Donna Figg, Sloan Pressly and Tara Klaers of Slifer Designs in Edwards to give their second home a lighthearted sophistication. “They wanted this to be an escape, a place that was inviting and fun,” Figg says. “We wanted each space to feel unique and have its own personality, so we brought a lot of texture and pattern into the home to make it lively and playful.”
The entry feels like a gallery, with each piece deserving of attention. “We wanted a really strong setting to give a sense of arrival,” Figg says. While nothing technically matches, there’s a not-so-subtle symmetry to the space. A cast-bronze console by Phillips Collection, which resembles a monumental piece of driftwood, anchors the room and pairs with two airy accent lamps and an enormous mirror to create an unexpected yet harmonious grouping. The round mirror echoes the large-scale lemon slice painting by Ohio artist Dennis Wojtkiewicz on the adjacent wall, and the chandelier’s petal-like form repeats in the rug’s leafy pattern. There’s even a subtle replication of shapes between the organic console and the strictly structured bench.
In the living room, the designers worked from the ground up, drawing their color inspiration from the handmade rug from Niba Rug Collections. “We made this room’s palette a peacock blue and funky green balanced with the warm taupe walls and the base of the brown rug,” Figg says. Playing with texture was important too. Plenty of soft, upholstered seating makes the space welcoming, and touches of metal and stone add visual interest. The custom live-edge cocktail table by Dillon-based Summit Woodworks, the only wooden piece in the room, “really stands out and looks special,” Figg says.
Pops of vibrant blue appear throughout the home in shades varying from peacock to aquamarine to sky and royal blue. In the dining room, the topaz accents in the Kyle Bunting rug are the solo punch of color in the otherwise neutral space, but the design scheme reads as anything but basic beige. The designers again found inspiration in the rug, this time using the floor covering’s brown and cream hues as the unifying elements for an unlikely mix of patterns: a graphic rug, large-scale floral drapes by Bergamo Fabrics and side chairs in a lodge-like tweed. What could have looked bohemian reads as refined because the designers kept the furniture streamlined and solid-colored, and assigned the busier patterns to the room’s accents.
Patterns mix and mingle in the master bath, too. A zigzag wallpaper by Romo envelopes the clean-lined tub, which juxtaposes the organic mottling of the stone surround. The wallpaper, which only appears in one niche in the neutral room, takes the place of art. “It’s an unexpected addition to bring texture and interest,” Pressly says. “We wanted the bathroom to have visual impact and feel unique.”
To scale down the spacious room, the designers introduced warmer textures. “There are so many hard elements in a bathroom, so we added an upholstered bench and some rugs, and created vignettes,” Pressly says.
With a less skillful hand, this mountain retreat could have been too eclectic, but thanks to the designers’ light touch, the nature-inspired palette, sumptuous upholstery and sculptural furnishings—mixed with the homeowners’ contemporary art—come together with style and grace.
Patterns at Play
Mixing three disparate patterns—as the design team at Slifer has done here with the geometric rug, floral drapes and tweed chairs—could instill fear in the hearts of many otherwise intrepid homeowners, but designers Donna Figg and Sloan Pressly insist that mixing and matching can be easy:
The key, of course, is to forget about matching. Instead, stay within the same general color family, as the designers did here with browns and creams.
Mix patterns with different scales and structure. Here, the tweed’s tight weave recalls the rug’s lattice-like grid but on a microscopic scale. And the drapes’ large, loose painterly print breaks up the rigidity while its scale balances well with the rug’s repeat.
Pair layered patterns with clean-lined furniture in solid shades and keep accessories to a minimum to prevent visual clutter.
Architect: OZ Architecture, Denver, (303) 861-5704, ozarch.com
Interior Designers: Donna Figg, ASID, LEED AP, Sloan Pressly, LEED AP and Tara Klaers, Slifer Designs, Edwards, (970) 926-8200, sliferdesigns.com
DEVELOPER Garrett Simon, The Atira Group, Edwards, (970) 926-3315, theatiragroup.com ARCHITECT Oz Architecture, Boulder, (303) 449-8900, ozarch.com CUSTOM FURNITURE (Dining table and cocktail table) Summit Woodworks, Dillon, (970) 389-1947 ARTWORK Lemon slice in entry: “Rosette” by Dennis Wojtkiewicz, The Peterson-Cody Gallery, LLC, Santa Fe, NM, (505) 820-0010, petersoncodygallery.com ENTRY CAST BRONZE CONSOLE Phillips Collection, High Point, NC, (336) 882-7400, phillipscollection.com CEILING LIGHT Y Lighting, Walnut Creek, CA, (866) 428-9289, ylighting.com AREA RUG The Scarab, Minturn, (970) 949-1730, thescarab.com TABLE LAMPS Slifer Designs, Edwards, (970) 926-8200, sliferdesigns.com MIRROR Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC, (828) 328-1801, hickorychair.com BENCH Lorna Lee John Muller Designs, New York, NY, (212) 397-3803, lornaleejohnmullerdesigns.com LIVING ROOM SOFA Beverly Furniture, Pomona, CA, (626) 333-5700, beverlyfurniture.net; upholstered in fabric by Rose Cummings, Kneedler-Fauchere, Denver Design District, (303) 744-7474 STRIPED FABRIC ON PILLOW Romo, Town Studio, Denver Design District, (303) 282-0125, romo.com GEOMETRIC FABRIC ON PILLOW Lee Jofa, Kravet/Lee Jofa, Denver Design District, New York, NY, (303) 733-1891, leejofa.com FABRIC ON PILLOW ON SOFA Mokum, John Brooks Inc., Denver Design District, (303) 698-9977, mokumtextiles.com LOUNGE CHAIR Upholstered in fabric by Romo, Town Studio, Denver Design District, (303) 282-0125, romo.com COCKTAIL TABLE Summit Woodworks, Dillon, (970) 389-1947 LOUNGE CHAIR Richman Upholstery, Denver, (970) 476-0770; upholstered in fabric by Romo, Town Studio, Denver Design District, (303) 282-0125, romo.com OTTOMANS Century Furniture, Charlotte, NC, (828) 328-1851, centuryfurniture.com LEATHER LOUNGE CHAIRS Usona Home, Philadelphia, PA, (215) 496-0440, usonahome.com AREA RUG Niba Rugs, Miami, FL, (305) 573-1355, nibarugs.com DAYBED Tom’s Upholstery, Morrison, (303) 697-4619; leather for daybed by Moore & Giles, Forest, VA, (434) 846-5281, mooreandgiles.com; striped fabric for daybed by Romo, Town Studio, Denver Design District, (303) 282-0125, romo.com TABLE BY DAYBED Bradley Hughes, Atlanta, GA, (404) 814-9595, bradley-hughes.com FLOOR LAMPS Slifer Designs, Edwards, (970) 926-8200, sliferdesigns.com DRAPERY FABRIC Calvin, John Brooks Inc., Denver Design District, (800) 333-2799, calvinfabrics.com DRAPERY HARDWARE Brimar, Lake Forest, IL, (800) 274-1205, brimarinc.com KITCHEN STOOLS A. Rudin, Egg & Dart, Denver Design District, (303) 744-1676, arudin.com; upholstered in fabric by Romo, Town Studio, Denver Design District, (303) 282-0125, romo.com PENDANTS Cisco Brothers, Los Angeles, CA, (323) 778-3200, ciscobrothers.com DINING ROOM CHANDELIER Ochre, New York, NY, (212) 414-4332, ochre.net DRAPERY FABRIC Bergamo, John Brooks Inc., Denver Design District, (303) 698-9977, johnbrooksinc.com DINING TABLE Summit Woodworks, Dillon, (970) 389-1947 DINING CHAIRS Usona Home, Philadelphia, PA, (215) 496-0440, usonahome.com HOST CHAIRS Lee Industries, Newton, NC, (877) 464-7442, leeindustries.com AREA RUG Kyle Bunting, John Brooks Inc., Denver Design District, (303) 698-9977, johnbrooksinc.com DRAPERY HARDWARE Brimar, Moda Antica, Denver Design District, (303) 733-9003, brimarinc.com GUEST MASTER BEDROOM BED Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC, (828) 328-1801, hickorychair.com LOUNGE CHAIRS Baker, Hickory, NC, (828) 624-7036, bakerfurniture.com; upholstered in fabric by Kravet, Bethpage, NY, (800) 645-9068, kravet.com LOUNGE CHAIR PILLOW Fabric by Pollack, Egg & Dart, Denver, (303) 744-1676, pollackassociates.com SIDE TABLE Acrylic Side Table by Oly Studio, Berkeley, (775) 336-2100, olystudio.com EURO SHAM Fabric by Kravet, Bethpage, NY, (800) 645-9068, kravet.com KING SHAM Fabric by Larsen, Egg & Dart, Denver, (303) 744-1676, larsenfabrics.com DECORATIVE SHEARLING PILLOW Moore & Giles, Forest, VA, (434) 846-5281, mooreandgiles.com MASTER BATH WALLCOVERING Romo, Town Studio, Denver Design District, (303) 282-0125, romo.com QUEEN BEDROOM HEADBOARD Tom’s Upholstery, Morrison, (303) 697-4619; upholstered in fabric by Lee Jofa, Kravet/Lee Jofa, Denver Design District, New York, NY, (303) 733-1891, leejofa.com EURO SHAMS Fabric by Pollack, Egg & Dart, Denver Design District, (303) 744-1676, pollackassociates.com; tape by Nina Campbell, Shanahan Collection, Denver Design District, (303) 778-7088, ninacampbell.com KIDNEY PILLOWS Fabric by Donghia, John Brooks Inc., Denver Design District, (800) 333-2799, donghia.com BOLSTER Fabric by Dedar, Kneedler-Fauchere, Denver Design District, (303) 744-7474, dedar-usa.com