A Basalt Home Rooted in Sisterhood
When a Basalt-based educator hired her sister to design her new home, lots of wonderful things happened. Namely, trust, love, and new beginnings
Sometimes the most stunning outfit is the simplest: a perfect pair of jeans, a bright white T-shirt, and hip sneakers.
This is precisely the aesthetic Morgan Carper, a former New York City fashion designer turned interior designer, created in a new modern farmhouse in Basalt—comfortable, down-to-earth, and stylish, with a subtle edginess that exudes confidence.
Unlike most projects, in which homeowners may have wildly different taste than the designers they hire, Carper had full reign of the design because the client was her little sister—and she trusted Carper implicitly.
“We wear the same clothes and have very similar tastes,” she says. Because the two are so close, her sister felt comfortable standing back and letting Carper do her thing. “It was so fun to be able to just run with my vision, knowing it would be her vision, too,” Carper says.
The sisters’ relationship with each other also took a lot of the guesswork out of the situation. “We were totally real with each other,” Carper says. The homeowner adds, “Working with my sister was a joy. It made decision-making quick and easy.”
The project was Carper’s first-ever from scratch, an important marker in her new career as an interior designer. “I thought I’d be a fashion designer forever,” says Carper, who was a longtime private-label designer for Anthropologie. Then, like everything in life, things changed.
“I’ve always loved interiors, and I knew interior design would be less stressful and more in line with having a family. It was a tough transition emotionally, but it was seamless as far as the knowledge goes,” she says.
Now, three years into her new career, Carper has a dozen projects under her belt from all over the country, and she’s pregnant with her second child. “I’m not looking back,” smiles Carper.
The homeowners hired Architect Ken Adler from KA Designworks in Basalt to design a modern farmhouse in a new development in the Southside neighborhood.
“The clients knew exactly what they wanted,” Adler says. “They definitely drove the boat for us.” The Southside neighborhood is very much a front-porch community, where families teach their kids to ride bikes on the streets where they live and neighbors gather for impromptu happy hour at the end of the day.
In keeping with that feeling, Adler designed the home to take advantage of its positioning at the end of the street, placing the driveway and garage around the back of the house and making the inviting front porch the focal point.
The layout created a sunken backyard that’s protected from the elements—the perfect spot for the couple’s two young daughters to play year-round.
Overall, the light-filled home strikes a hard-to-achieve balance between clean-lined modern and comfortably cozy. “Whenever we get compliments, which is often, I love telling people it’s my amazing sister who helped bring it all together,” says the homeowner.
INTERIOR DESIGNER Morgan Carper, New York City ARCHITECT Ken Adler, KA Designworks, Basalt BUILDER Patrick Maley, Maley Custom Home, Aspen CABINETRY Basalt Kitchen and Bath, Basalt 970.279.5164 LANDSCAPE Mt. Daly Enterprises Landscape Architecture, Carbondale