A Mountain Home Makeover With Texture Galore

Modern touches complement Rustic Americana vibes in this dramatic before-and-after in Steamboat

‚ÄčIf a little texture goes a long way, then this mountain-home makeover ran a marathon.

What before was dark, dated and drab became bright, open and full of the warm-and-fuzzies—the perfect cozy spot for its owners and their family.

The couple had two main goals: completely refurnish the home and create a new kitchen and dining layout. The result is a space filled with vibrant, natural light that highlights rich and textured interiors.

“Texture is a big theme in this house,” says the home’s lead interior designer, Michele McCarthy of Vertical Arts Architecture. From modern touches to Rustic Americana vibes, this dramatic makeover mixes just the right amount of visual interest with clean lines.

Here we walk through a before and after of each space, to truly visualize the transformation. 

Living room before:
Living room after:

McCarthy found this ottoman, which sits as a centerpiece in the completely overhauled living area, and it serves as the foundation for the color palette of the whole space. "The rug pulls the blues from the ottoman," shes says, "and the leather couch is a mix of traditional rustic color and modern lines." The fireplace mantel was reworked with steel to further add a contemporary flair.

Traditional forms meet fun and lively fabrics in this pair of wingback chairs in the living room.

Kitchen before:

The original kitchen was a miniscule U-shaped space, dark and boxed off from the living and dining areas.

Kitchen after:

McCarthy incorporated the new interiors' subtle gray-blue color into the kitchen's marble countertop and glass backsplash. A custom cold-rolled steel hood and rustic aged barstools add an extra touch of "cool."

Dining before:
Dining after:

An eclectic mix of chairs is arranged around a long, modern table that can sit a crowd. Built-ins add form as well as function.

The kitchen remodel is McCarthy's favorite feature of the new space. "This was the biggest design change of the entire home," she says. "We opened it up and created a distinct element of the back wall, which ties the kitchen and the dining area together." The result is a bright and open kitchen/dining space that feels much more welcoming and intuitive.

Bedrooms before:

The original bedrooms were dark and lifeless; the beds in the bunk room blocked natural light and felt awkward in the space.

Bedrooms after:

Inspiration in the new-and-improved master bedroom came from the Western-style denim duvet cover, which "complements more traditional elements, like the bed with wingback headboard and the feminine lines of the [pillow and bedding] piping."

The bedroom for the owners' daughter was reinvented with sophisticated furnishings as well as pops of whimsy. "We still wanted it to be something that she could grow into, something that could change as she gets older," McCarthy says.

The difference in the bunk room is like night and day. "Nothing was organized before," McCarthy says. "We rethought the layout of the beds and decided to use a queen-size bed to accommodate the window. The contractor [Bruce Shugart of Structural Associates] had the beds custom-made, and we used rusty browns and a teal lamp to bring the color palette together. Now the beds match the room and look like they were meant to be there."

Rec room before:
Rec room after:

After the change in design, the home's recreation room is almost unrecognizable—and meant to be more fun and informal than the living room upstairs. A bold cowhide ottoman takes center stage, and a sectional invites everyone to get comfortable.

The goal of this gathering space—which is outfitted with a pool table and large entertainment center—is to feel like a "comfy lounge spot," says McCarthy. The result is a cozy hangout with pops of pattern, color and—you guessed it—texture.


ARCHITECTURE Sarah Tiedeken O'Brien, project architect Vertical Arts Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN Michele McCarthy, lead interior designer Vertical Arts Architecture CONTRACTOR (kitchen, fireplace, etc.) Bruce Shugart, Structural Associates SaveSave

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