Aspen Escape

An outdated 1970s home gets a light and airy transformation into a modern high-country haven

Drive through any Colorado mountain town and you’ll see plenty of 1970s homes—complete with dark wood interiors, orange shag carpeting and claustrophobic kitchens—begging for renovation. Once upon a time, that sad description would have fit this now-remodeled beauty, located in rural Pitkin County just a few miles from downtown Aspen. Fortunately, homeowner Cherie Hassenflu, an interior designer and principal of Houston-based Savant Design Group, and her husband, Alan, a commercial real estate developer, recognized enormous potential within the original 2,500-square-foot cedar home. 

The Hassenflus and their two sons started visiting the Aspen/Snowmass area 18 years ago. Avid travelers, they wanted this vacation home to stand as a reflection of their lifestyle and interests. To that end, they turned to Ted Guy and Mike Bucchin of Aspen-based Theodore K Guy Associates (TKGA), an architectural, planning and structural engineering firm, to transform the rustic structure into a modern-day mountain haven.

The expansive windows on the home’s façade, from Jamestown, N.Y.-based Hope’s Windows, were an essential addition for the owners of this newly-remodeled Aspen home, and provide beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. 

Rather than using standard columns that would disrupt the home’s lines, the architectural team of Mike Bucchin and Ted Guy opted for diagonal beams to extend the roofline about two feet over the deck.

The entryway features a cozy vignette composed of an antique settee covered in Kelly Wearstler fabric by Lee Jofa, an antique Navajo rug from Isberian Rug Company, and antique Black Forest trophies imported by Savant Design Group.

A delightfully eclectic mix of Modern Sprite side chairs by Knoll and stately wooden captain chairs by F. Schumacher & Co. surround a custom iron and wood dining table by Savant Design Group. The chandelier, from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Jason Miller Studio, acts as a modern nod to the mountains.

The living room’s soaring 20-foot ceilings and two-sided stone fireplace keep the space open, airy and casual. The Knoll chairs with chrome bases are covered in soft suede, while the Knoll sofa and Kravet wooden armchairs are covered in color-coordinated fabrics by Pollack Fabrics and Bergamo Fabrics, respectively. The antique coffee table is a find from Strange Imports in Carbondale, while a carpet from Isberian Rug Company ties all of the pieces together. Joseph Scheer’s Dysschema Howardi floats above the mantel.

The sleek kitchen, designed by Angela Otten of Denver-based William Ohs, is fresh and functional, with Okite quartz countertops, Downsview cabinets and Oceanside Glasstile backsplash.

The master bedroom offers repose with a custom upholstered headboard by Savant Design Group and an antique rug imported from Morocco. Lighting comes in the form of two lamps made from antique European carvings and Lucite bases, with a clean-lined chandelier hanging above. The Hassenflus purchased the set of six black-and-white collages from an estate sale in Houston, and Fawn, an oil painting by Richard Murray, from Keating Fine Art in Aspen.

Cherie Hassenflu selected and sourced the majority of materials for the master bath, including tile from Materials Marketing, a Philippe Starck for Duravit bathtub and Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe faucets.

Design Details

Interior Designer
Cherie Hassenflu
Savant Design Group 

Ted Guy/Mike Bucchin
Theodore K Guy Associates

Categories: Interiors, Landscaping & Gardening