Softly Modern

This 1960s home in the McLain Flats of Aspen, Colorado was last remodeled during the 90s in the Arts and Crafts style. Interior Designer Barbara Glass and Architect Richard Mullen partnered on the project to modernize the home, this time by pointing their clients toward the architectural vocabulary of the original period.

Richard focused on the architectural elements of the home, starting with the faboulous front door. The Douglas Fir paneled ceilings throughout notably create rich layers of texture and form.

As a means of softening the modern palette, Barbara used greys and creams as the base with pops of color, such as blue- green and gold, to accent. This classic, monochromatic scheme provides a sense of calm and reflects the colors of Aspen’s magnificent landscape. She loves using organic shapes in linear rooms, as evidenced in the living area where a Michael Berman coffee table lies beneath a chandelier by Ralph Pucci. Tailor- made furniture, by RAGS, sits on a handmade custom Tai Ping Rug, which serves to reinforce the soft color story.

A sculpture of golden butterflies, by Paul Villinski, adds drama to Richard’s beautiful plaster and steel fireplace.

Barbara’s favorite part of the house is the great room because of its large, open floor plan.

The kitchen features a backsplash and hood made of Calcutta marble, surrounded by white oak cabinetry that is finished with both light and dark stains. Around the countertop, four metal and woven leather counter stools are by Mark Albrecht.

Local artist Andi Lee, of Andi Lee Design, made the dining room table, set with chairs from A. Rudin.

The master bedroom features a Fortuny chandelier, which Barbara moved from the living room’s original décor. A blue-green grasscloth wall, behind a custom upholstered bed by RAGS, added another layer of texture to the suite.

The adjoining bath features a large soaking tub, cased with white oak, to create not just an intimate space, but also a view to daydream.

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Interiors Editor Mike Ragan
Photography Emily Minton Redfield
Interior Designer Barbara Glass, Barbara Glass Inc
Architect Richard Mullen, Demesne