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A Nod to Mountain Chic



I’ve been spending more & more time in the mountains this year – taking on a few projects in Colorado, and also splitting time between San Diego & Crested Butte.  Of the 12 projects I’m working on right now, only *one* of them is in San Diego – the rest are spread across the US, which means the aesthetic I bring to each home always has to be a little bit malleable and take a few cues from its surroundings… I’m not saying I’d ever go all vacation rental and pop a cheesy sign in the kitchen in Ohio that says “Farm Fresh Eggs, This Way!” or put a heart-shaped bed that vibrates in my Vegas project or use dining chairs made with skis in a Denver dining room.  But it is only natural that ya give a little hat tip to what’s around… or at least give it a nod. Ye know – the kind of nod the elusive hot guy in high school used to give you when he passed you in the hall that was SO subtle yet full of charisma that your stomach probably still flips when you think about it, 20-some odd years later.

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ANYHOOSIT.  Every time I walk into a store, or cyberstalk the local designers in Colorado (yeah, I said it), I feel like it’s more of a head bang than a nod… Antler chandeliers galore (hey… they’re not all bad buuuuuuut still), all wood EVERYTHING, that way-overplayed industrial metal piping for legs on all furniture pieces and “ELK CROSSING” signs, etc etc.  I actually had a local designer who heard I was a visiting designer tell me with a scowl on her face the other day that she “hated it when young girls who have great taste waltz into town and pretend to be designers“… and then she lifted her leg and peed on the town of Crested Butte… okay just kidding on the last part.  But I just wanted to give her a hug and invite her over for coffee and be like, “oh sugar put the gloves down! I’m not the Fox Books to your Shop Around the Corner – there’s enough biz for all of us, always,” but instead I just smiled and pulled a T-Swift and let it roll on off my shoulders.  Moving along – this imposter of a floozy (that’s yours truly) has been stockpiling images I love that (I think) give a subtle Jake Ryan-esque nod to the Mountain vibe:

{antique shop counter as an island}


{mini shades up the ante on the antler chandelier)


{love this cozy nook in the same house}


{reclaimed nightstands with rusty copper pulls}


{pretty please come to my living room and never leave}


{loveliest exterior inspo I ever did see with that exterior coating, you can find information about Coolwall here}


{this one’s a pretty palette too}


{that marble farmhouse sink makes me weak at the knees}


{flank my front door whydontcha}


{love how cozy the exposed brick is… and the X-door detail}


{I’ve been sweating this antique French nightstand‘s nuts for about a year now.  Maybe I should do something about that.}


{Current favorite tile for a kitchen backsplash… updated, subtly iridescent and not even a little bit boring}


{Here she is installed.  From Clé tile.}


{Ralph, bring on the plaid}


{I put this in a kitchen mock-up years ago.  I love it still.}


{Look at how the backsplash becomes a wee ledge}


{favorite side table ever.  for any climate, anywhere.  adjustable height.}


{exposed brick for the win}


{one of my favorite kitchens ever.  totally translates to the cozy rustic mountains.}


{live edge is about 10 seconds from being overplayed, but I love this application}


{antique msrocccan rugs}


{favorite dining table in the galaxy}


{those uppers… I’m dangerously close to wanting to do them in my own kitchen.}


{what I would do in a heartbeat is that outdoor shower}


{DYING to paint any room that color.  Like my dining room.}


{on that note.. benjamin moore’s salamander is an amazing color}


{while we’re at it, I might wanna hang this bad boy in there too}


{this room is cozy… love the lamps, love the ceilings}


{be still my heart}






{small but mighty kitchen}


{legit obsessed with this limestone lamp}


{THESE CHAIRS….} midcentury-sirocco-lounge-chairs-mountain-decor-covet-living

{I can make this, right?}


{julianne hough’s bedroom… so lucious & so cozy. it’s in so cal, but it translates.}


{you better believe I’ve just commissioned a new version of this table from my favorite trusty carpenter, Chris}


{be still my heart… down a long hallway? I can’t take it.}


{you’ve seen me post this stair runner before – and it’s in a beach house – but I feel like the mountain vibe is sometimes a lateral move from the beach vibe… there’s a common denominator of comfort and of using materials with feel worn-in}


{more of the kitchen from the 1st pic… love the slate floors, the bistro chandelier, the ceilings, the fur on the chairs}



{the stone, the doors, the lanterns, the palette – it’s perfection}


{needs a duvet for that comforter, but like the layers and LOVE the sconce}


{from gregorius pine0… love how substantial these are}


{love this island that looks like it was repurposed, or handmade out back}


{I’d give Gus’ first born for this thing. Ok that’s a lie but isn’t it rad?}


{posted these awhile ago in a beach house post… they translate}


{perfect finish, perfect texture on the shade}


{mercury glass + rough hewn beams = heaven on the ceiling}


{more exposed brick}


{I could linger table side for hours in these dining chairs… on casters to boot}


{perfectly imperfect}


{love how the ornate chandelier and casually dressy roman offsets the rusticity of this kitchen}


{those faded green chaises from Patrick Dempsey’s Malibu beach house = to die}


{I need these nightstands}


{tiled hood and chesterfield sofa on point}


{I’d change out the pendants, but love the woven barstools and shades of greige}


{steel & glass upper doors – sigh}


{brownstone upholstery kills it every time}
{urban electric is another company that can do no wrong… those pendants are killer}




{#fave – from country floors… more imperfect than its Walker Zanger cousin, which I love}


{Side table that stands on its own like a boss}


{Baddest wet bar I ever did see – complete with Paul Bunyan-esque pulls}


{the metal + glass lantern gets a modern update when it’s done in a round shape}


Last but not least… if I had my druthers and had to design a kitchen in the mountains – or anywhere, for that matter – this is what I’d do… favorite Ann Morris antiques pendants, gold hood, exposed brick backsplash (or that stunning Cle tile one at the beginning of the post), steel + glass uppers, grey/green lowers (this is Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, which looks more grey in real life), antique shop counter as an island, brass bridge faucet, and a leathered white macaubus countertop.  BOOM.


Actually I lie like a rug – one more thing… a good friend of mine and her family JYEST moved to the mountains last week, and I’m about to help a sister out and help her get her new (and STUNNING) mountain pad outfitted… so stay tuned for updates on that project!  Congrats, Nik!

Happy Saturday!


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The Coolest Kid in School’s Bathroom

Playroom Bath | Covet Living Interiors

Y’all wanna vote on something far less mind-numbing than the election??  I’m currently designing 3 kids baths, which ps are about the most &#%@$ fun things, ever. This bathroom in particular is inside the playroom in one of my current projects. The sweet kiddo who holds court in these parts is in kindergarten, so Karrie’s giving me flack for it not reading “kid” enough…  however, here’s the thing about why I didn’t do a rubber ducky tile theme:

a) This kid is wise beyond his years – like a little old soul in a precocious 5-year old’s body.  He’s also def smarter than me, which makes him at LEAST 29.

b) The rest of the house is moving towards a very Santa Barbara, It’s Complicated vibe… but with a few modern touches.  Think unlacquered brass and antique rugs and steel doors & windows and Tabarka tile and clean-lined, cozy sofas. #nomnomnom.  So, I wanted to keep the look of this bath consistent with the rest of the house – yet still subtly playful.

c) Renovations are $-P-E-N-D-Y, and this bathroom needs to be able to grow with this little wizard, and/or be repurposed as a guest bath in a few years.  Here is an insightful article that you can click to view to understand the various techniques of going about the renovation. These doodles aren’t to scale – just designed to give you an idear of the finishes we’re working with.  The Tabarka tile will go on the floor… generally looking to do a calcatta gold marble countertop for the vanity, and an unlacquered brass faucet (this one is the Henry from Waterworks – I saw it yesterday at Cabochon and it was everything I could do not to lift it and sleep with it under my pillow at night… just kidding! #notreally).  Anyway, GO:


This one slays me.  Good luck getting me not to move in if this bath goes into my client’s house.
Playroom Bath | Covet Living


Close second favorite.  I love the play of the blues against the rose-colored unlacquered brass faucet, and the rusty hue in the tile.

Playroom Bath | Covet Living


I love the deep pigment of this vanity, and the playful shape of the tile.  OMG THIS IS LIKE TRYING TO CHOOSE A FAVORITE STAR IN THE SKY, fer cryin’ out loud.  That vanity color almost reminds me of Vegas Peacock, if you know what I mean…

Playroom Bath | Covet Living


We already nixed this one…. though it is baller, so I included it just for S’s & G’s.  The floor tile (Zaha 1 from Tabarka) is actually one of my favorites – brand new for them.  We would’ve done the vanity in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, which is **basically** the most perfect color known to man… (a note on F&B: I’ve tried many times to match their colors, and you actually can’t do it.  Because they’re so perfect and so rich).  I’d take this bathroom any day, but the thing about a navy vanity + bistro sconce look is, I feel it’s been done.  Or it’s currently bein’ did, and circulating Pinterest the world over.  So, this one’s out for now.
Playroom Bath | Covet Living What say you, Campers??


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