Design, it’s all in the details…
Our homes should be a reflection of who we are, showcasing the items we treasure and the places we’ve been or long to visit. It should awaken our senses and invite others to explore and enjoy the scenery. This idealism is especially true for one of my clients who asked me to create a “Dude Ranch” in her lower level family room. Not a typical request from a client in my daily workings as a Designer, but a challenge I was eager to address.
My client’s passion for going out West during her annual family vacations is what triggered her desire to transform the lower level family room into a “Dude Ranch”. By studying the space and my client’s love for the mountains and dusty horse trails, we created a modern mountain getaway that she could be proud to escape to as well as share with family and friends. I’m not one to Design spaces with a heavy theme; my approach is more subtle, intertwining both classic and modern influences so that you don’t get overwhelmed with one style. By applying rustic elements and a variety of textures to the room, I was able to create for my client a relaxed and inviting space filled with rich mountain colors. It’s a great place to lounge in and entertain in, which my client does often.
Some of the design details:
- To define the space I divided the large room into two separate seating groupings; one which centered on the TV, ideal for watching the Big Game; and the other centered on the fireplace ideal for conversation.
- We refaced the fireplace with a patchwork tile design, using various sizes and colors of tiles to create instant drama as you come down the stairs into the room. The mantel was removed and a window bench added to create a cozy corner.
- The stair wall was replaced with a rough sawn post and beam look. The stair rails changed to gnarled “twigs”, which add some natural character that complements the design of the custom-built bar cabinet and window valances that also have bark detailing.
- The walls were kept light to highlight the rich patterns and colors of the furnishings and fireplace tiles. We added a Moiré finish to the walls creating reflective hues and the illusion of texture.
Below are some snapshots I took after the walls were painted. These images showcase some of these design details.
Every element brought into this space was created specifically for my client and her love of the Great West! When you are in the room, you are not overwhelmed by a theme, but rather welcomed by it. You notice all the special details, which truly capture and define my clients love of the mountains.