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  • Room We Love: A Zen “Treehouse” in Aspen

    An Aspen home's muted palette and easy-wearing furniture give way to killer views.

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    With lofty ceilings and a balcony overlooking Independence Pass, this treehouse-like gathering space is what sealed the deal for its new owner—an avid hiker and mother of two boys. There was just one problem: A dark, brown-and-burgundy color scheme distracted from the scenery outside. “You really feel like you’re part of the trees up there,” says Amanda Furlong, a designer with Basalt-based firm Cathers Home, who was tasked with refreshing the living and dining areas. “It was so important to the homeowner to be able to feel that presence of nature inside as well…so we wanted to bring the space to life with light, bright elements, inviting the outside in.”

    The sky was the limit in the dining room, where Furlong incorporated the cloudlike Muriel bubble chandelier by Oly and a custom Cumulus Cloud rug by Bellbridge Carpet. Photo by Dallas & Harris Photography

    To direct eyes toward the views, Furlong applied muted tones throughout the rooms, from the crisp-white hue on the walls (Sherwin-Williams’ Aesthetic White) to the sofa’s cream-colored, easy-to-clean Crypton performance fabric—an essential feature for a homeowner who loves to entertain. The no-fuss materials “mean she can take the party from the dining area into the living room and not have to worry,” Furlong says. A mix of seating options, including a modular sofa and a classic wingback chair, adheres to a timeless mountain-transitional style, while a coffee table and media console in deep wood tones ground the airy space. And for parties and everyday gatherings, a large round dining table “really welcomes everyone into the conversation,” Furlong says.

    For the finishing touches, Furlong added statement light fixtures, including the dining area’s Muriel chandelier by Oly. “Each glass bubble gives off a different [kind of] light, very much like clouds in the sky,” Furlong says. We’d expect nothing less for a home above the treetops.

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