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DECOR, DESIGN

THE HOUSE ON THE HILL

If you were to look up the characteristics of a modern home, you’d find that the Hills’ home has it all — in spades. Clean lines, little ornamentation, large expanses of glass, innovative building materials, expansive interiors and open floor plans, reliance on technology, energy efficiency and use of eco friendly materials.

Homes, REAL ESTATE

A NATURAL CONNECTION

Legacy ranch has an environmentally intuitive aesthetic that showcases the stunning backdrop By Kathy Filgo, Photos courtesy RKD architects Native Americans had been stewards of the land in what is now the United States of America for about 15,000 years before the American pioneers hit the westward trail in the 1700s. But it wasn’t until after the War of 1812 that a vast migration to a new life in the western territories really took hold. One could not ask for a more compelling environment in which to commune with nature and bring peace to the mind and heart. There were a lot of reasons the pioneers braved the challenges of the journey to seek their destinies in the Wild West: They were pursuing gold and silver; escaping overcrowding, rules and discrimination; looking for employment and business opportunities; craving space to plant crops and raise livestock; and some were simply looking […]

DECOR, DESIGN, LOCAL CHARACTERS

AN OLYMPIAN’S SANCTUARY

Photography by Brent Bingham If you were to look in a dictionary for the explanation of the word “home,” you would find many definitions. “A place of residence.” “The place in which one’s domestic affections are centered.” “The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” However, for most, those definitions are simply not adequate. The definition of a home goes far beyond the structure itself, for a home is built by the bond of family.   And it’s that family bond that consistently draws world-class skier Mikaela Shiffrin back home. It’s the place where, no matter what Shiffrin might be going through, no matter how challenging her life gets, she will always have her family looking out for her at home. Her sanctuary.   So it’s no surprise that, when Shiffrin was ready to buy her first home, she made sure there would be room […]

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ONCE UPON A HOME

This timeless home on Vail’s Beaver Dam Road exudes Old World charm Photography by Brent Bingham and Ric Stovall It’s a home with a story that began less than three decades ago but has now entwined its way around multiple generations and continues to unfold through present and soon-tobe new owners.   The tale begins in the Tyrolean and Swiss Alps and then winds its way to Vail, in a storybook European home in an idyllic mountain setting at the foot of Vail Mountain. Here the tale turns enchanting indeed as captivating paintings lead through room after excellently-crafted room, each depicting a new chapter in the original owners’ lives, while enlivening rooms already resplendent with rich color, Old World charm, grace and beauty. Like the storyboards that helped define them, the home is now ready to weave new tales of life.   The home was originally built in 1991 by a couple […]

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Game Creek Chalet Room with a View

By Kim Fuller Photography by Brent Bingham More than three decades after Vail Mountain opened for skiing, Vail Ski Resort founder Pete Siebert envisioned bringing more European hospitality to the mountain. So in 1996 the Game Creek Chalet was built — an alpine cabin that sits on the side of Game Creek Bowl at 10,300 feet. Nestled in the trees and overlooking snowcapped peaks and sundrenched landscape, it is a little piece of paradise. As luxurious as it is cozy, it is one of the most unique and elite respites offered in Colorado. The chalet is ideal for anybody who is looking to soak in the mountains away from the bustle of the ski village. Because it’s truly ski-in/ski-out, private snowcats whisk you and your luggage up to the cabin to enjoy your dream-come-true vacation. And then you’re on your own — and ready to ski right out the door […]

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Once Upon a Home

It’s a home with a story that began less than three decades ago but has now entwined its way around multiple generations and continues to unfold through present and soon-tobe new owners. The tale begins in the Tyrolean and Swiss Alps and then winds its way to Vail, in a storybook European home in an idyllic mountain setting at the foot of Vail Mountain. Here the tale turns enchanting indeed as captivating paintings lead through room after excellently-crafted room, each depicting a new chapter in the original owners’ lives, while enlivening rooms already resplendent with rich color, Old World charm, grace and beauty. Like the storyboards that helped define them, the home is now ready to weave new tales of life. The home was originally built in 1991 by a couple with Swiss heritage, who loved all things European — particularly the charm of alpine chalets, the beauty of Renaissance […]

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Colorado River Ranch

Contrary to popular belief, no one tames the Wild West we can only learn to live in harmony with Mother Nature as she graes us with her bounty, entrances us with her beauty and humbles us with her power. The early homesteaders were seeking to do just that — some succeeded, many failed. But the pioneering spirit that drove those first ranchers and farmers is still alive and thriving in today’s Colorado Rocky Mountains. For many modern ranchers in Eagle County this has been a way of life for generations. They have followed their roots in the grueling lifestyle of true ranchers and real cowboys who made these rugged mountains a place to call home. Some of the newcomers to the ranching community are the “gentlemen farmers” who are only seeking a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a momentary step back in time, complete […]

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Heart Of The Home

Creating the ideal kitchen has become a national past time. We rearrange, refurbish or remodel — or start from scratch with a blank slate — pouring over magazines, websites and seeking the expertise of contractors and designers to find “everything kitchen,” from colors, tiles and appliances to inspiration. But what do those experts who help create these rooms think really makes an ideal kitchen? What are some of designers’ favorite creations? Why the kitchen? Let’s start with the most basic of questions: Why is so much time and effort spent on one utilitarian room? Why not the living room or bedroom? Designers are in agreement here. The kitchen has become home central. “The kitchen,” explains Kathy Peplinski, owner of P Furniture and Vail Lights, “is the heart of the home — it is where everyone gathers.” Kasia Karska of Kasia Karska Design agrees. “The pace of life has sped up […]

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THE QUARRY HOUSE

Mountain home trends have taken some sweeping turns over the last several years. Contemporary design has rushed to the forefront for today’s mountain home buyer who is demanding clean lines, generous windows, smart home technology—all wrapped up in a comfortable environment. Contemporary is back, and it’s cooler than ever! Today’s modern buyer is not necessarily looking for “modern” design. The true definition of “modern” design, which is a defined style, refers to the design style created in the 1920s to 1950s and is unchanging. Today’s “contemporary” design is dynamic; today’s buyer is looking for extended outdoor living space, simple color palette, and a much cleaner look than has been popular in the past. Contemporary now shows a decrease in the number of materials and colors, the focus is placed on that which remains exquisite design. A popular misconception is that contemporary design is cold and stark not true! Clean lines, […]

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A HOUSE IN HARMONY

With its exquisite setting and rhythmic flow of design, art and livability, it’s hard to fathom that this Strawberry Park home was not a carefully orchestrated effort. No one sat down and poured over room after room of floor plans and house-wide samples before beginning the construction. Instead the stunning design—inside and out— of this mountainside home was born of harmonious brainstorming sessions and ideas on the fly between talented designers and the fine sensibilities of the owners. “It was a house that evolved,” explains Karin Lanham, interior designer and owner of Karin’s of Beaver Creek, who completed much of the design on the home. “We didn’t have a master plan.” It took two years to pull the design together, and each room was an almost playful collaboration of ideas and preferences that evolved over time refined into beautiful rooms that are a pleasing mix of the best of traditional […]