Mad for Plaid Holiday Ski House

Unapologetic. That's how I describe Anthony Baratta's jaw-dropping interior design. They're loud, they're colorful, they're whimsical, they're over-the-top in the most wonderfully lighthearted way, and, most importantly, they don't care what anyone else thinks. While most of my favorite Baratta projects are blue-and-white, nautical, New England explosions, this tartan clad ski house in Utah (featured in this month's Veranda) is perfect for kicking off the Christmas season!

A detailed red door with a stage and wreath knocker sets the stage. This is NOT your typical sterile, modern, mega ski house.

The soaring family room is a symphony of cozy, traditional patterns. Every soft finish, from the buffalo check of the wind chairs, to the custom rug, to the quilt above the fireplace demands to be touched. A nordic chest serves as a coffee table and gives some Scandinavian flair. I am obsessed with the oversized lanterns, and the pale blue ceiling.

The kitchen is decorated in the same blue, red, white, and black palette as the family room, while its low-ceilinged snuggliness (that's a word now) gives a great contrast to that giant space. That powder blue millwork and cabinets are gorgeous and highlight the pop of red countertops. The kitchen displays beautiful tile work from the range backsplash, to the floor, to the rounded oven wall.

Oh deer! The dining room's cream and black wallpaper featured silhouetted deer gives a graphc pop to the walls to contrast perfectly with the nubbly, multicolor, braided rug, and the dining chairs upholstered on the front with green velvet and on the back with traditional wool tartan.


In a downstairs powder room the wall is upholstered with a custom quilt. Traditional American handicraft quilts are a hallmark of Baratta's designs, although I've never seen one used as straight-up wallpaper before as it is here!

The master bedroom is a vaulted, tartan dream. The white beams snuggled up next to that red and grey wool plaid is enough to make me swoon.

A guest bedroom is a riot of winter pattern with a far wall decked in a Nordic-style heart vignette, headboards upholstered in plaid, and a rug in tattersall.

Another guest bedroom is more serene, with walls of solid, deep, pine tree green, and a more tonal assortment of green and grey checks. The cream and black stripe of the rug is a nice graphic counterpoint.

This corner chair by the fire is actually calling to me through the computer screen. Come snuggle up in me, Jenny.... Gah!

Even the most adamant cardio-hater wouldn't mind taking a stroll on the treadmill while looking at that view. Also, this is a good spot to mention that Anthony Baratta's secret weapon is his love of, and affinity for, insane custom rugs. They truly add another dimension to his rooms. Even his gyms. Like wallpaper for the floor.

Don't forget your boots!

After looking at truly endless images of boring, sad, sterile, modern ski houses, it is truly wonderful to behold a mountain home designed with such bubbly joie de vivre. I don't know when everyone decided all mountain houses needed to look the Bond villain lairs, but this utterly charming, Nordic-American, plaid festooned treat of a house is surely the antidote!