After a long weekend skiing in Utah I was just floored by the houses out there. Most of them are contemporary-spaceship-monsters BUT there are definitely some gems. While perusing real estate listings for the area (hey, a girl can window-shop) I was tickled to find this traditionally style mountain manse by King of Classicism, architect Peter Pennoyer. Some of the decorating is less than superlative, but the home itself is a wonderful interpretation of a an American ski house with some Scandinavian flair.
The exterior of the house is stone and shingle in shades of grey with deep red doors and window frames and mullions.
Unlike other behemoth ski homes of the west, this house, while very large, is wonderfully scaled.
A double-height foyer is clad in vertical boarding, which not only brings the eye up, but gives the tall space an interesting decorative finish. The pale celadon-aqua color is part of a Gustavian color palette featured throughout the home.
Vertical boards also envelop the living room. White walls and mahogany coffered ceiling beams read as warm and fluffy, not cold and stark.
There's even more paneling in the family room, this time a soft, friendly, yellow. A Swedish blue (again) is featured in between the coffers of the ceiling.
A kitchen fit for entertaining big groups of family and friends is painted a soft grey-taupe - not only the cabinets, but the ceiling as well. The natural pine butcher block island top is another nod to Scandinavian style.
The breakfast room off of the kitchen is my favorite part of the house.
The huge windows, featuring ovular demilunes with little notched corners are spectacularly beautiful. Details like this are the hallmarks of an architect serious about American classicism and craftsmanship.
The icy "Princess Elsa" blue color is gorgeous against the snow-covered landscape, and is a color synonymous with Gustavian design.
The paneled, barrel vaulted ceiling tops the main staircase and leads you to a maze of bedrooms.
Many of the home's bedrooms are simple and quite similar, featuring soft white boarding with contrasting grey-blue trim. I adore the coziness of a bedroom built into the eaves.
The octagonal window in this shower makes me heart go pitter-patter.
Another guest bedroom is crisply clad in off-white boarding with slate grey trim.
This guest bathroom is a gem, swathed in the ubiquitous Swedish blue-green colored boarding. And how lovely is a subway tiled shower popped right into the eaves? Simple and beautiful.
In the other wing of the home, the stairs are topped by a fabulous vaulted landing pierced with a skylight and gorgeous, round oeil de boeuf windows (you see these guys in a few of Pennoyer's homes).
This cream and chocolate brown palette is repeated in this plush mud room (jeesh, can you even call it a mud room?) off of the above stairs.
C'mon, you KNEW there'd be an awesome bunk room somewhere in this house! More of that Swedish blue is featured in this totally paneled room filled with built-in bunks. The shape of the barrel vaulted ceiling (ugh fabulous) is echoed in the arched trim around the top bunks. I mean, just superb.
Don't get me wrong, this is a BIG OL' house, but it really does compliment the landscape as opposed to rudely jutting out of it. Ski houses don't need to have football field sized living room windows free of muntins to take advantage of the view. And they don't need to be filled with logs and moose heads to pay homage to the wilderness. A traditional home, particularly one with a hygge-inducing Scandinavian palette, can be totally at home on the slopes.