Illinois-based interior designer Susan Brunstrum of
Sweet Peas Design dodged the easy clichés of mountain home décor
in this rugged and contemporary residence that she calls “Mountain Modern.” She
opted for a crisp and cheerful blue and ivory palette and eclectic furnishings
that play up the softer side of living in Park City, Utah. The snow-and-sky palette and
lovely fabrics smooth the rough edges of oak trim and stone fireplaces in this
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The clients love to entertain, so Brunstrum optimized seating in the living room with three solid colored sofas and two large-scale print chairs, creating a cozy conversational grouping. For a larger crowd, the head chairs from the dining room can easily be used for additional seating. Brunstrum chose color blocked panels and roman valances to accent the view, but she placed them above the framework to draw attention to the vaulted ceiling above.
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The kitchen is another prime example of the firm’s “Mountain Modern” approach. Rustic oak elements
co-exist with glamorous shimmery chandelettes, soft ivory window treatments and leather bar stools.
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An elegant arrangement in the kitchen takes the place of been-there, done-that carved wood bears and pinecone themed décor.
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When everyone’s hungry, there is room for a crowd around this sturdy dining room table. Brunstrum chose
banquettes on wheels to accommodate numerous children or several adults and
provide easy mobility. The high backed profile of the banquettes helps define
the dining area in this wide-open space and the wide scale stripe fabric adds a
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This rugged, hammered steel desk and leather chair bring texture and a dose of masculinity to the main living area.
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Every home should have some statement pieces, and this trio of industrial-inspired chandeliers marching up the stairway fills the bill. Brunstrum chose fixtures with a peek-a-boo open grid construction to lighten and brighten the look. She chose simple but elegant lamps for the family room to avoid competing with the larger hanging fixtures.
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The interesting patterns and colors in this bright, cheerful upper foyer present a softer,
feminine feel. This is where the homeowner, an artist, spends her quiet time
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The pale blue and ivory color scheme in the master bedroom is sophisticated and calming after a day of skiing
and hanging out with family and friends. For tired legs, there is a luxurious longhaired
goat-skinned ottoman that’s easy to share between a matching pair of
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Tailored details in the master bedroom, such as the nailheads outlining the headboard and the classic chest of drawers, mingle with feminine elements like the pretty patterned pillows and the delicate acrylic lamp.
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When overnight guests need to crash, this bedroom can easily accommodate six people and doesn’t feel crowded. Mixed patterns, shades of blue and textures generate a lot of interest, but quietly. Brunstrum couldn’t resist mounting the polished metal deer heads on the wall—one of the few nods to the Wild West found in the home.
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In this upper level bathroom, the three-legged milking stool and whimsical painted bucket hint at nearby
Western ranch life. The homeowner painted the artwork that hangs on the wall.