For this ski house in rural Montana, interior designer
Gary McBournie used a color palette of blues, oranges, yellows and reds to reflect the scenic views and changing light of the surroundings. To keep the home from feeling too rustic or traditionally mountain, McBournie used sophisticated furnishings and fabrics to create a warm but elegant space. 70
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The large wall in the living room posed a bit of design challenge with its doors and multiple windows. McBournie hung ivory worsted wool draperies as high as possible in the room to take advantage of the ceiling height and to help filter the bright sunlight. He embraced the curved shape of the window and the softness that it added to the space with a grass window shade that traces the arch rather than hides it. The overall effect draws the eye upward and to the mountain views outside. The wooden Tuscan chandelier from Dennis & Leen is well proportioned for the space and pairs nicely with the ceiling beams.
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The client was very clear that the house was not to look like a hunting lodge. Although the property is located on a remote rural mountainside, McBournie introduced sophistication into the living room with down-filled lounge chairs covered in brown mohair and an elegant linen-wrapped coffee table. Instead of hanging antlers over the fireplace, a sculptural carving found at Balsalmo Antiques in New York was chosen for decoration.
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In the dining area, a glass-topped sculptural iron dining table and whitewashed wood and rush dining chairs keep the corner feeling light and airy. McBournie designed the multi-tiered chandelier, created by Blanche Field, using an ochre-colored parchment, which echoes the hues in the landscape painting by Petria Mitchell.
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In the foyer, a mirror-paneled wall reflects the bursts of color in the abstract painting by Belgian-born artist Dirk De Bruycker. An antique French settee covered in a luscious red cashmere fabric from Loro Piana and trimmed with a patterned tape adds warmth and glamour. McBournie designed the looped, striped wool runner in red, sand and blue to play to the rustic sensibility of the house. In the evening, the brass-and-iron standing lamps add a warm glow.
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In the master bedroom, McBournie used embroidered fabric from Morris & Company for the draperies and on the four-poster bed to create a sense of intimacy in the airy space.
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The master bedroom is calm and a relaxing with a seaglass colored grass cloth from Rose Tarlow Melrose House on the walls, pale pink lamps on white nightstands and botanical print artwork.
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The starting point for this guest room was an orange embroidered suzani that McBournie found in Île Saint-Louis in Paris. A tan, mocha and pumpkin stripe fabric from Schumacher was used for contrast on the headboard and draperies. The sepia and cream floral bed linens and the tangerine cashmere blanket are from Pratesi and add just the right touch of luxury.
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Paintings by French artist Fabrice Penaux from Balsalmo Antiques hang on the opposite wall in the guest room. The autumnal color scheme is continued with the mid-twentieth century inspired sofa, which is covered in Pierre Frey’s Moustieres fabric in the Sienne colorway. The crewel work pillow was made from a scrap of vintage fabric, and the chunky walnut end table references the mountain surroundings.
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In another guest room, McBournie adapted a watery blue fabric from Rose Tarlow Melrose House to use as a wall covering. The headboard is upholstered in Manuel Canovas’ Belem stripe fabric and complements the blue of the walls. The white lamps with brushed gold bases are from Christopher Spitzmiller and add brightness and elegance to the room. The clean lined walnut bedside table is from the Gary McBournie Home collection.
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A strangely elegant driftwood mirror, which was found at a London antique shop, reflects a landscape painting by Nantucket artist Sherre Wilson-Liljegren. The Jean-Michel Frank-inspired white terracotta lamps were chosen because of the interesting pattern that the woven raffia shades cast when illuminated.
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In the salmon-colored guest room, the twin beds feature fabrics from Rose Tarlow Melrose House with a blue grid pattern on the headboards and a floral chintz for the duvet covers. The contemporary horizontal geometric painting by Florida artist William Finlayson provides a colorful contrast and a sense of youthfulness.
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The burnt-wood and resin lamps at each end of this bar complement the copper spout. The wise old owl in the print above seems to warn against overindulgence.
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This family room, located in an interior space on the lower level, was fairly dark. McBournie used a slightly reflective grass cloth from Philip Jefferies on the walls to brighten the room and add texture. The collection of bird prints is random in size but were all framed in a similar manner to create order and a focus. The glass adds another layer of reflection and light into the space.
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Teak and woven chairs from Janus et Cie invite guests to enjoy après-ski hot chocolate out on the deck.
Photography by Gordon Beall. This home is featured in McBournie’s newest book,
Living Color: A Designer Works Magic With Traditional Interiors, from Pointed Leaf Press.