Mountain Modern- The new buzzy term that signifies the aesthetic transition to high-tech and updated “rustic”.
Because technology has freed today’s entrepreneurs to be able to work from anywhere, professionals are trading their cubicle view for mountain views. This mobile mindset makes economic sense, and we see people opting to spend more time in their second homes. With this in mind, home buyers are expecting more of properties – and are willing to pay more for a place that they will use more. We see ski homes losing some of their rustic structural elements and decor for updates to accommodate more than a brief unplugged getaway; second homes become primary homes, “luxe lodges”, in this paradigm shift. The stores,design studios and properties of Telluride, Colorado reflect where this trend is headed… let’s take a look.
Home owners no longer relish the idea of “roughing it” in a disconnected or outdated place.
Buyers expect the luxury elements of quality construction, such as “in-floor radiant” heat, and prewired homes for more sophisticated technologies, great views, nicer kitchens and baths, direct ski in/ski out access, flex rooms for use as office, media room or playroom. Demand for amenities is on the rise as well, such as exercise facilities, pool, shared great rooms on property for entertaining, valet and concierge services, great restaurants nearby. Buyers are seeking luxuries that cater to business and family use, opening the possibility to spend more time in these locations. Wise developers are building with that in mind.
Why settle for a cube view when you can have a majestic mountain view?
Not your average ski house— updated rustic, chic. Better quality floors, windows and doors make all the difference. Villas at Cortina pictured above, Tellluride.
Ikats and exotic influences are bringing color, pattern and a metropolitan touch to ski home decor. Contemporary zen lends a more international rustic vibe. Accessories are a great way to seasonally shift a look.
Traditional western antler and ski decor continue to play into ski house design… a nod to the nature that surrounds. These classics mix well with the more contemporary additions. Leather upholstery is still going strong, as it wears well and endures the seasons. The furniture trends are shifting away from traditional rounded arm seating to more contemporary styles in leather.
Art- pop of style, pop of color. Contemporary pieces are replacing the traditional western themed artwork. The galleries are full of color to add a pop to the neutral palettes. The pop of hip, contemporary art parallels the strength of the real estate market. It is a great look. If you are not taking in the landscape, the eye-catching local art is something to behold.
Rugs are clearly heading toward a more contemporary feel- light and neutral, the emergence of contemporary patterned rugs, solid silk-like wools, or muted intricate patterns that look solid from afar. Tribal patterns remain popular.
“What’s been hot here in Telluride this season with our clients has been the contemporary Tribal rugs with lots of geometric patterning. The popular colors this season have been the chocolates and caramels along with natural understated earth tones…” -Scott Shifrin, Azadi Fine Rugs
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