Impressive mountain dwelling nestled in Aspen

At 15,000 square feet, this contemporary mountain home in Aspen, Colorado’s exclusive Star Mesa enclave is warm and approachable from the start. Designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects, the home embraces and welcomes you inside with the stone steps widen as you approach. Douglas Fir Beams and dry stacked Telluride Stone, traverse the exterior and the interior of the home, with antique re-sawn White Oak flooring seen throughout. Two great rooms allow guests to spread out on the main floor. In lieu of the now traditional television above the fireplace, the Owners found “Bert,” a stuffed Highland Goat. With the addition of the second, more intimate great room, they found his brother “Ernie”. They tight-knit family loved the idea of keeping the brothers together.

Flanked by two great rooms and a casual dining space, the kitchen became center-stage with its sophisticated material palette and elegant lighting. Telluride Stone columns with Colorado Buff Limestone caps border the Stantos Redwood cabinetry, with a subtle reveal and clear hardware. The architect himself photographed the fall Aspen Trees for the client, and beautifully framed the massive image to create a window into the outside world. The master suite on the main level curves gracefully around the side of the home opening to the mountain views.

Furnishings by Fendi create a fresh yet luxurious feel with cove lighting and the stone fireplace. The opulent master bath was designed with two vanities separated by a glass and marble shower, opening to the bathtub with picture windows and crystal chandeliers. A generously sized master closet sits adjacent. Ascending the Antique White Oak steps, cut Colorado Buff columns with Ox horn lamps and glass doors open to the Star Mesa Wine Cellar housing 1,100 bottles. An arcade, custom theater, a bunkroom and additional guest rooms make up the lower level, which also share in the same rich material palette.

Decorative custom steel doors open into a spacious entry that serves as a casual sitting area.

Comfortable chairs cozy up to a gas fireplace set between stone pillars. Linear glass elements, backlit with LED lights, are embedded in the petrified-stone fireplace wall that soars all the way to the Western hemlock wood ceiling.