Phillips Ridge is a sensational luxury vacation lodge that is nestled high atop a rocky ridge overlooking Jackson Hole in Wilson, Wyoming. Below, the wide valley rolls away for miles upon miles. A long driveway, bordered by streams and shadowy forest, winds its way up to the house, a magnificent Western lodge, a magical combination of wood, solid stone and ethereal glass. Palatial, sumptuous, and filled with splendid works of art, Phillips Ridge begins with a two-story, light-filled entryway. Thick log walls and tree trunk supports contrast with fine antiques and soft, rich fabrics. The living and dining areas are divided by a massive two-sided stone fireplace and illuminated by a 35-foot-high wall of windows. French doors open to a backdrop of dark green firs and pale aspen, separate seating areas face the fire and the panorama outside. Painter Bo Bartlett created a huge, stunning canvas in oil called “Goddess” spanning an entire wall, it creates as vivid an opening of perspective as do the soaring windows.
To stay at this incredible lodge, rates run from $65,000 per week in the summer and $65,000 – $100,000 per week during the ski season, from here.
A rustic staircase, with a cast bronze twig-and-branch handrail by sculptor W. Tom Ellicker, curves majestically up both sides of the front entryway. A second-story walkway crosses the big open space over the living room and leads to the sleeping quarters. Each of the five bedrooms at Phillips Ridge is a master suite, filled with light from the high, copper-framed windows, decorated with bold furnishings and textured fabrics. Each has its own stone fireplace, with hand-crafted cast iron and glass doors. The deep wilderness beyond the bedroom windows, and the lacy green woods or mountains capped in snow provide a satisfying contrast to the comfort and luxury within.
The grand kitchen at Phillips Ridge is fit for a professional chef. Its centerpiece is a large gas range set like a medieval hearth inside a hammered copper and stone alcove. A flat-screen television, hidden inside the stone countertop, rises and swivels at the touch of a button, and can be seen from the cooking area, the long, built-in breakfast banquet, and the dining room. A stone-topped island separates the kitchen from the dining room, where the long table, overhung by an antler chandelier, seats ten.
Thick log walls, tree-trunk beams and patterned bedspreads make the spacious bedrooms snug and cabin-like. Each one has a hand-built bed with reading lights positioned at either side. Each also has a decadent private bath with double sinks and big soaking tubs, two of which are shaped like oval bowls of polished stone. Some of the bathrooms have stone fireplaces. Glass-walled, rainfall showers and wide windows create the illusion of bathing al fresco.
French doors in the bedrooms open to private terraces or branch-framed porches. The forest runs right up to the house on one side, bringing with it the cool spicy air of the pines. Rich, muted oriental carpets cover the heated floors of the bedrooms, and wall-mounted, flat screen televisions face each of the beds, while beyond every window is an extraordinary panorama of forest, mountains and sky.
Phillips Ridge is an Eden for both vigorous adventure and quiet reflection, indoors and out. The entire eastern side of the house is encircled by a long stone terrace that is almost a home in itself. An outdoor dining area is set next to a large fire pit. Farther along are sitting areas, trap shooting stands and a hot tub. Back inside, a cosmic, two-lane bowling alley, a gorgeous bar room with tufted leather couch, and a casual pub with a billiards table make a day of rain most welcome.
On the lower floor, the lodge also has a state-of-the-art, Weider fitness center, a movie theater that seats twelve in deep leather armchairs, and a truly fabulous indoor hot tub, a grotto modeled on the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Ringed with mosaic stone mountains and a painted firmament of blue, it provides the ultimate conclusion or commencement to the day.
Phillips Ridge is fronted by a low stone wall and a three acre pond that reflects the sky like a mirror. A waterfall splashes merrily down a cascade of stones, and then winds its way under the driveway and around the house and can be turned off and on as desired. Stone bridges cross the small, pebbly pond created by the stream. Out on the terrace, the running water provides a light and constant music to morning coffee or evening cocktails as it passes by on its way to the dark green woods a favorite haunt for moose and down to one of the three private ponds teaming with cutthroat trout.
The vast terraces around the house are equipped with a snow-melt system, so that winter or summer one can step right outside. In early morning, the sun comes up over the shoulders of Sleeping Indian and lights the face of the house, summoning all to come and see. The encircling mountains hold the sunlight like a bowl. Wildflowers edge the rim of the terrace, but then nature takes over; Phillips Ridge’s 75 acres are not landscaped and are all the more gorgeous and frequented by wildlife for it. The evening brings another spectacular show, best enjoyed from the cushioned chairs by the fire pit and grill, as the sun goes down behind the hills and turns the mountains seashell pink. The sound of the breeze in the grasses, the sharp clean smell of the evergreens and the crackle of the fire play a symphony for the senses.
One could spend hours exploring the interesting corners, wonderful details and tremendous works of art inside the house, but Phillips Ridge is also the perfect launching pad for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming or canoeing in the pond, and day trips into wonderful Jackson. And despite its high luxury and fine art, Phillips Ridge is completely child and dog friendly. It is a spectacular property, the overture to an unforgettable Wyoming vacation.
Photos: Courtesy of The Clear Creek Group
Chalet One Oak is an ultra hip and totally fabulous modern style ski chalet situated in the tranquil and charming village of Combloux, in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Not only does it feature amazing open fireplaces, original artworks and a Harley Davidson in the hallway, but it also offers a beyond-five-star level of service. There are housekeepers to tidy up, chefs to prepare gourmet meals, a concierge service and other staff to attend to your every need. The chalet offers the services and facilities of one of the best hotels in the area.
From every angle there are panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley through dramatic floor to ceiling windows. Check out the jaw-dropping views from the master suite, occupying the whole top floor, as you relax in your balcony Jacuzzi. Every little detail is the ultimate in luxury, from the welcome gift on arrival to the daily hampers packed with treats, and the instant concierge service. Whether it’s a chauffeured car to the ski lift, a babysitter for the kids, or a table at the best restaurant in town, just ask and it shall be done.
This incredible chalet can be all yours, with rates starting from $28,938, sleeps twelve, from here.
Huge wraparound terraces surround the living area of the chalet, and a modern freestanding fireplace sets the decadent scene. Stretch out on the stylish sofas after a hard day on the slopes while a team of professional chefs gets busy in the kitchen. After dinner you can watch a film in the cosy TV area with jagged mountains as the backdrop.
Gorski Residence is a gorgeous contemporary home showcasing grandeur and drama in Warsaw, Poland, designed by Los Angeles based FJ Interior Design. The designer has played around with scale in the use of furnishings and lighting adding instant intrigue. Drama runs full force with the use of black and white hues throughout most of the home. Living areas are separated with the use of different flooring materials. The kitchen seems to be its own entity encased in glass and steel, compartmentalized from the rest of the spaces. When the homeowner is entertaining guests, the doors can be closed for noise but they can still feel like a part of the group since the walls are see through.
FJ Interior Design is an international high-end design studio, founded 2006 by Joanna Freudenreich-Kubicek. She is known for her enchanting take on interiors. Each project is carefully designed, crafted and executed to reflect the clients individual and very personal style.
A love of the ornate characterizes this stunning NeoBaroque Chandelier from Abigail Ahern.
The beautiful floor tiles are from a Spanish manufacturer called Mosaic Del Sur. The hardware was purchased in London. The steel doors are custom made by a metalworker based on the designer’s drawings.
Contemporary home office.
The lighting in the bedroom is from Deltalight.
The floor cement floor tiles in this lovely bathroom are from Replicata. The faucet is from Dornbracht.
Photos: Sara Niedzwiecka
This year’s Kips Bay Show House in New York City, New York, spotted on Sotheby’s, was the most magnificent ever – and the townhouse can be yours! It is located on one of Manhattan’s loveliest townhouse blocks, one filled with single family homes. 19 of the most prominent designers transformed this 20 foot wide, 5 story house with elevator, originally built in 1899, into a truly spectacular residence. Outstanding features include a state-of-the-art professional kitchen and lavish powder room on the ground floor which has not only a gorgeous planted garden, but a one-of-a-kind 2-story glass enclosed atrium. The expansive living room has soaring ceilings and the adjacent formal dining room overlooks the garden and atrium. There is a wine tasting room adjacent to the dining room. The master bedroom suite on the 3rd floor is exquisite, plus there are additional bedrooms on the 4th floor. The 5th floor has front and rear terraces, one with a gold fish pond, and a modern lounge/media room second to none. In the picture above, Andrew Suvalsky draped the front hall with a sheer black floral curtain.
This incredible designer showcase home is listed at $16,000,000, from here.
Mr. Suvalsky designed these cabinets himself. Above, a pair of photographs by Adrien Broom.
Mr. Suvalsky, who also colonized the foyer, said he is “equal opportunity” when it comes to color. The ’50s Italian sofa is from Gaspare Asaro. The painting is by Rainer Gross.
James Huniford designed this sofa in the atrium. The Josef Hoffmann chair came from Kimcherova; the fabric is from Maharam.
Bone and brass coffee tables by Enrique Garcel from Mondo Cane.
In Mr. Huniford’s room, a waterfall painting by Pat Steir from Cheim & Read. On the floor, a coyote skin rug and flooring made of recycled leather in a crocodile print.
In Mr. Suvalsky’s powder room, three shades of blue lacquer. It took three weeks, he said, to get the finish this liquid-looking. He designed the rug with Kyle Bunting. The “Chainon Mirror” is from Lorin Marsh.
Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez made a monochromatic, mostly English sitting room. With the four-by-four-foot ottoman, it seats 14.
On a leathered drum table from Yale R. Burge Antiques, a wire sculpture from Maison Gerard.
Garcia/Maldonado Inc turned a bedroom into a stylish lounge. The Kate Moss photograph is by Russell Young. The Italian mid-century chandelier is from Bernd Goeckler. The walls are paneled in sueded buffalo.
Sara Story designed her living room to recall the shifting planes of a Cubist painting. The stylized bamboo wallpaper is from her own line; the sofas were custom-made, and the coffee table is 1940s French.
Ms. Story’s bathroom is an homage both to Andree Putman and to her own anxieties, she said. The bathtub is filled with crumpled paper, scrawled with words like, “Bamboo: Love or Hate?”
Eve Robinson’s family room is designed in lavender and gray. The vintage lounge chair is from Lorin Marsh.
In Ms. Robinson’s room, a table for Scrabble and lots of marshmallows. The hand-blown pendant lamps are by David Wiseman; the pair of photographs, from a series called “Tethered,” are by Randy West.
Ms. Robinson filled her stainless steel fireplace with silvery blown-glass logs by Suzan Etkin.
In Kristen McGinnis’s dining room, a neon, wood and string sculpture by Elliott Hundley. The painting is by Al Held, from Cheim & Read. The table and chairs are by Joaquim Tenreiro, from R 20th Century.
The Japanese bowls are from Sara Japanese Pottery. The Mepra flatware is from Barneys.
Above a leather bar by Dineen Architecture + Design PC, a photograph by Margaux Walter. The shell mask by Thomas Boog is from Maison Gerard.
In their sitting room, slipper chairs from Duane Modern. The huge Regency wine cooler is from Kentshire.
The mohair throw is by Susan Chalom.
Jack Levy designed this sitting room around the Fornasetti wallpaper. At the last minute, he sliced up a length of the brocade fabric he used for his pillows and stitched it to the back of the gray wool club chair.
Mr. Levy wanted the curtains “to look like water,” he said.
The Anglo-Indian bed in Kathryn Ireland’s bedroom is draped in her fabric collection from Scalamandre.
Stephen Mooney’s peaceful lady’s “writing room” has no computer. The wallpaper is from Scalamandre.
In the back yard, a balloon bench and balls of boxwood by Nievera Williams Design.
There’s a fish pond, and a bathtub from AFNY.
West Chin turned this outdoor fireplace into a terrarium.
He designed this white Corian birdhouse to look like a house he designed for a family in Long Island.
Mr. Chin draped moss over the back terrace wall (he said it reminded him of the “Lord of the Rings” movies); the knitted poufs are from Karkula.
632 Hudson Street, as spotted on Douglas Elliman, is an exquisite building with fascinating history, situated in the West Village, Meat Packing District, New York. In a class of its own stands this brilliant example of adaptive reuse, from sausage factory to palazzo, stunning in its intriguing complexity and fascinating in its alluring detail. This 8,000 square foot building comprises a sensational triplex with a central 40 foot atrium and a grand staircase and elevator leading up to a solarium and a magical roof garden, shaded by mature trees and flowering plants. Below the triplex, a charming bright floor through apartment replete with old world details high ceilings and a luxurious bathroom. It can be joined to the contiguous studio apartment next door. The pristinely renovated commercial ground floor overlooking lavish plantings offers a wide range of possibilities. Adjoining this floor below is a prohibition style licensed “speak easy”, well known in Event circles, and constantly rented.
Originally built in 1847 as a townhouse for the family of a sash maker, 632 Hudson Street was converted to a general store and produce market late in the 19th century by Hugh King. He operated an import business and general store, purveying fine whiskies, wines and brandies among other goods, and owned the buildings until the start of World War II. This particular owner left a clear imprint on the buildings; from across the street one can make out the faded letters of the words “fine whiskies and wine”, and “Hugh King 1881″ is visible on the pediment to this day. In the 1930′s, the building became home to an import export business and chorizo sausage factory, which it remained until 1992. Among the imports were Spanish nougat, guava products from Cuba, Canadian salt codfish, as well as rice and beans. Manufacturing mainly Spanish-style sausages such as sobrasada, butifarra and longoniza, the factory also produced Esteve brand olives, olive oil and capers.
In 1992, the current owner fell in love with the now derelict building and, with her mother, ended up purchasing it, determined to transform the vacant factory into a beautiful home. Whenever possible the original historical elements of the building have been preserved; old floorboards cleaned and treated and reused, beams and brick left exposed. In some cases it was necessary to get creative; the concrete of the “new” fireplace was rubbed by hand with coffee and mustard to give it an aged-by-time feel. The building is a never-ending labor of love for the owner, and for this reason it is full of fantasy, romance and imagination. Following the filming of The Real World’s 10th season within its walls, the owner took the opportunity to share her work with others, making the building available for photo and film shoots, celebratory events as well as for living. The personality and history of the building remain strong and ever-changing, growing with each new visitor.
This property is being sold for $22,000,000, from here.
This sprawling pre-war condo loft spotted on Elliman is rustic and chic, situated in Soho, New York. This incredible home is comprised of more than 4,100 square feet of architecturally-handsome space. Accessed directly via private elevator, enter through an intimate foyer into an expansive living room, beautifully illuminated from the east by a shimmering wall of industrial-style, over-sized windows. Outfitted with exposed brick walls, original wooden columns, and a gas fireplace, the loft features high ceilings, hardwood floors, and authentic structural details. The open chef’s kitchen, overlooking the living and dining areas, is outfitted with top of line stainless steel appliances, including dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, separate wine cooler, double ovens and a vented cooktop. The baths are newly renovated and spacious. The master is a retreat unto itself with an enormous dressing room and spa-like bathroom, complete with double sinks, separate shower, soaking tub, and water closet. A separate laundry room and abundant storage space complete the package. 30 Crosby is a 7 story 13 unit Condo built in 1890. The building features a 24-hour doorman, elevator, and an exquisite wine-room on the lower level.
Impressive yet cozy, and irresistibly charming, this luxury loft is located on one of Soho’s most enchanting and conveniently located streets, listed for sale at $8,950,000, from here.
Salt House Inn is a fresh and contemporary bed and breakfast situated in the historic Cape Cod Village of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Each of the fifteen guestrooms has been individually designed to evoke the feeling of a breezy beach cottage and capture the history and charm of this seaside destination located at the tip of Cape Cod. Located in a charming 19th century building, which once was comprised of cottages for salt mine workers and then grew into a guesthouse that most recently operated as Dexter’s Inn, the B & B has been completely overhauled by two big names in the hotel world — C.O.O. of André Balazs Properties David Bowd and Starwood Hotels interior designer Kevin O’Shea.
The pair had been vacationing in Provincetown for several years and noticed that there was a void for stylish, yet affordable accommodations. “It is with this mindset that we created Salt House Inn; a property that bridges its historic setting with modern amenities and chic decor,” said David Bowd, Co-Owner, Salt House Inn. With their own personal travel experiences used as a guide, they focused on what amenities travelers value, custom mattresses, luxurious bedding, amazing showers. Service was combined with intimate surrounding, creating a unique concept, eliminating traditional hotel rules, such as set check-in times.
The focal point of the mainly white guest rooms are the signature “wall of curiosities” that feature curated collections of vintage art and found objects reflecting the flavor and heritage of the region. All rooms offer spacious bathrooms with spa-like elements such as walk-in showers and rain showerheads, as well as natural bath products from C.O. Bigelow and the LA-based, all natural and sustainable Further brand. For those wanting the ultimate in secluded luxury, the generously-sized Loft Suite with soaring vaulted ceilings, offers a relaxed sitting area and a claw foot tub at the foot of the plush king bed. The newly landscaped grounds offer al fresco dining, an outdoor lounge, and a large second floor sun terrace.
Breakfast, included in the reasonable room rate, offers homemade granola as well as muffins and pastries baked on the premises, rates starting at $150, from here.
Photos: Courtesy of Salt House Inn
This contemporary Lower Foxtail Residence hovers in the pines stretching laterally to take full advantage of the bold mountain views in Big Sky, Montana. Designed by Reid Smith Architects, the home sets the bar for energy efficient modern homes in the Rockies. Walls of glass merge the interior with the outdoors, capturing stunning views of the surroundings. The home features clean lines tucked in among predominantly rustic cabins in The Yellowstone Club. The warm and cozy interiors have been architecturally designed by Len Cotsovolos of LC2 Design Services, who designs luxury interiors throughout the country. Teton Heritage Builders was responsible for the construction of this incredible property.
Photos: Roger Wade Photography
The Olive Exclusive is an intimate boutique hotel in a tranquil corner of Windhoek, Namibia, embodying the very essence of chic comfort. This ultra-luxurious sanctuary is cool, contemporary and stylish but with a warm heart and authentic African soul. Its sleek, modern lines are complemented by organic textures, natural furnishings, an eco-friendly approach and dedicated personal service. Simple elegance is key, from the organic rough-hewn wooden benches and side tables, through the sculpted chunk of granite that serves as a coffee table in the guest lounge, to walls clad in abstract Namibian landscapes by well-known South African designer and photographer Micky Hoyle.
The seven suites are individually decorated so each reflects a different region in Namibia, and each has its own lounge area with fireplace and dining room, for private dining. Wide glass doors open onto spacious decks where you can relax on a shady daybed, enjoy al fresco lunches or, if yours is a premium suite, take a dip in your own private plunge pool. The Olive Exclusive boasts a quality restaurant featuring a seasonal menu, with inventive signature dishes. The fully stocked bar also features a classic selection of fine whisky.
To stay at this incredible retreat, rates range from $200 – $311, from here.
This stylish avant-garde home with a rustic stone interior in Goa, India, is designed to maintain an uninterrupted flow with its lush surroundings. Perched on a slope amongst tall tropical trees, the contemporary open plan home is the perfect getaway from the crowds and usual distractions of modern life. Comprised of 4,500 square feet of living space, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, three bedrooms being in the main house (the fourth is in the pool pavilion). All four bedrooms are open on two sides, have teak wood doors and polished cement floors. The three bedrooms in the main house also have basalt walls. The design of the home incorporates the latest in green building concepts, and uses natural and recycled materials wherever possible, with an emphasis on sourcing locally to reduce its carbon foot print.
The home has been finished in stone and Burmese and African teak wood, and contemporary furnishings, designed to be resistant to temperature change so as to maintain the ambient temperature inside. The house provides a high level of luxury and comfort to its occupants. Furthermore, the architecture of the house maximizes daylight and cross ventilation, thus reducing the need for artificial lighting and mechanical cooling. The front of the property offers an expansive pool, deck and pool pavilion. There is also a terrace at the top of the house with a rooftop lawn and space for al fresco dining with open views of the picturesque countryside.
This fabulous property is listed for sale at $740,000, from here.
A swimming pool in front of the main house uses rainwater stored in a 60,000 liters water tank, which is also used for the garden.
The pool pavilion serves as an area for entertaining during the day and a guest bedroom at night. There’s a staff area with two bedrooms and a bathroom below the pavilion.
The open design allows an unobstructed flow of air and natural lighting. Little artificial lighting or air conditioning is needed.
A covered verandah provides additional shade to the room while extending the indoor space outdoors.
. The central room in the house is the living-cum-dining area that is furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary and period pieces, an impressive double height space with 17 foot high ceilings designed to be completely open on two sides allowing an unobstructed flow to and from the surrounding gardens.
On the upper level is the master bedroom suite that is accessed via a steel and wood staircase that goes all the way up to the terrace.
A balcony off the master bedroom offers an expansive view, including a river and an old whitewashed church.
The master bathroom includes an outdoor area with basins made by a local artist.
Fourteen trees originally on the land, including tamarind and mango, were preserved.