For designer Sandra Nunnerley, New Zealand native and New York transplant, a house’s interiors ought to at all times be site-specific. Such is the case for all of her initiatives—starting from ultramodern high-rises in Hong Kong to Shingle-style cottages within the Hamptons—however particularly so for a ski chalet in Aspen that seamlessly hits the candy spot between snug and opulent. Though many of the design is her personal, she refuses to take full credit score for all the chalet’s alpine-friendly particulars: “I truly inherited the undertaking from [Ancram, New York–based architect] Alan Wanzenberg.” Shortly after signing the deed, the unique homeowners abruptly determined to promote, leaving the undertaking largely unfinished and up for grabs. Enter the present consumers, a pair (with 4 extraordinarily athletic grownup kids), who wasted no time bringing on Nunnerly—their longtime, trusted inside designer—to create a country but modern ski residence.
Whereas the seek for that good client-designer match can typically be difficult, the partnership on this explicit undertaking made sense. In any case, the shoppers already knew the complete extent of Nunnerley’s design experience. A number of years earlier, they enlisted her to supervise the rehabilitation of their sprawling horse farm (full with a important home and equally fashionable lodging for his or her horses) alongside the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, the place Nunnerley put recent and sudden twists on timeless classicism. Although the Maryland residence and the chalet in Aspen boast wildly completely different appears—the previous a whimsical tackle traditionalism and the latter a research in imaginative modern design—they each bear the Nunnerley signature: sensible and classy use of texture and palette.
For each houses—one straight going through the Chesapeake Bay and the opposite actually constructed into the facet of a snow-drenched mountain—nature performs a lead function in Nunnerley’s intentional and deliberate design decisions. In Aspen, Nunnerley took a cue from the encompassing mountains’ pure ruggedness and overwhelming magnificence. “Working with the house’s preexisting great wooden detailing,” she says, I wished to proceed the nice and cozy and welcoming really feel, so I introduced in such textures as mohairs, felts, and wools.” The objective was to “infuse the home with class and mobility” that didn’t compete with the mountain.
Giving the seven-bedroom residence (six in the primary home and one double bed room within the visitor cottage) a tactile really feel through soft-to-the-touch materials was the first step on Nunnerley’s agenda. Step two was coloration, which, for essentially the most half, makes a press release on the partitions fairly than within the decor. In truth, nailing the right shade is such an integral a part of Nunnerley’s course of that she customized mixes all of her personal paint colours.
All through the entire residence, Nunnerly swathed the partitions in scrumptious, earthy shades, giving every area a uniquely cozy really feel. Within the entryway, Nunnerley opted for Blue Spruce, a hue that, set towards the slate wood flooring and white oak half-paneled partitions, pops in all the correct methods. “It’s all a few distinctive play between colours,” she explains. Within the wine-tasting room, her customized Cottage Crimson envelops the area in the identical heat feeling that comes with a sip of a full-bodied Cabernet. Fortunately, that was the purpose.
Her final objective was for this trip home to really feel like an actual residence the place each the household and their many company are snug and comfortable. “Nothing is treasured on this home; every part is supposed for use and liked,” she notes.