If you’ve been following my Instagram story at all, you know that Ray and I bought a condo in the mountains of Colorado. Per a reader request, here is a little bit more detail on how we’re planning to dress it up, compared to the plain, blah neutral tan that it currently is today.
Exactly two days following our wedding, Ray and I closed on a gorgeous two-bedroom condo in the mountains of Colorado. It hasn’t been updated since the original family moved in back in 1981, everything about it screamed beige, neutral palette, but it just felt right.
While I’m a fan of Fixer Upper (big surprise) and watch Maine Cabin Masters like I live way up North, I’m far from being an interior designer.
However, with a little bit of help from my mother (who was a professional interior designer in her past), Pinterest, and trusting the small amount of interior designer blood I do have, we are off to the races.
I’ll share more details when we have the final place pulled together, as well as smaller updates in the interim when they’re noteworthy. But, in the meantime, here are some of the the pieces where I’m taking my inspiration for our new mountain home.
Mountain Home Inspiration
Our Overall “Theme”
To simplify decorating for Ray and I, we came up with an overall “theme” alongside my mom. It has been INCREDIBLY helpful to us.
Originally, Ray and I were going each and every way. I was wanting to paint the walls a neutral blue, Ray was wanting to split our floor evenly between hard wood and carpet, and our home was quickly feeling like it was going to end up being a lost mish mash of styles.
The “theme” we came up with was Ralph Lauren’s mountain home.
Ralph Lauren and his wife have this gorgeous ranch outside of Telluride that is everything we could dream of and more. It’s called Double RL Ranch and is just a simple 17,000 acre property near town. (Yes, I am being facetious.)
So, while our budget is obviously quite a bit (extremely) tighter than the Lauren family’s, it’s very easy for us to think, “Would Ralph Lauren want this in his mountain home?” If no, we put it back. And if yes, then we pick it up because we will find a use for whatever the item may be.
Aka, We’re going to be purchasing every wool plaid blanket we can find if you have any suggestions.
Double Bunk Beds
While I thought two bedrooms was more than enough space for the two of us, it’s been amazing to see it fill up incredibly quickly! We’ve had visitors almost every weekend of ski season – which has been amazing, but fills up our tiny space relatively quickly.
To build in more space, we’re planning to have a full sized adult bunk bed in our guest room. (Aka. Two double beds stacked.) This will allow more space for our guests, but will also make it more convenient if we ever decide to rent the home out in the future.
I also adore that this bed is made of solid wood. May as well stick to the mountain theme where ever possible!
Neutral with Wood Accents
Speaking of woof, when I originally thought “mountain house,” everything wood came to mind. Wooden beams, wood on the walls, wooden furniture, hard wood floors. I wanted it all.
But the truth is that our place is just a little too dark for that much additional dark coloring on the walls, floor, etc. With slightly lower ceilings than I’d ideally like to have, we’re left with no option but to brighten up the space.
Thus, I have completely shifted my perspective. We’re now focusing on a more neutral base palette with wooden accents. We’re not going to be as picky as to say, “only dark wood” or “only aspen wood,” but more allowing wooden accent pieces to flow into our space where we feel they make sense.
Small, Bright Bathroom Spaces
The bathrooms in our new home are very, very, very small, so we’re learning to work within tight spaces.
I adore how this bathroom is bright, still has some storage space available, but still includes some of the mountain elements that both Ray and I adore.
Bonus points if anyone knows where I can get a mirror like this one, too. It’s simple, but absolutely stunning and fits with our home perfectly.
All the Rugs
Every mountain home that we’ve seen and fallen in love with has had hard wood floors. But here’s the truth – if you stay in a mountain home with hard wood floors, your feet are probably cold and your downstairs neighbors can likely hear you walking everywhere you go..
So, while we love the overall effect, we’ve transitioned to hoping to mix and match a wide variety of rugs to make our neutral floors feel warm and cozy.
The one in this picture is a little bit more plush than I would ideally prefer for our home, but the effect that I’m looking for is present in the picture. It brightens up the space and makes it look instantly inviting. Perfect for lounging on after a day on the slopes or hiking up mountains.
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