Year-round Aspen patio
“It’s a combination of a timbered mountain lodge with the refined details of the Craftsman style,” said architect Bill Poss of the Aspen residence he worked on with Arthur Chabon and Buck Rodriguez. Along with the open staircase and hand-sanded elm floors, there are welcome old-fashioned touches, such as an aspen leaf hooked rug and the game wheel and cow weathervane above the fireplace. The covered, heated porch makes for a delightfully unexpected winter hangout dressed with an early 20th-century American whirligig and red wicker furniture.
Home on the range
“I always loved the farmhouses of my youth,” the late engineer-turned-rancher Vince Kontny recalled to Architectural Digest. “The way you came in through the back door to a mudroom and went from there into the kitchen.” For Centennial, one of the two ranches he bought in his native Colorado, Kontny sought out the expertise of artist and designer Ted Moews, who designed a centerpiece timber-frame Arts and Crafts house that nodded to the English roots of Kontny’s wife. Constructed by architect Randall S. Walter with wood salvaged from a Washington sawmill, it is complemented by an adjacent cabin characterized by giant spruce logs.
Some 40 minutes outside of Istanbul, architect and designer Murat Atabarut thoughtfully built his loosely Tudor–style residence as an homage to Chatsworth, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s estate in Derbyshire Dales. “What I like most about the big English country houses is how happily furniture and objects acquired over many generations get along,” Atabarut shared with Architectural Digest. So, he did the same. In the reception room, for example, a Louis XVI writing table mixes with Seljuk pottery and fringed sofas. One of the highlights is the dining room, which channels a southern Italian winter garden with its trompe l’oeil treillage and Meissen birds.
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