Before and After: An Eclectic Park City Makeover
Dark wood and deep, masculine colours like sage green and chalet red are common in ski cabins—but do they have to be? Interior designer Aubrey Veva thinks not. Hired to redesign a Park City home, the Utah-based designer brightened things up with white walls and traded log-cabin looks for exotic textiles and warm, feminine colours. The result is downright inspiring.
Scroll below to see before and after photos and hear more about the project.
“When we first purchased the home, we knew it was full of potential and just needed to be loved on. It had great views, and interesting layout, and tons of character—a great vibe, but needed some cosmetic work to liven it up,” says the homeowner, Emily Wrotny. “The flooring, wall colours, and lighting in the home were all battling against the elements of the house that really spoke to us: the large windows that let in a ton of natural light and amazing views of our mountain surroundings, and the dark hardwood ceilings.”
Aubrey Veva’s goal, she tells us, was to give the home a fresh facelift that would showcase those stunning architectural features the homeowners loved. “Ultimately, we wanted to create a place where to come home from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the crisp mountain air, breathtaking views, and natural beauty around the home,” Veva says.
In addition to brightening the space up with a fresh coat of white paint, Veva also upgraded the interior lighting. “The original lighting plan for the lofty A-frame ceiling over the dining/hearth area had one small chandelier in the middle of the space and few negligible sconces on the walls, she says. “We needed better lighting so the couple could actually see what they are eating at the dining table and enjoy a good book by the fire.” After removing the home’s dated and minimal fixtures, Veva installed a large chandelier over the dining table and three globe lights over the hearth are.
Aesthetically, the home’s style looks like a marriage of Scandinavian modernism and bohemian eclecticism—a lot of whites, blacks, and neutrals with a sprinkling of exotic textiles like Turkish kilim pillows (scored from Etsy). Not only is the look an inspiringly dramatic transformation, but its affordability is also encouraging. “Most of the smaller décor for this home is from consignment shops, HomeGoods, Target, and One Kings Lane,” Veva says, while larger furniture pieces were sourced from accessible stores like West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Z Gallerie. No lofty antiques galleries or under-the-radar boutiques here; just good American retailers than most of us can shop, wherever we live.
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