A place for family to gather, to make memories, and to feel safe, says interior designer of the requests her clients, Scott and Adrienne Stowell, asked of her when they brought her on to design the Park City vacation home they’d dreamed of for years. “They wanted it to be something that they could enjoy all year round,” she adds, even when the now-grown Stowell kids weren’t around. They also wanted to let the home's show-stopping views act as art.
Davis listened and took her cues from the environment, starting in the home’s entryway, by exposing Wyoming stone on the interior walls for an “old vestibule feel.” They carry in through the great room by way of a massive mantle and hearth, spanning nearly the entire length of the wall and rising to meet a light French oak beamed ceiling.
To introduce the “refined rustic” aesthetic that the Stowells sought, Davis brought them along on shopping trips, hitting up art galleries and home boutiques in the area. “I wanted the art to speak to them, and not just something that I picked out,” she said. For the great room’s mantle, she had a large-scale mirror custom made by a local framer and used it to anchor the fireplace, then outfitted dual shelf surrounds with wood vases and pieces that were close to her client’s hearts.
In the kitchen, which Davis describes as “cozy and intimate though a large space,” reclaimed oak floors are perfectly patinaed, a slight creak of authenticity as you make your way across them, she says. Davis knew that the rurality of the floors needed to be balanced, a task accomplished through the stainless steel and brass hood, a decidedly glam component of a deeply textured space.
An adjacent breakfast nook, which the Stowells lovingly refer to as the “hearth room,” satisfied the grandparents of six's need for a cozy little spot to curl up with their grandbabies. “They turn the fire on and gather around, and in the mornings, it’s their spot for tea,” Davis explains.
Additionally, Davis framed opposite walls with pieces sourced from local artists. The one above the mantle, the Stowells found at Arte Haus Collectif, a charming little gallery in Salt Lake City. Its modern abstract strokes are the work of Holly Addi, a born-and-raised Utah artist who takes inspiration from the mountains and lakes that define her home state’s landscape. Her perspective was a perfect fit for the couple who were attracted to the homesite based on the views it afforded.
The office is a particularly good study of what happens when modern and mountain chic mingle. “The desk is actually a dining table from Restoration Hardware,” says Davis of the massive piece that she needed to not dwarf in comparison to the wall-length custom shelves with gold hardware. “In my opinion, brass and gold will end up being timeless, it’s not a trend,” she notes.
With bold fixtures and a custom paint color that is brazen in its pairing, she wanted the shelves to feel random but curated. “They needed to not overwhelm the room, so I mixed brass and bronze to keep it from feeling one dimensional.”
Moving to the bottom level of the home, it’s a span that’s largely defined by those aforementioned grandchildren. A six-bed “bunk room” has enough space for all their little loved ones to bed down, and a “kid’s cave,” tucked behind two big barn doors, offers a sweet reading space and small-scale table for impromptu art projects.
As a gift to her clients, Davis got the grandkids together, two by two, and asked them to lend their artist abilities for a special piece that would eventually find its home above the table. But the real star of the show is Loretta, a whimsical oil painting of a cow sourced from local Park City shop, Trove Gallery. “We joked that there would always be an attentive eye down there, watching over the kids” she said, “but I think it’s destined that Loretta helped to create a safe haven for a special family."
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