Peace, Together

With many separate spaces created to accommodate a large extended family, this mission-style residence in Aspen boasts a wholly inviting and comfortable design.

By Nicole Holland Pearce

Growing up in a home surrounded by good design, designer Beverly Nichols developed an appreciation for gracious interiors at an early age. When she discovered this grey-shingled home in Aspen, it immediately piqued her design instincts. Featuring neither the traditional mountain style nor highly modern hard-edged construction; the exterior of the abode embraced a country elegance that was too hard to ignore. Nichols, the home’s designer, was so struck by its style that she purchased the home soon after viewing it.


Inside, the design has a life of its own, filled with layer upon layer of warm, rich antique pine wood. A substantial floating wooden staircase connects the three stories, created in pine to harmonize with the interiors. The main floor’s living spaces are comfortable and inviting, created in the home’s long, narrow footprint. Fabrics and finishes in russet, tan and khaki blend seamlessly with the California Mission-style architecture throughout the home.


An elegant dining room features a large trestle table that has been in the Nichols’ family for more than 25 years. To ensure the piece fit effortlessly into the space, she had its new walnut top custom designed. The generous double-height windows fill the interior with sunlight.


The entirety of the lower area is designed to accommodate guests, but by creating independent groupings of seating areas, it’s still highly livable when guests aren’t visiting for the weekend. For instance, a guest bedroom in blue boasts a mature enough design to accommodate a couple, yet comfortably sleeps six grandkids. Its Sunbrella fabrics ensure the furniture is not only bright and cheerful, but durable and long-lasting. A Dash and Albert indoor-outdoor rug balances the space.


Beautiful brick floors run through the lower level, which houses a large sitting room, living room with television, four bedrooms, four baths, a wine cellar and the laundry room. The space is divided by Venetian plaster walls that feature arched passageways, and the arches are repeated on each of the bedrooms to create a sense of continuity. The use of window wells allows the lower level to feel bright and airy, even though it is a subsurface level.


On the third floor, the master suite includes two nooks that serve as offices, a sitting room and a rooftop deck. It is the perfect, private respite when the home is full with their large extended family.


With so many living, sitting and reading areas peppered throughout the home’s square footage, it’s as if every corner of the design is asking to be enjoyed. Overall, the design is immensely comfortable, but each of the nooks are rich with their own style and character. From iconic animal hide rugs and buttery leathers to contemporary papier-mâché deer heads from Paris, the mix of Nichols’ novel and traditional style sets an alluring stage for entertaining her family and friends.


Softening the warm woods with light florals and cool Nancy Corzine fabrics, the master bedroom is spacious and serene. The large area rug from Balentine Collection International serves as a stunning focal point, and a Mecox Gardens side table is an eye-catching statement piece.


“This is my favorite room,” says designer and homeowner Beverly Nichols. “It reminds me of a robber baron’s New York lake house.” The rich wood is balanced by crisp pops of white, a cowhide rug and a light blue painted ceiling.


An ornate chandelier by Formations hangs above an antique trestle table. Nichols selected the lighting piece because it carried enough visual weight to balance the space, but still was light enough to hang gracefully on its three-story chain. The double-height windows feature a bold pattern that pair perfectly with the chairs—cowhide on the front and fabric on the back by Suzanne Tucker Home.


Interior Designer: Beverly Brandon Nichols, Brandon and Company

214.912.3582 |

Architect: Don B. McDonald

210.735.9722 |

Square Feet: Approximately 6,000 square feet