Mountain Meets Modern in This Breckenridge Duplex

Photography by Denver Image Photography

A Breckenridge duplex showcases the owner’s love of art in a rustic, contemporary setting


GO WITH THE FLOW The focus of this open space is the textured rug from Surya, which contrasts with the oak wood floors and stone fireplace wall (the second place they used the same stone that’s on the outside of the house). Abigail-Elise Interiors made the open space feel organized and “fuss-free” by focusing on visual lines: no furniture stands above eye level. “The eyes flow out to the windows,” adds Yates.

Most people have to visit a gallery or museum if they want an art fix. Not the owner of this Breckenridge vacation duplex—all he has to do is take a stroll through his Shock Hill Landing home. “He wanted to feature local, original art and make the space individual to him, so he shopped a Breckenridge art festival,” says Wendy Yates, CEO and principal of Abigail-Elise Interiors, who helped the owner design the home.

The owner, whose main residence is in Houston, lined the walls of the great room and dining room of the 4-bedroom, 41⁄2-bath space with pieces from Raitman Art Galleries, with prints through the rest of the house. His goal: Allow the colorful art to take center stage against the monochromatic interior design features. “What’s unique in this home is that there’s a lot of attention to detail, down to certain parts of the layout in the master bedroom and the thought-out play on varying shades of white and black,” says Yates. “If you have an eye for design, you pick up on a lot of things.”


CLASSIC GETAWAY The master bathroom was kept simple, but equally show-stopping, with a quartz countertop, sunken tub, pendant lighting and tiles that extend all the way into the steam shower. “We’re not big into using a lot of accent stripes,” says Yates.

Among the eye-catchers in the 2,400-square-foot home, completed in 2016, are carefully placed accents such as a natural stone slab island countertop from Galleria of Stone in the kitchen, Arizona Tile in the master bathroom, back-lit marble lamps in the master bedroom and a raised stone sink in the main-floor powder room, as well as statement chandeliers with chrome and dark gray accents. And the owner is not the only person who gets to enjoy the space. The retired attorney-turned-real estate investor likes to hike and bought the duplex to escape the summer heat of Houston—but he rents it out for much of the rest of the year.


DINNER TIME Opposite the natural stone kitchen island are alder cabinets and Wolf appliances.

That means guests can enjoy not only his artistic choices but a true mountain vibe. “It’s meant to have the cozy, warm feel of a Colorado mountain modern home,” says Yates, “with a mix of a few rustic elements like a natural stone replace and accent wall in the dining room, wood beams and rustic floors, which are reclaimed oak stained almost black to bring out the character.” On the patio outside are views of Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Tenmile Range. The final bonus: a direct gondola stop to the resort—“he really wanted that gondola stop!” Yates says.


OUTSIDE IN “We wanted to bring the buff brown stone from the outside of the house inside, so it comes in through the main floor entry and wraps around that dining wall,” Yates says. “Our main focus when we do the modern mountain look is to not make it too modern and too cold. And we do that by using natural things and bringing the exterior in.” They continued the mountain feel with a smooth mango wood table from Phillips Collection and then added something different: Zuo houndstooth dining room chairs.


BE MY GUEST “In these guest rooms, we did custom-upholstered, oversized headboards,” says Yates. “The rooms themselves aren’t super big so we utilized space by implementing floating nightstands and mounting the headboards to the wall. In one of the rooms we chose to have the headboard go from wall to wall to make it feel grand and add more depth to the small space—these rooms can’t really fit a dresser or other furniture pieces. We wanted to make them feel more lavish with some strategically placed details like velvet.”


LAYER IT ON The master bedroom is all about layering black and white hues by utilizing patterns and textures. They started with custom bedding from CottonBelle and textured accent pillow fabrics from Kravet. On either nightstand are marble lamps that have a standard bulb and a light inside the marble, which Yates says serves as a great nightlight.


TOTALLY TEXTURED “The goal here was to get a lot of texture and nature into the small space,” explains Yates. “So there’s natural stone in the raised sink, natural stone on the tile wall and a banjo wood top that we continued all the way over the toilet to maximize usable space.”

Architect:Allen-Guerra Architecture / 970.453.7002
Builder:Double Diamond Property & Construction Services / 970.418.8029
Design:Abigail-Elise Interiors / 970.485.5228