Some may think that mountain and mid-century styles make unlikely bedfellows, but the home featured on our current cover proves otherwise. In the hands of interior designer Kristin Rocke, architectural designer Ron Lee and contractor Mike McNulty, this brilliant Promontory residence showcases both styles as well as unique architectural details and a serene-yet-stimulating palette that ideally suit the Park City site. Check out these must-see extras from the inspiring photos featured in A Clear Vision.
“The home is on a very steep site that dictated that the home be quite linear. As a result, it looks like it is growing out of the lot,” says Ron Lee, architectural designer. This connection between in and out is one of many features inspired by mid-century modern design, including flat roofs, clearstory windows, exposed posts and beams and large areas of stone, Lee explains.
A glass front door pivots to open to a spacious great room wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows and crowned with a tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling. The overhead wood extends seamlessly to the underside of outdoor overhangs, blurring the line between indoors and out.
Views flood the great room, where interior designer Kristin Rocke suspended a “floating cage of lights” by Alan Mizrahi above a sitting anchored by back-to-back sofas. Luxurious rugs dress rift-oak floors boasting a near-black hue created from a non-toxic vinegar and steel wool treatment that activates the dark color. The monolithic, two-sided fireplace features combed limestone panels dramatically set at varied depths.
Charred faux bois velvet upholsters a mid-century Gio Ponti wing chair by the combed-limestone fireplace.
Open living spaces define the light-filled interior. Striking features include a sculpture-like open staircase and broad windows. “This house has a great balance between heft and lightness,” Rocke explains.
The open dining room shares the great room’s two-sided fireplace. Mohair-seated chairs surround a sapwood-edged table, and a pair of modern antler-shaped chandeliers—interpreted in stainless steel with lights inset at their pointed ends—hang from above.
Flooded with light and spectacular mountain views, the master suite treats the owners to plush blue-green rugs, sumptuous fabrics, and a custom chandelier that resembles sparkling branches of ice crystals.
The master bathroom showcases sparkling Crystallo quartzite surfaces and a partial-glass ceiling that fills the sanctuary in natural light.
Open, lighted treads and clean-lined, steel-and-glass railings define the home’s sculpture-like staircases.
Rocke papered the lower level’s bar area in a Phillip Jeffries grasscloth, capturing the color of the owner’s favorite drink, whiskey.
The lower-level family room hosts a limestone-clad, three-sided fireplace. Rocke mounted the TV on a dark steel backdrop, making its black screen all but disappear when not in use.
A shapely sheepskin-seated chair counteracts the bulk and straight lines of the nearby fireplace.