Organic Details Cozy Up An Aspen Riverfront Home
Interior Design: Noelle Hernandez, NCH Design
Architecture: Bill Poss And Kim Weil, Poss Architecture Planning and Interior Design
Home Builder: Cameron McIntyre, Shlumberger Construction
Photography: Nick Johnson
Tranquil doesn’t begin to describe the feeling evoked by the running water and mature trees on the large secluded lot along a waterway in Aspen. Enthralled with the possibilities, a philanthropic couple commissioned designer Noelle Hernandez and architects Bill Poss and Kim Weil to design a home on the site. “It’s a place of renewal,” the wife explains, “where people can feel relaxed and connected to nature.”
Horizontal cedar siding and vertical reclaimed barn wood complement the natural setting, while steel accents and a standing seam metal roof give the dwelling contemporary cred. “This is a modern house, but the barn-wood adds texture and gives it a sense of belonging on this site with all the trees and the river,” Hernandez explains. “There’s a nice balance.”
(Photo: Architects Poss and Kim Weil designed the living area with a soaring ceiling and clerestory windows to let an ample natural light. Hernandez furnished the space with a pair of sofas and a custom upholstered chaise, all by A. Rudin from Twon. A chandelier by Ochre, also from Town, hangs above the fireplace, which is clad with Kansas limestone from Suarez Masonry. The artwork is by Peter Max.)
Indeed, large windows frame the views to create a seamless link between inside and out. Large-scale porcelain tile floors laid in a subtle herringbone pattern flow out onto the exterior patio, further strengthening the connection with the exterior. It’s just one in a palette of tone-on-tone neutrals that maintain the focus on the view. “By keeping the inside quieter, you immediately look out to the greenery and river,” the designer says. “The eye travels and enjoys the treats.”
(Photo: Inside an Aspen Home offering views of a nearby river, designer Noelle Hernandez kept the palette muted to maintain the focus on the outdoors. A custom silk-and-wool rug by Stark from Floor Coverings by CPA and a metal-and-oak coffee table by Holly Hunt from Kneedler Fauchere lend textural interest to the living area.)
In one of the master bedrooms, a wall of reclaimed barnwood anchors an upholstered bed by A. Rudin and a polished lacquer-and-steel nightstand by Troscan, both from Town. The table lamp is by Arteriors, and the artwork is by Robert Bissell.
Doors by Pacific Architectural Millwork open the dining area to the river outside. A polished-bronze chandelier by Ochre brings a water-like feel inside and pairs with a walnut table by Altura Furniture and upholstered armchairs by A. Rudin, all from Town. The rug is by Stark from Floor Coverings by CPA; the artwork is by Kadir LÃ³pez.
One of the master bathrooms evokes a peaceful feel with a soaking tub by Hastings Tile & Bathe from DSKB Plumbing + Tile beneath a large Jeld-Wen window. A Caesarstone countertop caps custom cabinetry by Benchcraft Custom Woodwork; limestone from Decorative Materials grounds the space.
Bar chairs by A. Rudin from Town pull up to the island in the open kitchen, where an aluminium pendant by Boffi illuminates the leathered-granite countertop from Balentine Collection International. A Wolf range from Alpine Appliance Center integrates into custom cabinetry by Benchcraft Custom Woodwork.
Just off the kitchen, a sectional and swivel lounge chair, both by A. Rudin from Town, sit on a custom silk-and-wool Stark rug from Floor Coverings by CPA. The coffee table and the fabric covering the sectional are by Holly Hunt from Kneedler-Fauchere