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Owl Creek Residence

The modernization of this Owl Creek family estate pairs a dramatic black-and-white palette with textured finishes and hand-selected artwork to invite movement, depth and tranquility.

Sq.Ft. 7,000
Completed 2018

From redesigning interior and exterior spaces, through permitting, rendering, selection and installation, Matter orchestrated the successful execution of every detail, crafting an elegant and sophisticated mountain retreat. The sole remnant from the former design is a grand fireplace, now lined with a black firebox interior to complement its contemporary surroundings.


The homeowners are art collectors, travelers, and now grandparents who hoped to modernize the 7,000-square-foot home while making it a welcome destination for three generations of family.

The design employs a simple palette, rich textures, strategic focal points, and a cohesive narrative between indoor and outdoor spaces to emulate the serenity and grandeur of the surrounding mountain environment. Detailing was pared down to the essential elements, thus exaggerating the impact of art, views, lines and textures.


Each sightline is composed; each movement considered. Large-format tiles extend from front walkway through entryway, house and onto the back patio, while black window frames, cabinetry and staircase punctuate the neutral white and off-white palette.

Select windows were removed, volumes were reconsidered, and ceilings were lowered—clad in whitewashed wood to quiet and focus the experience. Unique and highly curated details then carry the design.


All furniture, finishes and artwork were curated specifically for the home: a custom leather sofa by Holly Hunt, lounge chairs by Joseph Jeup and a six-foot bronze sculpture by Julian Voss-Andreae.

The simple palette is offset by lines, textures and artwork that command attention, drawing the eye to elements that invite interaction.

In the kitchen, black “suede” Bulthaup cabinetry is paired with a slick white backsplash, crisp stainless steel, soft leather seating, and large format tile flooring to add depth and nuance to the large open space.

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