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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, luxe lifestyle 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 and rich textures to create a cohesive narrative between indoor and outdoor spaces and contextualize the home within the serenity and grandeur of the surrounding natural environment. Detailing was pared down to the essential elements to showcase the couple's art collection and impressive mountain views.


Each sightline is composed, each volume considered in terms of freedom of movement. Large-format tiles connect interior and exterior spaces to create a seamless flow between interior and outdoor living.

Ceilings were lowered and clad in whitewashed wood to quiet and focus the experience, windows were reconfigured to refine the play of light and window frames, cabinetry and staircases rendered in black to punctuate the neutral white and off-white palette.


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

The owners' passion for hosting and entertaining extended family is reflected in the large, open kitchen fitted with, velvety black “suede” Bulthaup cabinetry, soft leather seating, and large-format tile flooring that add depth and texture to the space.

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