This wasn’t the first time that designer Leah Harmatz of Field Theory Design worked with her client, a young 30-something guy – she had designed his San Francisco apartment and now, was charged to transform this ski home in Park City, Utah. Working remotely, her client asked her to bring in a cabin feel to a new construction that, in its original state, was just a bit too gray and too modern – quite a long way away from being the cozy ski lodge that he wanted.
“I drew inspiration for the design from the natural setting of the house – it’s surrounded by mountain ranges and trees, and my client loves skiing and other outdoor activities,” Leah said, “I wanted to bring in organic materials and soft textures.” The custom live-edge walnut dining table and burled-wood coffee table designed by local craftsmen in Salt Lake City are two stand-out pieces that drive the earthy design message home. The rough stone fireplace is another nature-inspired feature that creates a cozy cabin element for those in the living room to enjoy.
The main focus of the design for the homeowner was to make sure that it was a sophisticated space that didn’t feel too precious or overly designed. As someone who likes to entertain big groups of friends and family, he wanted to make sure that his Park City home accommodated that. At his insistence, Leah had to find a way to incorporate as large a sofa as possible in the living room: “I knew that it also had to feel proportionate to the room. We ended up ordering a super comfy leather sectional that’s great for lounging, but still has a low profile look and feel. Our amazing crew lifted it up through the second-floor living room balcony doors because it wasn’t going to fit down the stairs!” Another challenging room was the downstairs bunk room that had no windows, therefore no natural light. Leah wanted to embrace the darkness and turn it into a cozy space. She chose a dark turquoise – Benjamin Moore’s “Yorktowne Green” – for the walls to bring in a bit of drama to the room.
Once the main furniture pieces had been selected, Leah had to then source accessories to bring this ski home to life. “We sourced styled shelves, hung art, and sourced many accessories in a whirlwind 36-hour visit. We found some gems in an amazing Salt Lake City antique store that added the perfect unique character to the house.” Leah also found a pair of vintage Nordic skis in her parent’s garage that was perfect for over the sliding doors. “In the end, the homeowner couldn’t believe the transformation – he loves it!!” she smiled.