When interior designer Cynthia Tibbitts and project coordinator Erica Hawley of CLB Architects were first tasked with designing a young New York City-based family’s Park City, Utah vacation home, they knew their first order of business would be to play up the surrounding scenery. Inspired by the architecture of the home, the Wyoming-based team decided to let the oversized windows take center stage throughout the space—and more specifically, the sweeping views.
“We considered the homeowners’ desire to engage a team that would understand and honor design history,” Tibbitts explains. “We incorporated Scandinavian and Brazilian influences, interspersed with playful mountain concepts that speak to the location.”
The end result is 6,000 square feet of forward-thinking design, including five bedrooms and seven bathrooms infused with rich earth tones, organic materials, and artful statement pieces that are every bit as hip as they are timeless. “The hope was for the project to age well, which required thinking outside of the box,” Hawley says.
Take a tour of the serene space that pays homage to the picturesque Rocky Mountain landscape.
In the living room, the duo relied on organic materials and muted tones, including a handcrafted side table from Ty Loyola Design and a patterned rug from Shiir, to create a warm and welcoming entrance that doesn’t distract from the framed views. “The color of the rug grounded the room and tied in the neutral palette,” Tibbitts explains.
After laying a foundation of earth-toned rugs and furniture, the design team incorporated colorful décor accents, including yellow throw pillows from Hawkins New York and a wine-hued Nestor Perkal ottoman from 1st Dibs, to energize the neutral scene.
“We infused jewel tones throughout the space to create a playful yet sophisticated atmosphere,” Hawley says. “We selected colors with warm undertones, such as reds, browns, yellows, and oranges, in addition to blues, to complement the color scheme.”
In addition to Scandinavian and Brazilian design influences, the pair drew inspiration from the natural landscape. This meant laying down plenty of artisanal woven accent rugs, including a vintage hallway rug from Woven Accents that they cut into two separate runners, and layering in lots of creamy neutral textiles.
“Taking cues from the home’s physical location, we looked at the natural pigmentations and textures of the surroundings,” Hawley says.
Unlike other Park City projects, which are typically set within the mountains, Tibbitts says this property is nestled inside a sage field. “When our team first visited the site, it was during summer when the sage was most visible—radiating a desert-like experience,” she explains. “We blended those natural views and colors of muted greens and yellows to tie it back into the interior design.”
In the primary bedroom, the team opted for furniture pieces constructed of organic materials, including a bleached oak bed frame with a tan saddle leather-upholstered headboard from Croft House, to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Soft black décor accents, such as slim cylindrical table lamps from Restoration Hardware and an angular pendant light from Apparatus, were also integrated into the space to bring depth and dimension to the room without deviating from the neutral palette.
“It was about creating a palette with beautiful, natural textures and fibers that offset Utah’s harsh climate while complementing the mountain views throughout the seasons,” Tibbitts explains.
We created a palette with beautiful, natural textures and fibers that offset Utah’s harsh climate while complementing the mountain views throughout the seasons.
In the children’s room—adorably dubbed the “bunk room”—clean lines and graphic prints take center stage. Custom built-in bunk beds composed of white oak take advantage of vertical space, while a colorful patterned rug from The Citizenry draws from the lines of the black-and-white geometric wallpaper by Kneedler Fauchere to create an eclectic yet modern scene.
“The bunk room is a standout space because of its play on high desert design,” Hawley says. “We designed the space so it could be transitional—a bedroom that could grow with the kids but that could also function as a guest bedroom.”
For an unexpected pop of color that stays cohesive with the earthy hues found throughout the rest of the home, the team painted the office a rich shade of deep blue-gray, Navy Masterpiece 1652 by Benjamin Moore. Drawing from the hues of a bold piece of pop art, a rust-colored sofa from Crate & Barrel creates a subtle sense of contrast in the room, while a classic zigzag patterned throw pillow by Missoni Home and a black floor lamp with a built-in side table from Bludot balance out the scene.
“The homeowners’ existing art collection, including pieces by Slim Aarons, Gray Malin, Terrance Guardipee, Jane Waterous, and David Yarrow, shaped many of the design decisions in the home,” Tibbitts explains.
Downstairs in the activity room, multifunctionality reigns supreme. To create unique zones within the open space, the team used distinct rugs, including a striped area rug from Hable Construction, to visually separate each section.
To carve out a seating area, a large sectional sofa from Restoration Hardware was used to define the zone, while a ping pong table from Horne and an Andy Warhol tapestry help distinguish the play space. “The goal was to create a child-friendly space that could also be used for entertaining,” Tibbitts says. “The room is both practical and playful.”