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Deer Valley is an alpine ski resort in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Located in Park City, Utah, it is known for its upscale amenities and is consistently ranked among the top ski resorts in North America. It also turned out to be the perfect destination for a San Francisco-based family of six who was looking for a ski vacation locale that was a quick flight from home. They decided on Deer Valley and this beautiful, 5,800-square-foot, three-story rambling lodge with spectacular views. And although it’s nestled in the mountains, the home is also within easy walking distance of the slopes.


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The family brought on Melissa Warner Rothblum, co-owner and principal designer of Los Angeles– and Seattle-based Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design and Decoration. “The owners wanted a place to spend the holidays with friends and family, so the seven bedrooms, six full baths, and two half baths were perfect,” says Warner Rothblum. “The woodsy exterior of the home, built in 2009, was classic for the environment, but the interior needed to be freshened up. With the help of local contractor Thomas McPhee Construction, we totally gutted and updated the kitchen and baths, and turned the rest of the space into a cozy, relaxing retreat.”


The designer used the existing living room fireplace as the inspiration for much of the color palette. “The oak floors had been stained a dark acorn tone,” says Warner Rothblum. “We sanded and bleached them and then restained the wood a taupe driftwood color that blended with the stone in the fireplace. We carried that tone throughout the living area.” The architectural detail against the 16-foot-high cathedral ceiling in the living room replicates the exterior accents, but the designer stained the interior trusses in driftwood and painted the metal features black. “We brought similar industrial elements into the rest of the home,” she adds. The vintage red patterned rug adds a punch of color and warmth to this living space.


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Although Melissa Warner Rothblum’s design emphasizes comforting neutral tones and warm wood details that relate to the mountain environment around the home, it also adds intriguing industrial elements and an accent of red to make the home fresh and interesting. The powder room, for example, mixes an antique, wood-framed mirror, industrial style vanity, and wallpaper that creates a wonderful ode to the quilting tradition so appropriate to a mountain community. The kaleidoscope quilt pattern emphatically continues the accent color in a variety of tones. And, the small room introduces a little fun into the overall design. 


The living room, kitchen, dining room, and family room are open to each other. “We wanted a smooth flow between the rooms,” says Warner Rothblum. “We used neutral tones and natural colors throughout to unify the space. Then added a pop of color where needed.” The living areas and many of the bedrooms have walls painted in Farrow & Ball No. 3 Off-White. This same color was used on all the wood trim pieces. A delightful and powerful color accent—bright red—shows up in a variety of decor items and furnishings.


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The kitchen has an off-white canvas, but the cabinets are done in Farrow & Ball No. 47 Green Smoke, a lovely gray-green that relates to the beautiful natural environment. Countertops are locally sourced marble. “We found and fell in love with a small rug with red accents and used it to introduce that touch of red once again,” explains Warner Rothblum. “We continued the industrial feel with the brass pendants and stools. The stools have a brass base and reclaimed wood seats. The Shaker-style cabinets have exposed hinges and simple brass handles.”


A ten-foot-long antique farm table commands the neutral-toned dining room. The bench along one side of the table breaks up the formality of having all the same individual chairs around the table. “The bench offers a different text for the design, as do the two custom upholstered chairs that are used at each end,” says Warner Rothblum. She brought in several elements to cozy the area, including an intimate built-in seating nook.




The family room is a “hang out” room and has a cozy, relaxed feel according to the designer. “We used more color in this room and more upholstery to make it comfortable for family use. The rich browns and reds and creams add an intimate touch,” she says. The lush draperies were custom designed. A large upholstered ottoman, also custom in bright red and cream, invites guests to put their feet up, and serves as a coffee table too. The vintage woven strip carpet offers a neutral accent to the intense colors of the furnishings. Antique children’s chairs in front of the fireplace give the room a lived-in, child-friendly feel. The challenge for Warner Rothblum was to transform this family’s vacation home from a lovely but typical mountain abode into something new. The result was a fresh, chic interpretation of a mountain retreat... relaxing, cozy, and family oriented, yet excitingly unique.


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