A Fresh Perspective
Ken and Cathy Lawrence’s style is a bit like that of Breckenridge, which has been their favorite mountain town for decades and, more recently, their second home. “It’s not as rustic and rugged as it used to be,” Cathy says. “There are a lot more modern influences coming in.”
When the Texas couple first spoke with interior designers Lisa Yates and Hillary Mork about decorating their new home at Breckenridge’s Shock Hill Overlook, they requested a similar design direction. “We didn’t want to feel like we were in a log cabin,” Cathy says. “We wanted something lighter, cleaner and more modern. But we definitely wanted some hints of being in the mountains, just to remind us of where we are.”
- Adjacent to the Breckenridge Nordic Center and Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve. Walking distance to the BreckConnect Gondola Mid-Station at Breckenridge Ski Resort
- Floor-to-ceiling picture windows with panoramic views of the ski resort
- Floating stairs with raw-steel banister
- Wood ceiling beams, white-oak floors and knotty-alder three-panel doors
- Luminescent pearl quartz composite kitchen countertops
- Powder room sink carved from a natural boulder
- Antler “gallery” wall with antique moose, elk and white-tailed deer mounts
- 500-pound, Brazilian Chamcha wood dining table
- Custom-built bunk room with full-over-queen bunk, plus a twin bed
The townhouse, which the couple purchased just before its completion, offered a strong foundation for the mountain-modern style they envisioned. Its facade marries rustic wood siding and dry-stack stone with sleek metal paneling; its light-filled interiors are accented by hefty ceiling timbers, warm wood floors, stone walls, shimmering tile, and a sleek floating staircase with a raw-steel banister.
To highlight those details, Yates and Mork created a fresh color palette of warm grays and taupes, which they accented with brighter hues that speak to their clients’ outgoing personalities: warm gray dining room chairs, burgundy bedroom accents, and Oriental and tribal-patterned rugs featuring pops of deep orange.
Their furniture selections, which range from the iconic, tufted-leather Barcelona couch designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to a Mexican wood headboard, strike a careful balance between rustic and modern. The dining table has a live-edge wood top, but its steel base is simple and sleek; the entryway’s streamlined console table is upholstered with textural shagreen. “When we search for modern furnishings, we’re always looking for that little element of rusticity; just a little wink and a nod to the home’s setting,” Yates says, “and a lot of that comes from texture.”