Diane's Cozy Colorado Rockies Cabin Retreat

House Tour

Name: Diane Gordon, along with her husband Tim, daughter Ellie and son Teddy
Location: Rollinsville, Colorado
Size: 825 square foot cabin + 128 square foot artist's studio
Years lived in: weekend getaway, owned since February 2011

Ever wonder how a professional interior designer kicks back on the weekend? Well, in style, of course! You may remember the recent peek inside Diane's weekend retreat cabin which overlooks the Continental Divide high in the Colorado Rockies. Well, she was kind enough to take some more photos and give us the full tour…

Diane shared some notes on this special place that she and her family has already come to love:

When you search two years for the perfect Colorado mountain retreat, all you want to do when you find it is relax. Our cabin overlooking the Continental Divide is the perfect place to enjoy time with our two middle-school aged children on the weekends - to make a fire and s'mores, hike a nearby trail, or just read a book. Indoors, I wanted to create a relaxed European feel, yet refreshed and updated. Pine floors that were were painstakingly sanded and white-washed contrast crisp white trim and cabinets.

Clever small space solutions make this small one-bedroom house work for our family of four. For instance, the undercounter refrigerator lives in the mud room, thus opening up the kitchen for counter space and storage. Built-in bunk beds allow the bedroom to be used as a TV room as well; the chairs slide out of the way and an inflatable queen bed appears for guests. This home away from home is just right.

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Our Style: European-Inspired. My mother is German, and this part of Colorado reminds me of the mountains of Germany and Austria and the old European mountain towns I have visited (with a mining twist). I wanted the cabin to feel refreshed, but also have some of that old-world warmth.

Inspiration: The white-capped mountains of the Continental Divide and beautiful forested scenery that we see out the living room windows inspired me to keep the walls light and bright and let the view really come through. Normally, as in my main house in Denver, it's color color color everywhere.

Favorite Element: When looking for a getaway in the mountains, I just knew that we had to find one with a fireplace, and finding a 1930s structure with the original stone fireplace was a huge plus.

Biggest Challenge: The previous owner had painted the pine floors, but I was determined to have them sanded and white-washed. Our flooring person discovered that white-washing stains don't work on pine because of the type of knots, but I quickly researched other options and we used a diluted paint technique instead. It turned out amazing, worth every ounce of effort!

What Friends Say: Now I know why you are never home on the weekend anymore!

Biggest Embarrassment: We had a pitiful 19 gallon water heater and a larger one wouldn't fit, but witha family of four, we knew that we had to do something for more hot water. I ordered a gas tankless hot water heater, had my plumber come up from Denver to install it, only to figure out that it was too tall once all the venting was in place. Oops! On to plan B, electric tankless water heater, much smaller, which thank goodness fits just perfectly.

Proudest DIY: In the artist's studio, I wanted to install a wall-to-wall desk top on one end of the room, but it had to be old and rustic. I found a solid walnut exterior door at a salvage yard, trimmed off the end, installed cleats, and ordered quarter-inch thick plexi-glass to create a flat writing surface for it. A couple of antique corbels finishes the look of the funky floating desk top.

Biggest Indulgence: The solid hickory cabinets in the bedroom that were installed in lieu of a regular closet were the biggest splurge, and besides much-needed storage, they give the room a lot of added warmth that a simple drywalled closet would not have.

Best Advice: In a one-bedroom space this small that needs to fit four people, think of things a little differently. The kitchen has more counter space and storage because the undercounter refrigerator lives with the washer and dryer in the adjacent mud room. The bedroom, with it's vaulted ceiling, has built-in bunk beds, so that the room is open enough for comfortable chairs, serving double duty as a TV room. Don't be afraid of the dreaded sofa bed; there are companies out there that offer very comfortable sofa beds today. Use built-ins and cabinetry wherever you can, they not only look great but can provide clever storage solutions throughout a small home.

Dream Sources: Arhaus Furniture, At West End, Woodharbor Cabinetry, Anthropologie, Sweet William Market (Denver, CO), Clutter Consignment (Boulder), 5 Green Boxes (Denver, CO), Lee Industries, Garnet Hill.

Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS
Living/Dining/Kitchen/Artist's Studio - Benjamin Moore French Canvas OC-41
Bedroom - Benjamin Moore Lancaster Whitewash HC-174
Bathroom - Benjamin Moore Wickham Grey HC-171
Interior trim - Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
Exterior Doors and Windows - Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray 2131-50

ENTRY/MUD ROOM
Bench Cabinet - Woodharbor Cabinetry
Bench cushion fabric - Ballard Designs
Montauk Black guaged slate floor tile - Design Materials, Denver CO
Undercounter Washer & Dryer - Kenmore

LIVING ROOM
Queen Sleeper Sofa, foot stool, and X-back chairs - Arhaus Furniture, Boulder CO
Oversized ottoman - Lee Industries (with COM fabric from Kravet)
Original pastel artwork of European town c. 1912 - eBay
Nickel lamps with burlap shades - Target
Antique custom painted game table - 5 Green Boxes, Denver CO
Gently used off-white down-filled side chairs - Clutter Consignment, Boulder CO
Caged Rock Rabbit - At West End

DINING ROOM
Pendant light - At West End
Radiator Lamp - Found object item from Anthropologie
Chairs - Arhaus Furniture (reupholstered in fabric from Lee Industries)

KITCHEN
Metropolitan Shag Wool Rug - Garnet Hill
Appliances - Kitchenaid
Stand Mixer - Kitchenaid
Wall Clock - Wisteria

BEDROOM
Green Swivel Chairs - Arhaus Furniture, Boulder CO
Hickory Cabinets - Woodharbor Cabinetry
Bedding - Garnet Hill
Artwork (vintage prints/photos of old Rollinsville)- Wild West Mercantile, Rollinsville CO
Drapes - Anthropologie

BATHROOM
Vintage make-up train case - Sweet William Market, Denver CO
Bathroom wall sconce - Restoration Hardware
Rug, towels, and shower curtain - Anthropologie

ARTIST'S STUDIO
Pink Chaise - Mitchell Gold
Cabinetry hardware- De Weldaad, purchased in Amsterdam, Holland
Chalk board paint - Home Depot
Area Rug - Pottery Barn

JUST FOR FUN
Fun Ride Super Z Zip Line - Amazon.com

DESIGN/UPHOLSTERY
Design by Diane Gordon Design, Denver, CO
Custom Upholstery by Vince Cox, House of Blessings, Denver CO

Thanks to Diane, Tim and the kids!

Images: Diane Gordon

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