Mountain Style

Mountain Style

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Panoramic views, high ceilings, exposed timber, and sophisticated design are all part of the rich tapestry of todays mountain homes. Every style takes on new meaning when interpreted in a mountain venue. Moderne, Arts and Crafts, high-tech, cowboy, rustic, country, provincialall design directionsare more splendid when their backdrop is a pine- or aspen-covered slope. The one thing that seems to be true of most mountain homes is an eclectic blending of the old with the new. Weathered beams, hand-chiseled stone, river rock, antique metals, and hand-hewn log columns join forces with honed granite, stained concrete, refined mahogany, stainless steel, and copper to create a rustic-modern look. This mixture lends itself to a warmth and charm rarely found on flat land. In Mountain Style, Mary Whitesides goes beyond the mountain cabin, revealing the new generation of mountain homes. Illustrated with stunning color photographs, the living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, baths, terraces, gardens, and more exude the simple elegance of mountain living. The garden chapter provides advice and inspiration for creating a garden in cooler climes and rockier soils. The products chapter and resource guide detail the many avenues available to mountain homeowners for designing and decorating their homes. Together they define the rugged and refined looks of contemporary mountain style. Eminent designer Mary Whitesides has designed everything from interiors and home furnishings to pottery and coffee mugs. Her Peruvian-inspired furniture collections are now widely distributed in the United States and Europe. Some of her African and Peruvian-inspired accessories are featured in museums, such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and her coffee-mug design for ecologically correct shade-grown coffee will be available soon at Starbucks. Whitesides has worked with craft groups throughout the world in conjunction with Aid to Artisans, USAID, and VIATRU to help economically challenged artisans find a sustainable economic base for their products. In addition, she created original interiors for Mandan Cottages and River Runs Cottages at the Sundance Resort. She was one of the four founding members of the Sundance Catalog and a partner in developing the Sundance look. She lives in Park City, Utah.

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