Shortlisted: Kari Whitman Interiors with a Ski Chalet in Colorado

Kari Whitman Interiors, have been shortlisted for the Ski Chalet award in the International Design & Architecture Awards 2014.

The project is a 2,100 square foot, 19th century retreat in the ski town of Boulder, Colorado. The space is designed as a getaway for the clients’ hectic LA lifestyle and they wanted a space to accommodate lots of guests and pets, but to also honor her eco-friendly roots, and celebrate her eclectic style.

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An upcycled leather floor in the foyer welcomes guests in from a snowy outing or woodsy summer hike. The living room chandelier is made of real turquoise and the fireplace is constructed from recycled, tumbled Travertine tile and marble, with upcycled white birch trunks. To bring in even more light, Kari installed twenty porthole windows upcycled from old ships on the open, upper level. Kari also designed the custom couch to accommodate lots of guests.

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Unique art includes the black and white “puffs”— images of dandelions that Kari ordered from England and also installed in the Master Bedroom. A screen made from glimmery brass and stainless steel from Shimmer Screen separates the living area from the Dining Room. Kari designed the built-in banquette and custom chair backs, covering them in recycled leather and silk to. The chandelier, table, and bar stools were gathered on Kari’s treasure hunts through little mid-century modern antique shops.


The Guest Bedroom is wrapped in a stunning black and white photo of a South American “Flavela”. Kari designed the leather nightstands in the Master Bedroom and the wall covering is from France, by Levas. Vintage Murano glass lamps date to the 70s.