Reimagining “Modern Farmhouse”

Where Styles Collide: Reimagining “Modern Farmhouse” In Steamboat Springs


Brass pendant lighting, floating shelves and a pop of color on the cabinets make this kitchen feel even more open and bright.




Rich browns and chalky greys have become a popular combination in many of our mountain homes. The combination is modern, but still rustic. We’re seeing wood veneers that are streamlined, rift cut or wire-brushed to maintain a clean aesthetic yet add the warmth only wood can bring. There are also so many fun new wallpapers and accent tiles that can be applied sparingly for a big change. Choose one wall, the ceiling or a small area of tile to change out with bold colors or patterns. This small change will have a big impact!

Natural light floods this kitchen space making it a bright and welcoming gathering space.

When local homebuilder Jeremy MacGray and his wife Krysta sought to build a home of their own, they enlisted longtime architecture, interior design and landscape partners they could trust: Vertical Arts. Our team was thrilled to get to know the homeowners’ desires on a deeply personal level and create a holistic design that brought their individual styles into harmony through the reimagined notion of a modern farmhouse. What’s more, Luxe Interiors & Design featured our work on the cover of its July/August 2019 issue. Keep reading for a step by step overview of how this creative collaboration came to be.


Situated in downtown Steamboat Springs within walking distance of local schools, shops and restaurants, the Park Place residence was designed for a family with four children and three pets seeking closer connection to the great outdoors and ease of commuting in this spirited mountain town. Top of our client’s wish list was a custom, thoughtful design and a kitchen in the heart of the home connecting to the backyard.


The Park Place home’s design melds the individual styles of the homeowners: Jeremy, a general contractor with a love of modernism, concrete and metal; and Krysta who loves all things shiplap and farmhouse-inspired. In fact, the first design element selected for the house was a hand-painted, terra cotta tile chosen by Krysta for the master bath’s shower. Collaboration on every material and every level of this three-story house ensued.

The back deck connects the home to a guest apartment and features a cozy fire pit and seating area adjacent to an outdoor eating area.


  1. The design team crafted a real showstopper by incorporating a large rooftop deck off the kitchen that points toward views of Emerald Mountain and the nearby Steamboat Ski Resort. The kitchen is flanked by partial-height walls, floating shelving and suspended cabinetry blocks that provide space for appliances and storage while affording views open in all directions. The custom hanging glass and steel shelves and steel range hood allow the owners to look beyond the adjacent stairway and see the yard where their four kids often play.  The maple-and-metal bar top allows enough space for all six family members to enjoy a casual meal in the kitchen.
  2. The French farmhouse-inspired sandstone fireplace is complemented by the streamlined timber mantel and hot-rolled steel above it, creating both a welcoming entry and a cozy living space. More modern industrial finishes include black steel framed doors and concrete flooring with a smooth diamond grind on the main floor, and hand-troweled texture on the upper level. White board-and-batten paneling is contrasted with patchwork-style wood sliding barn doors fabricated by Twenty1Five and a colorfully patterned stair runner pieced together from 12 individual rugs.
  3. The home’s remarkable interiors are highlighted by state-of-the-art bathrooms, featuring vanity tops that are stylish yet durable against daily routines. In the master bath, quartz countertops complement rustic cabinets made from reclaimed wood. Black industrial sconces are tempered by a basket cloche hanging pendant from Stel House & Home.
  4. A semi-attached apartment perfect for visitors connects to the main house via a shared terrace. Vertical Arts landscape architect Mitch Rewold developed a creative landscaping scheme to create fluidity throughout the hilly lot by refocusing a communal garden space with a cozy seating area and designing winding paths of Colorado Buff stone walkways to connect the yard’s gathering spaces.

This stunningly detailed, hand-painted, terra cotta tile represents the first design piece the homeowners fell in love with.


A result of acute collaboration among the homeowners, Vertical Arts and all the building partners, the home balances industrial finishes with soft surroundings, and modern lines with rustic materials. At the end of the day, the Park Place residence bestows comfort, warmth and a relentless sense of welcome for the bustling family of six to soak in Steamboat’s acclaimed indoor/outdoor living oasis.

Check out the cover of Luxe Interiors & Design magazine for more about this Park Place home.

Photos: David Patterson