It’s one thing to change a few details of an interior or switch out some rusty appliances and fixtures, but another thing to completely transform the style and feel of a home. That is exactly what Susan Kosonocky, owner of restyle design, llc, did to this severely brown ‘90s cabin in Steamboat Springs. She created a bright and eclectic look that she describes as mountain modern — and we couldn’t agree more.
This remodel was for a client Kosonocky had previously worked with who purchased this property as a weekend/vacation home in Steamboat Springs. The client wanted the decor to be modern, but still family-friendly, as they have three small children and a dog. The project entailed a complete interior renovation of the 3,000-square-foot home, including the kitchen, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, flooring, paint, doors, hardware, lighting and all new furnishings. Discussion for the project began in May 2014, renovation started in September 2014 and the project was completed in early 2015.
The inspiration for the color scheme came from a single picture on houzz.com of a chatreuse barn door.
“We loved the idea of an unexpected color scheme in the mountains, so we went with grey walls and trim, chartreuse accents, mixing in rustic reclaimed wood accents to give it a mountain flair,” said Kosonocky.
This unexpected color scheme and non-traditional style is what we love most about this remodel. The “before” pictures of this home are exactly what you might expect to see in this setting, but the new face-lift catches you off guard in the best way possible.
Kosonocky has a wonderful relationship with this client, who she says has great input and an eye for color and is open to new ideas. These qualities are certainly reflected in this space and it is clear that the two were able to collaborate successfully and take risks with some design choices together.
Throughout the entire remodel process, Kosonocky was particularly excited because she was able to do a complete interior remodel and furnish the entire space. In other words, she had a completely blank slate to work with!
Kosonocky always presents a design board at the onset of any project to present some ideas and process exactly what the client wants. This particular client wanted something completely different from their Fort Collins home. They have a craftsman house in Old Town that Kosonocky designed in an industrial style, with lots of color, reclaimed wood, funky tile choices, and iron fixtures and furniture.
“I really enjoy coming up with a design that reflects the clients’ tastes and lifestyle, and they are thrilled with the end result, so I feel that I succeeded and that is so gratifying,” Kosonocky said.
Kosonocky has been in the design business since 2009. She started out in the fashion industry in New York City as a buyer and merchandiser for Bloomingdale’s and J. Crew. She then entered the real estate world in Fairfield County, Conn. but soon realized she enjoyed staging and viewing houses more than selling. She then moved with her family to Fort Collins where they designed and built a custom home. It was then that she decided to start her own design business because she enjoyed that process so much.
It’s clear that Kosonocky has a natural gift and eye for design. Her style could be described as classic, eclectic and evolving. We think that last word is so important; she has the ability to constantly grow and learn in this field and doesn’t stay stagnant with just one design tendency. In fact, she enjoys designing spaces from traditional to modern, depending on the particular client’s style. Her trademark is her ability to mix high/low furnishing and accessories, and she loves to add something unexpected to her designs. That is certainly the case with this modern Steamboat Springs remodel.
Beyond the drawing board, fabric swatches and measuring tape, Kosonocky values the relationships she develops with her clients. The positive impression she makes is clearly reflected in the reviews she receives on her Houzz site. Since she started using the site in 2013, she has received the Best of Houzz award for service in 2014 and 2015.
Enough talking. We think these stunning “after” photos of this space speak for themselves. Notice (and it’s hard not to) the pops of bright green that exist consistently throughout the cabin. As mentioned, this bold color is quite unexpected in this mountainous venue, but we admire the juxtaposition. What do you think?
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Kathy Peden Photography