Thursday, September 6, 2012

Home Tour~Our Mountain Home

I recently told you all about our Labor Days - 
yes, I mean days laboring,
 up in Colorado at our Mountain Home this past weekend.
  I thought you might like a tour of my favorite place on earth!
  Our second home isn't perfect, it isn't brand new, and it doesn't have all of the finishes, hardware or appliances that I might want, but to me there is something magical about the location and the view that never ceases to captivate my soul.
 I feel that I am truly blessed to even
 own a second home at all!   
Whenever we are there we all have such a peaceful and relaxing time as a family.  There are lots of laughs over the games that we play together and lots of puzzles that get assembled.  The TV rarely goes on unless we are all sitting down for a movie.  It is a hard place to leave!

 I shared this picture with you earlier in the week.  
The Great Room is where we spend most of our time. 
I love the open concept of this house. 
The Great Room, Kitchen and Dining Room all flow together.  The heart of the great room is this floor to ceiling River Rock fireplace with a stone mantle.
I've placed a few large vases and jars up by the Quatrefoil mirror.  We fight over who gets the chair on the right as it is the most comfortable. 
 I really would like to find and ottoman to go with it to put your feet up. 
When you walk in through the front door there are stairs leading to the Master Suite and a Library/Office to the right.  The Library has a chair/pull out bed that can sleep one.  There is a small bathroom that has a shower which makes it nice when you have a full house. 
I don't have a lot of accessories or extra furniture in this home.  It's funny because my home here in Kansas is overflowing!  It just seems that we are always too busy just having fun to spend a lot of time decorating. 
 And to be honest the simplicity is refreshing to me.
Here is a look at the whole Great Room.  You can see that there is an overabundance of light wood in the house.  Besides the floors, all of the doors and trim work is light wood also.  At first I didn't care for it AT all.  But after a while I got used to it and last year we had the floors redone (we had a little water damage) and they actually look really beautiful and not as yellow as they used to be.
  The two large windows overlooking the trees provide a spectacular view of the mountains.  We have two sets of french doors that lead out onto small decks.

 Here is one of my cute new benches that Mr. Beaux and I refinished last weekend.  Look Here to see how I made my own chalk paint out of desperation.
And here is the other one flanking the left side of the fireplace.  A basket of throw blankets is very necessary up here to snuggle up and keep the chill out. 
There is a small area under all of the arches that holds a card table and a built in bookcase.  We took out the built-ins that were on the media wall last year.  We bought a new flat screen and the old cabinet was not made for that size.  Besides it was kind of 80's and not my style. 
Mr. Beaux and I hauled this cabinet up one weekend and put it together ourselves.  I love the slate insets on the cabinet.  I don't mind mixing different kinds of woods together in the same room.  I feel like it gives it an acquired instead of bought to match look.
Here is the new print that I found at Habitat for Humanity Restore.  It looks great with my checked chair in a soft green color.  I just found this spectacular set of three mounted antler horns on OKL that I ordered.  I can't wait to get them and hang them over this print. 

Aren't they cute? 
On top of the Media Cabinet I have a wood box that I filled with fall flowers.  This is actually a fall wreath that I cut apart and placed in the box.  Hey, you have to get creative with what you can find up here.  Antlers and a pretty landscape print rest upon the top.  Since we have been renting out the house some of my things have been broken.  Now, I try to keep it simple and keep the breakable things put away or out of reach.
From the other side of the room you can see the kitchen and dining room.  It really is a great big open concept!  When we first bought the house I waited until my local design center was having their annual 50/20 sale (that means my usual 50% designer discount PLUS another 20% off) and bought all of the furniture.  I selected everything that I wanted to buy and had the girls keep a sharp eye out for other people trying to buy things on my Wish List.  I wanted to buy very durable furniture like this leather sectional that will last forever.
This little niche with the game table and chairs is the perfect place for our Skip-Bo and Uno challenges.  It gets pretty cut throat with the kids and don't get me started on how competitive their Nana is!  One problem we were having was that the chairs were scratching up the wall quite a bit.
 You can see in this photo how scratched it is.  Mr. Beaux came to the rescue and put up some chair rail.  Brilliant idea!
You can see a hint of a Brick Red accent wall on the left.  This is the only place where I have changed the colors in the room.
I love the warm red against all of the wood tones.  We have also painted this color in our Library. It's called Bold Brick Sherwin Williams SW6327.
This chest is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.  The leaves are handles and wind all down the front.  It's a very unique piece.  
C'mon into the Kitchen and Dining Room.  We bought the house from a good friend of ours about eight years ago.  They were building a newer home in Breckenridge.  We had been fortunate enough to use the home a few times and had fallen in love with the area and the house.  When they offered to sell it to us we jumped at the chance.  They were so sweet to leave a lot of things in the home for us.  All of the dishes and most of the beds and mattresses and this dining room table and chairs.  This isn't my favorite dining set, but it seats a lot of people and it was so nice not to have to furnish the whole house.
Mr. Beaux bought the antler chandy for me for Christmas one year.  It's hanging high I know, that's so renters won't swing from it after too many drinks!    There is a nice sized stainless steel fridge and a smaller drink fridge that we fill up with water!  You have to drink a LOT of water in the high altitude.
The Kitchen is easy to maintain with Corian counter tops and a great professional Thermador cook top.  The double oven, microwave and dishwasher are next on the list to be replaced as the home is about 15 years old now. 
So there it is!  
My second home in the Colorado. 
 My dream is to live here full time some day. 
 Or, to build another home nearby
 and keep renting this one out.  
I hope you enjoyed the tour.  
Next time I'll show you around the Master Suite Loft and the Lower Level.

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves
XO Cindy 

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Blondie's Journal said...

Your second home is beautiful, Cindy! I love the high ceilings, all the wood and that awesome fireplace! The kitchen looks so new! Having a second home for us is a lot of work, so I can identify with you on keeping it clutter free and simple.

I love the view of the mountains...I can see why you'd love to retire here someday! Can't wait to see the rest of your home!

XO,
Jane

A Walk in the Countryside said...

Cindy, It is beautiful! I can see why you enjoy going there! Blessings, Tammy

Princess Kate said...

So beautiful. Perfect getaway!!! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

So nice!!! You are very lucky!!!! It is hard not to be envious!!! Kathy

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodness, Cindy, your Colorado home is gorgeous. I love the layout and it is furnished so nicely, especially since you do rent it out. I hope one day to get to Colorado. My son went to college there but I have never been out there. XO, Pinky

Laurel Stephens said...

You had me at mountain!!! Your home away from home is just wonderful!

missy said...

WOW..That's quite a second home..Love it..I lived in Colorado Springs for a couple of years in the late 60's..Beautiful country..Did a lot of sightseeing while we were there..You have beautiful homes...

Becca said...

Oh.my.goodness ... your second home is incredible! I would want to go there every weekend! Not only is the inside spectacular, but the views are amazing! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

Olive Cooper said...

Cindy, its beautiful and we too are mountain lovers but we stick to the N.C. mountains as we can easily drive there. I love the great room and kitchen. Keeping a second home simple and cleaned lined is best especially if you rent. I practically live at our second home so I have cluttered it up very well. Hugs, olive

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful home, love the scenery and home interiors. Thanks for sharing!

Erika@BeBookBound said...

I'm not surprised that your cabin is gorgeous because everything with "your touch" turns out lovely. I'm so happy for you (and SO jealous)!

Rooms by Ann said...

Cindy, your home is gorgeous,I am sure not only to look at but also for your soul.I think it's wonderful to have place to getaway to with the family. I love the fireplace.

Entertaining Women said...

I've always loved the clean air that we experience in the mountains...and the total lack of the sounds of the city. I know that you are loving every minute spent in your mountain home. Cherry Kay

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW Cindy your second home is gorgeous and the views are amazing!! I'd want to be there ever weekend!

Sue said...

Beautiful home Cindy. We, too, are fortunate enough to have a second home and treasure the time we have there. I like keeping that place fairly simple too. It's so much easier to maintain and just enjoy!

Connie said...

Such a pretty place. My favorite of all.....that red wall.

dgmills said...

What a gorgeous home in the mts. We have a home in the mts of Western NC and it is like going to a different world. I maybe should know this, but what is OKL? I love the antlers and would like to order some also.
Thanks...
dgmills@tampabay.rr.com

Honey at 2805 said...

Your vacation home is really beautiful! Thank you for sharing it at Potpourri Friday!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Kathy, tying not to have the green eyes of envy here! It would be wonderful to get away to this beautiful house! -- Min

Eclectically Vintage said...

Wow - with views like that, who needs extra accessories! You've got just the right amount - love the antler chandelier and your open floor plan. Looks like a fun place to hang out with friends! You are living the life - enjoy!
Kelly

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh wow, this house is fabulous..I may want to live there full time myself too and the views, to die for!! Thanks for sharing.
FABBY

Judy said...

What a gorgeous home. I can't wait to see the rest. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

Debra said...

That's beautiful! What a beautiful setting. I can see why you don't want to leave. :) Can't wait to see the rest!

Annie One Can Cook! said...

What an incredible getaway--I'm so jealous! Thanks for sharing!

Sherry said...

What a great house! Love the antlers.

Cristina Garay said...

Wow Cindy! I was just dreaming while taking the tour! What a beautiful home, the decor and the views are lovely!

Jenny said...

What a gorgeous vacation home! How lucky are you to have such a great getaway!! Thanks for sharing.

Judy Bigg said...

Love it Cindy. Isn't it wonderful to go to Colorado and enjoy the mountain air, the tree, and the gorgeous views. Traveling in the West has been some of our most loved trips. You have a perfect retreat away from home. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

OKL - could be One Kings Lane

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