Clive Lonstein conjures traditional rustic interiors for a Colorado log cabin

Inspired by the vernacular architecture and craft traditions of rural Colorado, interior designer Clive Lonstein has devised elegantly rustic interiors for a log cabin that looks perfectly at home in its majestic frontier-country setting
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With its vertical sawn-log cladding and pitched metal roof, the new build cabin was designed in collaboration with JLF Architects to reference the original structure on this property and to work in harmony with the surrounding landscape, where forested mountains give way to grasslandWilliam Jess Laird

Deep door architraves are lined in wood and panelling is used to break up plaster walls. The floorplan is centred around a main sitting area with all other rooms emanating from this space. A separate staircase leads to a second bedroom and bunk room for guests. The stone floor is laid out in a random pattern, which runs from inside to the porch. Its casual, primitive feel meets the reclaimed fumed oak floor, cut into wide planks and inspired by the interplay of boulders and trees. At the windows, bamboo chik blinds allow a view of the landscape even when half closed, and are contrasted in the main bedroom and bathroom with curtains and blinds in an earthy linen by Perrine Paris, chosen to pick up on autumn leaves. Colour, where it does feature, is drawn tonally from the setting – indigo, terracotta, black and cream. Delicate geometric patterns, plaid and the visual jolt of an antique suzani hanging on the wall enliven the browns of the wood.

The ‘Colette’ freestanding bathtub from Waterworks offers a tranquil place to relax.

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In the sitting room, a leather Chesterfield sits easily next to a Fornasetti coffee table, which the owners moved from another house. Clive liked how it felt slightly out of place in the mix. In the study, a vintage André Arbus desk and Paul Dupré-Lafon lamp are combined with a Frits Henningsen chair.

A particularly beautiful view is captured by double casement windows in the bathroom. A freestanding bathtub is positioned so the bather can look out into the treetops and to the mountains beyond. The walls are clad in enveloping cork. Intentionally, the decoration has been scrubbed of a specific time period. Instead, there is a thoughtful house, resonant with its majestic setting.

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