An Aspen Chalet by Laura Hunt

There is nothing I love more than an exquisitely designed home where no detail is left unturned, and when it comes to detail, Laura Hunt is truly a master.  Laura has been frequently included among Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” Best Architects and Interior Designers, and this Aspen Chalet truly belongs on the cover of a magazine. I am honored that Laura has allowed me to publish it first on my blog. Built in the 1970s, the home was in desperate need of an update before Laura worked her magic, transforming the interiors and guiding architectural renovation.  The result is pure enchantment, and like any work of art, I can stare for hours at each image relishing each exquisite detail.

The beautiful floral hand-carved doors inspired the Swiss Chalet design and the complementing faux painting throughout the house. Laura studied the classic Chalets in Switzerland for inspiration. She integrated Swiss style with pure linen florals, softening wood accents with velvet trim, antique Native American rugs, and drawing upon traditional Swiss colors of reds, blues, and greens. The children’s suite was painted in rosemaling, the traditional Norwegian decorative folk art, by a Norwegian. By utilizing her clients’ existing collections and by sourcing new and antique treasures from around the world, Laura created a home that feels like it has been collected and curated over decades. Photography by Marco Ricca.

Velvet trim outlines the linen upholstered walls and softens the wood ceilings.
Beautiful hand carving on the doors inspired faux painting throughout the home.
Chelsea Textiles checks are found throughout the house and line all the window treatments along with Samuel & Sons trim.  Laura custom designed a new mantle for the fireplace.
Laura uncovered two 19th century Delft chandeliers, perfect for the Chalet.
Beautiful hand painting is found throughout the home.
Laura spearheaded interior construction including adding hand hewn walnut floors in the living room and replacing dated raised fireplaces with new custom mantlepieces.  Upholstered furniture was custom designed throughout the house.
Laura’s clients already owned many of the antlers, but she sourced and added a substantial amount of antiques including Native American rugs and Black Forest items purchased from dealers throughout the world.
The ceiling in the living room is hand painted. Laura designed the stencil and selected colors and shades from old Swiss design books.
In the kitchen, all the cabinets were fauxed and new bronze hardware was added, but Laura didn’t didn’t like the exposure for entertaining. The Holland & Sherry custom etched leather screen with its beautiful herringbone wool fabric was put on rollers to separate the kitchen for dinner parties as were the shutters facing towards the living room (similar to the one pictured above in the breakfast area).

For the upstairs office, Laura designed custom built-in cabinetry.

Laura took her clients on a weekend trip to the Round Top Antiques Fair just outside Austin, Texas to search for antiques. Many items for the home were purchased, including the antique hunt cabinet beside the fireplace.
The antique hook rug, circa 1884, is from the Darius Collection at Stark. Laura had never seen one so large in such beautiful shape.
The ceilings throughout the house were pickled to make them feel light and airy.
Laura kept some of the home’s quirky aspects such as large original wood columns and beams and scenic etched glass in the doorways.

Nail heads were used to secure the stair runner by Elizabeth Eakins.

A painting of a grove of Aspens in the bathroom off the family room was created by the same artist who painted the living room ceiling and children’s bunkroom.
In the children’s suite, Laura designed and built the bunk beds to accommodate the client’s grandchildren. She then had them painted with rosemaling in true Norwegian form by a Norwegian.

Each bedroom was done in traditional Swiss colors of reds, blues, and greens.
Every bedroom and bathroom was wallpapered except for the master, which was upholstered. The layered effect creates warmth and coziness.

Laura Hunt is internationally acclaimed for her spectacular and truly custom interiors.  As you can see, she has a relentless drive to perfect even the smallest details, and her passion for a beautiful life is evident in all of her interiors. Laura also serves on Departure Magazine’s Design Council.

To learn more about Laura Hunt, please visit her website, and click here to read my previous feature.  Laura is a dear friend from our Dallas days, and she is every bit as lovely and gracious as she is talented. This is one special lady! Thank you, Laura, for allowing me to feature this enchanted Chalet today at The Glam Pad!


  1. Great attention to details. I particularly like the wood beams, both vertical and horizontal. The cabinetry is exquisite throughout! I love the floor to ceiling windows in the living area! The entire interior is just warm and beautiful!!
    Great job Laura!!

  2. This is absolutely my dream home. Gorgeous. I think my mouth never shut looking at the beautiful rooms. So well done. Love it.


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