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A Stunning Vermont Ski Home Designed with Nature in Mind

By Marni Elyse Katz | January 16, 2018 | Home & Real Estate

A Vermont ski home forgoes the chalet look for a sophisticated color and texture palette.


When longtime clients of Jean Verbridge, principal at Siemasko + Verbridge (, decided to upgrade to a ski-in, ski-out condo on Sugarbush mountain in Warren, Vt., they surprised her with an out-ofcharacter request: that she decorate using a neutral palette. “We used texture instead of color to make it interesting,” says Verbridge.

Instilling a sense of solidity to the three-story, four-bedroom new construction was key, as was adding character. Siemasko + Verbridge drew inspiration from the surroundings, coaxing Vermont into every room, along with a bit of humor. Wintry peaks informed the color scheme, while other aspects of the rural landscape—barn wood, iron and stone—are reflected in the materials. Wallpaper and upholstery reinforce these outdoor themes with wit and charm.


The fireplace, customized with local stone, is the focal point of the main living space. Reclaimed wood ceiling beams with iron brackets add a sense of permanence and earthiness. Cozy shearling ottomans and armchairs embellished with velvety deer silhouettes (a subtle substitution for taxidermy) surround a pair of rugged, bluestone-topped coee tables.

In the dining area, Siemasko + Verbridge chose an equally low-key but lighthearted snowflake pattern for the tall-backed chairs. An antler chandelier by Waitsfield-based Mad River Antler hangs over a live-edge table made by another local studio, Dorset Custom Furniture. A similar fixture by the same workshop makes a statement in the master bedroom upstairs, hovering above a four-poster birch tree bed made by Stauffer Woodworking in East Montpelier.


The lower level is the domain of the younger generation. Cowtan & Tout Birches wallpaper brings the outside in, as does the actual birch tree that’s been retrofitted around a post. A three-sided sectional upholstered in cotton twill the color of soil and bark can take a beating. Siemasko + Verbridge designed rough-hewn timber beds for the adjacent bunkroom. Pierre Frey Salzburg wallpaper depicts the snowcovered Alps, a sophisticated pattern that keeps the room from feeling childish.

Conversely, Verbridge used Dupenny wallpaper with a cheeky, vintage ski motif, complete with sportsmen in red Fair Isle sweaters, on the wall in the main stairwell. “It’s a surprise that makes you smile when you look up,” she says. Indeed, every aspect of this alpine getaway makes the entire family, as well as their guests, want to curl up and relish the Vermont winter.


Photography by: Photography by Jim Westphalen