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Conscious of preserving and reusing
as much of the architectural remnants
as possible, the family used all the old,
solid lumber from the house for the inte-
rior trim. The downstairs ceilings boast
original beadboard salvaged from the up-
stairs and pieced together in rustic and
colorful palette of olive greens, blues,
and ochres. Mary painstakingly reassem-
bled the 1800s-era square lockboxes and
doorknobs. The wood plank floors were
sanded and warmly refinished wherever
possible. Compatible wood was installed
in places that the floors were too badly
damaged. Those picture windows from
the 1950s were replaced with more peri-
od-appropriate mullioned windows.
Best of all, the dining table is made from
rough-cut wood that had to be removed,
then sanded, finished, and buffed— and
used by the family as the hearth of the
home. Colin says one of the biggest gifts
his mother gave them was an apprecia-
tion for the family table, where as kids
they’d all hang out—adults, friends and
family—telling stories, laughing, eating
and sharing their lives.
When the bones of the house were finished,
Mary started detailing and putting her special
finishing touches into making it a real home
that reflected the things she loved. In addi-
tion to her chosen mountain life, Mary loved
blue waters and warm sands, splitting time
between Crested Butte, her long-time home
in Vero Beach, Florida, and Man-O-War in
the Bahamas.
Some of the Crested Butte rooms subtly highlight tropical sun colors. Glass tile
showers are embedded with beach shells as trim, and colorful pebbled bathroom
floors tempt one to soak in the deep tubs as one would in the warm ocean.
One bedroom has an entire wall of southern-inspired, pink distressed shuttered
closet doors and island shell-colored walls. Another sleeping quarter has a four-
poster bed deliciously surrounded by mango tones.
Throughout the home are antique furniture and knick knacks, handpicked by
Mary and collected over years. The house is not at all cluttered but pointedly ar-
ranged so that the individual pieces are highlighted. From the couch in the minty
green living room downstairs, the eye follows a distinct transition to the coral walls
of the dining room, which is open to the kitchen.