This Totally Unique Park City House Has 2 Rock Climbing Walls, 2 Bars, a Bocce Ball Court, and a Skate Ramp
Needless to say, it’s a lot of fun.
Interior designer Stephanie Hunt’s seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom Park City, Utah, home is a grown-up, glammed-up, sophisticated version of a funhouse—it’s got so many surprises and delights at every turn. And believe it or not, she got the inspiration for the home on a freezing winter trip to Reykjavík, Iceland. “We were there for a quick weekend trip and I was struck by how the simple barn structures—very close together—looked like one unit. Because we’re art collectors I wondered what it would feel like to have each pod or pavilion, if you will, developed in a simple, honest architectural style, connected by halls and glass elements, with the halls serving sort of in-home art galleries,” she explains.
Just like the barn structures in Iceland, the home consists of seven barn-like buildings linked by long glass hallways. And because Stephanie and her husband are avid art collectors, they designated certain areas and corridors to feature their pieces and family heirlooms. “I really worked closely with our incredible architects and the rooms were designed specifically to accommodate very special collected and inherited pieces,” she says. “This also holds true for the wall spaces—balancing the desire for as much natural light as possible (Utah winters can be dark and gray) with protecting wall space for art.”
And when it came to the color palette, Stephanie wasn’t afraid to go bold with strong colors, but with restraint. “I’m conscious of wanting lots of white and soaring ceilings and very light flooring to break it up, cool it down, and allow the spaces to breathe,” she adds. She was drawn to greens, blues, and yellows, which you can see throughout the space.
Interestingly, in most of the rooms, the design for the space came from a specific pattern or decor accent. For example, in the kitchen, a carved teal green backsplash tile by Syzygy informed the space’s entire look. But Stephanie also gave herself the freedom to use many of the pieces she already owned in this area, even if they didn’t perfectly match the color of the tile. “We used a plaster hood specifically so I could install art on top of it (a look I love!) and surrounded the splash and hood with a light tonal European white oak finish in all of the cabinetry, quiet blond wood floors, and leathered gray marble counters over the top of the cabinetry and under the strong tile,” she says. “The white oak floating shelves were specifically designed to hold art and interesting objects as opposed to functional items.” Those functional items were hidden In cab nets or on less visible shelves.
Tile also inspired the whole design of the bar—Stephanie knew she wanted a patterned colored tile from Concept Studio on the front of the bar. The wall behind the bar is actually metallic half-marble tile but with dark grout so it looks seamless. And the leather pendant lights (from Casamidy in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) and the leather bar stools were part of Stephanie and her husband’s collection long before the house was even built.
The eye-catching powder room started with a patterned jungle cat wallpaper by York. Stephanie paired with a black and white checkerboard floor, which is actually a custom stone mosaic created with the help of Concept Studio. “I wanted the room to be a little outrageous and irreverent for a Utah ski home,” she says. “The black fluted vanity adds to the ‘More Is More’ powder vibe.” The oversized vintage mid-century pendant is another one of Stephanie’s collected items and was originally used in one of her favorite Venice, California, restaurants.
And in the primary bedroom, an oversized lighting fixture from Apparatus Studio was the main inspiration. It has, she explains, “High, high ceilings that are gabled to an apex dark beam surrounded by an arced ceiling clad in a painted tongue and groove shiplap I knew could handle it [the lighting fixture]. The dark moody forest green textured plastered wall to anchor our existing velvet tufted headboard was the perfect color, which was customized for us to really be a black inky green and work well with our bright eclectic art collection,” she adds. An antique chest from her grandparents sits at the foot of the bed.
When it comes to the cool recreation features—the rock climbing walls and skate ramp—Stephanie calls them a bribe to lure her adult sons (one is an avid climber and the other is a former professional snowboarder) to visit and bring their friends. “We built the barn specifically to hold the skate ramp and climbing walls, in addition to salvaged horse stalls from a barn that had existed on this property for decades prior to any home or other structure was built,” she says.
But the home isn’t all just for play—work gets done there, too, as Stephanie’s design studio is located in a freestanding barn on the property. And of course, the design for the space started with one detail—a tumbleweed light fixture custom-made by Utah artist Owen Mortensen. The office has desks for her staff and a collection of painted portraits, vintage oil paintings, and photographs.
Stephanie and her husband’s vision for the home was for it to feel fun, comfortable, not too formal, and a bit unexpected. And there’s no doubt they achieved that. “I would rather someone walk in and think, ‘Wow, interesting people who aren’t afraid to live with what they love occupy this space. Not just people following trends or afraid to try something new,’” she says. “I want all of my projects to feel deeply personal to the people who live there, without sacrificing sophistication or whatever else is important to them. These design ideals can absolutely live hand in hand.”