The Park City Retreat We’re Pining Over
When we first got a glimpse of this minimalist Park City ski home, we loved how simple, beautiful, architectural details—a well-thought-out staircase, fireplace, or framed window view—can be the focal details that really make a home shine. Root'd Home, a full service design studio in Park City, Utah, selected clean lines and a cozy palette to create this sleek yet cozy getaway for an Australian family.
We sat down with Root'd Home to chat about how they designed this Upper Woodside ski home as a vacation destination. Now, we're just crossing our fingers that we can Airbnb this place.
All photos by Malissa Mabey
DC: Tell us a bit about this project.
RH: The client is Australian and currently resides in Sydney, Australia with his family. His design sense is heavily influenced by Nordic and Scandinavian design. Early on in the project the client desired this to be a summer/ski home for his family. The hard finishes such as flooring, tile and fixtures were selected with a higher standard in mind. The property boasts high quality aspects of an upscale home. We desired to bring in the client’s love for minimalist, clean-line, Scandinavian design and integrate cool aspects to add a level of interest and sophistication.
DC: As a designer, we imagine you cater your style to the client’s specific needs, though there’s often an aesthetic you naturally steer toward yourself. How would you describe your own personal interior style?
RH: I tend to lean more towards clean lines and cozy pallets with the belief that every space needs a focal element. This can mean getting a bit funky with fabrics, sneaking in an unexpected piece of furniture or hanging an out-of-this-world chandelier.
DC: Those stairs are absolutely incredible. What inspired those?
RH: The client wanted the stairs to be a feature of the home. As a central aspect of the home’s design, the stairs draw the eye from every level of the home. We worked with the contractor to create a design that worked fluidly with the many levels of the home. We didn’t want it to pull heavily from different design aspects, but rather create a balance in the design. The fireplace was also a desired highlight that the client wanted represented in the design. Similarly to the stairs, we wanted the fireplace to not overly demand the living space but add balance and a grounding point for the main level. The A-Symmetrical boxes create unconventional shelving and play off of the many levels of the home.
DC: What was your favorite part about this project?
RH: I love how the fireplace turned out! The wall tile mixed with the white oak shelving boxes is amazing. Also, the bathroom designs and tile are a dream.
DC: What bit of advice do you have for someone trying to restyle their home?
RH: Start with something you LOVE and build around that. It doesn’t matter if that one great thing is tangible or just an inspirational photo, but you have to love it. Whether its the brass pig your Grandmother left you (not a random comment, this exists), something you saw online, a print you bought on vacation or the most perfect sofa. If you can love that one piece it lays the foundation, all the other pieces will fall into place.
DC: How did you make sure sure your client was happy with the final presentation of this project?
RH: Open, honest, transparent communication. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good surprise as much as the next girl but there is a time and place. I have also learned that doing a full installation, all at once with all of the pieces, is key. Designers are visionaries and usually have the ability to see the end result as a whole, even if this means that we’re still waiting on a set of chairs or the sofa to arrive. If we start putting the home together one piece at a time it’s hard to see the big picture. That is one of the reasons we are hired - oftentimes clients can feel flustered if they are only seeing part of the picture.