The Butterfly House: Aspen Home with Light and Graceful Character

This whimsical Aspen home connects to its surrounding environment with natural hues and modern forms. It was beautifully designed by architects Seth Hmielowski and Richard Seedorf and Designer Premier designers, Joe McGuire and Matthew Tenzin.“We call it the butterfly house,” McGuire says.  This is very fitting as the structure’s shape mimics that of nature’s more beautiful insect with a dramatic wing-like roofline.

The roof form open to the views and this Aspen home brags phenolic panels and glass, which could be considered the body of the butterfly.

Since this Aspen home is in the city, the architects lifted the ground floor to take advantage of the mountain views and so you would look over the cars instead of into them.

The interior and exterior spaces unite to leave no boundaries between the areas. “The outdoor entertainment areas wrap around two sides of the house,” says landscape architect Gyles Thornely

Graceful Character

Mcguire and Tanzin selected subdued tones and low-slung profiles for the furnishings to intensify the airiness of the architecture and the cinematic views it captures.

Graceful Character

“The landscape inspired a more subdued palette,” Tensin says. “We’re drawn to harmony and flow between the indoors and the outdoors, so we thought about neutrals and light blues and greens.”

Graceful Character

The kitchen in this Aspen home was designed to be practical. With light-colored walnut lower cabinets, white acrylic upper cabinets, and a dark brown central island, it is also stunningly beautiful.

Graceful Character

White mother of pearl Seychelles mosaic tiles and walnut cabinetry lends glamor and warmth to the master bathroom.


The full article was featured in the July/August 2018 Luxe. interiors and design magazine.

Joe and Matthew are one of many Denver and Aspen Design firms that were selected by Marina Dagenais to be the experts that she represents as “The Design Matchmaker“.

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