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It’s an old adage that when you need an expert opinion, you go to the person who wrote the book. In the case of Aspen style, you’d go to Aerin Lauder, who published a book with Assouline called (you guessed it) Aspen Style. As the founder of her eponymous lifestyle and furniture brand and as a scion of Estée Lauder, she could have embraced classic mountain decor for her home: dark woods, maroon and hunter green plaid sofas, coffee tables made of “logs.” Instead, she and designer Daniel Romualdez bid adieu to dated conventions and embraced fresher natural colors, soaring light-filled views, and mid-century shapes with a flavorful shot of Scandi.

Aerin Lauder
Photo: Bjorn Wallander / OTTO

“Our home really is a modern treehouse,” Lauder says. “Especially in the mountains, a home should feel cozy and comfortable, but there is nothing too overpowering that takes away from the setting. All of the design elements complement the landscape, rather than distract from it.” From the clean-lined living areas to the dining room to the study, the focus is fully on the stunning natural vistas, and the lighter, whiter tones inside reflect that. This is a house that takes full advantage of its setting, looking outside rather than in.

Aerin Lauder
Photo: Bjorn Wallander / OTTO

And the vibe? Subdued and serene, eschewing the scene-ier side of Aspen for intimate dinners and days spent with loved ones. “Everything is cozy, relaxed, centered on family and friends, being outdoors, and being together,” Lauder says. And at the end of the day—spent on the slopes, of course—that’s a fresh way to take on this classic mountain town.

Shop the full curation of pieces inspired by Aerin Lauder from the latest issue of our print publication, Magazinish. To read all of Magazinishclick here.

Lead image: Simon Upton / The Interior Archive x Trunk Archive

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October 19, 2022

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