An Everyday Escape


Massucco Warner Miller curates a vacation home in Deer Valley, Utah, to be enjoyed year-round.

Armchairs from Ironies and an area rug by Woven brighten the wood-clad living room.


When invisioning an idyllic escape, most people think of sandy beaches and blue water. However, for a young family living in California the mountains of Deer Valley, Utah, were their preferred region to retreat in both summer and winter. “The clients wanted a place they could use year-round, so we wanted to make sure the decor reflected that by feeling fresh for the summer and cozy for the winter,” says Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner Miller, who were commissioned to renovate and design the extensive 5,800-square-foot five-bedroom, eight-bathroom house.

The jewel-tone kitchen is adorned with pendants from Urban Archeology and stools by Arteriors.

While the home caters to the area’s snowy season with ski-in/ski-out access, Warner Rothblum and the team wanted the overall aesthetic to focus less on the predictable dark, heavy decor that screams winter and more on airy, modern selections. “We painted the walls in a crisp off-white, which really helped balance both seasons and keeps the interiors from feeling too warm,” says the designer. “The key was to mix and match antiques with clean-lined pieces, so the house felt fresh, but with soul.”

A vibrant wallpaper by Idarica Gazzoni sits behind a sink from Waterworks.

An array of lush textures, including handwoven Alpaca boucle, rich felted lambswool and soft cashmere, were blended with breezy linen, natural woods and kilim rugs to accomplish the desired design. The kitchen features transitional cabinets painted in a jewel-tone green with modern brass hardware; a distinctive departure from what one might expect in the nucleus of a mountain home. The designer notes, “By avoiding the traditional styles of the area, we were able to create an inviting and comfortable home that is still fresh and stylish.”