Every once in a while, we just need a good plaid
story home. Plaid comes and goes, but it’s always timeless with the fall and winter season. I can’t put my finger on it, but something about that pattern just says cozy during the colder weather. Which is why I thought now was the perfect time to share this mountain home designed by Anthony Baratta, though you may have seen it in Veranda’s November issue.
This living room scene above is my favorite space in the whole house. For me, the color combination of red, black and white has always been tricky. It’s my fear that I’d turn it into a retro vibe without meaning to. However, Anthony Baratta did the opposite. He manages to keep it in the typical American style that he specializes in and he did it beautifully. Would you have ever thought to use quilts as your guideline to designing a mountain home? You can pick up on it in patterns of the rug and the quilt hanging over the fireplace. Even the pillow plays off the typical quilting pattern.
Can you tell that’s an actual quilt hanging in the bathroom? According to Baratta, it fits perfectly in this spot because it was literally made for it. I love that you get a sense of the American history here yet it still feels fresh and relevant for today.
More plaid! But take a look at all the patterns in this bedroom. This makes for a great study in pairing up patterns, which is keeping the scales varied but within the chosen color palettes. You start out with the plaid in the rug, which is the biggest scale and then you go down to the smaller patterns on the lumbar pillows and the chairs at the end of the bed. The patterns behind the headboard pick up the color from the ceiling and the red maintains the flow from the rest of the house. The blue in the chairs and the bed frames are a great color addition to ground the room.
How cozy is this bedroom? Baratta chose just the right shade of green to prevent it from feeling too much like Christmas. It feels like such a cheerful and inviting space. All the white and the patterns keep it feeling fresh and the fireplace, which you can see below, really gives it that final wow factor. Maybe this is my favorite space. Can I move in?
I love that there’s not a space neglected in this dining room. Even the ceiling got a pattern make over. See the cabinet in the back? The round part of it came from wine bottles.
This kitchen, while it’s timeless, carries the red that you see throughout the house. And yes, that is a wood burning stove there to the left. I love that the floors have the classic black and white diamond floors.
Even though there’s a lot of plaid in this room, Baratta breaks it up with the checkered pattern rug and a few solids, such as the chair by the fireplace and the bedding.
This gym! I love being able to look outside while I work (I used to work in the back where there were no windows.) and it’s the one thing I wish my gym had: big windows to enjoy a fantastic view- though I would settle for just being able to look outside period.
I might quite possibly love this mudroom for the simple fact that the walls enclosing it very much resemble features that you would see in a horse stable or even the horse stalls itself. And it’s unique that instead of wainscoting on the lower half of the wall, it on the upper half of the wall, which then leads your eyes to the plaid ceiling.
And of course, we must have the classic red door. I grew up with a red front door, so I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for it. I’m just loving the deer door knocker! Just like the rest of the house, not a single detail was overlooked here. You’ve got the stone floor, patterned wall, wood molding, and beaded ceiling, plus all the details on the front door.
This is definitely a great twist on a mountain home. What’s your favorite part about it?