Coastal Style

German Prefab Home in the Colorado Mountains

It Required seven semi-trailer cartons to ship Ralf Meier and Maryanne Bruno’s prefabricated home from Bad Saulgau,Germany, to the mountains of Boulder, Colorado. Truckers hauled the cartons over dirt roads to eventually reach their plot of land. Meier says, “Ninety-five percentage of the home came from my native state of Germany.” Bruno adds, “The only items we had to purchase were the flooring, appliances, lighting and bathroom fixtures. … And cabinets. I let Ralf choose the programs, forgetting that Europeans use wardrobes rather than cabinets!” The few ordered their home from Platz. Just six months from planning to completion took.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Ralf Meier and Maryanne Bruno and their two dogs, Teddy and Kona
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Size: 4,500 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 1 office, 2.5 baths
That is interesting: The home arrived in seven semi-trailer cartons.

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The two Meier and Bruno like to entertain and discuss their “German home in a box” with friends and loved ones. Meier says, “Hands down, the built-in Miele espresso maker was the ideal purchase in kitchen. It’s made thousands of cups of happiness.”

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Light lotion and tan-strained granite countertops contrast with the dark cabinetry. Meier set up the stone tile which runs the whole height of the back wall. Above the cabinets is a collection of clay, wood and metal art picked up during the couple’s travels.

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All the kitchen cabinetry came as a portion of the home package from Germany. Stainless steel appliances complete the modern kitchen layout and comprise a GE refrigerator, Thermador stovetop, Bosch oven, Miele dishwasher and built in coffee maker. Glass fronts on the decrease hanging cabinets and island cabinets balance the heaviness of this black.

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Light beech wood beams and plank ceilings warm the spacious living space and contrast with the Patagonia Rosewood flooring. The same stone tile backsplash seen in the kitchen outlines the wall behind the Skantherm fireplace.

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Big windows frame views of the mountains, complementing the minimalist decoration throughout the home.

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The heating process is located in the walls. Copper pipes were installed and framed out, and thick particleboard is connected to the frame and Sheetrock at the final layer. An on-demand hot-water unit provides the entire home with heat and warm water. The utility bill has never surpassed $90.

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From the main entrance door, porcelain tile contributes to a sofa in the mudroom and laundry room area to the left, and solid beech-wood staircase on the right lead to the cellar.

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The surrounding hillsides reflect off the European glass shower wall at the spacious master bath.

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The master bath has a Japanese soaking tub with a stone facade, gray slate tiling and a wall-mounted Toto toilet. The walls are an inviting pumpkin colour with a hand-applied Venetian marble finish.

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The basement includes a minibar and lounge area on one side, and a guest bed on the other. Guests enjoy views of wandering wildlife along with a tree-covered ravine.

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All the windows came with big outdoor metal blinds that open and close via remote control. In the summertime, closing the blinds is sufficient to keep the interior cool; the home doesn’t have air conditioning.

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The home features lots of decks made of durable German metal grates. In the winter, snow falls through the pockets and eliminates the need to shovel. The metal doesn’t require painting, staining or sealing, making it a really appealing substance to survive Colorado’s severe climates.

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Just off the kitchen, a balcony seating area offers relaxing views of the Colorado mountains. Ever eager to start new projects, Meier and Bruno state they intend to grapple together with their next home in a box, which will comprise American additions like dormers in the bedroom and office locations.

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Guest Picks: Bringing Brit Chic into Your Home

2012 promises to be a major year for Great Britain, together with the Summer Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee happening place. No doubt designers will indicate these events with British-inspired products. As a British expat currently living in California, I still like to keep an eye on UK trends and continue to be a fan of British gifts to design history. Here is how you can take a few of the classics and upgrade them with a modern twist to add a bit of Brit Chic into almost any home.
— Lucy from Four Walls and a Roof


Tower Bridge at Night Cushion – GBP 135

Rather than the ubiquitous Union Jack pillow, I’d choose one of these graphic layouts featuring the London skyline. My favourite is this one of Tower Bridge.

Modern Rugs

When I asked you to think of a renowned British designer, Vivienne Westwood is very likely to spring to mind. Her set of carpets for The Rug Company has the same edgy take on heritage as her catwalk looks. My favourite is that this tartan rug, which can be unexpectedly cut on the diagonal.

The Conran Shop

Matador Chair – $1,850

Perhaps the biggest name in British interior design is Terence Conran. Along with being the founder of design emporiums Habitat and Heal’s, he created numerous pieces which have become modern classics in their own right. I adore the mid-century lines and pillar box red of this aptly called Matador Chair.

Walnut wallpaper

Cow Parsley Wallpaper – $178

Wallpaper maker Cole & Son uses conventional hand-printing techniques and has a huge range of quintessentially British layouts. This Cow Parsley pattern reminds me of an English hedgerow, but the red and gold palette lifts it from the normal.

Walnut wallpaper

Dalston Rose Wallpaper – $125

I love this black and white floral pattern, Dalston Rose, which comes as background, furniture or fabric. I’d use this background in a contemporary black and white plot.

Traditional Cake Stand – GBP 120

The black and white floral theme goes to the china. I can only imagine this cake stand stacked high with red velvet cupcakes — very punk glam. Vivienne Westwood would be proud.


Old Hickory Tannery “Ellsworth” Tufted Sofa – $2,299

And here’s the perfect pairing for my black pillow: a white Chesterfield couch. Chesterfields are heavy, tufted sofas with arms and back of the same height. This is in fact an Old Hickory couch and not exactly a Chesterfield, but it’s a similar effect and could bring some country estate elegance to a contemporary room.


London Eye Cushion – GBP 135

Or you might reverse the colors and choose this white pillow together with the famous London Eye to proceed with a black couch.

Modern Sofas – GBP 995

This black velvet Chesterfield would be perfect. I like the sloping arms and ball feet which give it an updated, whimsical appearance.

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Jonathan Adler Chippendale Arm Chair – $645

Another classic from British furniture design is the Chinese Chippendale seat. Named after the 18th Century British cabinet maker who pioneered the design, these chairs feature lacquer and latticework. A favorite of mine is Jonathan Adler’s variant, that comes in dozens of colors. I’d love to use this black lacquer and gray test variant in an darkened dining area or using a white desk in an elegant office.

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Antelope Chair – $975

A more modern classic British seat is the Antelope Chair made by Ernest Race from the 1950s. The splayed steel design is supposed to be reflective of their discoveries in molecular physics in the moment. I really don’t know about that, but I do know I like its slender, unassuming kind and want one in my dining room!

Ashley Hicks Furniture

Ashley Hicks Sabre 76 Side Table

I adore this Sabre table by Ashley Hicks, the daughter of revered interior designer David Hicks. I couldn’t have this table kids in the home, but for an extremely grownup living space, this would be a real conversation piece.


Hera Liberty Print Miniature Suitcase – GBP 65

Who does not adore Liberty of London prints? This mini suitcase in Liberty’s Hera Tana Lawn printing would make a cute option storage solution. I would stack three of these to act as a casual accent table in a hallway.


Splash Coat Rack by Blu Dot, Gray – $299

Of course, we English adore our hats, so no hallway would be complete without a hat rack. I’m a fan of this modern, grey”dipped” variation by Blu Dot.

Doily Rug – $348

English Victorian homes used a great deal of lace accents, also this Doily Rug from Anthropologie is a tongue-in-cheek mention to that era. I’d upgrade the appearance by using it in an all-white bedroom with a gorgeous chandelier.

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Arteriors Jada Wire Wrapped Chandelier – $1,668

This Oly Studio chandelier would be the perfect light fixture. It’s made of wire that has been wrapped to look like crystals, so it’s a more industrial take on conventional English stately home design.

Cath Kidston USA

Rose Cushion Cover – $26

I’m not a major fan of floral chintz, but I appreciate it in tiny doses. Nobody does English florals greater compared to Cath Kidston, and such cushions would look good on a bench or window seat in a kitchen.

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Sophie Conran Large Pitcher, White – GBP 28

No English country kitchen is complete without a large jug filled with overblown roses. I would select this large Sophie Conran pitcher because of its simple shape and handmade appeal. I’d pair it together with a lot of foliage to get a more contemporary effect.

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Mortar & Pestle – GBP 30

Cornishware, one of those icons of English pottery, really had nothing to do with Cornwall. It was created in Derbyshire in North England, and it had been called after the waves off the Cornish shore because of its original blue and white palette. The mill shut down in 2007 after nearly 90 years but was revived recently by enthusiasts. And just as well, since these bold stripes can grace any kitchen.

Jo Malone

English Pear & Freesia Home Candle – $65

The finishing touch to an English-inspired home would need to be a set of these Jo Malone candles. I never tire of their packaging that is understated, and I like that they deliver a bit of London townhouse elegance to any space.

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Book to Know:'Marrakesh by Design'

While the love of Morocco has drawn travelers to the country for centuries, its distinctive home aesthetic — a combination of Middle Eastern romanticism and French formalism — has arguably become the nation’s greatest ambassador around the globe.

Maryam Montague wasn’t immune to the nation’s appeal. She moved to Morocco with her family for what she thought was a temporary stint; 10 years later, she owns a boutique resort in Marrakesh called Peacock Pavilions and has generated Marrakesh by Design, a fascinating guide to Moroccan house design.

Filled with stunning photography of actual antiques houses, Montague’s recently published book creates the style accessible through a helpful breakdown of crucial design elements — color, finishes, designs and much more — and how-to guides.

Montague’s approach is contemporary: While imparting a profound appreciation for its enduring beauty of Morocco’s traditional architecture and craftsmanship, she provides hints on how the modern house can incorporate touches of Moroccan flair, from installing banquette-style seating in the living space to composing fashionable outdoor lounges. Here is some of her penetration to utilize on your own house.

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Use geometric patterns and hot colors. The traditional Moroccan color palette is composed of warm, saturated colors in blue, red, brown and green, and accents in black and white. Since Islam historically depended upon depictions of humans and animals in art, Moroccan interiors display a dizzying selection of geometric and floral patterns. The tiles are among the best examples of Moroccan artisans’ genius with pattern. Utilize bold-patterned tile as a surefire way to add drama to any space.

Hint: Moroccans love to draw focus on their ceilings, often making a room feel loftier than it truly is. Painted rafters, stenciled designs and plasterwork are some of the gorgeous tactics to ensure that people look upward.

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Layer, and layer more. As Montague states,”Moroccan style is not for the minimalist” The exuberant mixture of colors and patterns in this comfy nook shows the Moroccan bohemian style to complete effect. To do this look, heap a number of fabrics in your bed or sofa and top with a cacophony of cushions. Lay a colorful rug over a patterned flooring. Bear in mind, more is more.

Hint: Poufs are not only a fantastic decorative element; they provide seating and extra surface space in a pinch.

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Produce a Moroccan salon. Publish a low-slung sofa having an eye rug along with a smattering of tea tables, then add floor cushions and poufs. Several hanging arenas grouped as shown here also is a popular Moroccan layout flourish.

Hint: The walls and ceiling of the living room are all covered in tadelakt, a lime-based surface application that infuses rooms using a soft color and keeps walls without any dust. Tadelakt is ideal for those who are desiring to bring a desert languor into their property.

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Install banquette-style seating for small living spaces . Banquettes, as Montague describes,”are custom pieces designed to match a room’s particular dimensions, maximizing distance and providing comfortable seating for a lot of people.” Moroccan rooms are usually limited in size and slim too, therefore banquettes evolved since the predominant approach to configure a comfortable living room. Turn a cramped living space into a cozy oasis by providing a corner with banquette seats, colorful pillows and a plush rug.

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Mix antiques with modern pieces. Moroccan accessories along with clean-lined modern furniture work surprisingly well together. Here, Saarinen tables and seats upgrade a Moroccan room while keeping the focus on the lovely colors and craftmanship of the glass Cabinets, wood armoire and Beni Ouarain carpeting.

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Insert subtle Moroccan touches. A bit Moroccan flair might be all you need to revitalize a space. At Montague’s Peacock Pavilions office, she recently constructed unique shelves from ornamental cinder blocks and wood planks. She stenciled her simple file boxes and folders using geometric designs. And extending the white and black color scheme, she decorated the floor with calligraphy.

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Style a Moroccan-inspired outdoor terrace. Along with getting internal courtyards, Moroccans spend time al fresco on rooftop terraces outfitted for eating and lounging. Make your outdoor area a cozy place to spend hours reading or connecting with loved ones by preparing a Moroccan salon. Produce shade by installing a canvas kayak or a rattan roof. Drama is added using a wicker lamp.

Hint: Line hurricane lanterns or votives along a face to serve as decoration throughout the day. In the night, lit lanterns provide a romantic glow.

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Marrakesh by Design, by Maryam Montague – $29.95

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Loving Color: Enjoy Raspberry's Sweet Taste

If the color raspberry were a individual, I would describe her as confident, bold, fashionable and sweet. Raspberry brings a bold vibe to any area. When added in small doses, the space becomes a bit more sassy. And when used as the main color, raspberry becomes the life of the party (area )!

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Raspberry is vibrant and likes to take centre stage. If you use cherry onto the walls, keep the rest of d├ęcor simple and light — utilize complementary whites and light colors of trendy colours. The bit of celadon green here is reminiscent of yummy watermelon.

Valspar’s Berrylicious is a jovial cherry color.

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Raspberry is a wonderfully rich color for a French country-style room. It keeps the space young and vibrant. Toile, frequently used in French state design, depicts a delicate landscape, but seems fresh if used in a popular hue like cherry.

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Rubie Green – Rubie square pillow cover – $75

Add a little bit of cherry in a modern way through a chevron-pattern pillow.

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In the market for a whimsical bedroom wallpaper? Have a look at patterns which incorporate raspberry and you are certain to have a cheery success.

Traditional Baskets – $9.99

Like the raspberry baskets in the previous picture? Try these.

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Mod-Butterfly Jubilee Raspberry – $75

How entertaining this raspberry butterfly wallpaper will be as a focal wall behind a bed, with creamy white paint on the other walls. Repeat the buttery yellow tones bedding because this is another brilliant color that works well with raspberry.

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Raspberry all grew up. Deeper shades of raspberry work well with traditional spaces, developing a sophisticated, relaxing area. Begin with a neutral palette, warm forests, oil bronze tones, and then add this deep burst of color through cotton materials.

Dona Rosene Interiors

This is an interesting, strong and gleeful space. Raspberry is a lively color. Adding scrumptious cherry to partitions of a conventional area will kick up the appearance of classic furniture. Additionally, it goes beautifully with gold yellow. They are like two old friends coming together to make a warm and inviting area.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Raspberry Truffle

Try out this Benjamin Moore paint color for a darker color of raspberry.

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