Barbara and Richard Mullen are the extremely talented couple behind Caroline Edwards Inc. Aspen’s premier Interior Architecture & Design firm. (The company name is comprised of the couple’s middle names). Originally hailing from Dallas, Texas Barbara and Richard met while working together at Wilson Associates, another internationally acclaimed design firm.
The Scout Guide Aspen recently photographed Barbara and Richard’s residence; here are some of our favorite highlights.
This state-of-the-art kitchen get loads of natural light and the abundant counter and cabinetry space provide an ultra-sleek look. The mica shell chandelier from Oly Studio adds an element of glamour that we love.
Architect Richard Mullen describes the corner lot they built on as long and narrow; roughly 120 feet by 25 feet. That footprint, he explains, really allowed for a modern structure with lots of clean lines. They conceived of a floor plan with a garage, home office and wine room on one side, the kitchen and dining room in the center, and living room at the other end.
The dining room is a chic blend of modern and vintage; chairs covered with Bergamo linen and the incredible vintage chandelier was purchased from Aspen’s Paris Underground.
The contemporary floor plan reflects the way the family lives; seamlessly moving from one living space into another.
The double sided fireplace, seen above from the living room, underscores the unobstructed flow of the floorplan.
Vintage chair and David Hicks rug.
The bay of windows and bris soliel (seen on the exterior of the home through the windows), allows the winter sun in to warm the room while at the same time prevents the fierce summer sun from overheating the space. It also obviates the need for traditional window treatments, further underscoring the modern style elements of the home.
Barbara Mullen so effectively uses color throughout the house, we love the balance achieved above between the chairs, pillows and the Caio Fonsecca print. The elements beautifully compliment each other allowing one to enjoy the space in it’s entirety.
Richard designed the custom hand rail in steel with a gun metal finish as the main structural element in the home. Built, he explains, to stand out against the home’s contemporary lineal planes.
Parents of a young child, the couple incorporated several cool “kid friendly” elements into the home including chalk board paint on the mudroom doors, a wall of framed art by their son, hung collage style, and a bedroom that layers colors and textures. Wallpaper by Lori Weitzner called “newsworthy”…amazing.
Barbara is extremely adroit at mixing patterns, colors and textures achieving a visually inspiring environment. The result: an uber-stylish and chic modern home that is warm and inviting.
Thank you Barbara and Richard for sharing your home with us.
Barbara and Richard Mullen | Caroline Edwards, Inc.
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