Michael Stokes’ family home is situated in some of the most beautiful nature you will ever set your eyes on. Step outside and you are dwarfed by a perfect snow-capped mountain (can’t miss photograph below) and a grove of old-growth pines swaying in the winter breeze. Nature, it seems, has even permeated his walls and crept into every nook and designed cranny of the home. From the bear-fur bedspread, to the weathered wood floors, to the stone and even steel, with the unmistakable patina of nature + time written all over them.
We had the opportunity to have a conversation with Michael and his hearth designer, Eric Walden recently. You could call this entire home a collaboration of designers, a passion project, or simply, an act of nature.
We asked, what originally attracted you to your fireplaces?
Michael Stokes (Homeowner): “I liked the clean modern look, the realistic fire and the high quality media (logs). Most fireplaces look like the flames shoot straight up. Element4 fireplaces had very realistic looking burning flames, even in the linear format. I discovered them for their linear models but when it came time to build our Breckenridge house we wanted a more square shape while maintaining a nice tall flame and clean design. ”
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In the master bedroom, Michael and Eric decided on the perfectly proportioned Modore 75H modern gas fireplace by Element4. Living in the mountains of Colorado it’s only natural that Michael’s design sense draws from nature. You can see this influence in the natural fur bed spread, weathered wood floors and hand-picked tiles used to surround the modern fireplace.
The Modore 75H features our nearly-invisible anti-reflective glass.
Michael picked out these surround tiles long before he knew how the room would come together. Looking at them up close you can’t help but think of spindling river currents or the way tree roots meander around solid stones in the soil.
Moving onto the living room you are greeted by a larger than life stone hearth featuring a Modore 100H by Element4.
With a tall, unobstructed viewing area and robust flames the Modore 100H can be dressed up to an ultra modern chic or relax into a traditional stone hearth with ease.
Good design is nothing without a skilled hand to pull it off. The craftsmanship of this installation was impeccable.