Alpine Aesthetic: 5 Tips for a Room Refresh from Arhaus Studio Aspen
Growing up in Akron, Ohio, I vividly remember visiting one of Arhaus’ original furniture stores quite frequently with my interior design-loving mother. The log cabin-like structure opened my eyes to a far-from-Midwestern mountain aesthetic — one I would end up living in as an equally interior design-obsessed adult.
Based in Boston Heights on the perimeter of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Arhaus was founded by the family in 1986 on a simple idea: “Furniture and decor should come from sustainable sources, be made with love and built to last. Today, Arhaus partners with artisans around the world to bring to life a collective vision of creating beautiful, heirloom-quality pieces across its 75 showrooms across the United States.
Following the launch of the brand’s high-end retail concept, which debuted last year in Carmel, California, Arhaus Studio Aspen opened downtown in December, offering customers support concierge-style design and advanced customization capabilities in a smaller store footprint.
The 3,114 square foot store, located in the Muse building (adjacent to the Aspen Museum of Art), is part of a wave of expansion with additional openings from Arhaus Studio in Burlingame, Calif., Princeton, New Jersey and Miramar Beach, Florida, over the past six months. This more exclusive and intimate setting offers a “white glove” level of individual attention and furniture customization.
Arhaus Studio Aspen also invites owners and industry professionals to collaborate with its team of in-house design consultants digitally, as each studio is equipped with a design center equipped with state-of-the-art technology including software for 3D room planning and touch screens to display rooms in a space.
“We are thrilled to bring the Arhaus Studio experience to Aspen, a place that shares our values of community connection, enthusiasm for design, and appreciation for the beauty of nature,” said CEO and Arhaus co-founder John Reed in the opening announcement. Last year. “We pride ourselves on helping our customers choose the homes they love, and we know how valuable that advice can be throughout the buying, designing, and buying process. Our goal is to create an immersive experience for our customers by collaborating with them every step of the way.
Continuing its legacy of sustainability and to celebrate its arrival in Aspen, Arhaus has also pledged to plant 20,000 trees in Colorado in partnership with American forests — contribute to the continuous and formal development of the brand Green initiative mission to plant 1 million trees across the country.
During the latest off-season idle — the perfect window to cool one or a few rooms in your home — Arhaus Interior Design Director Maggie Gienger shares summer trends, plus five advice with product choices.
“This year’s summer is all about organic shapes, soothing neutral colors and cozy textures bringing lightness into your home to create a mindful and calm space inside and out. We’ve seen the incorporation of textures such as bouclé in fabrics, combined with relaxed cocooning shapes in furniture composed of gently sloping armrests, delicate curves and softened angles.
1. “Selecting a new pillow combination can be one of the most effective ways to start updating your space. Look for pillows made from materials like velvet and linen; a few of my current favorites are the Stonewashed Velvet Pillow ($69) in taupe and the Nubby striped pillow ($59).”
2. “Replace some of your small decorative pieces, like your coffee table, with something that has softer edges and is made of natural materials. I currently like the Ilaria Coffee Table ($3,599) made from beautiful Italian travertine. “
3. “Bring in a new side chair upholstered in a lightweight textured fabric, with curved edges and forgiving lines; something like the Fresno Swivel Chair ($2,799) with its orb shape would do the trick. “
4. “Switching dining chairs around your existing table is another easy substitution to update your home. Try it. Rodin dining chair ($1,099), which is a great version of an antique chair found at a German flea market. The combination of various materials and the subtle curvature are guaranteed to give your dining room a facelift.
5. “Nature is increasingly becoming a part of our homes, so don’t forget to bring the outdoors in by incorporating plants everywhere; a few that I like are a Monstera Plant, Snake Plant, or Fiddle Leaf Fig. Less is not more when it comes to greenery this summer!