Architectural Digest reached out to Interior Designers for thoughts on great design for every style. Trilogy Partners’ Interior Design is driven by the client. You can see in our portfolio that each home is as unique as the owner. These quotes represent our design philosophy of allowing the space and the people who occupy it to determine design.

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Some of our favorites quotes:

THE TRADITIONALIST “It has to be a subtle, un-strident mix, and the key, of course, is getting the personality of both house and those living in it right.” —Nicky Haslam

THE ICONOCLAST “Being an iconoclast is a state of mind and heart. It’s having a free spirit, finding inspiration everywhere, and not minding rules. It’s appreciating the raw and natural, finding beauty in anomalies.” —Kelly Wearstler

THE MINIMALIST “I like to try to achieve a calm serenity in my work. I want to create interiors that allow furniture, art, and, of course, architecture space to breathe—but there must always be a warmth in the atmosphere.” —Rose Uniacke

THE MODERNIST “We often think of the principal responsibility of a modern interior, particularly one in a project with a beautiful site or a great view, as staying out of the way.” —Steven Harris


In today’s technology-crazed world more and more people are getting their news on their readily available tablet.  Now you can also get the latest in design trends and interactive floor plans with the flick of your finger. Architectural Digest is bringing their incredible library of inspirational designs and editorial features right to your iPad, Kindle Fire and NOOKTablet.

“Developing the tablet edition of Architectural Digest has been so exciting, because it’s enabled us to completely transform our editorial features for a new platform,” says Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest magazine. “This isn’t a basic PDF replica of our pages—we’ve redesigned our September content specifically for the iPad and other tablets. Our readers can experience the lush photographs AD has always been known for, but the tablet edition also offers exclusive images, interactive floor plans, and special videos. Now readers can access the world of AD in print, online, and on the tablet—literally anywhere and at any time.”

The digital version is FREE to current print subscribers and just $5.99 to download the latest issue for non-subscribers. To learn more about this great new Architectural Digest App for your iPad, Kindle Fire and NOOKTablet, head on over to


This month Architectural Digest steps inside the New York headquarters of cosmetic heiress Aerin Lauder.

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And while we are impressed by the beautiful decor above, we find that Aerin’s Aspen retreat is much more in-line with Trilogy’s mountain style.

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To see more of Aerin’s Aspen home visit

If you are looking for some help designing your Colorado mountain home give Trilogy Partners a call 970-453-2230.

We enjoyed the sneak peek into the home of Hollywood’s mega-couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on Architectural Digest. This 25,000 square-foot home, designed by Stephen Samuelson, is beautifully situated in Malibu.

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In typical hacienda-style fashion this home is both warm and inviting.

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The view of the mountains in the backdrop reminds us of some of homes we have built.

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This open-air living room offers a perfect indoor/outdoor experience.

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What do you think of this hacienda-style home?
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Are you waiting with bated breath for July 15th, when the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter movies, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, comes out in theaters? If you answered YES, you’ll want to continue reading our post.  We recently came across a great piece in Architectural Digest about the set design for the latest film. AD takes fans inside the mind of Academy Award–winning production designer Stuart Craig and gives glimpses into the brilliant scenery that will be lighting up the screen for the final Harry Potter movie.

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Craig tells AD that “I love architecture, and I regard myself as a kind of architect—an architect that works in plywood, but nothing more substantial than that. We try to get the detail absolutely right. In a building as complex as Hogwarts, however, the mix of periods is absolutely permissible. We used the great Gothic cathedrals as locations in the early days. They date from the 12th to the 16th centuries. Even 19th-century Victorian Gothic elements were added. So there was no constraint in being true to architectural detail and respecting the history and form of it.”

To read more about the set design for the latest Harry Potter movie visit

The Oprah Winfrey Show is heading to the Rocky Mountains today to interview celebrity designer Ralph Lauren at his Double RL ranch in Telluride. Ralph Lauren has granted Oprah a first time ever look inside his Colorado mountain estate that he built from the ground up.

Lauren told Architectural Digest that  “Colorado was for us an escape. It wasn’t about being in fashion. It wasn’t about saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to have this cute ranch!’ It was about a life that would be different, that would be freer—that would have nature and trees and animals and big sky.” We understand Lauren’s reasons about building in Colorado better than most. As a design build firm in Colorado we hear the same sentiments from our clients.

Take a look below at these images of Ralph Lauren’s Telluride home featured in Architectural Digest.

Architectural Digest. Photography by Gilles de Chabaneix

Architectural Digest. Photography by Gilles de Chabaneix

Architectural Digest. Photography by Gilles de Chabaneix

Architectural Digest. Photography by Gilles de Chabaneix

Architectural Digest. Photography by Gilles de Chabaneix

The design of the Steamboat House merged Japanese and American Western ideals. The main house was a mix of two cultures. But behind the main house, just a little ways up the hill and surrounded by aspen and live oak trees, we built an authentic Japanese Tea House based on a design by Trey Parker, the home owner and creator of the South Park television series.

Front approach to the Tea House showing the front porch

The Tea House consists of a main living area that is separated from the rest of the home by sliding shoji paper screens. Tatami mats are used as floor coverings. This room serves the function of living room, dining room, and bedroom. At night the table and chairs are moved to a closet and a futon is brought out for Japanese style sleeping.

The Tea House, though small, has a full kitchen. The cabinetry was hand made in Steamboat Springs by Steamboat Woodworks.

The bathroom includes a bathing room with teak floors, a Japanese Style Soaking Tub, and a shower. Windows at tub level provide a perfect view of a tranquil garden.

The Steamboat Residence was featured in the May 2010 issue of Architectural Digest. The Tea House was designed and built by Trilogy Partners. For more photos please visit the Steamboat House Photo Gallery.

People will see one of my projects for the first time and well, I get this question a lot. “Where did you get your ideas?” they’ll ask. The simple answer is that first, I got inspired. And then, from somewhere, ideas started to fly in. But first comes inspiration. And it always happens. With every project. Because it has to if I’m to do my job and design the best house I know how.

Inspiration. I cannot over exaggerate the importance of inspiration as part of the creative process. Because inspiration brings passion. Integrity and honesty. Originality. And utility to every project. And long after I’m gone, inspiration stays behind to greet the homeowner, their family, and their guests ever time they enter the house. Or wake up in the morning. Inspiration is forever.

As to how the inspiration comes, the process usually goes something like this: I start thinking about the client. I ponder their… well their humanity, as strange as that may sound.  What is this house going to mean to them. Usually the house is a dream… something they’ve been wanting their entire lives. It’s an ambition that has survived through time, through years. Often this house represents sacrifice and certainly a measure of success. I’ll even ask the client, “what does this house mean to you?” Usually, it means a whole lot. Enough, on occasion, to make eyes well with tears. There is a story behind every house because there is a story behind the people who want to build it and each story is uniquely, beautifully human. It is from that seed of humanity that I feel the need, and a commitment, to help my client achieve their goals.  I feel inspired as my clients’ dreams become mine. And from that inspiration comes a passion that infuses the process with energy and originality.

In 2005 I began a series of design meetings with Trey Parker, the creator of the South Park Television Series, about a home he wished to build in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Trey wanted something large enough for family and friends and also a retreat for the South Park crew of writers. After walking the lot I immediately began to think Mountain Lodge, and then Trey began to mention his love of Japanese art and culture. What eventually emerged was a mountain house strongly influenced by Asian sensibility. Because Asia embraced Timber Frame construction centuries ago, we decided to do an Asian Inspired Timber Frame home. But where would could we find extraordinary aged timbers for the frame? I contacted Trestlewood, a company that specializes in large quantities of reclaimed and salvaged timbers sourced from old bridges and barns. Trestlewood informed us that they had in stock a large quantity of timbers salvaged from a railroad bridge that once spanned a portion of the Great Salt Lake. The timbers were over a hundred years old, and were completely imbued with salt. This seemed perfect. Our friends at Woodhouse Post and Beam designed the frame and milled the beams. In all honesty, I have never seen such a beautiful frame. The salty timbers were lightly oiled to reveal light shades of cherry with darker cherry veins. The frame was a big hit with local wildlife as well. During construction some of the local deer and other animals would use the timbers as a salt lick. Reclaimed siding and ancient cabin timbers were also used to complete a home that looked like it had stood on the site for half a century or longer. This house was published in the May 2010 issue of Architectural Digest. Many photos of this amazing house here.

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