As she prepares to launch her own company next year, beauty entrepreneur Aerin Lauder kicks back with her kids in a relaxed, light-filled Aspen ski lodge.
Aerin Lauder’s new Aspen home is a lesson in luxurious simplicity. Situated near the old Ute Trail among a cluster of aptly named white aspen trees and looking across to staggering views of Aspen Mountain, the ski chalet feels “like a tree house,” she says. “It’s cozy, very casual, very family. Skiing is a great holiday for everyone. It’s nice to come in after a long day, make dinner, and sit by the fire. We love watching classic old movies, playing Scrabble, and building Lego towns.”
The house, which Lauder bought in 2009, was a relatively new build that her friend and interior designer Daniel Romualdez has added character and atmosphere to by lining parts of the interior in reclaimed cypress boards and wire-brushed oak. Every room is painted white, with softly upholstered white sofas and chairs in the sitting room along with classic modern pieces such as Hans Wegner’s hoop chairs and George Nakashima’s angular wooden tables. The bedrooms have specially made low oak beds, and the library, immaculately arranged with books, resembles a giant cigar box with breathtaking views for whoever is sitting at the desk.
It’s a treat for Lauder to be a homebody here in worn-in Levi’s, Sorel boots, J.Crew men’s flannel shirts, and Ralph Lauren vintage ski sweaters, cooking up breakfast with her children before a jaunt out to the slopes (her sons, twelve-year-old Jack and eleven-year-old Will, and husband Eric Zinterhofer are excellent skiers). “In terms of pots and pans, I just use the basics—I’m not a snob like that. We love to grab pastries from the most amazing place called Paradise Bakery, which makes banana chocolate-chip muffins fresh every morning.” The rustic white china she favors is either bought at Calvin Klein or picked up on visits to Austria. Napkins for the table are country-style—sage greens, cream, rough linens. “And I love to use beautiful big wooden bowls that I buy at Privet House in Warren, Connecticut.”