Have you ever walked into a hot tub shop with a “For Rent” sign and envisioned it filled with fine furniture and home décor? Ted and Lynn Wilson did. “It was that spontaneous,” Lynn says, recalling the opening of their Telluride shop four years ago. Customs House, the 1,200-squarefoot brick-and-mortar space, offers accessibility unheard of in the isolated mountain town. “Telluride is remote, so it was crucial for people to be able to sit on a sofa and touch the fabrics,” explains Lynn. But apart from accessibility, the shop also offers a decidedly eclectic alternative to the area’s typical log-and-antler fare. “I enjoy the treasure hunt,” says Ted, “and finding one-of-a-kind products.” Those singular finds—like wall hooks made in England from tree branches—mix with colorful Dash & Albert rugs, classic pieces from Noir and Vanguard Furniture, and funky tables from Four Hands for an altogether fresh look. “We try to remind our clients to have a little bit of fun,” says Lynn, “and to have something unexpected in every room.”
LX: Personal style:
LW: I am, without a doubt, a traditionalist. If I had a past life, I’d have to guess I once lived in Belgium. I am always drawn to linen fabrics, simple wood furniture, barelythere paint colors and old hardwood floors.
LX: Favorite city:
LW: We like Denver, of course. A dream outing would be to have a martini at The Cruise Room in The Oxford Hotel and then a night at the Hotel Monaco Denver.
LX: Picasso or van Gogh? Gehry or Wright?
TW: Van Gogh. I went to his museum in Amsterdam when I was in college, and I’ll never forget that experience.
LW: Living in Telluride, I would say Wright. Nothing is more beautiful than incorporating the natural surroundings into your home.
LX: Entertaining dos and don’ts:
TW: Right now, I’m all about forcing our guests to drink their wine from our Duralex tumblers. Once you try Duralex, no other glass will ever be good enough.