In honor of the Academy Awards, which airs this Sunday on ABC, we wanted to feature some of our favorite set designs from the recent batch of Oscar-nominated movies. With a little help from our friends at Architectural Digest here are some of this year’s best backdrops.

The Artist- The black and white just adds to the drama.

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Hugo- The sets were almost as magical as the movie.

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Midnight in Paris- We almost felt like we were time-traveling with Gil to Paris in the 1920s.

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To see more set designs visit You can also check out the backdrop of George Clooney’s The Descendants, which we featured last month.

Last night The Descendants took home two Golden Globe awards, one for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the other for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for George Clooney. The Descendants tells the story of Matt King, played by George Clooney, who must come to terms with his wife’s betrayal, while she lays comatose in a hospital bed. A parallel storyline in the movie, that entwines with his wife’s affair, is a decision he must make on whether to sell his family shares in 25,000 acres of pristine land on the island of Kaua’i.

Hawaii plays an important part in this film and it’s beauty and poverty are both highlighted. We had a chance to experience the beauty of Hawaii, especially the island of  Kauai, while we remodeled the home of South Park’s Trey Parker. The scenery captured by director Alexander Payne reminds us of our time in this most magical and mystical place.

Take a look at our Kauai home below.

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Congratulations to our client and dear friend, Trey Parker, on his triumphant Broadway debut as writer, director, and producer of Broadway’s newest musical hit, The Book Of Mormon. Recently nominated for 14 Tony Awards, more than any play this season, Parker joined with long time South Park co-creator Matt Stone and Avenue Q writer Robert Lopez to tell the story of two Morman missionaries who are assigned to spread the Mormon gospel in Uganda. Book of Mormon tickets have become almost impossible to come by as the public can’t seem to get enough of the guys behind the irreverent South Park Cartoon Series. We’re proud to have worked with Trey to co-create and build two of his favorite places on earth, one in Steamboat Springs (and featured in Architectural Digest), and the other on Kauai. We always knew that South Park was just the tip of the iceberg, because not only is Trey an incredible writer and satirist, he’s also a brilliant designer with a truly classic and timeless sense of taste. We look forward to joining forces with Trey again soon.

Steamboat House

Welcome to our blog! In the over 13 years that we’ve been designing and building homes, we’ve accumulated a lot of stories and a lot of knowledge. This site is about everything from how to hire a firm to budget, design, and build your home to what makes a home “green.” There are homes featured here that were built for celebrity clients. And homes we built for far less famous people, like ourselves. And there are literally hundreds of photos of some very gorgeous homes that we’re proud to say we designed and built. We recently completed one of the most eco-friendly, sustainable homes ever constructed in Breckenridge. As well as a fabulous river retreat on the Island of Kauai. It’s all here, on this site, for you to experience. So welcome, and we hope you take the time to look around. And then come back, because there’s something new here every day. Enjoy.

We were excited to head down to the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i for our second project with South Park’s Trey Parker last year. Kaua’i, the Garden Isle, is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. The setting was a lot different than the home we created for him in Steamboat. The scenery was dominated by lush gardens and the beautiful Wailua River.

Take a look at some of the interior shots of this Hawaiian home below.

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Make sure you come back later in the week to see the exterior of this remarkable home.

We are very proud of the home we built for South Park co-creator, Trey Parker last year. We talked a little about this hilltop home when we mentioned the coverage it received in Architectural Digest, which was a dream come true. Heavily influenced by Japanese culture this beautiful home comes complete with a 700 square-foot teahouse guest cabin.

A bevy of new photos were recently added to our gallery page, but we wanted to share some of the photos with you below. We are going to be focusing this post on the exterior of the home, which is a unique fusion of western American and Japanese ryokan-style architecture.

Take a look at some of the photos below.

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Another great feature about the outdoor living space is the use of heated stone pavers so the outdoor spa can be used year-round, even in the cold and snowy Colorado winter.

Trey Parker told Architectural Digest that he loves bringing his friends from Los Angeles to his Steamboat Springs home. “Being able to share it with people who may have never been to Colorado before is great. I love to walk with them around the rocks and the aspens, to step outside and see a deer or a porcupine.”

To learn more about Trilogy Partners please visit us online at or give us a call us at 970-453-2230.

Margaret Russell new Editor-in-Chief at Architectural Digest

Margaret Russell, former Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Brand Content of Elle Décor, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest. The announcement was made yesterday, August 5th by Thomas J. Wallace, Editorial Director of Condé Nast, who publishes Architectural Digest. Her reign will begin September 7, 2010 and the headquarters of Architectural Digest, currently in California will be moved to New York City.

“Margaret Russell is a superb editor and a persuasive communicator,” said Mr. Wallace.  “Her success in publishing, print and digital, as well as her stature in the design community, assures the continuation of Architectural Digest as the world’s preeminent design publication.”

Ironically Ms. Russell began her career at Condé Nast as an Editorial Assistant at Glamour Magazine.

Architectural Digest is the considered one of the leading authorities on design and architecture and reaches more than 5 million affluent readers each month.

Trilogy Partner’s Michael Rath was recently featured in the May issue of Architectural Digest for a home he built for South Park’s Trey Parker.

Michael Rath, a Trilogy Partner, has co-founded The Haiti Orphan Rescue Program (HORP) to build permanent adequate shelter for Haitian orphaned and abandoned children.

Mike M January 2010

Joined by builders Mike Mahon and Andrea DeLuca of sustainable building company Adaptive Building Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan, HORP will raise funds and assist Haitian labor to construct multiple orphanage projects over the coming years. Haiti’s “children without family” receive no aid from their government, and Mike M and his family have years of experience in Haiti helping these most vulnerable Haitians and their caregivers with support and medical aid. The earthquake of January 12, 2010 left more than 500,000 children without family or government support, spurring the two Mikes and Andrea to establish HORP as a non-profit 501(c) charitable organization. The next project commences mid April when members of HORP will travel to Haiti to refurbish a damaged orphanage housing 20 children more than half with disabilities. Visit HORP to learn more about this worthy cause and to contribute through programs like the “Adopt an Orphanage” and “HORP Ambassadors.”


The first match of the World Cup will be played tomorrow as the home team of South Africa competes against Mexico.  Although soccer (football) isn’t as big in the United States as it is for the rest of the world, there is still much excitement and anticipation whenever the World Cup is played.

In gearing up for the big match that is taking place Saturday when our team, USA, takes on England we thought we’d share something we came across on

“Just in time for the World Cup tournament, a group of enterprising women entrepreneurs has unveiled a soccer ball that captures and stores energy generated by play. Called the sOccket (a mashup of “soccer” and “socket”), the ingenious little ball was created by Harvard alums Jessica Lin, Jessica Matthews, Julia Silverman, and Hemali Thakkar with developing nations in mind….” click here to read the article in its entirety.

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