Comfortable Cohesion

A monochromatic country club home is transformed into comfortable quarters designed for entertaining and relaxing

When Bridget and Harry Felber set out to fnd a new home in Denver, they wanted a timeless design to which they could add their personal touch and create a comfortable place for friends and family to gather. What the couple got was everything on their wish list plus a blank slate to make all their own in a vacant “vanilla” home in Cherry Creek Country Club.”

“Everything in it was cream—I called it ‘vanilla’,” Bridget says. “But it had good bones and if you like the bones of the home, you can do anything with it.”

Because the overall structure of the home was exactly what they were looking for, all the couple had left to contemplate was the design and how to make it truly their own. They turned to designer Susan Schwab of Creative Environments to design their look keeping the main elements of the home, such as the cabinetry and much of the fooring, intact.

“This home just needed a facelift,” Schwab says. “Bridget has a more traditional taste, while Harry’s style is somewhat contemporary. My challenge was to blend the two styles to create a warm, inviting space they would both feel at home in.”

The couple wanted a design tailored for entertaining while maintaining a casual, welcoming atmosphere where their family would feel comfortable. Schwab met the challenge by drafting a plan that includes rich colors, layered textures and space planning that allows for maximum entertaining in a relaxed atmosphere.

Entertaining at the Felber residence begins the moment guests walk in the front door. A butler’s pantry is situated near the front of the home and features an open bar area. Guests can be greeted with drinks and appetizers in the large foyer. Family members comment that it feels like checking into a fine hotel.

Guests are quickly drawn from the foyer into the great room by the amazing mountain views through the oversized windows.

Schwab created an intimate seating area by adding a large area rug to the existing travertine foor. Contemporary sofas covered in a textured chenille fabric surround a leather-topped coffee table that can serve as an ottoman for informal gatherings. Rich golds and reds are the basis of the color palette that flows throughout the home, creating cohesion in the design of the individual areas.

When the Felbers need to entertain more formally, they turn to the dining room for ambiance and elegance. Schwab countered a masculine and heavy casual dining table with feminine patterned fabric window treatments and soft chenille chairs. Two armchairs are finished in a tooled leather, and the blending of his and hers styles comes together in the chandelier with a rustic, dark metal trimmed in glittering crystals. The light glistens off the bronzed ceiling creating an intimate, yet formal atmosphere.

The lower level of the home is all about relaxed, easygoing entertaining. “This area has a contemporary Western design,” Schwab says. New hardwood flooring set the stage for the “Urban Cowboy” style. Chairs with denim and tooled leather, western accents and contemporary Western artwork establish the unique look while the color palette and patterned materials coalesce with the rest of the home design.

After the entertaining is over and the couple retreats to the private spaces in their home, they can relax and unwind in the spa-like serenity of their master suite. Schwab’s approach to this room was “feminine but not frilly.”

Faux painting gives the walls a warm, creamy finish and sculptured carpet adds texture and a cozy base for the overall design. The headboard is a transitional piece to suit both homeowners’ tastes—a traditional styling finished with a contemporary fabric. The color palette includes gold which is present throughout the rest of the home, but warm greens give this space a look all its own.

The master bath incorporates the greens from the bedroom to supply rich warmth to complement the antiqued cabinetry and fixtures. The paint incorporates a hint of texture and iridescence to add a touch of glamour and elegance. “I wanted to give the homeowners a pretty focal point in this room,” Schwab says. “A very subtle floral pattern is stenciled on the wall above the bathtub.” The pattern is an extension of the patterned fabric in the bedroom, tying the two spaces together.

Melding two personal styles in one space can be a challenge, especially when you’re attempting to create the look in a home that already has the major components in place. Proper planning and creative guidance proved to be the keys to unlocking a cohesive design that reflects both Bridget and Harry’s personalities while turning an existing home into one they are proud to call their own.

“I’ll be tired of this home before the look is dated,” Bridget says. “The final result is perfect … it’s timeless.”


Susan Schwab | Creative Environments | 303.796.0569

In the Great Room:
Fabrics – Kravet
Sofas – Swaim
Coffee table – Alder and Company
Leather – Edleman
Draperies – Pollack Fabrics

In the Master Bedroom:
Fabrics – Highlands Court
Bedding – Home Treasures
Headboard – Emerson Et Cie
Nightstands and Bench – Hickory Chair

In the Dining Room:
Fabrics – Kravet
Furniture – Fremarc

In the lower level:
Game Table and Chairs – Bausman and Company
Fabrics – Pindler & Pindler Inc.

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