Fresh Country French

When Laura and Michael Thiret set out to build a new home in Crestmoor, it was important to them to create the relaxed, easy style that defines Colorado living while capturing a hint of Michael’s French heritage in the design. Laura, armed with her design file, went to work with designer Melanie Escobedo, of Escobedo Design Group, Inc., to create the special look.

“I went through magazines collecting pictures,” Laura says. “I wanted a French look, but with clean lines—and no roosters.” She wanted a warm, inviting space that would not be overly trendy. “We plan to stay in this home for a long time,” she says. “I don’t want to get bored with it.”

Keeping the design truly their own, the Thirets opted to forgo the traditional living room to make the main level of the home open and flowing—perfect for a couple, their young son and a family dog. Because Laura loves to cook and that’s where guests inevitably end up anyway, she wanted a spacious kitchen with both a breakfast nook and a sitting area.

A hearty fireplace in the sitting area is reminiscent of a fireplace used for cooking in a home nestled in the countryside. Laura enjoys relaxing in front of the fireplace in the morning with the nearby Dutch door open to let in fresh air and the sweet sounds of nature.

Elements of nature fill the room from the natural stone flooring to the heavy wooden beams on the ceiling. “The common factor throughout this home is the warm and rough hewn finishes,” Escobedo says. Two of the three cabinet styles in the kitchen have antiqued, warm finishes. The island, with a seating area at one end, is designed to have the look of an oversized Old World table.

The furniture in the family room was custom built to carry the French country home styling throughout the space. Rich wood tones marry with the muted reds and blues of the chairs and ornate rug. Details include the unique rosette curtain holders flanking the French doors that replace a traditional rod. The doors open to a large outdoor living space with stone flooring and wooden beams that create continuity with the interior of the home.

The dining area is the one room in the home that is a slight departure from the country home style. Decorative trim, floor-length draperies and a traditional dining table and chairs cater to more formal affairs. A grand chandelier makes a bold statement without being overly formal. “I saw this chandelier in a magazine and fell in love with it,” Laura says. “Melanie went right to work and found it for me.”

An escape from the openness of the home is the intimate master bath to which the couple can retreat. The nouveau-French style created for this home is accentuated in this space with intricate marble tile flooring, antiqued fixtures and glass knobs on the vanity.

Laura wanted her dressing table to stand out from the built-in cabinetry. A beautiful dark wood piece with intricate detailing adds the richness to this space that she was seeking. The details bring the design full circle. “I love the framed mirror,” Laura says. “And I have a chandelier in my closet. It’s glamorous!”

The details throughout this home—both glamorous and provincial—blend beautifully to shape the relaxed style this Colorado family loves while capturing the French style so important to their heritage. “I love my home so much,” Laura says. “My friends make fun of me because I never want to go out.”

The Details

Builder: Paragon Homes

Wood Flooring: Carlisle Wide Plank Floors (wide plank pine)

Windows: Certified Home Services

Cabinetry: Caruso Kitchens

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Steam Oven: Meile

Plumbing: Solutions Bath and Kitchen Gallery

Tile in Master Bath: Ann Sacks

Tile in Kitchen: Materials Marketing (splash, floor)

Granite: Granite Imports (leathered black at perimeter, polished Viara at island)

Lighting: JJ&S Lighting (Denver Design District)

Paint: Sherwin-Williams

Family Room and Study Built-ins: Custom designed by Escobedo Design Group, Inc.