Urban Oasis

This year's Denver Magazine Designer Showhouse has it all: a gourmet kitchen, gorgeous master suite, generous patios, party-ready lower floor, and (to top it off) a get-away-from-it-all loft.

Study

Study
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Cassy Kicklighter Poole and Austin Horne
Kaleidoscope Design
303.521.7297

The Vision
“We wanted the study to be a place where you could both entertain and relax,” Kicklighter Poole says. “It’s right next to the dining room, so we envisioned people wrapping up dinner and moving to the study for dessert or drinks. Or maybe it’s the room where you read a magazine and enjoy a cup of coffee. Our goal was to take the formality out of the formal living room and make this space more comfortable.”

What Makes the Room Special
“The vibe,” she continues. “It’s so easy to pick out cute things and decorate a space, but to truly add this layer of story and vibe that sets it aside from other spaces is something that takes a special touch.”

The Takeaway
“Don’t be afraid of putting pattern on pattern,” she says. “We hear clients say, ‘Is that going to match? Or ‘Is that going to be too busy?’ If you do it the right way, mixing patterns elevates spaces above and beyond others. We really pushed those limits in this room and it came together nicely.”

“One of the ways we offset the black walls was with this beautiful rug. When I went to Shaver-Ramsey, I went straight to this piece and everyone was laughing because it’s a Theodor Tuduc piece. He was a famous rug forger (known for his beautiful work).” —Cassy Kicklighter Poole

Dragon carpet: 6’x8’6”, circa early 20th century, from Theodor Tuduc, hand-woven in Romania; $18,000, Shaver-Ramsey // slate velvet settee, $1,349; French Modernist armchair, $1,149, both from Wisteria // acrylic coffee table, Ballard Designs, $800 // vintage custom mirror, $500; throw pillows, both from CB2, $500 // record player, Nordstrom Home, $270 // bar cart, $250; side table, $150; wine glasses, set of four, $30; clock, $30; three small succulents, $20; floor plant and pot, $75; old-fashioned glasses, set of four, $30, all from World Market // pouf, $200; drink table, $175; highball glasses, set of four, $75; glass decanter, $40, all from Crate and Barrel // vases, West Elm and vintage, $400 // agate bookends, $50; vintage leather decanter, $200; petrified-wood coasters, $75, all from West Elm // candlestick holders and candles, $60; four style books, $300, Amazon // tree, $425, and tree planter, $200, Becks Silk Plant Co. // two vintage wall planters, $200, Dwell Antiques & Home Denver // geo-object, $20, Home Goods // Roman shades, Schumacher fabric, $3,000, Design Essentials, Patti Brooks // Bayport 36G gas fireplace by Kozy Heat, $2,624, at Lehrer Fireplace and Patio // ELK Continuum 10-light silvered graphite chandelier, $878, Ultra Design Center // “Spiral Ripple,” Jan Fordyce, 60”x40” original oil on canvas, $4,750, Mirada Fine Art.


Dining Room

Dining room
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designer
Kim Linin
Green Butterfly Design
970.281.9903

The Vision
“The imaginary family that was envisioned for the home leads a really active lifestyle, so that got me thinking about Colorado’s blue skies,” says Linin.“And blue is a relaxing color, and when you’re dining with friends or family, you want to relax and enjoy the evening.”

What Makes the Room Special
“I love the triptych on the far wall,” Linin says. “It’s a large wall, and I wanted something that would be the focal point of the room but wouldn’t fight with anything else. This piece really spoke to me, with its almost abstract cloud image.”

The Takeaway
“In a dining room, the liveliness comes from the activity and the people in the room, so I think it’s nice to have a calming, relaxing space, so guests feel they can really sit and enjoy each other’s company.”

“I love that the chandelier is not symmetrical. It has an organic feel, sort of like a fluffy cloud.” —Kim Linin

Gray-finish table with satin-gold base, $4,290 // rose-gold chairs with granitegray cushions, $980 // Sunbrella cream upholstered ottomans, $1,170 per ottoman // vase with LED lighting, $660 // Highland House Étagére, $4,320 // driftwood chargers, set of four, $172 // driftwood centerpiece, $940 // clear serving tray, $195 // blue glass art vase, $75 // silver bouclé throw, $496 // exotic shag fur throw, $318 // four wire sculptures, $60 // small driftwood bowl, $160 // two geometric hurricanes, $305 // two woven suki metal bowls, $320 // Charlotte metal bowl, $219 //set of three candlesticks, $486 // set of three LUCID taper candles, $147 // set of three LED pillar candles, $252, all available at Hoff Miller // handwoven Indian rug, $12,900, Shaver-Ramsey // Wendy Talmon custom woven window coverings, $900 // Eurofase Trento 15-light champagne LED glass chandelier, $2,070, Ultra Design Center // “Secrets In the Mist,” Melanie Warsinske, 60”x20” original triptych on canvas, $6,900, Mirada Fine Art; “Intermission,” Allen Wynn, 21”x48”x4” original mixed-media wall sculpture, $4,900, Mirada Fine Art.


Living Room

Living room
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Denise Taylor and Amanda Furlong
Cathers Home
970.927.6556

The Vision
Two words: modern luxury. “We wanted it to feel luxurious and comfortable,” says Taylor. “Our focal point was the ShaverRamsey silk rug. We loved the deep grays, gold tones, and rose pinks.”

What Makes the Room Special
“The mixture of materials and textures,” continues Taylor. “For instance, the wood table from Phillips Collection on the wall with the greenery is organic and surrounded by metal.”

The Takeaway
“Color is coming back and we’re moving away from neutrals,” Taylor says. “Opt for hues that bring you peace and are harmonious with your surroundings.” Instead of reds, choose greens, rose golds, and soft grays—calming colors.

“We always like to include great books and reading materials to encourage people to slow down. One of our favorites in this room is ‘Aspen Style’ by Aerin Lauder. It talks a lot about Aspen, where our design firm is located.” —Denise Taylor

Chadwick Baldwin sofa in vicuna fabric, with stone fabric toss pillows, $9,057 // two Lee Industries chairs in Sahara apricot, $3,765 each // Phillips Collection chamcha wood console table with iron frame, $4,200 // Four Hands London coffee table, $1,179 // Thibaut Fabric custom pillows, $395 each // Zodax leaf bowl, $198 // Surya table lamp, $230 // Hangai Mountain Textiles yak purl knit with contrasting border, $479 // Torre & Tagus metallic silver frame, $49 // Archipelago Santorini large diffuser, $50 // Zodax Preto agate frame, $99 // Accent Decor empire bowl, $20; four coffee table books, $250 total // Flow Decor Landon floor lamp, $679 // Gold Leaf Design potted century grass, $500, all but books available through Cathers Home // Bed Bath and Beyond window treatments, $450 // Carlton 46 gas fireplace by Kozy Heat, $4,239, at Lehrer Fireplace and Patio // “Fleeting Moment,” Danielle Hatherley, 48”x48” original oil on canvas, $4,900 at Mirada Fine Art.


Kitchen & Butler’s Pantry

Kitchen
Photo by Astula Inc.
Kitchen sink
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designer
Corinne Ekle
C2Design
720.457.1600

The Vision
“I pictured the family for the home as a group that loves entertaining. The two-tone cabinetry and island were chosen while the home was being built, and, once I saw them, I thought rustic modern. The finishes are more neutral, but they really pack a punch in terms of depth and texture. The family that does live in this home will be able to easily add their own touches. And the butler’s pantry, especially for a modern-day family, screamed bar to me.”

What Makes the Room Special
“I repeated a cut-diamond shape throughout the space, and I love the subtlety of that. It’s a special feature that makes the room feel really cohesive, but you can’t quite tell why.”

The Takeaway
“In terms of layout, I think it’s important to think outside the box on your island. Ours is configured with an overhang so people can sit at more of a table setup rather than lined up. It’s all about reimagining what that eating and entertaining experience looks like. Also, have fun with your butler’s pantry. Just because it’s a smaller space doesn’t mean it can’t have a huge impact.”

“I’m so excited about the backsplash. It’s a geometric, almost broken-glass look. In the butler’s pantry I chose a similar tile. It really pops.” —Corinne Ekle

Set of four mid-century-style swiveling counter stools in leather and iron, $2,350 // Nepalese wool runner, $1,875 // tall faux branches in glass vessel, $200 // cutting board, $50 // succulent terrarium, $95, Beck’s Silk Plant Co. // Visual Comfort Thomas O’Brien Gale one-light bronze seeded-glass pendants, $880 each, Ultra Design Center // Gaggenau appliances: refrigerator, $6,900 // freezer with icemaker, $7,500 // 36” full-surface induction cooktop, $5,500 // 36” wall hood, $2,420 // duct cover extension wall hood, $500 // 30” single oven, $7,800 // combi-steam oven, $8,200 // 30” warming drawer, $2,400 // Bosch dishwasher, $1,049, all from Mountain High Appliances. Butler’s pantry: Savoy House Morland onelight English bronze adjustable sconce, Ultra Design Center // butler’s pantry cabinets supplied by Closet Factory.


The Nook

The nook
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designer
Corinne Ekle
C2Design
720.457.1600

The Vision
“I wanted to utilize great natural light in the space and make it a comfortable place to gather and dine casually. The mercury glass light fixture, for instance, adds a soft glow.”

What Makes The Room Special
“The wallpaper is geometric, beaded, and metallic. It has a similar pattern to the kitchen backsplash and, with the beads, has some dimension. It’s all about keeping things neutral but adding depth and interest.”

The Takeaway
“Don’t be afraid of layering neutrals and textures as the large design elements. Bring in pops of colors in accessories and details that can be interchanged often.”

“The Nook Table was custom designed by Oliver from Clay Street Woodworks, and it is so beautiful. We put that geometric shape in the base and paid attention to details like making it smaller so people can get to the patio doors.” —Corrinne Ekle

Custom 42” dining table with walnut top and ebonized wood base, Clay Street Woodworks, $2,800 // two mid-century dining chairs, $382 for both, Wayfair // dotted gray trellis wallpaper with glass bead detail, peelable and washable, $370, York // metallic faux cowhide rug, $300, Loloi // brown cowhide, $300; console table with walnut slab base and glass top, $5,200, Mirada Fine Art // accessories on console table: large hurricane candle, $100; medium hurricane candle, $75; small hurricane candle, $50; large hourglass, $125; bronze elephant, $50; small succulent, $35, all available at Lulu’s Furniture & Decor // faux red hydrangeas and succulents in round bowl, $75, and faux fiddle leaf fig tree, $125, Beck’s Silk Plant Co. // custom stationary curtain panels, $300, C2 Design // moss ball décor, $125, Lulu’s Furniture & Decor // Savoy House Tartan five-light oil-burnished bronze pendant, $671, Ultra Design Center // “Silver Sky,” Danielle Hatherley, 30”x48” original oil on canvas, $3,450; “Arrival I & II,” Josiane Childers and Justin Earl West, 36”x11” (each) steel, plexiglass and acrylic paintings, $3,500 ($1,750 each); “First Signs of Spring,” Melanie Warsinske, oil on canvas diptych, $3,750 ($1,950 each panel); bar art prints, $450 for three; “Monolith II,” 36”x60”x15” claro walnut, Kentucky tobacco barn oak, glass and grass hand-hewn console table, $5,200, all from Mirada Fine Art.


Back Patio

Back patio
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Lindsay Kenison and Shawn Rokosz
Christy Sports
888.413.6966

The Vision
“We were looking to update the popular farmhouse look, the style that designers like Joanna Gaines are so known for,” Kenison says.

What Makes The Room Special
“Everything in the space really works well together,” Kenison says. “The big cantilever umbrella added a great amount of color and we were able to fit a chaise lounge out there, which everybody loves to have in the backyard.”

The Takeaway
“Don’t be afraid to have fun,” she adds. “We tend to not want to go bright and crazy with outdoor spaces, but the patio is supposed to be a space where you can add a ton of color and really enjoy it. Make sure to add those punches.”

“The fabric on the pillows, by Sunbrella, was the inspiration behind the design,” says Kenison. “It has a tribal, Aztec feel and there’s a lot of fun color.” —Lindsay Kenison

Front patio: Polywood modern curve-back Adirondack chair, $319 // O.W. Lee 30” Santorini fire pit with cover, $1,729 // Ebel Capri lounge chair with arms, $1,000 // OW Lee 15” square accent pillow, $105 // Oriental Weavers Hampton rug, $180 // Terra Flame Hampton lanterns in silver, $139, $169, and $315, all from Christy Sports.

Back patio: Napoli club chair by Ebel with espresso frame, $1,300; CCC throw pillow, $65 // Treasure Garden 11’ patio umbrella with base, $1,849 // CCC round pool stools, $390 each // O.W. Lee villa side chairs with cushion, $375 each // O.W. Lee urban tempo dining table, $1,900 // Monaco chaise, $800 // Monaco side table, $300 // Oriental Weavers Hampton rug, $180 // CCC 18” square accent pillow, $65 // CCC 16” square accent pillow, $105 // S38” Sunfire stainless steel cart grill, $2,449, all from Christy Sports // Pellas fire pit, $5,600, Nisho


Landing

Landing
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Caylin Engle
Caliber Construction
877.859.6533

Rob Osgard
Howard Lorton Galleries
303.831.1212

The Vision
“I really just wanted a hangout space. It’s a nice little area to curl up with a book,” says Engle. “Plus, it gives a good perspective on the loft and all the little details in the stairway.”

What Makes The Room Special
“This is a space that most homes don’t have,” says Engle. “It opens up the stairs and the hall and really lets you appreciate the interior architecture of the house.”

The Takeaway
“When you have an untraditional space like this, use it any way you like: reading nook, study space for the kids, or whatever.”

Taylor King banquette, $2,050 // Regina Andrews Design floor lamp with mosaic stone table, $899 // Artistica fossil-stone end table, $635 // Regina Andrews Raven pharmacy floor lamp, $449 // Taylor King Mills chair, $1,799, all from Howard Lorton // 5’2”x7’5” Oushak rug from Iran, $4,500, and 3’3”x4’11” Aryana rug from Afghanistan, $940, both from Shaver-Ramsey // “Mile High Mystique,” Bruce Marion, 72”x36” (times two) original acrylic diptych on canvas, $10,800, Mirada Fine Art // “Intertwined with the Trees,” 59”x30”x8”, bronze, copper, and wood, Jennyfer Stratman, $8,950, Mirada Fine Art.


Master Bedroom

Bedroom
Photo by Astula Inc.
Bedroom side view
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Nikki Holt, Carter Brasch, and Becca Hart
Kimberly Timmons Interiors
303.904.8244

The Vision
“We wanted the room to be dramatic and moody, but still bright and fresh,” says Holt. “So we added one black focal wall, to make a statement, and kept the rest really serene. When you walk in, and you have all those windows at the tops of the trees, you feel like you’re in a treehouse. That’s why we did the soft white linen drapes, so we wouldn’t take away from any of that.”

What Makes The Room Special
“That dramatic headboard, custom made by Donnie Criswell at Denver Modern, has a live edge but it’s not too crazy and jagged. It’s a perfect slab of wood and he did an amazing job,” Holt says.

The Takeaway
“I always like to have one focal point in a master, and that is the bed wall. A master should also always have some element of sophistication but still strike a good balance with a casual, comfortable vibe,” says Holt.

“We had the chaise custom made to fit two people, we call it the ‘cuddle chaise.’ You and your partner can cuddle up right there next to the fireplace and enjoy each other.” —Nikki Holt

Custom live-edge headboard, Donnie Criswell at Denver Modern, $6,000 // custom chaise with winged sides, Erika Estrada at Seating Resource, $1,713 // brass headboard sconces, Lamps Plus, $100 for two // nightstands, Carter Inc., manufactured by Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, $5,300 each // C-table, Carter Inc., manufactured by Powell & Bonnell, $3,200 each // wallpaper focal wall, Carter Inc., manufactured by Surfaces, $90/yard // 3’2” x 10’3” rug, $2,400, Shaver-Ramsey // fiddle leaf fig plant, $369; gold hands, $169, both from Lulu’s Furniture & Decor // three large nature prints, $43 apiece, Mpix.com // dark camel leather pillow, $39, Etsy/ The Shabby Antler // hide rug, $169, IKEA // brass drapery rings, $15 each; brass drapery rods, $40 each, Bed Bath & Beyond // drapery panels, $70 each, Crate & Barrel // black and white embroidered throw blanket, $20; tie-dyed throw blanket with tassels, $20; grey striped/checkered pillows, $20 each; small dish towel, $6, large gold picture frame, $10, all from HomeGoods // tall white vase, $34; short white vase, $24; palm leaf, $16; king duvet cover, $250; Belgian dark gray linen king quilt, $299; Belgian dark gray linen king shams, $59 each; light gray king shams, $54 each, all from West Elm // king sheet set, $90; king fitted sheet, $22; white planter with plant, $40; stemless wine glass, $5; gold bottle stopper, $6; magazine bin, $35; small gold picture frame, $8; plant with gold pot, $8, all from Target // black frames, $20 each; king bed frame, $393, both from IKEA // decorative books, $177 total, Barnes & Noble // Carlton 39 gas fireplace by Kozy Heat, $3,697, from Lehrer Fireplace and Patio // ELK Palacial six-light rubbed-bronze crystal chandelier, $1,098, Ultra Design Center // Telluride king mattress set, $2,099, Denver Mattress Co. // “Aw, Shucks,” Mary Hartman, 48”x36” acrylic and charcoal on canvas, $3,950 at Mirada Fine Art (in showhouse, not shown in photo on page 117).


Master Bath

Bathtub and chandelier
Photo by Astula Inc.
Bathroom shower
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Nikki Holt, Carter Brasch, and Becca Hart
Kimberly Timmons Interiors
303.904.8244

The Vision
“We wanted to do one focal wall in the bathroom to mimic the master bedroom and keep that theme going, so we created a black marble herringbone wall in the shower where we mixed matte and shiny pieces.”

What Makes The Room Special
“I love the mixture that is happening on the vanity wall, with the brass sconces, the reclaimed-wood-frame mirror, and then this earthy soapstone countertop on top of a sleek black vanity.”

The Takeaway
“Don’t be afraid to mix metals. You’re not afraid to do it when you dress—so why not in rooms? You don’t need to be all matchy-matchy, so we have chrome plumbing fixtures but a brass chandelier and a brass-colored piece of art on the wall.”

“I wanted a little bling in the bathroom, so I added the chandelier. It’s hand-forged brass, and the glass tubes that hang down are in a star shape.” —Nikki Holt

Roost towel rack, $490, Hoff Miller // large nature print, $43, Mpix.com // runner, $1,300, Shaver-Ramsey // overlapping gold circles wall art, $80 each, At Home // teak shower stool, $140, Bed Bath & Beyond // striped bath towel, $28; tweed gray bath towel, $36; fringe guest towels (grey, black, and cream), $10.36 each, all from Crate & Barrel // black frame, $20, IKEA //additional bath towels, $10; lucite cotton swab jars, $14 each; gold soap dispenser, $7; decorative wood and brass tray, $30; checkered towel bin, $9; decorative plant, $15; glass and gold display soap box, $17, all from Target // Savoy House Drake one-light warm-brass adjustable sconce, $209 each // Varaluz Matrix nine-light Havana gold retro pendant, $1,209, Ultra Design Center.


Girl’s Bedroom

Girls bedroom
Photo by Astula Inc.
Girls bedroom window view
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Kim Layne
Kim Layne Interiors
303.246.6680

The Vision
“I wanted to do something citrusy and fun, with exciting, dynamic color,” says Layne. “First we came up with the idea of the peach walls with the soft teal ceiling, and then we found that super fun wallpaper, with its monkeys and birds. This was a young girl’s room, so I wanted to make it exciting.”

What Makes The Room Special
“We found the bohemian headboard first, and then decided to paint it yellow to pick up on one tone in the wallpaper. It’s a fun room. It doesn’t have to be perfect; it’s more fun if it’s not perfect—there’s rattan, there’s gold, there’s fur, there’s acrylic…”

The Takeaway
“Don’t be afraid to take risks with colors. Putting a color on a ceiling can do some wonderful things, because it gives another level of contrast. I always tell my clients: It’s not about one particular item; it’s about the entire composition, which means placement and balance and contrast.”

“I wanted curtains that would jump off the wallpaper, not blend into it. We wanted all kinds of color moving around. We called it a rainbow sherbet room.” —Kim Layne

White fur ottoman, $3,889; Greta round sot table, $979; Pelham night table, $929, all from Lexington Home Brands // window treatments, $800, Pottery Barn // desk, $150; chair, $100; side table, $200; bedding, $610; throw pillows, $70; mirror, $35; glass paperweight, $25; acrylic holders, $40, all from Wayfair; two lamps, $60 each; baskets, $123; plants in vases, $15, all from Home Goods; throw blanket, $60, World Market; wall shelves, $30; gold wire decor, $15; framed cork boards $35; towels, $24, all from IKEA; Chairish headboard, $400; Crystorama Broche six-light antique-gold chandelier, $605, Ultra Design Center; Doctor’s Choice full elite plush mattress set, $1,099, Denver Mattress Co.; “Old Barn in Spring,” Marcio Diaz, 30”x40” original acrylic on canvas, $2,400 at Mirada Fine Art; “The Gift,” Marcio Diaz, 30”x24” original acrylic on canvas, $1,500 at Mirada Fine Art.


Nursery

Nursery
Photo by Astula Inc.
Nursery crib
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Christy Brant and Caitlin Marsh
Lulu’s Furniture & Decor
303.756.2222

The Vision
“I just had a baby myself,” says Marsh, “and just as in my son’s room, I didn’t want this room to be super girly or super boyish. I wanted it to be neutral, and I love black and white, so we did the walls in those colors.” Adds Brant: “And of course babies like black and white because they can see it….”

What Makes The Room Special
“We really liked the rug because it wasn’t too ornate but still brought some texture into the room,” says Marsh. “And the dog chair is the most comfortable chair in the world; it swivels and it rocks and the material is super durable, so it’s perfect for a nursery.”

The Takeaway
“You don’t have to do typical nursery items in a nursery,” says Marsh. “You can venture out and use pieces, like the dresser, that aren’t necessarily baby furniture and can be used later in life.”

“We purposely didn’t do window coverings, because without them, the room feels like a treehouse, and babies love looking outside.” —Christy Brant

Crib and mattress, $1,100; changing pad tray and mattress, $279; love pillow and cat pillow in crib, $109 each, all from Oeuf NY // Olli + Lime crib sheets, $55 // samara dresser, $1,879; Alton desk lamp, $250, both by Four Hands Home // changing pad cover, $30; pom pillow in crib, $45, both from Pehr Designs // Sugarboo Designs Camp Letter Art, $899 // BOBO Intriguing Objects Cornelius Elephant, $325 // Napa Home pot, $39; fig tree, $219 // Norwalk Furniture Helene swivel chair, $1,599; vase, $69; cotton stems, $12 apiece; Decor Picture Frame by Pendulux, $79; GO Home Ltd. black and white cross tray, $99; all but crib sheet available at Lulu’s Furniture & Décor; Crystorama Grayson three-light black and white flush mount, $218, Ultra Design Center.


Teen’s Bedroom

Teen's room
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designer
Rob Osgard
Howard Lorton Galleries
303.831.1212

The Vision
“Right now, we see a color trend moving away from gray to warmer tones, adding more life back into palettes,” says Osgard. “I really wanted to show that story. The colors in this room aren’t incredibly bright, but there is color in there—the soft purples mixed with dusty teals and then a little pop of vibrant color in the outdoorsy, rustic, modern-mountain paintings from Miranda Fine Art overlooking the bed.”

What Makes The Room Special
“Again, it’s the color, from the textural mohair on the extralong sham to the tone of the walls,” he says. “With the gradation and balance of all those colors together, nothing jumps out drastically—other than the contrast shams. There’s a lot of color in the room but it’s not anything jarring. There’s a tranquility, almost a rich, masculine spa feel to the space.”

The Takeaway
“Don’t focus on rules or trends too much. People get hung up on matching all their metal accessories, for example. I love mixing metals. Here, the lamp is gold-leafed, the hardware on the nightstand is chrome, the accents on the chest are bronze. It makes the room a little more casual, a little more comfortable instead of perfectly matchy-matchy.”

Caracole queen bed, $3,315 // Caracole nightstand, $1,650 // mini ivy, $44, Distinctive Design // seven E. Lawrence Ltd. Recovered books, $35–$65 each // Windowvations rose and hydrangea, $324, and calla lily, $288 // Caracole three-drawer chest, $3,432 // Cyan Design small handled tray, $147 // Distinctive Design Swedish ivy, $119 // Hancock & Moore leather University chair, $2,760 // Hancock & Moore occasional cocktail table, $1,185 // Daniel Stuart Design kidney pillow on chair, $246 // Taylor King Temperley Bench, $1,875 // Men Tang custom fitted coverlet, $1,500 // Men Tang custom purple mohair double sham, $750 // Egg & Dart teal chenille throw pillow, $365 // two Daniel Stuart patterned shams, $315 each (down cores, $75 each) // Wildwood pinstriped oversized duvet, $979 (down fill, $377) // Regina Andrew Design nightstand lamp, $449; four Global Views round mirrors, $179 to $359 total // Elk Xenia 10-light oilrubbed bronze chandelier, $526, Ultra Design Center // Doctor’s Choice queen elite plush mattress, $1,099, Denver Mattress Co. // window treatments courtesy of Blind Corners & Curves (banded motorized shades courtesy of Hunter Douglas) // “Swirl in Blue,” Jan Fordyce, 36”x60” original oil on canvas, $1,500 at Mirada Fine Art // “Laughing Birds,” Jill Shwaiko, 13”x19”x9” limited-edition bronze sculpture, $4,850; “Orange Wash of Light,” Robert Reynolds, 23”x19” (framed) original oil on canvas, $2,350; “River From Above,” Robert Reynolds, 23”x19” (framed) original oil on canvas, $2,350; “Storm Passing, Janice Sugg, 24”x24” original oil on canvas, $1,950, all at Mirada Fine Art.


Laundry Room

Laundry room
Photo by Astula Inc.
Laundry room sink
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designer
Jamie Nusser
J Designs
925.998.4289

The Vision
“The days of the washer and dryer tucked into the back corner of the basement are long gone,” says Nusser. “I wanted to bring in fresh, clean lines to inspire comfort, while simultaneously enlivening the space with plants, artwork, and different textures. This is a room you should enjoy being in, without feeling like its sole purpose is the chore of laundry.”

What Makes The Room Special
“As a utility room, the space strives to combine form with function. “I designed the metal shelf above the sink and the custom brackets to offer different functional options. I put artwork and plants on it to make it decorative, but it’s deep enough to hold a basket or a stack of folded clothes. It adapts to the needs of the moment.”

The Takeaway
“Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a functional room can’t be playful. Nusser’s advice: “Bring some plants into the room. That always lightens the mood.” You can also use fun tile shapes to alleviate starkness. “I used hexagons here, but triangles would have worked,” Nusser says. “It brings a sense of liveliness to the atmosphere.”

Maytag 4.5-cubic-foot washing machine, $1,350; Maytag 7.4-cubic-foot dryer, $1,350; Whirlpool 15.5” pedestals, $319 each, all from Mountain High Appliances // Custom metal shelf with walnut brackets, $945; custom wood bench with maple box car flooring top and cherry legs, $1,265, both from Design + Fabrication by Incognito Industries // 5’2”x6’11” rug, Fine Rubia handwoven in Turkey, $4,400, Shaver-Ramsey // Quorum International globe, one light, aged brass, frosted glass sconce, $70, Ultra Design Center // white wood frames, Artwork by Jamie Nusser, 11”x14”, $20, 14”x18”, $30; 22”x22” cowhide pillows with feather insert, $224 each; metal laundry basket with two white Turkish bath towels, $95; metal basket with four white hand towels, $35; gray small ceramic vases, $47.50 for set of three; Paulino Gardens pots and plants, $175, all through J Designs // Quorum International one-light gold frosted glass sconce, $70 // “Stargazers,” Jill Shwaiko, about 9”, limitededition bronze sculpture, $1,500, Mirada Fine Art.


Loft

Loft
Photo by Astula Inc.
Loft window
Photo by Astula Inc.
Loft loveseat
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Wendy Yates, Katie McDonald, and Jenna Redman
Abigail-Elise Interiors
970.485.5228

The Vision
“We set it up as an escape-based, lounging loft,” says Yates. “We saw it as a multifunctional space because the home already had a pool table and a place to watch movies. The loft (with a spa station above, a social area upper right, and a reading sofa lower right) is where you go to unplug and not sit in front of a screen. The whole family could be up there doing multiple things, but still be together.”

What Makes The Room Special
“The nook with the pedicure station,” Yates says. “With our busy schedules, being able to stay at home and have someone come give you a spa treatment or just lounge and read is a luxury. It’s the perfect cozy place.”

The Takeaway
“Embrace challenges. There is sometimes trial and error even for designers,” adds Yates. “We had a hammock, tree-swing piece, for instance, that just wasn’t working in the loft without another piece we had planned on but couldn’t get. Know that it’s OK to play with different arrangements and move things around. You don’t have to have a solid plan.”

“I love all the light in here. This is the place where parents can sit and enjoy a glass of wine with a friend while their, say, teenage daughter is also getting pedicures with her friends. It’s also a great place to meditate.” —Wendy Yates

Yvette square stools, $685; mud-cloth ottoman, $1,390; Lucia triangular nesting tables, $885; gray beaded drape, $535, all from HW Home // Renwil 12-light matte-black and cognac glass chandelier, $858, with LED bulbs, $970, Ultra Design Center // chess swivel chairs, $2,332 each; mercury double chaise, $1,793; live-edge acacia wood console, $881; copper basin bowl, $85; tall stick floor lamp, $105; fibre cream sheepskin bean bag chair, $1,250; Strathaven club chairs, $444 each; beige sheepskin pillows, $175 each; Uttermost black horse statue, $195, all from D’Amore Interiors // N Buddha chair, $979; llama pillows, $150 each, both from Lulu’s Furniture & Decor // game table, $531 or $706; wooden floor lamp, $900; matte black floorlamp, $855; marble side table, $846; stone Buddha sculpture, $425; red drums, $159 each, all from CAI Designs // white acrylic and wood slat cabinet, $1,995; cupcake pillow, $85; Embrace the Mess pillow, $85, all from Revampt // rectangular concrete leaf spa table from Chuck Wells, $2,375 // milk angora rug, $1,125; Tibetan area rug, $12,350; Shirvan area rug, $11,000; Aryana landing rug, $940, all from Shaver-Ramsey // plant stand on landing, $193; rectangular pillows on swivel chairs, $80 each; bone mirror, $263, all from Abigail-Elise Interiors // “King (Shakespearean Sonnet),” Cynthia Chartier, 30”x30” original mixed media on linen, $4,700; “Everlasting,” Bruce Marion, 60”x12” original acrylic on canvas, $2,250; “Pepper (Grande),” Chris Deverill, 16”x18” limited-edition bronze sculpture, $5,400; “Windy Day on the Lake,” Julia Klimova, 36”x24” original oil on canvas, $3,000, all at Mirada Fine Art.


Downstairs Family Room

Downstairs family room
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Marilyn D’Amore and Gina D’Amore Bauerle
D’Amore Interiors
303.422.8704

The Vision
“We knew that the basement family room, which needed to include a pool table and a bar, implied a party space,” D’Amore Bauerle says. “Immediately, we both agreed that we wanted to do something funky and unexpected that had a really fun vibe to it.”

What Makes the Room Special
“Our design religion always revolves around the rug. We pulled the wall color from a shade of blue in the rug, while also making sure to offset it with lighter accents because it’s a such a dark, bold tone.”

The Takeaway
“Don’t be afraid of color,” says D’Amore. “Everyone has the notion that because you’re in a basement and there’s not a lot of light, you have to paint the walls beige. Color is what makes this particular room warm and inviting. I use that concept with my clients whenever I’m working in lower level parts of a home. Don’t be afraid, have fun with it, and show some personality.”

Four Hands Ranger sofa, $3,067 // Four Hands Maxx swivel chairs, $1,771 each // Burton James tie-dyed Canyon pillows, $343 each // Eastern Accents Plush Ocean fringed pillows, $213 and $163 // Charleston Forge Cooper end table, $1,176 // set of two Uttermost Rhea nesting coffee tables, $898 // Arteriors Wharton round wire end table, $449 // Nuevo Living Vega media console, $1,980 // Noir Winston bookcase, $1,369; Nuevo Living Drift floating shelves, $348 each // Dovetail Helford floor lamp, $1,356 // Beck’s Silk Plant Co. palm tree in basket, $564 // Classic Home Cycle gathering table, $1,198 // Four Hands crank stool, $250 // Massoud chair, $2,278 // Nuevo Living shuttle console, $1,860 // Uttermost Amelie 60” DIA clock, $1,054 // Uttermost Boleto floor lamp, $444 // Uttermost Boleto table lamp, $310 // Nuevo Living Vega dining bench, $960 // Eastern Accents tangerine buckle lumbar pillows, $96 each // large metal spike (on bar), $75 // small metal spike (on bar), $49 // grass in glass vase (on console), $65 // floor succulent, $264 // set of five bottles, $149 // black pot, $55 // railroad tracks metal art, $770 // orange plate on stand, $250 // metal boat bowl (on bar shelves), $125 // grasses in wooden boxes (on top bar shelves), $225 each // small square succulents (on gathering table), $27 each // cement bowl with succulents, $395 // large glass aqua vase (on bookshelf), $110 // small glass aqua vase, $95; medium glass vase, $100 // Torre and Tagus frames, $29 and $33 // bicycle bookends, $95 // grass in box (on top shelf), $125 // Imax silver metal box (on bookcase), $85 // Moes large dog (on bookcase), $55 // Moes small dog, $35; set of two metal spheres (on bookcase), $165 // small round succulent (on bookcase), $19 // mirror (hanging behind bookcase), $325; AUSKIN ivory cowhide pillow (on bench), $79 // tall silver vase (on console), $65 // short silver vase (on console), $45 // Savoy House Birmingham six-light English bronze trestle chandelier (over pool table), $460 // Savoy House Clifton one-light classic bronze sconces, $130 each // Olhausen Billiards seven-foot pool table finished in matte charcoal on solid maple with hand-brushed steel band, $6,399, from Fodor Billiards // Marvel stainless steel-framed, glass-doored undercounter wine refrigerators, $1,370 each // 9’11” Fresco rug, handwoven in India, $11,900 // 9’x12’ Tibetan rug, $7,300 // “Interval,” Josiane Childers, 40”x40” original acrylic on canvas, $3,900; “Vinos,” Juan Ezcurdia, 47”x58.5” original acrylic on canvas, $3,950, both at Mirada Fine Art.


Bar & Pool Room

Bar
Photo by Astula Inc.
Pool table
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Marilyn D’Amore and Gina D’Amore Bauerle
D’Amore Interiors
303.422.8704

The Vision
“For one of our main pieces, we selected a long pub table that’s made from a bicycle—definitely a Colorado look,” says D’Amore Bauerle. “It’s a fun item and it sets the tone for the whole room—industrial and funky.”

What Makes The Room Special
“To make the space more fun, we used little dog features throughout the room,” says D’Amore. “If you look closely, you’ll see them: dog statues and dog photographs and books.”

The Takeaway
“When we’re designing a space, we like to pretend it’s our own house. For this room, we tried to visualize what it would be like if we were throwing a party down here. We asked ourselves, ‘What would make it more comfortable for us?’ Then we went from there.”

Four Hands Ranger sofa, $3,067 // Four Hands Maxx swivel chairs, $1,771 each // Burton James tie-dyed Canyon pillows, $343 each // Eastern Accents Plush Ocean fringed pillows, $213 and $163 // Charleston Forge Cooper end table, $1,176 // set of two Uttermost Rhea nesting coffee tables, $898 // Arteriors Wharton round wire end table, $449 // Nuevo Living Vega media console, $1,980 // Noir Winston bookcase, $1,369; Nuevo Living Drift floating shelves, $348 each // Dovetail Helford floor lamp, $1,356 // Beck’s Silk Plant Co. palm tree in basket, $564 // Classic Home Cycle gathering table, $1,198 // Four Hands crank stool, $250 // Massoud chair, $2,278 // Nuevo Living shuttle console, $1,860 // Uttermost Amelie 60” DIA clock, $1,054 // Uttermost Boleto floor lamp, $444 // Uttermost Boleto table lamp, $310 // Nuevo Living Vega dining bench, $960 // Eastern Accents tangerine buckle lumbar pillows, $96 each // large metal spike (on bar), $75 // small metal spike (on bar), $49 // grass in glass vase (on console), $65 // floor succulent, $264 // set of five bottles, $149 // black pot, $55 // railroad tracks metal art, $770 // orange plate on stand, $250 // metal boat bowl (on bar shelves), $125 // grasses in wooden boxes (on top bar shelves), $225 each // small square succulents (on gathering table), $27 each // cement bowl with succulents, $395 // large glass aqua vase (on bookshelf), $110 // small glass aqua vase, $95; medium glass vase, $100 // Torre and Tagus frames, $29 and $33 // bicycle bookends, $95 // grass in box (on top shelf), $125 // Imax silver metal box (on bookcase), $85 // Moes large dog (on bookcase), $55 // Moes small dog, $35; set of two metal spheres (on bookcase), $165 // small round succulent (on bookcase), $19 // mirror (hanging behind bookcase), $325; AUSKIN ivory cowhide pillow (on bench), $79 // tall silver vase (on console), $65 // short silver vase (on console), $45 // Savoy House Birmingham six-light English bronze trestle chandelier (over pool table), $460 // Savoy House Clifton one-light classic bronze sconces, $130 each // Olhausen Billiards seven-foot pool table finished in matte charcoal on solid maple with hand-brushed steel band, $6,399, from Fodor Billiards // Marvel stainless steel-framed, glass-doored undercounter wine refrigerators, $1,370 each // 9’11” Fresco rug, handwoven in India, $11,900 // 9’x12’ Tibetan rug, $7,300 // “Interval,” Josiane Childers, 40”x40” original acrylic on canvas, $3,900; “Vinos,” Juan Ezcurdia, 47”x58.5” original acrylic on canvas, $3,950, both at Mirada Fine Art.


Lower-Level Guest Bedroom

Lower level guest room
Photo by Astula Inc.

The Designers
Molly Myers and Olivia Louis
The Brass Bed
866.254.6367

The Vision
“We started with the bedding— the duvet cover and shams from John Robshaw Textiles,” says Louis. “We were excited to bring in color and a hint of playfulness to balance the sophistication.” Adds Myers: “Oftentimes these basement bedrooms are a little darker, so we wanted to bring more of a bold, fun element down there. The bedding helps accomplish that.”

What Makes The Room Special
“The dresser is a unique piece,” Louis says. “It’s lacquered blue, and you don’t typically see lacquered dressers in bold colors. It stands out better than the classic white or natural wood tone. It’s a handmade and original piece from Kindel, part of the Dorothy Draper Collection, made in the States, which is rare nowadays.”

The Takeaway
“Working off of one pattern is always a good idea,” Myers advises. “I think finding something that you love and working around that is easier than going all over the place. For instance, we chose the duvet cover fabric because we loved it, and then we designed the whole room around that.”

Salila block-printed shams and duvet cover by John Robshaw Textiles, $95 to $495 // Bahari indigo handstitched shams and coverlet by John Robshaw, $125 to $660 // Canterbury linen sheeting, woven in carmine red by SDH of Italy, $1,430 // Lodo luxury European and Oriental goose down pillows by The Brass Bed, $250 // Vail luxury white goose down comforter by The Brass Bed, $1,375 // Pettra pure lambswool throw hand-woven in Portugal for Sferra, $235 // Sir (Corgi) decorative pillow made in France by Iosis for Yves Delorme, $135 // Antoinette upholstered bed in lake by Eastern Accents, $4,915 // Telluride queen mattress set, $1,799, Denver Mattress Co. // Dorothy Draper Collection España bunching chest in indigo by Kindel, $6,750; Olivia nightstand in crema by Made Goods, $2,250 // bamboo-inspired white luggage rack with white hide by Gatehouse, $180 // baby Alpaca hide rug by Alpaca Brava, $540 // Bateau Indigo robes from the Neptune Collection by Yves Delorme, $375 // Kai embroidered terry fingertip towels in denim by Anali, $117 // Egyptian cotton double tub mat in denim by Abyss of Portugal, $117 // Eden guest mat in Blanc by Yves Delorme of France, $55 // Jameson table lamp in antique brass with linen drum shade by Jamie Young, $625 // Manchester realistic faux shagreen bath collection in navy by Pigeon & Poodle, $160 // Doris tray in navy with gold-leafed bronze handles by Made Goods, $325 // lacquer treasure box with gold-leafed antler handle by Times2 Designs, $295 // agate-adorned Lucite box in celestial blue by TimesTwoDesign, $138; patinated bronze giraffe by Made Goods, $125 // Manhattan mouth-blown crystal carafe set by Badash, $63; rain mercury candle bowl by Capri Blue, $46 // mouth-blown bubble glass bud vase with copper flecking by Chive, $28 // Jojo bud vase in golden glaze porcelain by Chive, $25 // Crystorama broche four-light gold flower flush mount, $438, with LED bulbs included, $475 // “Blooming Magnolia,” Lyudmila Agrich, 36”x48” original oil on canvas, $6,750 at Mirada Fine Art.


Powder Room

Materials Marketing tile, installed by Kitchen & Floor Concepts; Porcelanosa sink; Eurofase Navada one-light black LED pendants, $167 and $242, Ultra Design Center.

Powder room
Photo by Astula Inc.

Exterior

Audi Denver A7 and Q5 models // Savoy House Milton English bronze exterior sconces, $108 and $152 // Nuvo bronze motion-sensor light, $103.

Exterior and car
Photo by Astula Inc.

Vendors

APPLIANCES: Mountain High Appliance

AUTOMOBILES: Audi of Denver

BATH & DOOR HARDWARE: Taymor, courtesy of Rio Grande

BRICK WORK: DH Masonry

BROKER: The Shelley Bridge Team

CARPENTRY: Barsch Woodworks

CLEANING: Got It Maid

CLOSETS: Closet Factory

DOORS AND WINDOWS: Pella

DRYWALL: Four Star Drywall

ELECTRICAL: Vertical Electric

ENGINEERING: Dossey/Sudik

EXTERIOR CLADDING: D&H Construction

FENCING: No Hassle Fence

FIREPLACES: Lehrer Fireplace & Patio

FRAMING: Select Builders Group

FOUNDATION WORK: RMS Concrete

GARAGE DOORS: American Garage Door

GARAGE FLOOR: 5 Star Painting

GLASS & MIRRORS: Beltline Shower Doors and Mirrors

HOUSE DESIGN: David Paauw Design

HVAC: Smith & Willis

INSULATION: Basic Insulation

INTERIOR/EXTERIOR RAILINGS: Masterpiece Stair

KITCHEN COUNTERS: Material: The Stone Collection; Install: Kitchen and Floor Concepts

LANDSCAPING: Dream Makers Landscape

LIGHTING: Ultra Design Center

MATTRESSES: Denver Mattress Co.

PAINTING: Star Painting

PLUMBING: Plumb On

PLUMBING FIXTURES: Ultra Design Center

ROOF & GUTTERS: B&L Roofing

ROOFING MATERIALS: Supplied by B&L Roofing

RUGS: Shaver-Ramsey

SOILS TESTING: Hollingsworth Associates Inc.

STAIRS: Masterpiece Stairs

STEEL: Barton Supply

SURVEYING: Barron Land

TILES: Materials Marketing

TREE MAINTENANCE: Colorado Tree and Lawn Specialist

WALLPAPER INSTALLATION: Artisans at Large

WARRANTY MANAGEMENT: Pro-Home

WASTE MANAGEMENT: Liberty Waste Management

WATER & SEWER LATERALS: Pipe Control, LLC

WATER HEATER: Ferguson

WATERPROOFING: Saucedo Drains and Waterproofing