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interior design philosophy

I strive to create livable and interesting interiors that are in tune to the architecture and personalities involved.  Interior design should reflect the people who live there.

communication

Let's work together to create rooms that reflect your life as it is now and as you would like it to be.  We are a small, bespoke Interior Design studio based in beautiful Denver, Colorado.  

 style

I love interiors that are character driven in style.  "If you love something, it will work.  That's the only real rule." - Bunny Williams

 

Light and bright!  This modern farmhouse kitchen was in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Sept/Oct Kitchen Issue as "10 Ooh-La-La Kitchens".  For more details on this project please check out my blog post:  Modern Farmhouse Revealed  All of these photo's were taken by Denver photographer Sara Yoder.  The kitchen cabinets, wood beams, posts and shelves are all custom and made in Colorado by Oak Tree Classic Woodworks.

Light and bright!  This modern farmhouse kitchen was in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Sept/Oct Kitchen Issue as "10 Ooh-La-La Kitchens".  For more details on this project please check out my blog post:  Modern Farmhouse Revealed  All of these photo's were taken by Denver photographer Sara Yoder.  The kitchen cabinets, wood beams, posts and shelves are all custom and made in Colorado by Oak Tree Classic Woodworks.

We took out two walls at each end of this kitchen, took out a dropped soffit that ran the perimeter of the kitchen, added a window seat, and transformed an odd hall closet into a really useful pantry with wine storage at the top.  

We took out two walls at each end of this kitchen, took out a dropped soffit that ran the perimeter of the kitchen, added a window seat, and transformed an odd hall closet into a really useful pantry with wine storage at the top.  

In the dining room, we replaced a generic drywall arch with a custom post and beam.  We added planking to the wall to add some visual interest and to give the client a shelf for flexible display.

In the dining room, we replaced a generic drywall arch with a custom post and beam.  We added planking to the wall to add some visual interest and to give the client a shelf for flexible display.

Instead of expanding your home - think about expanding your view instead!  We put in 2 48" french doors that open out onto a new deck and it totally transformed this living room!

Instead of expanding your home - think about expanding your view instead!  We put in 2 48" french doors that open out onto a new deck and it totally transformed this living room!

This is a beautiful little 1950's ranch house located in Denver's Crestmoor neighborhood - an area filled with large trees and big yards.  Like many Denver neighborhoods, smaller, period homes co-exist here with super-sized homes that are either new builds or over-sized pop-tops.  This project wasn't about doubling the home's size - but about maximizing the space that was already there.  (I've posted a series of in-progress renovation stories about this under 2,000 square foot home if you want to catch up on the house:  the First Renovation Story and the Second Renovation Story.)  The latest blog post Before and After: Ranch House Love in Denver has some great Before photo's and more information on products used for this project.  All of these photo's were taken by Denver's Sara Yoder.  

The kitchen was enclosed by walls with a small doorway from the dining room.  Removing the wall dramatically changed the interaction between family members and made cooking a more enjoyable experience.  

The kitchen was enclosed by walls with a small doorway from the dining room.  Removing the wall dramatically changed the interaction between family members and made cooking a more enjoyable experience.  

The custom cabinets are made in Colorado by Oak Tree Classic Woodworks.

The custom cabinets are made in Colorado by Oak Tree Classic Woodworks.

We encased the beam in alder and stained it to match the newly refinished floor.

We encased the beam in alder and stained it to match the newly refinished floor.

We added two new skylights to the family room and swapped spots with the sliding door and the window to give more room to the seating area.  The custom barn door is by Drew Allman of Board and Bolt.  

We added two new skylights to the family room and swapped spots with the sliding door and the window to give more room to the seating area.  The custom barn door is by Drew Allman of Board and Bolt.  

We updated the tile and paint in this bathroom off of the family room.  Sometimes, that's all you need to do to update the look!

We updated the tile and paint in this bathroom off of the family room.  Sometimes, that's all you need to do to update the look!

A Small Bungalow in Congress Park Grows Up, Retains its Charm and Serves its Family Well

This lovely 1920's Craftsman Bungalow is situated on a beautiful tree lined street in Denver's Historic Congress Park.  My clients loved the location, the street and the home, but needed to expand its square footage to be more in tune with a 21st Century lifestyle.  They did what many people do in this situation and raised the roof and they did it in such a stylish and thoughtful way that respects the original Craftsman Bungalow and respects the neighborhood that I always leave their home thoroughly in love with its charm.   For more information - please check out my blog post on their bathroom renovations here!  I will have a post soon for the rest of the home.  All of these photo's were taken by Colorado photographer Sara Yoder.  

A concealed door under the stairs hides a useful closet - pretty cool, right?!

A concealed door under the stairs hides a useful closet - pretty cool, right?!

In the bungalow's very small, original living room we placed two matching settees to unify the small space and maximize seating without it looking too cluttered.  I added a custom, mahogany mantel to the original bookshelves at the fireplace.  The original mantel was long gone.  The art over the fireplace is a custom piece by Colorado artist Julia Havel.

In the bungalow's very small, original living room we placed two matching settees to unify the small space and maximize seating without it looking too cluttered.  I added a custom, mahogany mantel to the original bookshelves at the fireplace.  The original mantel was long gone.  The art over the fireplace is a custom piece by Colorado artist Julia Havel.

We refinished the client's gorgeous pine table, added a custom leather bench, custom drapes with matching seat cushions and kept the palette natural, warm and simple. 

We refinished the client's gorgeous pine table, added a custom leather bench, custom drapes with matching seat cushions and kept the palette natural, warm and simple. 

Another view of the simple, craftsman dining room with gorgeous Colorado sunshine filtered through linen sheers!  

Another view of the simple, craftsman dining room with gorgeous Colorado sunshine filtered through linen sheers!  

The small, light-filled family room has a custom sofa, custom X-benches and fun wine fridge/game cabinet I designed to work with the rooms original closet.  The refrigerator is up higher because the closet is cut by stairs at the base of it.  We kept the bungalow's original molding wherever possible.  

The small, light-filled family room has a custom sofa, custom X-benches and fun wine fridge/game cabinet I designed to work with the rooms original closet.  The refrigerator is up higher because the closet is cut by stairs at the base of it.  We kept the bungalow's original molding wherever possible.  

More of the family room - note the low, comfortable, custom leather chair.  The black and white art is from West Elm.

More of the family room - note the low, comfortable, custom leather chair.  The black and white art is from West Elm.

We had the space to add a little bookshelf on the stair's landing.  I had the trim match the rest of the home and added beadboard to the back for interest.  

We had the space to add a little bookshelf on the stair's landing.  I had the trim match the rest of the home and added beadboard to the back for interest.  

This is a great example of what to do with the space above a closet in a room with a vaulted ceiling!  The client's daughter loves the climbing wall and the reading nook.  The ladder slides to the side when not in use.  

This is a great example of what to do with the space above a closet in a room with a vaulted ceiling!  The client's daughter loves the climbing wall and the reading nook.  The ladder slides to the side when not in use.  

A partial view of the Master Bedroom on the left with a sliding barn door made from the client's old fence.  The master bathroom feels light filled and airy thanks to the vaulted ceiling and the skylight and window in the shower.

A partial view of the Master Bedroom on the left with a sliding barn door made from the client's old fence.  The master bathroom feels light filled and airy thanks to the vaulted ceiling and the skylight and window in the shower.

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We kept the client's daughter's bathroom simple with white hexagon floor tiles, white subway tiles and a beautiful granite remnant from a local stone yard.

We kept the client's daughter's bathroom simple with white hexagon floor tiles, white subway tiles and a beautiful granite remnant from a local stone yard.

The first floor powder room has a custom vanity, copper sink, mirror and custom roman blind.  

The first floor powder room has a custom vanity, copper sink, mirror and custom roman blind.  

A Family Home Gets a Makeover

When I first walked into this home in Golden, Colorado it was dark and crowded with furniture, tchotchkes and memories. It was my client's family home and it was time to lighten things up for them both physically and emotionally.  I love this remodel - for some dramatic before photo's and more information on the project please check out my blog post about it!

"Decorating has to do with people and beauty and the timeless activities of domestic life" - Mark Hampton

We exposed the shed roof on this galley kitchen and highlighted it with beetle kill pine planks.  

Simple, cream subway tile, a sleek induction stove and stainless steel hood create a simple backdrop for all the different wood species in the kitchen.  

This is Tubby, the client's pug.  Yes, he is staring at "Mom."   

I met these clients first in a rambling, old family home in Denver.  Their children are grown and have families of their own and they were ready to downsize to a less rambling, less work-needed type of home.   The wife loves art and loves color so we started with a warm gray envelope to support more art, more colors and more antiques.  I am very proud to have re-used, re-upholstered and re-purposed a lot of their existing furniture.   Making smart purchases in your life pays off for yourself and the environment.  This client's love of the old and the new made this project a joy to work on.

We reupholstered the two matching sofas in a soft gray velvet from Schumacher and reupholstered the client's fantastic antique chair.  Many of the other pieces in the room were already owned by the client.  (Photo by Sara Yoder)

We reupholstered the two matching sofas in a soft gray velvet from Schumacher and reupholstered the client's fantastic antique chair.  Many of the other pieces in the room were already owned by the client.  (Photo by Sara Yoder)

Open plan kitchen and family room.  We added upper cabinets to match the existing and a put in a new island with seating.  (Photo by Sara Yoder)

Open plan kitchen and family room.  We added upper cabinets to match the existing and a put in a new island with seating.  (Photo by Sara Yoder)

Creating a calm, yet interesting backdrop for living.

This kitchen was so fun to transform!  When I came into the picture it was a fairly typical 1990's renovated kitchen with blonde cabinets and sage green accents.  We sold the cabinets through a great Greencycling service and set about creating some kitchen magic with light colors, leathered granite and whitewash.  For before photo's and more information check out my blog post!

"Kitchens should be designed around what's truly important - Fun, Food and Life." Daniel Boulud

 

Lighten up!

What a lovely family room this was to work on!  Located in in Denver's gorgeous Hilltop neighborhood, the homeowners are young and stylish with small children and large (ish) birds.    They wanted a cosy, colorful room to relax in at the end of the day as a family.  For dramatic before photo's and more about this home check out this blog post!

 

Drawing helps myself and my clients visualize the design.

I use sketches as another form of communication with my clients, craftspeople and builders.  It's a great tool to show I what I mean when I say "rustic fireplace mantel" (for example), and it opens up a deeper level of dialogue for my client and myself about how they are going to use their environment.  Sketches also a great tool to hammer out the details, from dealing with unexpected support columns to adding windows and faux beams or a simple fireplace surround.

I am a visual person and I've found that most of my clients are as well! 

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