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Since the 1960s, artists and designers in Los Angeles have turned synthetics into decorative gold with ingenious methods of sculpting plastics into luxurious objects. Whether it’s furniture, accessories or fine art, the medium lends itself to a variety of forms that speak to a truly Californian craft. When the state became a leader in aerospace technologies in the 1940s, new materials and cutting-edge capabilities, such as facilities that could roll out sheets of acrylic to form aircraft windows, were revelatory for artists. One leader in the field, designer Charles Hollis Jones, pioneered atmospheric Lucite furnishings that had a profound effect on West Coast interiors. His designs were created with thick sheets of acrylic that allowed them to absorb and magnify light, resulting in a sculptural quality that captured the attention of Hollywood stars like Lucille Ball and Sammy Davis Jr. Today, Jones continues to explore the material with his new Diamond Connexxion line. “Instead of doing square or round shapes, I decided to do something different—people like it,” he says of the angular forms. But a new generation of California creatives, too, is lured by plastic’s limitless, almost magical properties. Elyse Graham, who first became known for the vase forms she created by coating sand-filled balloons with resin, is “completely seduced by the material,” she says. “So many aspects of it capture my imagination. Most excitingly, I’ve now found a way to reuse it.” Working with what she calls MetaMaterial (a composite resin made with recast pieces), she makes furniture that bridges art and function. “Each new project builds on the one before it as we discover new ways of working with resin,” says Graham. For industrial designer and spatial artist Nobel Truong, it’s all an exploration of philosophy and technology. As an “admirer of the structural forms and function that marked Bauhaus architecture,” she creates both theoretical furnishings and playful accessories with laser-cut acrylic panels that slot together. Intrigued by “the play on color and shape pioneered by the Memphis Group,” she also explores the effects of color in her work, especially fluorescent hues. Putting an emphasis on the whimsical side of the material’s complex nature is artist Betsy Enzensberger. “Resin is an incredibly difficult medium to work with, which is why I’m attracted to it,” she says. Likening the liquid resins she casts and sculpts to honey and syrup, it’s not surprising her works celebrate childhood sweets—ice cream and popsicles—that range in size from 6 inches to 6 feet. “I expect perfection in my work, but it’s about joy. I want to spread smiles,” she says.
Artist Betsy Enzensberger uses the familiarity of sweet treats, like her sculpture Vibrant Daydreams made of resin, ink, glitter, pearl powder and plexiglass, to evoke the simplicity and joy so often associated with childhood delights.
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Architecture firm Lake Flato’s Horizon House boasts 30inch thick, locally sourced rammed-earth walls that function as a historical means of regulating temperature, while also celebrating local craftspeople and materials.
Texans have a history of building resourcefulness. “We are a state of immigrants,” notes architect Michael Imber. “When people came here, they brought their own culture and aesthetics, and they adapted those to the materials at hand— and that’s why our architecture has character today.” That character, described by Imber as “sturdy, rugged and embodied with heritage,” has made buildings in the Lone Star State famous, and prompted leading architects around the nation to take note. When pioneers came to Texas in the 19th century, they found limited materials. In addition to the limestone they could see in the cuts made by rivers, there were stands of mesquite, cypress and post oak trees and a seemingly unlimited supply of reddish-brown dirt for making adobe bricks and earth walls. The settlers began constructing with these, and to this day Texas architects are following suit and using the same resources. “When we design buildings, we think about what would make them durable and beautiful,” says architect Ted Flato, whose firm has been known to install mesquite floors and make broad use of Texas limestone. “The best materials for this climate are native. Not only
are they beautiful, they make a structure look at home in the landscape.” For Imber, using endemic sources—such as mesquite, cypress, whitewashed Texas limestone and rammed earth—gives structures meaning. “It connects them to the past and to the future,” he says. “Architectural styles may come and go, but if there’s a commonality of materials, it makes us feel comfortable. Looking at things we recognize is a nurturing experience.” It is a look others seek to emulate. “We have clients in far-flung places who fall in love with our work, and they want to build something like it where they live,” says Flato. “When that happens, we begin by looking at the older properties in the area. From there, we can determine what the local materials are—that’s all they had to work with back then. We try to do the same thing with native resources in that particular region.” Imber believes that indigenous materials are like heritage foods. “When foods became homogenized across the U.S., we lost our individual culture and flavor,” he notes. “It’s the same with building sources. Texas has long been a leader in constructing with local ingredients, and the rest of the country is catching on.”
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blanchejelly.com Name Game: My company, Blanche Jelly, is named after my great-grandmother. Not only is it a distinctive name, but I also believe it speaks to a certain sense of time and our special relationship. Changing Direction: Before this career, I worked in political risk analysis for the World Bank and realized being in front of a computer all day wasn’t fulfilling for me. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I was always drawn to home design, so I knew I was inclined to work with interiors and make things by hand. I moved to New York City and received my MFA in interior design from Parsons, then went to Hudson, New York, where I began making furniture. After my business picked up, I moved back to Portland in 2016. Guiding Fundamentals: People are familiar with my plaster pieces, but I also make hardware that follows similar principles—everything is made by hand in my studio. I do not believe in high-tech gadgets. I use five tools and my pieces don’t look perfect. I am not interested in perfection. Untapped Element: I’ve been intrigued by working with stone, and I don’t mean the refined kind. Over the years I have collected little river rocks and I’ve wanted to build them into furnishings.
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CASEY MCCAFFERTY casey-mccafferty.com Natural Inclination: Growing up the fourth of five children in Staten Island, my parents let me dabble with any creative endeavor I was obsessed with at that stage. I built computers, worked on mopeds, made fiberglass structures and erected tree forts. Furniture design and woodcraft took hold after graduating college. Coastal Significance: Living on both coasts—the East as a child and the West (Los Angeles) as an adult—I have always loved walks on the beach searching for debris. The textures, colors and overall air of flotsam and jetsam are a huge influence on my work. History Lesson: I’ve been reading a lot about Constantin Brâncuși and Auguste Rodin lately—both famous sculptors with different styles. Their dedication and obsessiveness in what they deemed quality drive me to always dive into and believe in my work. On the Horizon: The “Hello World” table— I’ve had a creative angst regarding the design of the common table since the top will always be a flat surface. So, I made a simple switch of letting the base flow through the tabletop allowing the eye to wander from bottom to top. 060 / LUXESOURCE.COM
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JUDE HESLIN-DI LEO Formative Years: I always wanted to be an artist, but it wasn’t until I took a class at Pratt on industrial design that I connected strongly with the work and felt it was my path. While I was pretty lousy at woodworking during those college years, it wasn’t until a few years later during a summer job with Johnny Geraghty, a custom furniture maker, that I learned the traditional methods of Japanese tansu. With the intricacies involved and no allowances for error, my fabrication skills jumped to the next level. Mutual Affection: My biggest early influence was when my friend Bernardo Guillermo and I started designing and making furniture together after graduating college in 2005. We influenced each other— pushing and leaning on one another to make those early pieces happen. Living in Harmony: Earlier this year my family and I moved out of New York City to Cold Spring, New York, where we live on top of a mountain surrounded by wildlife. Everyone in our community does their part to preserve the area’s tranquility and living here has had a tremendous impact on how I connect with the earth, especially when it comes to my work. American Craftsmanship: To me, it is the integration of fine arts, industrialism and technology. It is also about keeping the celebration of the artisan alive.
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ASPEN GOLANN aspengolann.com Go-to Materials: Domestic hardwoods, especially walnut and maple. Walnut is so classic and the grain is so rich, while the bright, simple tones of maple give furniture such lightness. When bleached, the pieces emanate an almost otherworldly glow. Studio Influence: During my residency here at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, I keep an unruly set of three-ring binders filled with reference images of Greek and Roman statues, iconic pieces of American furniture and objects by unnamed makers that I’ve spotted in thrift stores. Southern Charm: I love the elegance and restraint of traditional furniture forms, especially their properness relating to decorum. While my pieces inspirit antique furniture, I try to dust off the stuffy aesthetic related to classic lines by simplifying, rearranging or recontextualizing older forms and styles. Playing Favorites: Made with my good friend and mentor, Peter Galbert, and commissioned for the wellknown English designer Beata Heuman, the Windsor Settee has so many opposing qualities; it utilizes old-school Windsor chair construction, while the updated proportions and curving of the entire back and undercarriage give it a fluid, sculptural feeling. 062 / LUXESOURCE.COM
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There’s a sense of bright optimism to the abstract paintings by Denver-based artist Jessica Magee, even when she veers from the fresh pinks, blues and pops of red she often gravitates toward when capturing the organic shapes found in nature. “I grew up canoeing and always enjoyed the sounds and sights of water moving over river rocks and pebbles. I was super interested in seeing what a colorful interpretation of that memory would be,” she says. “My main intention was to create something soothing to look at.” Magee begins with a few large gestures, then adds layers of flowing patterns in quick-drying acrylic paints, including the bubble-like forms that have become a hallmark of her work. Also deeply ingrained is Magee’s obsession with color, which she attributes to her background in commercial interior design. “I treat so many of my pieces as grand studies because I just love playing with color and composition,” she says. “I don’t think there is any color that is off-limits.” jessicamageeartist.com
the INSIDER As homeowners have rediscovered the importance of well-designed living spaces this year, they’ve been turning to the decorating experts for help creating rooms that feel good without making too much of a fuss—which is why Jamie Nusser has been so busy. The Denver-based founder of J Designs, Inc. has made her mark by creating modern interiors softened by just the right mix of subtle, special details, from fine antiques to timeworn textiles. Here, she shares with Luxe what drives those designs. jinteriordesigns.com What role does simplicity play in your designs? I love creating a canvas for people to live life in, and for me that looks like a simpler, more neutral palette with the occasional funky wallpaper thrown in. Starting with this base of simplicity allows my clients and me to build a design that fits their specific needs. That explains your affinity for white spaces. I do have a love affair with white spaces, and I will usually paint an entire house the same white shade to create that great backdrop against which I can layer different textures to create a calm, cohesive space. For example, I have been loving 064 / luxesource.com
dramatic lighting fixtures that act as sculptural elements, and I have also been focusing on furniture that incorporates textiles and woven elements that add dimension to a room. What sparks your creativity when combining decor elements? The interesting ideas coming and going in the fashion world often inform my approach. I love clothing and textile design and find that it’s a nice way to get me thinking outside the box. Locally, a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens always sparks my creativity—the colors and textures always seem to show me new combinations I can use.
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The fourth monograph published by celebrated architect Tom Kundig and Princeton Architectural Press follows Kundig across the region and around the globe for an inside look at 29 recent projects in residences, hospitality, culture and more. Full-color photos, plans and sketches fill its pages, along with excerpts from Kundig’s University of Washington Distinguished Alumni Award acceptance speech and a conversation with Michael Chaiken, curator of the Bob Dylan Archive. Working Title highlights the vast interpretations of Kundig’s signature style as reflected in recent launches like Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and luxury clothier Shinsegae International’s new 15-story headquarters in Seoul. papress.com
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ON the HUNT SUSAN WEISS
It should come as little surprise that interior designer Susan Weiss, founder and principal of Denver-based Emerson Bailey Collection, makes her living sourcing unique and hard-to-find furnishings and architectural accents. This is, after all, the daughter of a man known for his unusual collections—his most notable acquisition being the boat that inspired the movie The African Queen. “My childhood was a hunt for the perfect this or that,” Weiss says. “I love things with substance and character; pieces that tell a story.” These days, the designer travels to Europe several times each year to gather the fine antique furnishings, accessories and building elements that mingle with contemporary accents—think Libeco linens, Verellen furnishings, Apparatus lighting—at her Cherry Hills Village design studio. (More acquisitions fill a nearby warehouse, the A Line Boutique in Cherry Creek, and an online shop.) Here, Weiss reveals a few favorite sources for such fabulous finds. emersonbailey.com
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WHO: Prema, a Denver-based boutique floral design studio helmed by Frances Harjeet, who lends her artistic, nature-inspired twist on tradition to lush, texture-rich floral decor for large-scale luxury events and weddings—and, as of this spring, to a collection of floralpatterned partyware and home accessories sold through its sister brand, Frances H. Designs. WHAT: Prema’s feed serves as a portfolio of the studio’s one-of-akind designs. Look for still-lifes that showcase single arrangements in gorgeous detail—depicting the artistry that goes into each composition—plus professional images from events and styled photo shoots, and Instagram stories that share behind-the-scenes coverage of event-design days. WHY: Scrolling offers a peaceful escape into the loveliness of flowers but provides practical takeaways, too. “We hope to showcase the immense variety of flowers available and our belief that floral design can be a way of expressing personal style,” Harjeet says. IN HER WORDS: “My hope is that seeing our flowers brings a smile to the faces of our followers and encourages them to view floral design as a living, seasonal, beautiful art form.”
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Why she loves it: “This is an amazing gallery space in which to view art—from the volumes of the rooms to the lighting, everything is perfect. The staff is extremely helpful in supporting the very personal, highly important experience of art selection. I go for the incredible collection of contemporary art, which I often place with European antiques and authentic furnishings to magically complete a space.” Favorite finds: Work by Gary Komarin and pieces by the artist Jae Ko. robischongallery.com
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Why she loves it: “This is a great place to find authentic antiques of all kinds, and to soak in owner Eron’s amazing knowledge about everything. The treasures you’ll find here are guaranteed to be authentic, wellresearched and documented.” Favorite finds: A pair of 19th-century Chinese purple elm-wood armchairs. eronjohnsonantiques.com
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Why she loves it: “This fantastic, ever-changing showroom is such an inspirational experience and a great source for contemporary furniture and lighting that pairs beautifully with antiques. The knowledgeable, personable staff is invaluable when I’m working to find the perfect piece.” Favorite finds: A horsehair sconce by Apparatus that can be found in her own studio. studiocomo.com
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FRESH Perspectives THESE FOUR ARTISTS USE THEIR PLATFORMS TO REFRAME THE NATURAL AND MANMADE WORLDS.
At first glance, the artworks of Suchitra Mattai reveal two things about their creator: First, her mastery of a wide array of mediums, from sewing, crocheting and embroidering to painting and sculpting. Second, the Denverite’s deep connection to her family’s South Asian roots and the far-flung places she has called home—from her birthplace of Guyana to Canada, India and France—celebrated with indigenous colors, textures and motifs inspired by Indian miniature paintings, plants from the Caribbean, and European, Colonialera patterns. In Mattai’s hands, these elements share untold histories while challenging authoritative narratives, especially those surrounding colonialism. suchitramattai.com
JOEL SWANSON ▲ Joel Swanson’s hope is that after you’re struck by the minimal, conceptual and playful qualities of his work, you’re also persuaded to question words and their meanings. “Language can be beautifully expressive, complicated and poetic, but it can also be reductive, marginalizing and destructive,” the artist says. “Once we learn how to read…it becomes autonomic, like breathing. My work attempts to interrupt this immediacy of reading, giving people the opportunity to perceive language, and its power, from new perspectives.” joelericswanson.com
OLIVE MOYA ⊲ Denver-based illustrator-turnedpainter Olive Moya refers to her vibrant, graphic compositions as abstract storytelling. Some of Moya’s stories are autobiographical—“a way for me to convey fear and frustration through tangled, angry line work or make calming spaces in lieu of any in reality,” she says—though abstraction allows viewers to create their own meanings and connections. “It’s the same reason I love painting murals,” she says, referring to the public works that adorn the Cherry Creek Trail at Speer and Clarkson, downtown Denver’s Republic Plaza building, and a variety of Mile High City retail and restaurant locations. “It’s out there for anyone to see or find ownership over.” olivemoya.com
▲ DAMON LA SCALA “The flow of the brush is instinctive to me,” says Denverbased artist Damon La Scala, who has gravitated toward painting since his childhood. But it was when he began creating reverse paintings on Plexiglas that he found “great rhythm,” he says. “I’m dyslexic, so I tend to see layers of a painting backwards, and I feel that this technique best captures my creative process and energy.” Often commissioned by homeowners and designers to create art for specific spaces, La Scala explores a variety of themes through his work, from mountain landscapes and iconic Western animals to cubist human figures—some expressed with a minimalist’s palette, others in bold, saturated hues. The common thread, La Scala says, is “abstraction, flow and texture. I celebrate a paint drip or an imperfect line and the energy the raw strokes leave behind. There is a symbiotic relationship between me and the brushstroke. We use each other.” studiolascala.com
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TERRA FIRMA RICH TEXTURES AND NATURAL HUES GROUND THIS SUMMERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DECORATIVE TILES. PRODUCED BY KATHRYN GIVEN WITH SARAH SHELTON
FIELD REPORT Clockwise from top left: Cabal in Pink by Kelly Wearstler / annsacks.com. M43 Lichen / heathceramics.com. Narrabeen in Bangalay by Pietta Donovan / walkerzanger.com. Bow in Terra Cotta & Kohl / pophamdesign.com. Sound Wave Pattern #9 / flmceramics.com. Sepia Flanders / devolkitchens.com.
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SUN DANCE Clockwise from top: Hex Punch in Lawn & Milk / pophamdesign.com. Let’s Connect Base – DTLA by Taryn Bone / granadatile.com. Try Angle Black Hex / cletile.com. Saigon Triangle and Saigon Circle Blue / artistictile.com.
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GROUND CONTROL Clockwise from top: Prince in Fold by Avroko / xsurfaces.com. Tiempo Kasuri in Charcoal & Oxford / annsacks.com. Glazed Thin Brick in Fennel / cletile.com. Haystack in Mustard Seed / fireclaytile.com. Sound Wave Pattern #5 / flmceramics.com. Kyoto Bronze / artistictile.com.
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RUSTIC ROUSE Clockwise from top: Luna Luna in Sunshine / granadatile.com. Zephyr Nero by Alison Rose / artistictile.com. Clip Square Mosaic by Lindsay Sheets / redrocktileworks.com. Rose Venetian / devolkitchens.com.Echo by Paul Schatz / newravenna.com. Mottled Tile in M8 / balineum.co.uk. Fabric backdrops throughout: Ă&#x2030;litis / elitis.fr/en.
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GENTLEMEN’S QUARTERS GOODMAN’S BAR, NEW YORK CITY
Tucked away in the iconic men’s section at Bergdorf Goodman, this sleek and sophisticated hideway provides the ideal inspiration for creating a classic library bar space. Decorated with custom hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper, vintage Franz Schuster chairs and graphic marble floors, the space evokes a fashionable Parisian watering hole, which is echoed in the array of luxuriously adorned pieces on display here.
4 1. Shagreen Backgammon Set / $2,750 / aerin.com 2. 18k Gold and Platinum Tiger’s Eye Flat Top Ring / $26,000 / davidwebb.com
4. Carlyle Sofa / Price upon request / lorinmarsh.com 5. Cloud Sepia Cashmere Blanket / $1,425 / saved-ny.com 6. Poppy Two Light Sconce / $199 / hinkley.com 7. Large Oxymore Double Old Fashioned in Gray by Saint Louis Crystal / $315 / bergdorfgoodman.com
PHOTO: NOE DEWITT, COURTESY BERGDORF GOODMAN.
3. Drone Side Table by Alexander Diaz Andersson / $5,490 / atraform.com
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LA DOLCE VITA GUCCI OSTERIA, BEVERLY HILLS
Embracing the fashion brand’s Italian heritage while honoring its SoCal surroundings, Rodeo Drive’s chicest rooftop eatery showcases an eclectic mix of decor. With banquettes enveloped in red velvet—a nod to old Hollywood glamour—and wicker dining chairs—reminiscent of Florence’s effortless alfresco dining scene—this bright and polished hot spot prompted a mix of accessories oozing with laid-back sophistication.
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3. Laundered Linen Napkin Set / $80 for four / caravanhomedecor.com 4. Ochre Chromatic Ceramic Plate / Price upon request / getthegusto.com
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6. Lyford Chair by Beth Webb / $1,640 / arteriorshome.com 7. Small Top Handle Bag in Pastel Green Python / $5,900 / gucci.com
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The Dining Hall at Harrods, the world-famous department store that boasts a 200-year-long history, transports us to a world of old-European grandeur with subtle additions of contemporary elements. In 2019, David Collins Studio updated the Grade II historic building while still preserving original elements, such as tiles and roundels from the 1900s. Following these cues are the selections on this page, sure to incite your very own elegant and English-inspired utopia.
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5. Artemis Bottoman / $1,432 / houseofhackney.com
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LE CAFÉ V, OSAKA
Nestled in Osaka’s modern metropolis is Louis Vuitton’s first café celebrating the fusion of traditional and modern design influences. Emblematic of the Japanese city’s seafaring history and created by architects Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, the building’s exterior resembles a cargo ship. Inside, the top floor’s oval-shaped Cocoon Room is outfitted with cozy curved yellow sofas and colorful modern art. This inviting space can be replicated with intriguing shapes and playful pops of color.
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3. Miami Beach Wall Sconce by Sasha Bikoff / $224 / curreyandcompany.com 4. Swift Loafer / $1,170 / louisvuitton.com
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BETTER Together IT’S ALL ABOUT COLLABORATION THESE DAYS. LUXE HIGHLIGHTS FIVE DYNAMIC PARTNERSHIPS, EACH WITH A SPIRITED SYNERGY. WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY KATHRYN GIVEN
CHADDOCK x MARK D. SIKES Mark D. Sikes brings his elevated California design ethos to a curated, customizable furniture collection with North Carolina-based Chaddock and its CEO, Andrew Crone. Walk us through the inspiration. MDS: We wanted to create allAmerican, versatile pieces. The design of several items was spurred by antiques I’m often hunting down for clients. What attracted you to this collaboration? AC: Mark is a wonderful partner for us because he understands the power of timeless elements and personalized details in a way that customers and clients understand them, too. Tell us about the materials. AC: Quality is the bedrock of what we do, so all of the “ingredients” are really important. We used a mixture of oak and maple wood species for the case goods. We love the dining chair and its versatility. MDS: Yes, it feels both feminine and masculine, and the scale works as a dining chair, a desk chair or a side chair. I also love the beautiful detail of the lattice back and the cane seat.
PHOTOS: COURTESY CHADDOCK.
With its delicate scale and slender arms, the Myrtle Dining Chair is not limited to the dining room; it can easily adapt to many spaces in the home. Here, it’s shown in Farrow & Ball’s No. 210 Blue Ground with the worn technique (left) and 900 Ebony finish with gilt accents. chaddockhome.com
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Share the inspiration for the collection. RK: Our trip together to Japan was certainly the impetus. We went to wonderful places, stacked with beautiful documents but both gravitated toward the same designs. What excites you about Robert’s design aesthetic? TB: I’ve always been a huge admirer of Robert’s work, particularly his take on country homes. His approach is eclectic. I love how he has no rules, combining objects from different cultures and time periods. Nothing feels too designed. The patterns are so charming—what sentiment were you going for? RK: We leaned heavily into indigo, as there was so much of that simple dying technique found on our journey. The patterns are delightful, some small and some less so—but they each tell a story. How would we find them in your home? TB: I’ll mix and match the fabrics—nothing too perfect. The Ume pattern (left) was inspired by an original Sarasa fragment from the Edo period and is still considered exotic and valuable in Japanese society today. Decorated with birds and bamboo, the Takeyabu design was drawn from a Bingata fabric, which traditionally depicts natural motifs. robertkime.com
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After designer Robert Kime completed the interiors of Tory Burch’s Normandy, France, home, the dynamic duo connected again to design the Nara collection, a sweet selection of fabrics and wallpapers.
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SOCIETY SOCIAL x ARIEL OKIN When it comes to offering a fresh take on classic furniture, the seven-piece assortment by Society Social founder Roxy Te and New York-based designer Ariel Okin does just that. This is a perfect match. How did you meet? RT: We connected in the modern way, via Instagram, chatting about everything from motherhood to design. Soon after, the idea of our line was born. Favorite part of collaborating? AO: Going back and forth on the sketches was such a fun experience for me. My inspiration images were really brought to life through Society Social’s talented artisans. Talk to us about your stylistic approach. RT: We wanted a look that is a soft ode to the classics but still evokes the comfort of home—designs that welcome effortless and inspired living. What’s important to keep in mind when designing furniture? AO: End use! I ultimately felt drawn to design a furniture line because I wanted to create pieces that I couldn’t find for my own clients. It’s important to really zero in on how the pieces will be used.
PHOTOS: COURTESY SOCIETY SOCIAL.
Influenced by furnishings in the ever-stylish homes of Marella Agnelli, the Bobbie Coffee Table features a traditional silhouette with trompe l’oeil wicker details for a feminine twist. Shown in Les Touches fabric in French Blue (left) and Performance Cloud Linen. shopsocietysocial.com
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ATELIER VIME x FARROW & BALL
How did the partnership with Farrow & Ball transpire? AW: Our world is intimately linked to Provence and our 18th-century house in Vallabrègues. For a long time, we had considered recreating our objects in color. The methods used by Farrow & Ball fit our artisanal and sustainable approach perfectly. Favorite moment? CC: Like us, commitment to traditional production methods is important to Atelier Vime, so it was great to see this celebrated with handcrafted woodwork. The paint really brings the pieces to life. CC: Strong colors like these certainly add a statement to a room, but when used on wicker, they frame the light and respond to it. What tenets do you consider when designing? AW: It has to be functional and poetic. I love to imagine a story behind each item. One of Atelier Vime’s first designs, the Gabriel Ceiling Light harks back to a round utility basket originally made by the company in the 1950s and used for collecting fruit. Today, the wicker is cultivated and handcrafted in Provence. It’s shown here in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black (left) and Cola paint colors. ateliervime.com; farrow-ball.com
PHOTOS: COURTESY ATELIER VIME.
Wicker wizards Anthony Watson, Benoit Rauzy and Raphaëlle Hanley of Atelier Vime and Charlotte Crosby of Farrow & Ball have launched the first of many collaborations incorporating the brand’s sophisticated paint shades on handcrafted wood pieces.
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B&B ITALIA x NAOTO FUKASAWA The connection runs deep for B&B Italiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO Gilberto Negrini and Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, who teamed up again to create Ayana, a minimalist assemblage of outdoor items. What attracted you to collaborate with Fukasawa? GN: His pure, light vision of design and the fact that his products are minimal and precise in their shapes and details. Most rewarding part of the process? NF: The most joyful stage for me is visiting the factory, seeing the prototypes and continuing to refine the pieces. We love the use of natural teak. GN: The unpainted teak allows the piece to age and evolve in the most genuine way. This project also has a green soul as all the materials can be separated and disposed of with respect for the environment at the end of the productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life cycle. What excites you most about the collection? NF: The unique combination of essential shapes and natural wood is so elegant and sophisticated.
PHOTOS: COURTESY B&B ITALIA.
Combining Southeast Asian influences with a contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic, the outdoor teak Ayana armchair employs ancient construction. Each structure is completely free of metal elements and instead uses wooden pin joinery; the pieces are shown in Linaria green and gray fabrics. bebitalia.com
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At a moment when our homes are more important than ever, kitchen and bath spaces have become the ultimate safe havens—somewhere we can pause, unwind and take comfort at the end of the day. Today’s designers are incorporating minimalistic layouts, natural materials and soothing color palettes to create airy environments. Designer Jennifer Kranitz of Project Interiors took those elements to heart for a spacious Chicago bathroom imagining “a quiet, gentle setting where the owners can hit mute on the chaos of life.”
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Designer Jennifer Kranitz created an elegant master bathroom in Studio Gangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic Aqua Tower in Chicago with tranquility in mind. The subdued gray-toned walls and flooring were customized in Tadelakt Plaster and fabricated by Chicago Ornamental Plastering. A brass stool by Noir punctuates the neutral palette in front of an MTI bathtub with Hansgrohe fittings.
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Nestled high above the sprawling city of Chicago is this ideal urban oasis by designer Jennifer Kranitz of Project Interiors. Here, she walks us through the spectacular space, which involved combining two units in the luxury skyscraper. projectinteriors.com
Tell us about the decision to use plaster. Plaster is the main finish here and is incorporated on the floors, walls, tub, shower—everything! It’s very durable and low-maintenance. The various applications create movement and allow your eye to travel around the space. Plus, the material almost has a velvety look, which adds a subtle texture and scale to this very large room. What should be top of mind when designing a bathroom? While you want it to be pretty, it also has to work! Early on in the process, consider the functionality and how your client will live in the space. We were mindful of elements such as circulation, point of entry and storage while building this relaxing refuge.
photos: aimée mazzenga, courtesy project interiors.
That view! This bathroom offers an amazing cityscape. We took into consideration everything happening outside when creating the design. We wanted it to be soft and serene in contrast to the city life visible through the floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows.
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In a Dallas kitchen, architect Jason Erik Smith chose Ann Sacks’ Pietra Statuario for the island, which features a Houzer sink and Blanco faucet. “With four children, the island needed to be heroic,” Smith recalls.
THIS KITCHEN PROVES THAT AN AESTHETICS-FIRST APPROACH DOESN’T HAVE TO SACRIFICE FUNCTIONALITY. WRITTEN BY GRACE BEULEY HUNT
The words “calm” and “kitchen” don’t always walk hand in hand. But for a Texas couple with four children, a Zen cooking hub was wish number one for their new home in the tony Dallas suburb of University Park.
With its organic material procession, the storagesavvy kitchen flows seamlessly into the openconcept great room—but that’s not to say it feels
indistinct. To delineate, the architects carried the rift-sawn white-oak flooring up the wall and across the ceiling like a ribbon on a gift. “What this does is create a room within a room,” Smith explains. “It’s a strategy we like to use to create intimacy within a big, open space.” Rounding out the interiors, designer Jean Liu employed furnishings with clean lines and stalwart tendencies. A laminate top Saarinen table joined by walnut Cherner dining chairs creates a dégagé set-up for homework sessions and cocktail parties alike, while soaring Pindler curtain sheers and custom sisal rugs lend warmth and softness to the minimal scheme. “A limited color palette will always tone down hustle and bustle,” notes the designer, adding, “Every last detail in this space is choreographed, which creates a sense of serenity and calmness.” smitharc.com; jeanliudesign.com
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“The idea was not to think of it as a kitchen, but as a beautiful space that happens to have all the amenities and comforts of one,” explains architect Jason Erik Smith. To meet this brief, the team at Smitharc Architects prioritized concealing as much visual clutter as possible. Along the north wall, a series of discreet doors encloses both refrigerator and dishware storage. Beyond, in the handsome back-of-house area, a shallow corridor hosts built-in small appliances before revealing a walk-in pantry and coffee bar. And equal parts design statement and workhorse, the impressive, 15-foot-long sintered porcelain island houses two dishwashers and a downdraft cooktop, in addition to generous drawer space.
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TWO OF A KIND Making its U.S. debut earlier this year, Italian company Ceramica Cielo touts an impressive array of ceramic sinks in various styles, sizes and colors. New to the collection is the Multiplo system, a modular design specified for suspended installation that includes a wash basin and countertop, available in 17 colorways. Coordinating lower storage and towel racks are also offered. ceramicacielo.it
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The Qi collection is the high-concept collaboration between Scavolini, the Italian makers of quality kitchens and baths, and Japanese design powerhouse Nendo. Marked by a minimal, contemporary aesthetic, the offerings focus on linear elements including sleek shelving elements and substantial kitchen peninsulas. The bespoke program is available in several finishes and materials. scavoliniusa.com
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always been a minimalist at heart and believe that there is so much consideration that goes into beautiful simplicity,â&#x20AC;? explains London-based designer Alix Lawson. For a striking Notting Hill contemporary bathroom, she employed clean lines, natural material and a tone-on-tone palette to create a distinct sense of calm. Lawson also drew upon Scandinavian ethos, Japanese design principles and her own Australian heritage to create the retreat-like cocoon. alixlawson.com
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Designer Alix Lawson used Silk Georgette stone to create a seamless architectural canvas for a sophisticated London bathroom. Bastion Wall Sconces from Allied Maker frame the mirror.
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esigner Terri Ricci never underestimates a game of pretend. With a sincere belief that her best projects result from good storytelling, Ricci invited her Aspen clients to imagine their future life in the home they were building. The couple had purchased a stunning piece of property—and the architectural plans that came with it—but wanted Ricci to tailor the plans to fit their laid-back lifestyle. Though the blueprint promised a sophisticated home with incomparable mountain and valley views, the clients, who love to entertain, wanted to ensure the home would also envelop friends and family with a warm aesthetic that says, “Welcome.” In order to inform design decisions, Ricci started by asking the clients to give her a glimpse inside their imagined future life here. “The wife described what she would be serving
during meals and who would be coming over to enjoy this space—how they would arrive, what they might be wearing, what the lighting would feel like, and where the kids would start and end up,” recalls Ricci. “It was her way of being able to visualize.” That visualization led Ricci and architect John Rowland to enunciate certain aspects of the home’s layout and design, such as the garden courtyard around which the U-shaped house is oriented. “The entry court was a very purposeful part of the design,” says Rowland. “It’s the amuse-bouche before you go into the house for the real party, and everything horseshoes around it. When you stand in the courtyard, you’re engaged with the structure because you can see right through it and watch people moving through the home.”
Architect John Rowland fashioned this Aspen home around an exterior courtyard composed of weathered flagstone, which is used by the owners as a gathering spot near the entrance. Designer Terri Ricci created the dark-stained, overscale pivot door and its hand-carved ergonomic disc. The mahogany wood siding wears a pigmented stain.
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The foyer has a lower ceiling, which creates an intimate welcome before opening up to the double-height living room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wrapped the entrance in wood paneling for warmth,â&#x20AC;? says Ricci, who designed the waterfall console and green suede bench. A French ceramic lamp and African sculpture deliver a sense of history while art by Lucio Fontana creates a focal point.
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The great room was designed for entertaining. A custom velvet chaise, vintage leather chair and curved Sabin armchair surround a glass-top table from Stahl + Band in Los Angeles that’s perched on a Lepere area rug. The fireplace features a screen by Liz O’Brien; Materia leather sconces hang above. Ricci designed the dining table that’s surrounded by Carl Hansen chairs. A Nepenthes chandelier by Christopher Boots dangles above.
Rowland says he worked to honor the clients’ desire for feng shui, planning the home’s spaces according to the idea of bagua—an organizing element of feng shui that encourages energy, balance and flow. “The whole idea of the house was to be humble, not ostentatious, so we really tried to build something that felt glamorous, and also serene and tranquil,” says the architect, who worked with builder Scott Scherer on the structural changes. The house offers plenty of space for this family of five but feels much more intimate because of the spatial plan— with thoughtful transitions from double-height spaces, like the main living areas, to more intimate spaces, like the kitchen, library and small-scale bedrooms. Light-filled corridors connect the public and private zones, and the master suite doubles as a wellness retreat, complete with a Bikram yoga studio, a cycling studio and a heated lap pool off the master portico. And all rooms enjoy views to the great outdoors and the stunning landscape, refreshed by landscape architect Amy Barrow, that led the family to settle here in the first place.
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The breakfast area marries a round concrete table with wooden base from Mecox in Southampton, New York, a bespoke settee, and a purple upholstered chair by Dmitriy & Co. A light fixture by Hollis + Morris and artwork by Jack Whitten deliver impact without distracting from the views. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We added the beams in the kitchen because it felt important to ground the room in natural elements, since the ceilings are so high,â&#x20AC;? says Ricci.
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Ricci was enamored with the layout from the very beginning. “It’s so inviting, especially for a family with children,” says Ricci. “All of their bedrooms are on one level, but in different zones, which is appealing. There’s a seamless transition from inside to the outside, with massive steel windows and doors creating a sense of transparency—an easy flow from one corner of the house to the next. Light passes through the house at all points of the day, uniting the spaces. My goal was to design the rooms to enhance that flow and create visual continuity.” The designer did that by using consistent natural materials throughout—from the wide-plank European whiteoak floors to soft textural finishes like Calacatta gold marble and limestone. The color palette of pale, cool neutrals is punctuated with jewel-tone accents like jade, amethyst and ruby. Ricci also purposefully added some grit and patina, so the house didn’t skew too contemporary—or feel too trendy. “I wanted the house to be curated, to tell a unique
story and to be a little bit unexpected for Aspen,” she says. “My desire was that no one would pinpoint the age of this house or be able to tell when it was built or furnished. I wanted it to stand the test of time.” To that end, Ricci brought in a few key antiques, like the massive hutch that serves as a counterpoint to the modern French oak cabinetry in the kitchen. She chose lighting and hardware to double as art, mixing metals to buoy the storied aesthetic. “I’m not into sets or matching things, so we worked really hard to deliver eclectic moments,” says Ricci. In the breakfast room, for example, she assembled a custom settee, a Shaker-style ladderback chair and an upholstered seat with a rounded back around one concrete table. “The interplay of things that wouldn’t normally go together is what keeps things fun,” says Ricci. “The clients said all along they wanted fun and family friendly by day, and sophisticated and alluring by night—and I think we were able to deliver.”
Ricci knew the modern kitchen needed a touch of patina to soften its edges, so she convinced her client to purchase this antique pine cupboard from Lucca Antiques in Los Angeles. The piece lends gravitas to the space, which features European pippy oak cabinets and limestone counters from Haussmann Natural Stone in California. A multi-arm fixture by The Urban Electric Co. lights the space.
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Right: “In Colorado, we get incredible weather seven months out of the year, and we design around it,” says Rowland, who created corridors of glass that hem the house and blur the lines between inside and out. This one leads to the children’s wing and allows access to the entry courtyard. Opposite: Ricci designed a children’s lounge, for reading or playing games, at the end of the light-filled corridor. Her custom twig pendant hangs over a slipcovered sofa from Brownstone Upholstery. Woven slipper chairs by Foley & Cox flank a Button Table by Chista. A custom area rug warms the light-filled space.
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Above: A hallway extends from the public spaces to the master suite. A round mirror by Anish Kapoor visually elongates the corridor, and lends a warm, amber hue to the cool plaster walls. Left: A custom fringe-and-leather headboard features built-in sconces. The velvet-and-metal bench, also custom, was fabricated by DLV Designs. The bed linens from Grande Maison de Blanc in Los Angeles deliver luxury, while a rosecolored throw by Society Limonta adds subtle color. Simple artwork by Wade Guyton grounds the ethereal space.
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Right: The master bathroom is a light-filled retreat. Custom European oak vanities by Benchcraft Custom Woodwork are topped with Calacatta gold marble counters. The polished nickel faucets are by Watermark Designs. The Fizi Triple Ball sconces in mid bronze by Articolo Lighting lend an industrial flair. The bespoke L’Oeuf mirror is by DLV Designs. Opposite: The clients love being outdoors, so the master suite is designed with an outdoor lounge where the homeowners are able to enjoy the open-air spaces, designed by landscape architect Amy Barrow. “The idea was that you can close the door to the master suite and have a private retreat,” says Ricci. The asymmetric chandelier is from O’Lampia in New York, and the dusty rose linen curtains were crafted by Caryn Company.
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Also off the master suite, a lap pool that seems to stretch into the surrounding trees is created as a wellness retreat for the exercise-loving clients. The pool was designed by Barrow, and the Mistra outdoor lounges are by Janus et Cie. The Sommer lounge chairs around the table are from Design Within Reach.
“ONE OF OUR PRIMARY GOALS WAS TO MAXIMIZE THE GREAT LIGHT QUALITY AND THE VIEWS.” –JOHN ROWLAND
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Time Honored EMBRACING THE CHARM OF THEIR HISTORIC DENVER NEIGHBORHOOD, A COUPLE INFUSES TRADITIONAL DETAILS INTO A NEW HOME. WRITTEN BY MONIQUE MCINTOSH / PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY MINTON REDFIELD
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trolling past the grand mansions in historic Denver neighborhoods feels a bit like going back in time. With their classical architecture, expansive lawns and winding drives, these turn-of-the-century homes capture the art of graceful living in what was, even then, a burgeoning city. It’s this old-world charm that a couple of Boulder transplants instantly fell in love with when exploring neighborhoods looking for a spot to build a new home. So, when a property became available that was previously part of the historic Brinkerhoff estate, they knew they wanted to tap into that traditional spirit. “We wanted something that had a sense of history, so it would fit into the area,” recalls the wife. However, as empty nesters, the home also needed to work for their more intimate lifestyle, one filled with Sunday family dinners and cocktail hours with friends. “We were looking for a combination—a classical look on one hand, but not overly formal or grand,” says the husband. Searching for that balance between traditional gentility and modern ease, they turned to architects Don Ruggles and Melissa Mabe to marry both modes of living. “We’re well known for traditional architecture, but we’re always looking for ways to blend that style into a more contemporary feeling,” notes Ruggles, who also worked on the remodel of the nearby Brinkerhoff mansion, known for its classic French Normandy architecture. Exploring different styles with the architects, the couple gravitated toward the simple elegance of an English Country cottage with a peaked roof and wood trim accents. “It’s a really intimate, romantic form that has a great sense of human scale,” explains Ruggles. “All the details feel almost close enough to touch.” The team, which included builder Jeremy Larson, invoked this classic cottage mood with a gabled roofline, employing a pastoral palette of textured wooden beams, hewn stone and creamy stucco for the exterior. These details helped the home “have a sense of familiarity, respecting the history of this little district,” notes Ruggles. With a nod to modernity,
“THERE’S NOTHING OVERDONE. IT’S SIMPLY WELCOMING PEOPLE WITH BEAUTIFUL SPACES.” –MELISSA MABE
however, the façade is punctuated with more hard-edge features like metal overhangs and a black slate roof. Landscaping also proved key in carving out a graceful entrance. Situated on a hill, the home “had a big elevation difference between the street and the main door,” notes landscape architect Ariel Gelman, who collaborated with landscape designer Troy Shimp to bring the outdoor environment to life. “We wanted to create a smooth approach with gentle steps going up.” They also filled the tiered raised beds with flowering perennials that would bloom year-round, introducing a floral scape that “was a wink to that cottage style.” This delicate balance continues inside, embracing more formal, enclosed spaces at the front of the house, which dissolves into a more casual, open-plan area. Refreshing, neutral hues between the textiles and furnishings keep stylish continuity between these realms. “The homeowners love the procession of a traditional layout, where you’re greeted by that kind of ceremony as you walk through,” explains Mabe, describing their approach to designing the flow of the home. “But when they want to relax, they can move further into the house and do some indoor-outdoor entertaining.” This elegant procession begins in the entrance hallway and stairwell. Inspired by the grand molding of a traditional hall, “we wanted to channel that same spirit, but in a more streamlined way,” says Mabe, who collaborated on the interiors with Emily Lindemann and Shelby Kroencke. Delicate English bead details in the molding and pilasters with simplified capitals “give you the idea of proportion in the space, but it feels softer and quieter.” The dining room continues this stately footing, detailed with wainscoting and crown molding that provide a genteel stage for the family’s beloved antique dining set, which the wife grew up with as a child. “That set is coming up on about 100 years old now, and we’ve had it for almost 30,” notes the wife. For more intimate gatherings, the couple heads further inward into the open kitchen and family room area that’s flooded with sunshine from the central courtyard, which is oriented to the south to receive the most light. “Architecturally, this allows so much of the interior and exterior of the house to unfold naturally,” explains Mabe. It’s this area that the family gravitates to the most, as the team defines the open layout with natural social anchors, like the kitchen’s expansive island with rich molding details echoing the coffered ceilings above. Or on beautiful days, “when we have friends over, it seems they always end up in the courtyard,” says the husband. There, a natural stone fireplace with a towering chimney adds architectural heft to the space while providing a warming hearth. It’s these quiet moments of grandeur in such intimate spaces that speaks most to the home’s reimagining of old-world entertaining. “There’s nothing overwrought or overdone,” notes Mabe. “It’s simply welcoming people with beautiful spaces.”
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The line between indoors and out blur in this Denver home by architects Don Ruggles and Melissa Mabe, who merged traditional architecture with modern living. The central courtyard was key to striking this balance in the family room, which opens to outside entertaining through NanaWall bifold doors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used the sun to help us set up the sequence for the floor plan, tying the informal areas back to the sunlight,â&#x20AC;? says Ruggles.
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Poised between the open kitchen and courtyard, the family room has become a natural hub for guests to gather by the fireplace, surrounded by two Ambella Home sofas and matching Charleston Forge leather armchairs. Welcoming serene hues come from the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art collection, including a mixed-media work by Don Quade over the fireplace and a painting by Aaron Morgan Brown near one of the sofas.
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Just off the entrance hall, the formal living room offers a modern take on the traditional parlor. “The homeowners wanted something that was comfortable, but not too formal,” notes Mabe. An Ambella Home sofa and Anees Upholstery armchairs provide elegant seating by the family’s treasured piano, all grounded by an area rug by Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries. A pair of paintings by Don Quade flank the window.
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“In the houses we design, I’m mostly drawn to smaller spaces,” says Mabe. This butler’s pantry, complete with crisp white cabinetry by Aspen Leaf Kitchens Ltd. and a Cowtan & Tout wallcovering, fits the bill. The light fixture is by Visual Comfort & Co. and the floor runner is the homeowners’ own.
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Decked in traditional wainscoting and crown molding, the formal dining room gives pride of place to the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heirloom dining set, refreshed with new Thibaut upholstery from Moda Antica. These pieces set the tone for the rest of the space. The creamy Zoffany Carrera wallpaper features metallic accents on the walls, and a Currey & Company chandelier is the grand centerpiece. The rug is the clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own.
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Avoiding ornate detailing, the home favors a subtle blend of textured materials in exterior spaces like the courtyard, which features stucco and heavy timber beams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are actually multiple textures of stone,â&#x20AC;? says builder Jeremy Lawson, including the hand-carved limestone chimney and flamed granite slabs. Plantings and a fountain by landscape architect Ariel Gelman and landscape designer Troy Shimp add notes of green and the sound of water.
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HOME for All SEASONS FOR A STEAMBOAT SPRINGS FAMILY, THIS VACATION RETREAT PROVIDES YEAR-ROUND FAMILY FUN.
WRITTEN BY MAILE PINGEL / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID PATTERSON
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he friendly, laid-back vibe of historic Steamboat Springs exudes a particular kind of allure that keeps people coming back. It was that draw that caused a Denver couple to return to their hometown in search of a retreat-like destination they could enjoy with their loved ones throughout the year. “This is not a seasonal house,” says Miranda Cullen, who designed the home with firm partner Devon Tobin. “In fact, its most notable feature is how much indoor-outdoor living they can do all year round.” That was part of the couple’s vision from the beginning. “We wanted to create a place to escape and elevate the quality of our life and build bonds together,” explains the husband. “We dreamed of walking into a place where your first reaction is to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy nature.” They also wanted to inspire a sense of possibility and adventure during their stays here—feelings they could bring back to their daily lives in the city. Undaunted by the prospect of a renovation, the couple purchased a home located in a lovely spot, but needed a lot of work. To oversee the changes, they brought on residential designer Travis Mathey and builder Chris Rhodes, business partners in a design-build practice. The focus was reimagining common areas with large, retractable glass doors to enhance that indoor-outdoor connection. Not only is there an expansive patio on the main level with multiple seating areas and a protected fireplace lounge, a covered patio equipped with a radiant heating system under the tile also stretches along the lower level, offering space for a large spa, a second lounge area and a recreation space with a Ping-Pong table. Noting that indoor-outdoor living remains a top trend in Colorado, Rhodes calls the connection between inside and out seamless.
“THE CLIENTS WANTED THIS HOUSE TO BE SOPHISTICATED WITH SOME FUN DETAILS.”
The interior is styled with a similar retreat mindset. Prior to this project, Cullen and Tobin completed the family’s Denver residence with a more traditional aesthetic. Here, they tried something new. “The clients wanted this house to be sophisticated with some fun details,” says Cullen. With the freedom to be a little more playful, the designers created a plethora of special touches. The entry, for example, is designed as a “wow” moment that lets guests take in the views before entering the lobby-like great room. “We leaned on the rustic nature of the beamed ceiling and fireplace, then added more refined lines in the lighting and furnishings. Adding a plaid upholstery to chaise lounges with modern bases was our way of getting a balance of traditional texture with modern lines. It’s all very fun-loving,” Cullen says. “The homeowners come up here to relax, and enjoy the house and location.” Other special main-floor considerations are a wine room (in truth, it’s also a beer room) and a much-needed mudroom with a locker system for multiple family members and guests to keep all of their equipment organized, be it ski gear in the winter or muddy mountain bike items in the summer. Downstairs a speakeasy-inspired bar was designed for entertaining guests after outdoor recreation, and the fun doesn’t stop there. The team created four en-suite mountain-themed bedrooms, each with their own distinct identity, and whimsical pieces such as faux-fur-covered bean bags and a console where the limbs of the carved deer on the cabinet front extend to become the actual furniture legs. The master suite, which occupies about one third of the main level, was also given special attention. “Our clients wanted their own personal retreat,” notes Cullen. The bedroom is a calming space done in soft neutrals. “There’s not a lot of pattern until you get to the draperies, and the oil painting over the fireplace is the only color,” she adds. Adjoining the bedroom via a vestibule is the couple’s private lounge. There, the designers installed a chic kitchenette and table on one side and a pair of lounge chairs on the other. “It’s a quiet space for morning coffee or a place to watch a movie together at night,” she says. The joyful spirit carries outside—embodied in the porch swing, which is actually a chair lift suspended from an overhang. When married with the relaxing nature the owners sought, it creates the retreat they had hoped for and envisioned. “The design team approached the project as if they were creating a resort. The focus is on the quality of experiences that we and our guests feel in every single space—even in the outdoor spaces where you can smell the forest and hear the creek and the birds,” says the husband. “There’s a real sense of harmony here.”
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“We wanted a ‘wow’ moment,” says designer Miranda Cullen of the entry in the Steamboat Springs home she helped renovate. There, a moment of pause was created through a Four Hands center table surrounded by a quartet of Jamie Young Company ottomans with Troy Lighting pendants above. Through the glass doors, artwork by Bill Brown hanging on a slatted wall marks the dramatic entry to the master suite.
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Opposite: In the living room, Cullen added Lee Industries armchairs, one pair in leather and one pair in Nobilis plaid upholstery. Ottomans by Rooster Socks Furniture & Design feature Casamance fabric, and the brass-base side table is by Dovetail. The coffee table and corner game table, paired with EQ3 chairs, are by Four Hands. The chandelier is by RH. Below: Landscape designers Kip Tirone and Amy Tirone selected plantings for the sitting area just off the main living room. The space features a sofa and chairs by RH in front of the fireplace, and the coffee tables, console and planters are all by Mr. Brown London. The Kettal double lounger is from John Brooks Incorporated.
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Right: “Maximum function,” was the brief for the entertaining areas downstairs. A custom banquette has a Maxwell Fabrics cushion by Rico’s Upholstery, and is joined by a pair of Four Hands tables and Lee Industries chairs—upholstered in GP & J Baker fabric. The table lamp is by Visual Comfort & Co. and the moose light fixture is from Lightology. The skier and moon prints are from Wendover Art Group. Opposite: The restaurant-style bar area was designed with entertaining in mind. Artwork purchased through Natural Curiosities centers the back wall, which is lined with a bright Speartek Tile and Stone backsplash. Surrounding the Four Hands tables are Lee Industries chairs from Columbine Showroom that Cullen upholstered in Kravet fabric. The ceiling fixtures are by Renwil.
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Right: A comfortable leather chair by Four Hands occupies the corner of a guest suite. Cullen found the Lee Industries triangle table at Columbine Showroom, and the floor lamp is by Arteriors. The print is from Wendover Art Group. Opposite: In the same room, framed vintage hotel logos over a Palecek bed dressed in Eastern Accents linens set the stage for hospitality. A Jamie Young and Company lamp on the Noir bedside table suggests nighttime reading. The Casamance shade fabric is from John Brooks Incorporated.
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“We kept everything soft and tonal,” says Cullen of the master suite. Near the fireplace are a Palecek floor lamp and a Bernhardt armchair upholstered in Kravet fabric. Création Baumann fabric covers a bench by Noir. Cullen sourced the Casamance drapery fabric from John Brooks Incorporated, because it “looks like a modern take of a mountain landscape” when closed. The painting was commissioned by artist Seth Winegar.
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Below, left: In the master bathroom, Cullen chose a bronze penny tile from SomerTile for â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bit of a punch.â&#x20AC;? The Caesarstone countertops are from Zorich Building Supply, the hardware is by Emtek and the fixtures are by Kohler. Below, right: The vanity chair and mirrors in the master bathroom are by RH, and the sconce is by Hudson Valley Lighting. The Crossville flooring mimics the tile on the walls.
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never rang truer than when 22 interior designers from different companies across Colorado got together for the massive undertaking of redecorating the historic Johnson House in Central City. Last touched in the 1980s, the Johnson House project would prove to be a labor of love that resulted in a truly remarkable outcome and new friendships forged in blood, sweat and tears. Built in 1867, the Johnson House was the first property in Central City to have indoor plumbing and was home to several local luminaries who were among the earliest supporters of Central City Opera. When the Opera acquired the property in 1961, it became a space used for events, parties and hosting overnight guests and the wear and tear over the years became obvious. Maintaining a property like the Johnson House, along with the 27 other properties the Opera owns in Central City, is a full-time job for which there are never enough resources, so when the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) took an interest in restoring the Johnson House to its former glory pro bono, it was more than Central City Opera could ever have wished for. “It was all hands on deck,” says Christie Lyn Del Ciotto, President of the ASID Colorado Board of Directors. “We knew that by adopting the Johnson House, our vendors and designers could preserve a piece of Colorado history and do justice to this incredible property.” The Johnson House got a makeover from top to bottom, from the covered front porch to the second-floor bathroom. The two-story
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Gablefront Folk Victorian home has three bedrooms, two full baths, a living and dining area and an eat-in kitchen. “We wanted to create a space that would be enjoyed by the community and remain true to the history of the house,” says Tristan Powers of Campbell-Powers Interiors and ASID member. “It’s amazing that this large of a team of designers worked in such a small space and it looks like it was one cohesive project.” “We estimate that about $250,000 went into the Johnson House, in the form of labor, products and outside vendors,” says Del Ciotto. “Thanks to the help of Eric Chinn (Central City Opera’s Director of Historic Properties), we were able to recycle and refinish a lot of existing pieces that were already in Central City.” Anyone who has renovated a home before knows that the more you tear apart, the more issues you uncover. While the Johnson House was mainly a cosmetic remodel, ASID took care to do lead paint remediation and asbestos removal. Appropriate permits were pulled, which took a lot of careful planning and waiting, considering the delicate age of the home. “There were lots of moments where it looked like things would not work out,” says Del Ciotto. “ASID’s motto became, We’ve got this! A heartfelt thanks to the 130 volunteers and donors for their willingness to give freely of their time, talent and goods. These combined efforts allowed us to make a big difference in a small Colorado community.”
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1. Upstairs Bedroom #1: Jonathon Gonzalez, Petite Maison 2. Kitchen: Dorothy Olivier and Lydia Lard, William Ohs, Inc. 3. House Exterior: Christie Del Ciotto, The Sherwin-Williams Company; Tristan Powers, Campbell-Powers Interiors 4. Hallway: Denise and Rob Krogman, RDK Design & Build 5. Front Porch: Jennifer Porter, Blue J Interiors 6. & 7. Game Room and 2nd-Floor Bath: Robin Pasley, Robin Pasley Interiors; Courtney Wilson and Amy Schuster, Echo Architecture + Interiors 8. Living Room/Piano Room: Trish Bonney, TAB Interior Design, LLC 9. Upstairs Bedroom #2: Susan Cole, Cole Interiors, Inc.; Anna Smith, Annabode 10. Dining Room: Jeannie Kerr, Décor Innovations; Nancy VanCleve, VanCleve Interior Design 11. The Carmen Room: Jennifer Jelinek, JJ Interiors, LLC; Jennifer Medoff, Dragonfly Designs 12. Downstairs Bathroom: Krista Reese, KBR Designs, LLC; Marlena Carson, Marlena Design Group ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY VICTOR ARANGO
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