Our Favorite Room
Where it Began: When homeowners Karen Frame and Sam Simakis bought this Boulder home about three years ago, they had just left a house with—gasp!—white walls. “My mom is an artist, so I’ve been an art collector for a long time,” Frame says.
Where it Began: When homeowners Karen Frame and Sam Simakis bought this Boulder home about three years ago, they had just left a house with—gasp!—white walls. “My mom is an artist, so I've been an art collector for a long time,” Frame says. “I was always of the mindset that artwork looks best on a plain wall.” But when she and Simakis found this yellow-green hue—deliciously dubbed “Anjou Pear”—they abandoned their old approach for a new look. The paint color turned out to be an ideal complement not only to their mid-century modern furniture, but also to their artwork.
Perfect Touches: The room's clean-lined furniture is the perfect balance to the feminine swoops of the Italian Murano glass chandelier from Design Within Reach. Pops of red in the fixture and the chairs give the room a playful-yet-grown-up vibe.
The room's signature piece is the painting of a crow, done by Santa Fe artist Josey Adams. “My brother died in 2001, and his favorite animal was a crow,” Frame explains. “After his death, my mom would see crows everywhere. About that time, I found this piece.” In her brother's honor, she renamed the painting “David.”
Style Tips: Frame's love affair with contemporary art and mid-century design leads her to sum up her style this way: “I like a clean look, not a lot of schmootz.” She has learned to buy art and furniture that “feel good,” she says. “Whatever it is, buy something that will stand the test of time. Make sure you'll love it for the next 50 years.”
GET THE LOOK:
Murano Glass Chandelier. This reproduction of a 17th-century Venetian-style
chandelier adds drama and warmth to any space. Available in red, black, smoke or white. Design Within Reach, Boulder, dwr.com
Colorado Peaches; Early Harvest. The homeowners often opt for artwork by local artists. This painting was done by Boulder artist Leah Bradley, who also created the piece to the right of the dining room entry. leahbradley.com
Amoeba-Shaped Table from the Jens Risom Collection at KnollStudio. The streamlined curves of this table harken back to Risom's Scandinavian design roots. Pair the table with any mid-century modern chair for no-fuss sophistication. knoll.com