With a few well-chosen furnishings and adornments, home design can transport you to a different place or time. But taking a newer home back several centuries—and doing so authentically—requires more than just some artfully placed antiques.
Upon entering this light and airy home in the heart of Vail, it is difficult to believe it ever resembled the heavy, dark space the “before” photos reveal.
WHERE IT BEGAN
After living in Aspen for more than 20 years, Cecil and Noelle Hernandez decided that they wanted to move to the mountain town’s historic West End. Noelle Hernandez had her sights set on a home that was built in the mid-eighties and had been on the market for quite some time. “It looked so sad and neglected,” says Hernandez, a design consultant and owner of Aspen-based NCH Design. “Cecil took one look and hated it, but I was already dissecting it and deciding what I wanted to do with it.”
CH&L: You were hired by a group of families to renovate and redecorate their Crested Butte vacation home. What was their vision?
Wayne and Linda Lee had searched for a home for more than a year, but when they discovered a 1950s home for sale near Chautauqua Park in Boulder the connection was instant.
“It felt like a happy house,” Linda says. “The home’s modernist design brought back all the things we loved from the fifties and sixties.”
WHERE IT BEGAN As the room that no one wanted to claim at the 2010 Designer Show House to benefit The Children’s Hospital. When designer Tonya Frank showed up on the scene of the house-in-progress, a 1929 gem designed by late architect Temple Buell, she was left with this dark, cramped space and just three weeks to work a transformation.
This Queen Anne was never supposed to go through a total renovation. In fact, it wasn’t supposed to be a project at all.
The owners, an out-of-state couple who wanted a second home in Boulder to be near their grandkids, initially commissioned designers Andrew and Gayle McArthur of Boulder-based Byrnes & Company to renovate the condo the couple had just purchased.
Built in the 1930s, this five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home in Denver has great bones and the casual elegance of a European cottage. But before the current homeowners got their hands on it, it was beginning to show its age. Anachronistic design touches had crept into its classic interiors over the years: eyeball can lights peeked out of the living room’s beamed ceiling, a circa-1980s kitchen crowded the first floor and the dated layout didn’t suit the homeowners’ contemporary lifestyle. The home was due for a makeover.
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