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Decades of Design in Colorado

The 2018 Governor’s Residence holiday design collaboration with ASID Colorado

For the seventh year, the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund and the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers have teamed up to decorate Governor John Hickenlooper’s residence for the holidays. The 2018 decor motif: “Decades of Design in Colorado.”

Free holiday tours offered  | December 6-9 & 13-16 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

DRAWING ROOM: 1910’s Society Wedding & The Progressive Era
David Rote, Basset Home Furnishings | Stacie Nowak, Closet Factory

Essentially Colorado royalty, Gladys Cheesman married John Evans in 1908 in the Drawing Room filled with lilies, palms and Denver’s social elite. To evoke the Edwardian-bridal feeling, the designers chose recurring motifs of ivory, blush pink and gold paired with pearls, lace and roses. The lavish holiday decorations also pay homage to “The Progressive Era” by celebrating with ‘Vote For Women’ banners, teacups symbolizing The Temperance Movement and other nods to Edwardian social change.

STATE DINING ROOM: 1920’s New Years at the Broadmoor: Colorado Springs as a Resort
Pam Smith & Colleen Heldt

Founder Spencer Penrose’s magical yet romantic vision for the Broadmoor comes to life in the Dining Room. A vibrant mix of gold, black and metallic touches is paired with feathers and fringe from the age of Art Deco. Come usher in the elegant “New Years Eve in the 20’s” celebration with all the “appointments of the finest metropolitan hotel,” Broadmoor-style. 


GOVERNOR'S ROOM/BAR: 1940’s Apres Ski at Aspen’s J-Bar 
Lynn Williamson & Eve Puterbaugh

Aspen in the 40’s was a tale of two cities. During the war, men were stationed nearby at Camp Hale, training for duty in Europe. In 1946, Aspen Mountain, affectionately known as Ajax, opened Lift # 1 and the ski industry in Colorado was born. Both soldiers and skiers would frequent The J-Bar at The Hotel Jerome, and the decoration in Governor’s Room/Bar will explore this connection. 

PALM ROOM'S MAIN AREA & BREAKFAST AREA: 1950's & 60's Palm Beach Tropical 
Trish Bonney, TAB Interiors

The Governor’s Palm Room is decorated with a 1950’s-60’s Palm Beach Tropical theme in mind.  The team creates a holiday design with an emphasis on the tropical colors of Palm Beach, Florida– much loved by the Boettcher family who owned a summer home there. Elegant fashion icons like Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn were also kept in mind when designing the Palm Room Hostess and other elements of the overall space.  


WELL ROOM: 1970's Swimming in The Well Room: A True Story
Leslie Kazmierczak, Level10 Interiors

A poolside Christmas (think: a Palm Springs-esque holiday during the Rat-Pack era) is the theme for this year’s decorations in the Well Room of the Governor’s Residence. Kitschy surf icons and striped beach towels are married alongside classic Christmas decorations of the 60’s and 70’s. The inspiration comes from the story of Governor Dick Lamm’s daughter, who tried to flood the room on three separate occasions to form a swimming pool.

STATELY LIBRARY: 1980's Western, Prairie & Southwest: Style Rooted in Colorado
Cindy Johnson & Courtney Cunningham, Johnson David Interiors

The State Library holiday design is inspired by Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch, sprawling just beneath the San Juan Mountains at the tip of Southwest Colorado. Taking cues from the 16,000-acre escape, the 1980’s prairie–style area includes: Indian Chief blanket motifs, ranch livestock textures, vast mountain landscape color palettes and authentic cowboy fashion. 


THE GRAND HALL: 2000 & Beyond! Designing in the Age of Internet & Reality TV
Cathrin Crampton, Mosaic Interiors

The Grand Hall is decorated in a contemporary winter style, with shiny white and metallic accents, large scale angel wings and several art pieces to top it off. 

Visit www.coloradoshome.org for more information.

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