Win This House
Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Mighty Millions Raffle presents an elegant picture, thanks to Casey St. John Interiors
Photography by David Lauer. Styling by Julia Völkel Emerson
Combine a genius, charitable idea with beautiful design, and the result is 5162 Mount Glennon Way in Morrison. A single winning ticket means ownership of this brand-spanking-new 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home, courtesy of the fifth-annual Mighty Millions Raffle benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado. For the fourth year in a row, the design team at Casey St. John Interiors has seen to the interior sophistication of the Grand Prize Showhome, which is just one of 8,000 raffle prizes. (Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased at MightyMillionsRaffle.com.)
We asked Casey St. John principal Joanne Brutsch to walk us through the $2.3 million home (you can too, by the way; it’s open to visitors—see website for hours) and share some budgetary strategies that enabled her team to stay on track, saving at times they could achieve a high-end look without breaking the bank, which allowed them to splurge in places that called for splurging.
“This house is in the foothills, between city and mountain, so we combined what inspires us from both places. We went for a modern vibe, with clean, contemporary rustic touches and an emphasis on family living.” — Joanne Brutsch, Designer
The two-story foyer makes a convincing case for the blend of clean lines with a touch of rustic. Brutsch brought the reclaimed wood of the exterior (Montana Ghost Wood Silver City) into the entry but completed the modern crispness with an Interlude Home console and an Arteriors mirror, plus a Currey & Company Denison Lantern that lends weathered texture and sharp angles.
Benjamin Moore Super White paint supplies a crisp counterpoint to dark-wood beams, and the fireplace surround of Arizona Tile Reside Black Semi Polished tiles is a cost-efficient stunner. A Dash & Albert rug, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams lounge chairs and Soicher Marin art round out the picture.
Just across from the mudroom, this room allows parents and kids to catch up on mail and homework in comfort. (Two kids’ desks on the opposite wall aren’t visible here.) The singular Urban Lights pendant adds simplicity and contrast, and the pictures are framed pages from a vintage European art book. “The frames are simple, classic Room & Board, and you can change the art out over time,” Brutsch says.
KITCHEN & DINING AREA
Three different Visual Comfort lights inject panache over the island, shelves and dining table. “They have a rustic quality in a clean, contemporary way,” says designer Joanne Brutsch. "This house is very much about the windows, so we were careful to select pieces that didn't interrupt that."
Think Like a Designer
Save where you can. Splurge where you choose.
Large-format subway tile in the kitchen, above, is a basic white and not pricey. “Doing it full-wall gives high-impact,” Brutsch says.
Using large-scale art pieces is visually compelling and less costly than most wallcoverings. Soicher Marin is one of Brutsch’s favorite sources.
For big-splash pieces, like the honed PentalQuartz Arezzo on the kitchen island, a splurge was called for. But for bathroom counters and built-in countertops, Brutsch was able to track down remnant pieces of larger slabs for savings. The walnut kitchen cabinets are pricey, but using them only for the lower cabinetry saved on cost, without sacrificing aesthetically.
Accessories add warmth and spark. Combine off-the-shelf pillows with one or two custom pieces.