How Natural Design Tones and Textures Bring the Outside In
A couple relocating from New Jersey finds their focus on the Front Range with the help of Truss Interiors
Sometimes a new view deserves a fresh vantage point. That was the approach a couple from New Jersey embraced when they renovated their Village at Castle Pines home with sweeping Front Range vistas. After moving from a traditional East Coast home and leaving most of their furniture behind, they were ready for a more modern setting to start their next chapter in Colorado.
When they purchased the two-year-old house in late 2020, they called Denver-based Truss Interiors to help bring their vision to life. “We loved the style of the home, which is considered to be a Colorado ranch, with a lot of main-floor living and then going down to a walk- out lower level which is mostly recreation and entertainment,” the homeowner says. Julee Wray, founder and lead designer at Truss Interiors, focused on the main-floor interiors and both levels of outdoor living spaces. “There are these vast, expansive views because they’re kind of set up into the hillside,” Wray says. “They wanted something that would bring the outdoors in.”
With an open floor plan and big glass doors and windows at the rear of the house, there’s a clear line of vision from the front door all the way through to the mountains. “It looks almost like a picture frame,” the homeowner says. With the living, dining and kitchen areas intermingled, their design elements needed to harmonize. But how? “I knew I wanted a cohesive look that flowed from one section of the house to the other, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted that to look like,” the homeowner says. “I told them I didn’t want anything traditional, but I didn’t want anything super-modern,” she recalls. “I was looking for a style that was welcoming and comfortable, yet a little bit elevated, and I didn’t want something so fancy that people were afraid to sit down anywhere.”
Wray and her team suggested enhancements including textured wallcoverings, new furniture and updated lighting to refresh the spaces. “All the furnishings were to be reflective of their more casual, elegant style,” Wray explains. Since the homeowners preferred a neutral color palette with pops of color, the designers infused the interiors with shades of blue and green, inspired by the home’s natural surroundings. “They get these tremendous bluebird-sky views day in and day out, so blue seemed like a very logical color to bring into the spaces,” Wray says. Then, to bring an element of the indoors out, she also made sure to blend neutral tones into the outdoor furnishings.
The west-facing upper and lower decks now function as extensions of the indoor spaces, and the homeowners like to open the living area’s sliding doors to create one free-flowing room. Wray created outdoor seating arrangements configured for social gatherings yet focused on the mountain views, and she carefully selected pillows, rugs, plants, lamps, tables and accessories that can withstand the sun and the elements.
Now, the home welcomes nature year-round. “We’re able to see storms roll in in the summer, and I feel like we live in a snow globe when it’s snowing,” the homeowner says. But an evening spent on the deck might be the best time of all. “We have amazing sunset views from this house,” she says. “When we have people visiting, they’re usually out there snapping pictures and they can’t believe what they’re seeing.”