Bringing A Warm Australian Feel to a Cherry Creek Home in Denver

Ruggles Mabe Studio brought the best of Australian design—an open plan with loads of natural light—to this warm, gracious and peaceful Cherry Creek home
Ruggles Ext

Exterior “We used a slightly asymmetric composition for the exterior,” says Don Ruggles of Ruggles Mabe Studio, ”because if it was too symmetrical, people might think it was too traditional. We wanted to create something unique and exciting, so we knew we’d need to shift the geometries around a bit but still maintain the basic focus.” | Photos by David O. Marlow

As Australian expats, the couple who bought this beautiful lot in Cherry Creek knew what they wanted in their new custom home: to bring the feel of their native country across the globe to Denver.

Ruggles Kit

Kitchen “The kitchen feels really clean and edited but also luxurious,” says interior designer Emily Lindemann. The two islands, one for seating and one for work, allow the family to be integrated into the experience. The backsplash and countertops are Taj Mahal quartzite from The Stone Collection; the pendant lights from Rejuvenation; and the stools from John Brooks, in a Kravet fabric. Cabinets by Avalon.

To achieve that look, the couple turned to Ruggles Mabe Studio, which created a four- bedroom, seven-bath house with an open floor plan, multiple living spaces and abundant access to the outdoors. The home is also anchored by an open staircase that serves as a sculptural spine and brings in natural light to all levels from a skylight above. “Having that stunning skylight above the stairwell is just gorgeous, even on gloomy days,” says the homeowner.

Ruggles Stair

Staircase “The stairwell goes from the basement up to the ceiling of the second floor, so the north side of the house has this wonderful filtered light that drifts all the way down,” Ruggles says. “It’s truly sculptural.”

The careful design allows the couple, who have three grown children, a variety of options for indoor-outdoor living. “On the weekends, when it’s just the two of us, we follow the sun,” she says. “So in the mornings, we’ll sit out in our front yard. And in the afternoon, we go up to the loft and take in the incredible views of the entire Front Range and downtown. It rivals the Jacquard Hotel rooftop bar, I must say.”

Ruggles Living

Living Room “We wanted to have a connection between all of the rooms,” says Lindemann. “The two- sided fireplace between the dining room and living room spaces gave us transparency, and it’s an art piece in its own right.” The Lee Industries sectional in Kravet fabric is joined by a Bernhardt chair in Fabricut fabric, a Restoration Hardware coffee table, and a Crate & Barrel area rug.

The design, says Don Ruggles, CEO of Ruggles Mabe, has a definite wow factor— but is also meant to be calming and serene. “When you look at something that’s unique and exciting, there’s actually an adrenaline reaction,” he says. “But we knew we would have to find the counterbalance to that excitement to make the home comfortable.”

Ruggels Patio

Patio The Horchow fire pit table is surrounded by a Restoration Hardware sofa and lounge chairs, with a Pottery Barn side table.

“Overall, the home is a comprehensive indoor-outdoor experience, where all of the main rooms are connected to an outdoor space,” Ruggles Mabe interior designer Emily Lindemann explains. That connection also comes through the many sliding glass doors, which, Ruggles says, “just allow the house to take a breath.”

Ruggles Dine

Dining Room To surround the David Kremer live-edge dining table, Lindemann chose Williams Sonoma dining chairs in a “subtle tribal print” from Jim Thompson. The chandelier is by John Brooks, and the Crate & Barrel rug is done in a rust color that complements the overall neutral canvas.

The residence makes a striking impression from the front with the exterior adhering to something called the “three-by-three pattern,” which Ruggles says dates back thousands of years in art and architecture. “From the front, you can see this pattern. The line of the second floor and the line of the third floor create two horizontals, with a large mass at the center. The edges of that large mass are two verticals, creating a three-by-three pattern. This is a pattern that humankind is born looking for; it’s in our DNA.”

Ruggles Bed

Main Bedroom The Williams Sonoma bed is flanked by Pottery Barn nightstands, with Maddie York Lighting table lamps and a Burke Decor area rug. “We brought in warmer textures and colors to tie this room to the rest of the house and focus on the connection to the outdoors,” Lindemann says.

Ultimately, says Lindemann, “We always try to make sure that a home is a reflection of the people who live in it. And this collaboration with the homeowners really celebrates their foundation in Australia but also provides a tie to their life here in Denver with a warm, organic flow throughout.”

Ruggles Bath

Bathroom The elegant main bath includes bath and shower floor tile from Decorative Materials, a countertop and shower bench from the Stone Collection, and a shower wall tile and tub backsplash from Materials Marketing.

“We are just thrilled with what [the design team] was able to create,” the homeowner says. “A lot of people, when they finish a home, say, ‘Oh, I wish I’d changed this or done that differently.’ But there’s absolutely nothing we would change.”


BUILDER Nicholas Custom Homes

Categories: Interiors