Littleton Home With Great Bones
A “dated and dull” Littleton home becomes a light-filled, colorful abode
The Remodel of this 1995 Littleton house was a bad news, good news undertaking. The bad news: When the clients moved in, the house was dated and dull. “It was all original finishes,” the homeowner remembers. “Nothing had been touched, and there was carpet throughout.” The good news: The home had great bones, and the new owners loved their new “little hidden gem” of a neighborhood.
So, they began by doing some basic cosmetic work, and turned to a friend with a great sense of style to help pick out hardwood flooring and paint colors. Pretty quickly, they hit a wall. The house needed more polish and pop—and they needed help achieving those.
That’s where Lauren Winter, senior interior designer at Inside Stories, came in. “When the clients moved in, they had a few pieces of furniture they liked,” Winter says. “They had a beautiful home, and the things they had already done provided a great framework.” The homeowners actually liked color so they wanted to update with furniture and paint and wall coverings and beams—things to make it feel more like their personality.
The first step: Winter gave the clients a rigorous questionnaire to figure out what design elements they were—and were not— drawn to. Through that, Winter was able to pinpoint their style, which she calls “transitional eclectic modern.”
One revealing thing the homeowners mentioned was that they felt particularly inspired by two favorite hotels— the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos, at the tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula, and the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. The One & Only Palmilla, says the homeowner, is special because it’s where the couple went after their wedding. “It’s this classic old Hispanic hotel, with these rich colors and a lot of warmth and texture,” she says. “And the Jerome—it’s kinda crazy. It’s really moody, and it has some really funky, dark, edgy pieces, but we find it really comfortable and welcoming.”
Knowing the couple loved those two places was great news for Winter. It meant they were not afraid to be bold and take chances. “We loved that,” Winter says. “It made this a really fun project to play with.”
The main-floor refresh was done in two phases: first, the living room, dining room, office and piano room; second, the kitchen, breakfast nook and powder. The Inside Stories team worked by presenting the homeowners with three tiers of budget for each space, which allows the client the opportunity to weigh in on their tolerance for spend.
Once that groundwork was done, Winter got to designing. Throughout the process, the clients felt that Winter understood the vibe they were after. “We trusted her a lot,” says the homeowner, “so when Lauren came in with her presentations, we’d eliminate one or two things but overall, she had a vision, and we trusted it.”
The results speak for themselves. “When Lauren put up all the pictures, filled the nooks, and did all the extra touches, it made the house look beautiful,” the homeowner says. “She was able to add a lot of layers, as well as depth and color, by bringing in different patterns. The plan is not to have to ever redo this house again. Maybe we’d put some lipstick on the house down the road, but we’re basically done.” And that is very good news, indeed.
INTERIOR DESIGNER Inside Stories, Lauren Winter CONSTRUCTION Brownstone Renovation, Tim McCrillis