Modern City Living in a Cherry Creek Penthouse
Fun-loving snowbirds ditch the old homestead for a cool turnkey living space
THE PROJECT Design team Mary Knape and Kelly Zibell tackle a 3,000-square-foot newly built penthouse condominium in the heart of Cherry Creek North.
THE VISION The homeowners, who spend their winters in Arizona, swapped their high-maintenance, 30-year-old home on Denver’s west side for a fresh start with a clean, modern feel. “It’s always fun when we have this type of carte blanche, starting with less rather than more,” Zibell says. “And fun for the homeowners too, to create such an aesthetically different vibe for them to live in.”
THE CHALLENGE “The biggest challenge was the couple’s opposing views on color,” Knape says. The design team kept the peace by incorporating a neutral palette of ivory, taupe and pewter on the walls, rugs and furniture. Bursts of color, inspired by the living room’s Emily Mason painting, come into play in fabrics and accessories.
THE RESULT “Almost every piece in their home is something special— high-quality, well-made and beautiful to look at,” Zibell says. The homeowners gush: “We feel so fortunate to have Mary and Kelly help us create such a beautiful and comfortable home.”
Living Room Matching A. Rudin chairs provide the homeowners a cozy spot to view the oil painting by Emily Mason. An Anees sofa is upholstered in rich pewter by Kravet. The Mattaliano side chair from Town Studio is covered in a Kelly Wearstler Kravet fabric and Edelman leather. The asymmetric coffee table, a sculptural mix of wood and metal, is by Jiun Ho.
Entry A custom light fixture by Luxe Lighting Company, purchased through Kravet, crowns the entryway. The grass-cloth wallcovering by Kravet (formerly Donghia) is from John Brooks. The Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman console is from Town Studio, and the bench is by Holly Hunt. A handknotted rug by Tufenkian in muted tones anchors the space.
Primary Bedroom Bermuda Hemp grass-cloth wallpaper in Elephant by Phillip Jeffries provides the backdrop for the upholstered A. Rudin bed, with linen bedding from The Brass Bed. The handcrafted leather bench is by Joseph Jeup through John Brooks. The desk by Ironies stands next to the homeowners’ chairs and a trio of lacquered linen tables by John Lyle from Town Studio. Selenite bedside lamps and a Fuse beaded-stone chandelier are also from Town Studio.
INTERIOR DESIGNER Mary Knape and Kelly Zibell, Knape & Zibell