A Successful Kitchen Transformation Inspires these Denver Homeowners to Redesign the Rest of their Home
A Denver home gets an elegant update, with clean lines and classic good looks
It all started with a broken dishwasher. That one little problem inspired a big, beautiful solution for a Denver family: “We went looking for a new dishwasher, and that ended up being an entire new update of the house,” says the homeowner.
Their 2001 home had a heavy, dark Tuscan style, and the owners were eager for a change. They started by bringing in Denver’s Exquisite Kitchen Design (EKD) to give the kitchen a simple, modern makeover. Then, they had a wall removed between the kitchen and great room to open up those spaces and allow light to flood in through massive windows.
Energized by the transformation of their kitchen, the homeowners contacted Kim Layne, founder and chief creative officer of Denver-based Kim Layne Interiors, to help redesign the rest of the home. “We wanted a classic, refined type of look,” Layne says. “We zeroed in on trying to elevate the level of it, lighten it up and give it some upscale, beautiful touches.”
Together, they settled on a classic, contemporary style that would outlast trends, incorporating elevated materials for durability and elegance. With a white, steely gray and blue color palette, the refreshed rooms are crisply tailored yet unfussy. “We have a pool in the backyard, and we wanted the cool tones of blue throughout the whole house, like the theme of coolness and water,” says the homeowner. Layne obliged by layering in a range of blue hues, from teal to navy, in each room.
The sunny breakfast nook presented a design challenge. “We’re both big booth people,” says the homeowner, “but we didn’t know what to do about the table.” Fortunately, Layne put them in touch with a Denver custom furniture studio, Where Wood Meets Steel, whose artisans crafted a wood table in a faceted shape that’s a perfect fit.She added custom banquette seating and a pair of oversized stools that can tuck underneath the table. Now, it’s a cozy and welcoming space year-round.
Layne added sophisticated furnishings with a subtle sheen to the formal living room, and, in the airy great room, the designers painted over the dark beams and added a plush velvet sectional and contemporary chandelier. They covered the fireplace with a layer of Venetian plaster for a clean, new look.
Upstairs, the home’s original four bedrooms were converted into three, with a concealed entrance leading from the primary bedroom into the husband’s closet. “When it’s closed, it looks like just a normal bookcase in our bedroom, but you could push it open and it’s like a secret door,” the homeowner says. “We call it a man cave.”
Much more than a conventional closet, the room is a private retreat, complete with a massage chair and television. The designers also reimagined the primary bathroom, formerly a dark space with a sunken bathtub and yellow, water-stained marble, as a haven of pearly-white tranquility, adding luxurious new fixtures and finishes.
Today, the home is a perfect place for entertaining family and friends, with an open floor plan and lighter, brighter décor. “It’s so much more easy on the eye, and just comforting,” says the homeowner. “It’s a little oasis for us now.” And how about that new dishwasher? “Best dishwasher ever!” says the homeowner with a laugh.
INTERIOR DESIGN: Kim Layne Interiors
KITCHEN DESIGN: Exquisite Kitchen Design
ARCHITECTURE: Don Goerig
CONSTRUCTION: Haley Custom Homes
PHOTOGRAPHY: Emily Minton Redfield Photography
REUPHOLSTERED FURNITURE FABRIC: A&B Riley
GREAT ROOM LAMP: Arteriors
LIVING ROOM COUCH AND TABLE: Bernhardt
PRIMARY BEDROOM CHEST: Bernhardt
HAND-BEADED FLOOR LAMP: CAI Designs
BLUE & WHITE CROSSING CIRCLES HEAVEN JAR: CAI Designs
MENLO SWIVEL COUNTER STOOL: CAI Designs
CUSTOM REUPHOLSTERED DINING CHAIR EV: Classic Home
GREAT ROOM & KITCHEN RUGS: CPA FLOORCOVERING
CUSTOM KITCHEN NOOK BENCHES & BANQUETTE: Denver Upholstery
CUSTOM PRIMARY BEDROOM LOUNGE CHAIR: Denver Upholstery
VASES, TWIGG WALL ART, FLIRT DRINK TABLE: Global Views
PARTHENON BOX, LUCILLE TRAY, ALGAE SIDE TABLE: Jamie Young
MASTER BEDROOM UPHOLSTERED BENCH: Kravet
WALLPAPER, DRAPERIES, PILLOWS: Kravet
GREAT ROOM SECTIONAL & COCKTAIL TABLE: Kravet
ASCENSION HALL CHEST: Lexington
CUSTOM KING BED: Lorts
DINING ROOM AXIS BUFFET: Vanguard
As featured in CHL’s September/October 2023 Issue