Slim & Trim
Denver businesswoman Katherine Ott sheds 5,000 square feet and gains a more livable home
As the founder and CEO of Denver-based weight-loss firm SlimGenics, Katherine Ott has spent the last decade helping others develop healthy eating habits. Recently, she decided to trim some of the fat out of her own life, downsizing from an 8,000-square-foot home in Centennial to a 3,000-square-foot condo in Denver. In shedding square footage, she also let go of her former home’s mountain-focused style—and nearly all of her furniture.
“I kept one chair,” she says. “I like to start over and have fresh beginnings, so that’s what I wanted to do here. This home in the city needed a lighter, more modern, more urban look than I had in my last home.”
Perched on the 33rd floor of the Four Seasons in Denver, Ott’s new condo offers panoramic views of both downtown and the Rocky Mountains. When Ott bought it, the space was about as basic as a luxury residence in the Four Seasons gets. It didn’t even have a kitchen, so Ott hired Noelle Hernandez and Nicole Stewart, the mother-daughter design duo behind NCH Design in Aspen, to bring the bare space to life.
The home’s open-concept floor plan makes for a welcoming space perfect for entertaining; ample seating is provided by a large custom sectional from J Lawrence Upholsterers in Denver. To break up the soft look, the designers added a custom walnut dining table and a walnut credenza, both by Highland Woodworks. The dining chairs are the Petra model from Ligne Roset.
In the hallway, interior designers Noelle Hernandez and Nicole Stewart installed a gallery wall of floral X-ray prints and positioned a custom dresser by Glenwood Springs’ Highland Woodworks at one end.
The kitchen cabinets, from Genesis Innovations, are wire-brushed, allowing the chocolate-brown base color to show through the gray topcoat and create a soft, organic sheen. The kitchen stools are by Bonaldo. Floral arrangements from The Perfect Petal.
Hernandez and Stewart renovated the master bathroom, adding limestone flooring and extra storage. Rich wall paint from Ralph Lauren’s Regent Metallics line helps turn the master bedroom into a cozy escape. The bed is by Ted Boerner, artwork by Julie Keaton-Reed.
The designers furnished the patio with sturdy wicker Majorca Luxe lounge chairs from Restoration Hardware. “We wanted to find something comfortable, and we also had to be very conscious of the weight,” Stewart says. “The winds are strong, so we had to pick things that wouldn’t blow away.”
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