The Governor’s Residence Goes Global

What you’ll find during the 2016 holiday tours

The Governor’s Residence Residence Preservation Fund welcomes you to take a holiday trip around the world without leaving the state. The public is invited to visit the home of Governor and First Lady Hickenlooper and enjoy the American Society of Interior Designers’, Colorado Chapter, holiday designs celebrating the spirit of international exchange and cultural awareness associated with Colorado’s sister cities.

Here, a preview of what you’ll find during the 2016 tours: Dec. 8-11 and Dec. 15-18, 10 am-2 pm.

Grand Junction
Sister City: El Espino, El Salvador
Design by: Annie Huston and Stephanie Tardiff of Birdsall & Co.
Designers’ Take: ‘Colorful El Salvador’ is an understatement. We bring you that color using the lushness of tropical flora as a background for a bounty of El Salvador-inspired woven baskets, folk art and Mayan textiles.

Colorado Springs
Sister City: Olympia, Greece
Design by: Pam Smith and Colleen Heldt
Designers’ Take: 2016, year of the Olympics! Ancient Olympia—site of the original Olympic Games and the Temple of Zeus, where the Olympic flame is housed—is the sister city to Colorado Springs, gracious donators of an original Olympic torch for the holiday display. White accents evoke the stone and statues of Greece, while blue represents the color of the Greek flag and surrounding oceans. Throughout the room, olive branches, native to Greece, symbolize peace.

Beaver Creek
Sister City: Lech, Austria
Design by: ASID President Carol Moore Mink, Carol Moore Interior Design Inc., and ASID Communications Director, David J. Rote, David J. Rote Interiors LLC
Designers’ Take: Lech is home to the Ski-Club Arlberg, one of the world’s oldest ski clubs. Mink is a club member, and her team will use club colors of red and gray along with traditional Austrian ornament and the alpine aesthetic that connects the two cities.

Sister City: Maribor, Slovenia
Design by: Leslie Kazmierczak of Level10 Interiors
Designers’ Take: Most of the Christmas traditions in Slovenia are very similar to the ones we have here. The scene will be one that you might find in a home in either Pueblo or Maribor today—decorated evergreens, lights, the Nativity, traditional foods, music, and natural and handmade decorations.

Sister City: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Design by: Trish Bonney
Designers’ Take: The concept behind the drawing room was driven by environmental and geometrical elements, which play a heavy role in Boulder and Dushanbe. Bold, festive colors represent Dushanbe, while textures of natural elements represent Boulder. Handcrafted features imbue the room with a memorable and comforting holiday ambience.

Sister City: Takayama, Japan
Design by: Erica Deam of Aspen Redesign
Designers’ Take: The design is centered on nature with arboreous garland, frosted pinecones, twinkling lights, and scents of spruce and cedar representing the deep connection these two cities have with their mountainous landscape.

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