L'Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour
Presented by Central City Opera Guild and Coldwell Banker Devonshire
Floral and Table Designs, The Tended Thicket
The Tended Thicket, one of Denver’s oldest and most elegant floral shops, has decorated this stately home to invoke the joy and excitement of the season. The mountain chalet inspired look is captured with pale neutrals blended with winter anemone, noble pine, frosted berries, moss and forest motifs. Vintage baubles and beaded garland create a timeless holiday style. In the kitchen gingerbread houses, carolers and wooded ornaments give the decor a whimsical air.
60 South Elm Street
This red brick Colonial style home was completely rebuilt in 2010 by the current owners. The columned front porch leads into a large foyer that is flanked by three paneled archways. Light colored paneling is continued into the living room and dining room, with chocolate colored walls highlighting the molding. Beyond the foyer and through the family area, two more archways sandwich a two-sided fireplace leading into the kitchen, which features a substantial corbeled hood.
Floral Designs, Flower Power | Table Designs, The Lark
The designers from Flower Power say “let the festivities begin!” A traditional Christmas with the family’s Scottish influence brings joy to the holiday season. Berries, thistle, greens and other beautiful blooms bring merriment for all to celebrate! The elegant dining setting from The Lark brings together the timeless sophistication of this collection from Arte Italica with a simple gold band hand painted in 24 karat gold. Accompanying this collection will be accents of red and gold intertwined through placemats, napkins and glassware. In the kitchen you will see the homeowner’s Burnett Family Tartan Plaid used as inspiration for the table.
121 South Clermont Street
Completed in 1991, this home reflects the Scottish heritage of the owners. A formidable terra cotta entry way reflects the Tudor style architecture with Scottish clan badges in the upper corners. The expansive front hall features a reverse staircase and a balcony that overlooks the foyer decorated with tapestries. A brick archway leads into the family room highlighted by the two-story brick fireplace and window. The adjoining kitchen features a floral backsplash made from hand painted tiles depicting Colorado wildflowers. The English oak cabinet in the living room dates from the 17th century.
Floral and Table Designs, City Floral
Designed to reflect a Colorado Christmas, City Floral has chosen natural elements combined with classic florals to bring out the holiday spirit. In the living room, the Christmas tree is filled with birch branches, cones and ribbons. Moss and greenery in the dining room complement the owner’s fine china. A Colorado feel flows through the Butler’s pantry and into kitchen. Aspen logs combined with red wood, mushrooms and greenery are illuminated to warm the space for the holidays. Red poinsettias and holiday blooming plants add to the festive decor.
Floral Designs, Bouquets | Table Designs, Dwell Antiques
Constantly on the leading edge of floral design, Bouquets has enriched this home with a post-modern color palette, dark, rich tones in some rooms, paler tints in others. Lush Southern magnolia garlands were chosen, in place of traditional evergreen, for their cleaner lines and crisp texture. The large windows in the family room frame the Christmas tree outside in the rear garden, making watering a breeze and leaving the furniture arrangement undisturbed. The designers from Dwell Antiques will add texture through Mongolian lamb’s wool pillows, treenware, handmade wreaths, tarnished silver and a variety of repurposed items to complement the homeowner’s existing décor and the design by Bouquets.
105 Albion Street
The entryway of this red brick home is highlighted by the rope masonry arch over the front door. Just off the foyer, the sunken living room features a painted beamed ceiling and the original Mayan Revival fireplace surround. The tile is the same as was used for the Mayan Theatre and was produced by the Batchelder Company. Tile steps lead to the dining room framed with Moorish arches on rope columns. The wrought iron chandelier is original to the house. The kitchen and breakfast nook were updated by the current owners, with seeded glass in the kitchen cabinets in keeping with the vintage feel of the house.
Prior to the 1880s, the Hilltop area was mostly prairie with a few streams meandering through the grassland. Today it is one square mile of homes and parks from Colorado Boulevard east to Holly and from Eighth Avenue south to Alameda Avenue. The first plat of survey was done in 1886 focusing on the hill area — now today’s Cranmer Park. In 1892, the Platte Land Company surveyed the northern end and the two areas were adjoined. By 1903, the Hilltop area was annexed to the city of Denver. The streetcar line on Eighth Avenue was extended to what is now Sixth and Quebec. Mayor Robert Speer outlined his plan for Mountain View Park (now Cranmer Park) where George Cranmer built his substantial Jacques Benedict home in 1916. In 1927, Graland Country Day relocated to its current location and Amos Steck Elementary opened in 1931. After World War II, construction in Hilltop boomed in part because of Lowry Air Force Base (a B-59 bomber crashed at South Dahlia and Bayaud in 1951) to the east and the University of Colorado School of Medicine to the north. Epiphany Episcopal Church was built in 1941 and Hilltop’s only commercial center was built in 1948 at Third Avenue and Holly, anchored by Aylard’s Drug Store, Crestmoor Texaco and Super Saver Market. In 1950, Temple Emanuel and Carson Elementary School were built. Present day Hilltop remains close to this template although there have been many rebuilds and newer designs on the lots.
Special thanks and recognition to Hilltop Heritage, A History and Guide to a Denver Neighborhood by Alice Millett Bakemeier.
Floral Designs, Birdsall & Co. | Table Designs, lulu’s furniture & decor
Taking a modern approach to holiday design, Birdsall & Company has created holiday decor that ties into the design elements that already exist. The oversize bauble wreath at the entrance is inspired by the large mirror in the dining room. Different textures abound between the silver family Christmas tree, the tabletop of soft blooms and the natural flower arrangement on the kitchen counter. Copper and millennial pink couple with dark green tones for a modern take on traditional holiday colors. The skiing bears in the dining room are a nod to one of the owners’ favorite pastimes. lulu’s furniture has created a design pallet based on millennial pink, with modern styling and organic influences. With a departure from traditional ‘holiday’ décor, they have focused on a more bohemian look with pink, mint and white being the spotlight, while adding touches of gold.
131 South Clermont Street
The south side brick entryway to this home, which was originally an open porch, is highlighted by desert pink mosaic floor tiles and arched windows framed with ironwork. Off the entry way is the music room with walnut floors in a herringbone pattern and a grand piano. Arched windows also highlight this room and the study beyond. The stairway features a Korean landscape scroll. Mullioned picture windows in the living room look out on an expansive yard and garden. Parramore tesserae tiles encase the fireplace. The kitchen is highlighted by a red brick herringbone backsplash and the granite topped center island.
4141 Shangri La Drive
Designed by the Boulder architect, Charles Haertling and built in 1968, this house reflects the “brutalist” style of architecture, an offshoot of Bauhaus. Exterior and interior walls are cast-in-place concrete that was then raked for a textural fluting effect. The open floor plan connecting the kitchen and the living areas adds to the minimalist feel of the angular spaces. Bright red chairs with “broomstick” backs face the front door. In the two-story living room, an Andrew Jensdotter painting hangs above the low stone fireplace. Beyond the open metal staircase, oil portraits by Jenny Morgan in the photo realist style hang in the dining and family areas.