330 Gilpin Street, Home 3
Designed by the renowned architect, Jacques Benedict and built in 1912, the house is Tudor-Gothic in style with red brick and asymmetrical gabled roofs defining the façade. Small buttresses highlight the front entry with the trefoil design in the balcony balustrade repeated in the original screen door. Rib vaulting- a favorite Benedict feature- defines the small entryway. The foyer staircase and doors have elaborate “Carpenter Gothic” paneling (carved wood that simulates carved stone) of quarter sawn oak. The living room’s paneled ceiling evokes the Tudor style with the nude mermaids in the center medallion appearing again in the fireplace carving. The brass sconces, bookcases and the maple floors with the Greek key motif are all original. Of particular interest are two sets of pocket doors that work by counterweights in the wall with supports in neither the top nor bottom. The dining room décor melds the Craftsman and Prairie styles. The brass sconces are original but the chandelier found in Ireland is not. The sun porch was covered and the sandstone floor with pewter insets and the glass roof were installed in a 2007 renovation. The gazebo to the south is original to the house although the fireplace is a modern addition. The original butler’s pantry features nickel countertops and a flower arranging sink with an “s-curve” dividing the basins. Updated in 1960 and in the 1990s, the kitchen cabinet doors are Arts and Crafts style while the yellow and blue color scheme is a nod to the Scandinavian heritage of the current owners.
Floral Designs, The Twisted Tulip | Table Designs, The Lark
The Twisted Tulip uses deep reds, powerful purples, soft brown and luscious lavender hues to adorn the home with fabulous sophistication and elegance. A holiday sparkle of gold and bronze abounds throughout the home as well. A warm color palette and the dining room’s chandelier inspired The Lark’s use of sparkling crystal and glints of silver and gold featured with the traditional tableware from Caskata - cheerful, elegant dinnerware that will enhance any party. In the kitchen, The Pheasant Collection of Italian crafted dinnerware brings warm autumn hues of loden, burgundy and brown, all found at The Lark.
235 Vine Street, Home 2
Completed in 1930 this traditional red brick Tudor style home has a gabled entryway. Original light oak paneling accents the front hall and the archways that lead into the dining and living rooms. In the living room, the paneling is enhanced by the additional rope molding above the fireplace. In the south window is a bronze sculpture, The Archer, by Pierre Tourgueneff and the dining room boasts a Fortuny chandelier. A light-filled family room, added in the 1980s, features moss green walls that set off the contemporary accents such as the live-edge desk of reclaimed wood from the Cherry Creek store, Revampt. The kitchen and butler’s pantry are original to the house, although the wall separating them was removed and replaced by the island now in the center. The Craftsman style kitchen cabinets with leaded glass doors are also original to the house – the owners replaced the original frosted glass with clear glass. Added in 1986, a covered patio with eight brick arches just behind the kitchen complements the house. A hidden gem is the wine cellar concealed behind the original, rather imposing safe door. Designed by the owner, a wine collector of the first order, a doorway was created and the dirt floor intentionally left and covered with gravel and flagstone in order to retain a consistent temperature. Surrounded on all sides by wine racks, the cellar was built around the impressive table in the center.
Floral and Table Designs, City Floral
City Floral adds to the ambience of the house with touches of holiday plaid, evergreens and natural floral designs. Inspired by the 1930s and the end of prohibition, the designers highlight champagne and metallic tones combined with feathers. Be sure to note the kokedamas in the kitchen and don’t miss the patio which extends the festive seasonal décor to the out of doors.
160 High Street, Home 1
Built by the current owner and her late husband in 1979, this home is California Transitional in style. With a stucco exterior the front door is set behind a gated porch highlighted by red subway tiles. The entry way with polished limestone tile is flanked by the living and dining rooms. The long rectangular living room is divided by a sleek two sided fireplace with a contemporary, water fall enhanced bar at the far end. Anchoring this area is a plush circular grey sofa and coffee table. Note the soffit ceiling in dark grey with contrast lighting. In the dining room the mirrored ceiling reflects the glass table and chandelier. The lead glass windows bring in even more light. Beyond the entryway is an expansive foyer with a curved staircase and a twenty two foot ceiling. Adding to this are the immense two story windows on the south side of the foyer. Just off the foyer is the kitchen with chocolate brown cabinetry and a center island. With the open floor plan, easy flow and several conversation areas, it is ideal for guests and that is exactly what the owners had in mind–“we designed the house for entertaining.”
Floral Designs, Bouquets | Table Designs, Adams & Jane
Bouquets has chosen to work with fresh flowers in hues of creams, whites, and blushes with dusty peach accenting. Fresh wreaths encircle the two story grand lobby with the Christmas tree bedecked in mixed metallics of gold, silver and copper. Floral designs include natural woody textures and forest pods. Contemporary and traditional aesthetics meet under the mistletoe. The dining table design by Adams & Jane features a whimsical theme with metal and fabric animals, Codarus dinnerware and chargers, and beautiful glass pieces from Global Views.
315 Franklin Street, Home 4
Built in 1909 by Charles Draney Bullen, this home is in the style of the Midwestern Four Square with a two story hipped roof, overhanging eaves and a central dormer window. The front porch is set off by simple square posts. The architect is unknown but the construction cost is recorded at $9,000. It was later purchased by Charlotte and Rodney Davis who lived here from 1954 to 1980. Mr. Davis was an architect with Fisher and Fisher, the firm that designed many of the Country Club homes. In 2004, the house underwent a complete renovation. The traditional exterior was carefully maintained but a very contemporary style was chosen for the interior. Highlighted by a minimalist approach to decor, the house has an open floor plan, no wall molding and a brushed chrome and glass staircase. Enhancing this decor are the vibrant paintings and artwork installed by the current owners. A Murano influenced chandelier by the Danish artist, Ulla Darni, hangs in the dining room. The modern feel of the home continues in the kitchen area with the angled countertops and the light green and grey granite. A chrome and glass curio cabinet accents the bar area.
Floral Designs, Birdsall & Co. | Table Designs, lulu’s Furniture
Birdsall & Co. has paired with lulu’s Furniture to bring the holiday spirit to this home. Deep reds, golds and forest greens intensify the traditional holiday colors. Simple textures and colors become the focus and compliment the existing decor. The distinctive drink ware is handprinted with gold detail and the glittered, glowing branches add a polished hue.
155 Lafayette Street, Home 5
This stucco colonial home was built in 1922. The front staircase running perpendicular to the doorway is the main feature of the front hall. The owners, an architect and interior designer who have Chalet Colorado, a construction and design firm, did a complete renovation three years ago. While favoring a modern urban decor, the owners kept the original molding wherever possible but added the wide plank white washed flooring throughout the downstairs.
The light grey walls of the living room compliment the fireplace with the original dentil molding. The dining room opens onto a kitchen and family room area highlighted by a beam and beadboard ceiling. In the kitchen, marble countertops and sleek white cabinetry are balanced by the rustic style center island. A zinc hood with a pot and spoon rail covers the substantial oven and range. The bronze pendant lights above the island were found in a Vermont antique shop. A necessity for the house is the mudroom near the back entrance that is given a modern twist with white painted wainscoting and overhead light fixtures made from vintage industrial gears.
Floral Designs, Plum Gallery | Table Designs, Dwell Antiques & Home
Becka MacPherson and Linda Faller, the mother and daughter team of Plum Gallery Floral bring a melange of neutral colors, mixed metals and non-traditional greenery to compliment this home. Touches of velvet and gold add elegant detail while bundles of herbs, feathers and earth greens play up the architectural elements throughout the house. The table-top feather tree, handmade pillows and table runner add creative touches. These and other vintage items can be found at Dwell Antiques & Home.
L'Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour
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