29 Apr Ridgehouse, Our Latest Residential Project
When your client begins the conversation with “we don’t want to see anything we have ever seen before,” THIS is where you take it. Maximalism was the crux of this design aesthetic; our mantra being more is always more. Inspired by just the right amount of wrong and a touch of whimsy, we incorporated a myriad of textures, materials, and wove statement pieces throughout to keep our clearly ‘design-centric’ client intrigued.
In stark reaction to the minimalist perspective, we agreed that it’s time for a much-needed switch up from the long-serving transitional and farmhouse norms. With this Avant Garde approach, we knew that there truly were no rules. However, maximalism is merely NOT chaos, it just hints at it. So how did we incorporate and balance one-of-a-kind collected furnishings, an enviable art collection, aggressive colors, bold patterns, and eclectic knick-knacks all in one home? By following 3 cardinal rules of maximalism design: 1. Symmetry equals sanity. Clean-lined furnishings and modern materials provided harmonious relief and clear definitive composition. 2. Embrace juxtaposition. Contemporary materials meet collected furniture; graphic pattern meets matte white walls; modern art meets Rwandan basket collections. Truly limitless opportunities. 3. Tell a story. The fantastical style creates an opportunity for a visual theatre. And with a client that has this level of interest, travel, culture, and appetite for private collection – the story was easy to tell.
A crucial part of our design process was to align ourselves with ingenious consultants and true craftsman to make this design-centric home a reality. We worked with a recognized leader Woodley Architecture to craft a floor plan that would stand out amongst all others. Bob Woodley of Bob Woodley Custom Homes understood our vision and made it a reality. Guys Flooring took on the task of installing the various flooring throughout and didn’t cease to impress us When designing the kitchen we wanted a very sleek look and Kitchen Showcase made our dreams come true with the smooth, Tuscan finish, walnut cabinets. Our partnership with such talented consultants and contractors made our process seamless and our design fabulous.
Whether it was a wall, painting, or photograph – every inch in this home was curated, collected, and custom. The art collection throughout the home is likely one of the most dynamic statements that this home makes, giving it an elevated, luxe aesthetic. To support our client’s expectations, we curated a collection from various art galleries throughout Denver including K Contemporary, Abend, William Havu and more. This striking piece definitely gives you the wow factor as soon as you enter the home. The large mixed media artwork above the mantle in the living room is by Doug Kacena, a contemporary abstract artist. A Quang Ho original oil painting serves as a backdrop in the marble-clad master bathroom. The agate-inspired custom acrylic art installation in the entryway came from Italy and was designed by Alex Turco. We love our local and foreign designers, all of these pieces give the home a unique flare.
Every home needs a space to gather and spend quality time together. The basement space was just that – designed to entertain in style. The eclectic swirling ceiling detail in the wet bar and rec room and grey drip paint detail in the theatre room is by our favorite artistic duo Magpie Painting. This amazing team left their artistic signature throughout the home, helping us make just the right customized statements.
Our client wanted the furniture in the home to lean more towards eclectic rather than traditional. We used unique pieces from multiple companies such as Mcguire, Serena & Lily, Bernardt, Gabby Home and more. Each piece of furniture was carefully placed to pull each room together and add form and contrast without letting the design feel predictable. We chose all of our lighting fixtures to deliver drama and illuminate the home.
We installed a 30 foot La Cantina door to create a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living The outdoor seating area was designed so that guests could gather on the patio and enjoy each other’s company. The furniture sets are paired with comfortable, decorative throw pillows and positioned to encourage conversation. The custom outdoor firepit creates another comfortable area to sit keep warm. The Napoli pizza oven and barbecue grill will impress foodie guests and fill the backyard with an aroma full of flavors. The seating area combined with the fireplace, bar and outdoor kitchen make this backyard a great place to entertain on a Colorado summer night.
Each detail truly made Ridgehouse glow with color and charm. We created a one-of-a-kind chic space for our client to host and entertain. No corner was left untouched. We created a story of symmetric harmony and diverse design. This isn’t your average home, and we aren’t your average designers. We were ecstatic when this won Best interiors for a Custom Home at Denver MAME and a Silver award at The Nationals for the same category! This home truly is a work of art and was such a rewarding project.