DENVER (CBS4) – The current issue of Denver Life Magazine features its 2017 Designer Showhouse.

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 The 1937-built, Tudor-style home is in Denver’s Bonnie Brae neighborhood. Alvarez Morris Architecture designed the pop-top floor plan, and Caliber Construction did the rebuild. Then 13 area design firms were chosen to create each of the living spaces within the home. Each of the four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 4,605 square feet are designed with the needs of a modern day family of four in mind.
The 2017 Designer Showhouse is at 919 South Columbine Street and will be open for tours from Sept. 9 – 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All the proceeds from the $20 admission fee will go to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

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Designer Cassy Kicklighter Poole from Kaleidoscope Design took on the master bedroom and bath.

“I think a master bedroom should be anyone’s place of serenity, of comfort…more of a sanctuary, some place to get away,” Kicklighter Poole said.

The room features a fireplace made out of the newest in construction materials, a mural wall covering, and brass accents to provide some warmth.

“In keeping with the idea of serenity and calmness, I really chose to focus on soft tones, so lots of layering of whites, the linens and fabrics are all shades of whites integrated with warm grays and beiges,” Kicklighter Poole said.

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The master bath has a deep modern tub, and a two-headed shower. But the most interesting design feature is the floor. It’s a mix of traditional-looking bath tile and tile that looks like wood flooring.

“Rather than just sticking with clean tones, I went ahead and did something a little more bold by combining patterns and tiles that you might not often see,” Kicklighter Poole explained.

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The living room was designed by Mary Wright, owner of Design Wright. The goal was a very family-friendly space that would feel dressed up enough for entertaining.

“We did a very comfortable sectional that’s in a sunbrella fabric, which means it’s graded for indoor/outdoor use. Spills are very easily wiped away,” Wright told CBS4.

An accent color behind the bookcase sets off the objects displayed on the shelves. And patterns in the drapes and artwork create visually pleasing accents.

“There’s a lot of brass accents. Brass is very important right now, and so we have brass lamps, the brass sculpture in the bookcase. We have the three vases with the brass ring. Those things we think really add to the charm of the room,” Wright explained.

In addition to the sectional couch, there is some small seating that can be pulled up for game night. The room features a modern fireplace.

“Don’t be afraid to use black. We painted the bookcase black. Traditionally, people would use the same color as the trim, which would be a white or a tone thereof, and sometimes the most dramatic thing is to add a black or dark color to really make things pop,” Wright said.

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The dining room is a featured space at the front of the house with huge picture windows looking out onto the neighborhood. That space was designed by Kimberly Timmons Interiors.

“We knew we wanted our concept to be bringing the outdoors in, so doing that through natural materials…plants…the live edge maple wood…all of that,” said Nikki Holt, residential designer at Kimberly Timmons Interiors.

The room features a custom dining table made of maple wood, concrete and brass butterfly joints, and a living wall, a frame full of various plants.  Holt said they wanted to make sure that every part of the room had what they called “urban glam.”

“With the ‘wow’ chairs, with the fur pillows. People are like, ‘Fur pillows on dining room chairs?’ It softens the space,” Holt explained.

That urban glam feel is carried over in leather doors with nailheads on the sideboard, and in the artwork.

“Don’t be afraid of white. I think people are afraid of white. They think, a) it’s either way to modern, or b) it’s boring. I don’t think it’s either of those. I think it’s a great neutral background for your ‘wow’ statement pieces,” Holt told CBS4.

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The entire 2017 Designer Showhome is featured in the pages of this month’s Denver Life Magazine. You can use the magazine as a guide while you tour the house. You’re sure to come away with some fun ideas that you can use in your own home.


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