Are you a parent? If so, have you ever dreamed about how fun it would be to make design decisions based solely on your preferences and tastes without having to think about child-proofing all of your spaces? Miranda Cullen with Duet Design Group collaborated with a recent “empty-nester” couple in Denver, Colorado in re-imagining their home to suit their new lifestyle.
Says Miranda, “The children were grown and moving on, so they were looking for a clean and sophisticated feel. The couple was eager to invest in and incorporate a new art collection, which quickly became our inspiration and starting point for the design.
Furniture arrangement is a key to this home’s comfort. Large-scale pieces provide ample seating for large gatherings, but are carefully placed to create a feel of intimacy as well. Miranda is a lover of custom pieces: “There is nothing like a piece of custom furniture built specifically for a space. It provides function, and almost always starts a conversation!”
It is clear that Miranda views all aspects of this home design as “art” and the end result is certainly a masterpiece!
“The painting, by Jared Hankins of Hankins Fine Art, was commissioned by Duet for the couple. This piece was the focal point for the living space, where the owner’s vintage record player and vinyl collection can be found. We specified seating for a large group, and incorporated leather, velvet and linen for a layered look, as if collected over time.”
“The kitchen renovation made the largest impact, and was a priority for the couple. They desired an open floor plan, and required space for a variety of specialized appliances, such as a commercial juicer. The floors were replaced with a reclaimed wood in a warm gray tone, and custom wood beams added warmth to the space. Clean, modern cabinets were installed and a dividing wall was removed to incorporate the kitchen and living area together in one room, creating the large gathering and entertaining space the couple was looking for.”
A highlight throughout this house is the thoughtful use of storage in the form of shelving and cabinetry which are a great marriage of beauty and function.
“The couple has a large book collection which we decided to include in the design, and the dining room, in an unexpected move, was the perfect space to showcase the colorful books. Not only did the books add color to an otherwise white and clean backdrop, but the added interest and warmth was just what the space needed.”
“Lighting is the jewelry of most rooms, and is such an important focal point! There are so many unique lighting sources out there, and using lighting in an unexpected way, in an unexpected location, really gives a space a unique feel. While lighting is certainly a necessity, and serves a distinct purpose, it can also be the piece that makes a space unique.”
We are in love with the sleek pendants in this nook! Their off-center placement adds interest and doesn’t compete with the ornate mirror and stylish chest.
“Beveled, over-scale subway tile MADE this master bath! The romantic chandelier is a contrast to the contemporary photography and bath fixtures and creates a space that is tranquil yet dynamic.”
While a beautiful aesthetic is always a given, form and function are almost more important. If the function or scale of a space is off it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is, something will always feel off. Miranda Cullen
Miranda has certainly succeeded in creating a refined and highly livable home for her clients. Sanctuary Seekers – what are some of your favorite pieces that combine beauty with function?