A Refined Renovation in Denver

A Home for an Empty-Nester Couple with a Love of Art & Mid-Century Design

Interior Design by Miranda Cullen of Duet Design Group | Photography by David Lauer | Modern Sanctuary | Mid-Century Modern | Entry | Art | Stairs | Flooring
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David Lauer
09/21/2016

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!

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“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.”

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Area Rug: Sarkisian’s | Tufted Sofa: Norwalk  | Leather Sofa: Thayer Coggin | Coffee Table: Brownstone Furniture | Recliner Arm Chairs: Thayer Coggin | Floor Lamps: Robert Abbey

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“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.”

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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.

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Pendants: Arteriors Home | Counter Stools: Restoration Hardware 

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“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.”

Dining Room Chandelier: Visual Comfort | Area Rug: Sarkisian’s | Dining Table: Designs by Sergio | Dining Chairs:  Thayer Coggin | Dining Chair Fabric: LINK Outdoor

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Pro Tip: 

“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.

Chest: Global Views | Pendants: Arteriors Home | Mirror: Clients’ Collection

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“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.”

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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?

Meet the designer Duet Design Group
Bio:

Miranda Cullen and Devon Tobin are the founders of Duet Design Group. It all began in 2011 in the carriage house behind Devon’s childhood home. With a handful of personal connections and a passion for design the duo set out to create an interior design firm that surpassed their client’s expectationsat every turn.  Today, Devon and Miranda lead a team dedicated to creating beautiful and functional environments that reflect each client’s dreams, desires and needs, while providing impeccable service and transparency throughout the entire process.  Their work has been recognized and featured in Luxe Magazine, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, Reign Magazine, 5280 Home and Denver Life Magazine.

Miranda Cullen

Miranda graduated with honors from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She brings 21 years of experience to the Duet team, with a focus on model home, residential, and commercial projects throughout the United States. As the former owner of MOD Interiors, Miranda has been recognized by a number of builder’s associations with awards for exceptional interior design.   She has previously worked for HRI Design here in Denver and CDC Designs out of Southern California.

Devon Tobin

Devon received her BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied painting and drawing, and also graduated with top honors from the Interior Design program at the Art Institute of Colorado. As a LEED Green Associate, she is certified in sustainable design and is a professional member of ASID due to her NCIDQ qualification. She has previously worked for 4240 Architecture here in Denver and Barbara Gisel Design in Philadelphia, and brings over 10 years of experience to the Duet team.

 

Who are some of your go-to craftsmen?
We love to work with local artists to create custom works of art: Emmett Culligan, who works with iron and wood, Jared Hankins, who we have commissioned quite a few custom art pieces with, and House Fish, a local furniture making company in Denver who is really rocking it these days with great design, and comfort.

We also adore Martin Shea from Martin Shea Millwork, and Daniel from DC Upholstery just built the sweetest entry hall shelving unit for a young couple in an adorable home in Denver.
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