Introducing the Winners of Our 2022–23 Top Denver Design Contest

1. Dining Room

Set in a picturesque location—a boundless meadow on the outskirts of Aspen—this home practically begged for a designer who knows how to steal scenes. Enter Los Angeles–based Kerry Joyce, who won an Emmy Award in set direction for his work on a Ben Vereen special before jumpstarting his career in residential and furniture design. One of the biggest showstoppers in this Aspen project is the pasture-side dining room (pictured above), which is a study in wood tones—but not your typical rustic cabin logs. The live-edge dining table, for example, was hewn from one hulking piece of claro walnut. The walls and ceiling are clad in rift-sawn oak—a cut that transforms tree rings into a clean-lined, linear motif—in a muted, honeyed finish. “We wanted a warm, handsome, and modern envelope,” the designer says. Adding to the cozy-cool vibe of any dinner party here are polished concrete floors, a Jonathan Browning Studios chandelier that casts a bewitching glow, and a large-format artwork by German photographer Andreas Gursky. Joyce may be based in LA, but what he achieved in this space—evoking “the textures and colors of nature,” as he puts it—is pure Colorado.

Design Pros

Interior Design – Kerry Joyce, Kerry Joyce Associates
ArchitectureBacken, Gillam & Kroeger Architects
ConstructionHansen Construction

2. Powder Room

Photograph by Roger Davies/OTTO

Massachusetts’ misty shores are more than 2,000 miles from Denver, but that didn’t stop Andrea Monath Schumacher’s client from adding them to the decorating wish list for her Bow Mar residence. “Our client, who grew up on Cape Cod, asked us to create a home that is vibrant, curated, and reminiscent of her roots,” Schumacher says. No space was too small for this look. Take the powder room, which the designer intended as the crown jewel of the home: “We designed a hand-painted wallcovering on gilded silk that [embodies] opulence,” she says. Speaking of luxe: The vanity was crafted from an antique Dongbei sideboard made in the late 19th century in northeastern China. To achieve the challenging but rewarding revamp, the piece was carefully cut to accommodate a sink and plumbing fixtures, then topped with a custom waterfall-edge stone countertop. A ceiling sheathed in sisal wallpaper from Stroheim ties it all together. Its deep aquamarine hue—appropriately called Ocean—calls to mind the sea views from Cape Cod’s beaches.

Design Pros

Interior Design – Andrea Monath Schumacher, Andrea Schumacher Interiors
ArchitectureStais Architecture & Interiors
ConstructionHaley Custom Homes

3. Great Room

Photograph by Susie Brenner.
Styling by Tawney Waldo.

A room that’s too cavernous may be the epitome of a first-world problem, but it’s still a problem—especially when you’re going for a friendly feel in a family home. Such was the design dilemma encountered by Jess Knauf, principal of her namesake firm. Her clients’ Mediterranean-meets-Colorado-style home in Cherry Hills Village has cathedral ceilings and stone walls that are an impressive 18 feet tall. “They have all this gorgeous stone that they didn’t want to change in any way,” Knauf says. “It brings so much depth, texture, and coziness to the space, but there’s a lot of it.” Her fix: introducing complementary finishes and light-and-airy fabrics. She tweaked the existing cherry wood ceiling by sanding and lime-washing it—“a major feat, as it was practically the color of cherry syrup!” she says—and stained the reddish floor a medium-brown hue before topping it with the client’s own gray, celadon, and stormy-blue rug. Knauf upgraded the homeowner’s existing armoire with the help of local artist Mimi Finn, who refinished it with a taupe glaze that echoes the softness of the room’s ivory linen Schumacher draperies. And because her clients have four sons and five bulldogs, Knauf chose a soil-, mildew-, and UV-resistant Rose Tarlow for Perennials fabric for the sectional that holds up to living large.

Design Pros

Interior Design – Jess Knauf, Jess Knauf Design
ConstructionElement Custom Builders

4. Bedroom

Photograph by Emily Minton Redfield

You might not think that corporate America could inspire such a sumptuous, relaxing bedroom, but for this respite in a contemporary Washington Park townhome, it was the perfect muse. “My clients are two gentlemen—a bank executive and an advertising executive—who wear super-fashionable, beautiful suits, and who wanted a really masculine bedroom,” says designer Katie Schroder of Atelier Interior Design. To keep the space’s cool-blue palette…

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