A Storied Space

January 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Magazine Articles | 2 Comments
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Tucked away by the Blue River, there is what appears to be a stately old home filled with generations of treasures from travels far and wide.  The house is a charming mountain retreat more reminiscent of an English manor home than a Colorado ranch and it seems that every last detail evokes the history that lies within.

The twist is that the house is actually new construction masterfully disguised as a home that appears to be at least 100 years old with the amenities of the 21st century.  The vision for this home began three years ago as Lane Elisabeth Oliver of LEO Interior Design began meeting with the client to develop and brainstorm ideas that would shape the architecture and construction.  It was determined that the client was envisioning an “eclectic Old English interior that reflected details of world travel and harmonious room additions,” says Oliver, while ensuring that the exterior would be somewhat in keeping with the existing mountain buildings on the 650 acre property.

Dining RoomOliver’s weekly meetings with the client and close work with the architect, contractor, and kitchen designer kept the project moving perfectly towards the client’s vision.  From larger architectural details such as stone interior walls, hinting at room additions through the years, to the smallest decor detail, antique books selected for their aesthetic appeal, not a single aspect of the home was overlooked.

While Oliver wanted to match the client’s dream of an English manor home that had been residing in the mountains for ages, she also wanted to make sure it had the comforts of a modern space.  Drawing inspiration from her own travels throughout Europe and the beautiful homes she saw there.  She then intersperses antique furniture with comfortable 21st century furniture that features rich textures and gorgeous fabrics.  The result of Oliver’s hard work and design sense, as well as that of the entire team, is a home that appears to have been lived in and loved for generations with the perk of modern day comforts.

This home has been chosen as a feature in “Colorado Homes & Lifestyles” magazine.  The .PDF can be seen here, or pick up your own issue of “Colorado Homes & Lifestyles” to view the article.

To view more pictures of this project, visit the River House showcase.



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  1. very beautiful house and built at beautiful place, very amazing.
    with the original concept. I really like it 😀

    • Thank you D,

      This was a very rewarding and exciting project. I met weekly with the architect and contractor to specfiy details. The project took about 3 years from start to finish.



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