Perfect Patio

June 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Magazine Articles | Leave a comment
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Check out the new 5280 “Top of the Town” magazine issue on news stands now.

Lane Oliver’s colorful Washington Park backyard is featured with inspirational ideas for the “Perfect Patio”.

In the article Lane provides design tips for your outdoor gathering place and lists local retailers for prime patio picks.

5280 Perfect Patio write up 


A Colorful Transformation

June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Posted in Magazine Articles | Leave a comment
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LEO interiors is thrilled to be featured in this month’s Denver Life magazine for a complete home makeover that was done without knocking down a single wall, disrupting a room for long periods of time, or displacing the homeowners.  Using color, pattern, fabric, and existing accessories, Lane Oliver created a rich new look for what had previously been a house dominated by beiges.

For a brief glimpse of what was before:

And after:

Working around pieces the owners already had in the home was essential to a makeover project that was as unobtrusive to the homeowners as possible.  Oliver noticed a recurring theme of Asian urns and ceramics in the home.  These pieces featured beautiful, deep shades of red, green, and blue that would become the basis for the new décor.  A cohesive look developed throughout the home as Oliver paired rich colors with interesting furniture and creative paint finishes.

Faux finishing and paint were imperative in reducing the need for any sort of structural changes to the living room.  Dark green tile surrounding the fireplace and woodwork in the living room were no longer going to work with the style of the room post-makeover.  Oliver brought in a faux finisher to create an exquisite medallion design covering the tile around the fireplace.   Now the fireplace not only mimics the patterns and colors seen throughout the entire home, but it has become a focal point of the living room.   The once white and gold leafed woodwork was painted a dark brown that pops against the green of the walls while echoing the color of the wood on the furniture.

The master bedroom uses bold red and chocolate brown to create a high drama design.  This sophisticated bedroom is stylish yet cozy and warm.  The crisp white linens atop the open bed keep the room feeling spacious, while the sitting area with upholstered chairs is perfect for curling up in the evening.

The monochromatic, muted guest bedroom is a stark contrast to the master bedroom.   Inspired by the small decorative writing desk, the guest bedroom is an example of how serene and lovely a one color palate can be.

The homeowners were ecstatic with the transformation that LEO Interiors was able to achieve while cooperating with their goal of avoiding any construction or major changes that would disrupt their home.  Repurposing existing pieces and adding fabrics, furniture, and paint created a look that completely changed the former feel of the home into one that is full of color, drama, and style.

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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