An Eye-Catching Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody in Colorado

A century-old house in Crested Butte's historic district comes to life with a meticulous renovation and layers of color and pattern.

All the Charm and Character Sought Out

The vision homeowner Ingrid Gebavi had for the timeworn house was to revive it with a style that both respected the home’s origins and referenced the later influx of hippies who put their stamp on the town in the 1960s and ’70s. To realize the bohemian style of the latter, she hired designer Andrea Schumacher to help with the fabrics, wallpaper and furnishings. But before the designer could work her magic, Ingrid first spearheaded a dramatic top-to-bottom renovation of the run-down home. “I wanted to buy something that needed a lot of work so I could make it my own,” she says. For the walls of the entry foyer, the designer selected beadboard, “a material used historically in Crested Butte,” she says.

Bohemian Chic Living Room with Guitar

From there, the floor plan moves toward an informal kitchen and a living room, where Fechino-Alling incorporated a bohemian reference with circular-patterned ceramic tile that frames a wood-burning stove, softening the black metal. As the renovation progressed, designer Carolina Fechino-Alling worked with the owner to set the past-meets-present aesthetic by specifying the flooring and tile and designing the intricate millwork and built-ins throughout. “The whole idea was to reference the house’s history, even though the inside is brand-new,” she says. Schumacher designed a tufted sofa, covered it with a shimmery paisley velvet and paired the piece with a custom ottoman dressed with an embroidered textile. “My goal was to create a warm, sophisticated and earthy home,” the designer explains. 

An 1890 Crested Butte house was revived through a thoughtful renovation and bohemian-style interiors. Designer
Andrea Monath Schumacher selected furnishings, including a custom sofa upholstered with Holly Hunt velvet and a Palecek armchair, to play off the backdrop established by designer Carolina Fechino-Alling, who framed the living room’s stove with Rookwood Pottery Company tile.

Office Nook with Vibrant Wallpaper and Furry Chair

Once the renovation phase was complete, Ingrid asked Schumacher to build on what Nichols and Fechino-Alling had so thoughtfully established. “Andrea came in and added her spark and renewed the energy of the project,” the owner explains. Schumacher worked with a layered approach, wallpapering nearly every surface, hanging beaded trim on fabrics and choosing lighting that resembles jewelry. “She’s got guts,” Schumacher says of the owner. “She wasn’t afraid to take risks.”

For the office nook, Fechino-Alling specified unfinished cabinetry from
Crestwood in Salina, Kansas, and had it painted by Dan Church and waxed by Crested Butte Faux Finishing. Rampura wallpaper by Schumacher highlights the space.

Bold Fabric Patterned Breakfast Nook Banquette and Fun Pillows

Inspired by the colors in the existing scheme, Schumacher seized on the blues in the kitchen cabinets to inform many of her selections. “We wanted Ingrid to look beautiful in her space, and she has beautiful blue eyes, so we added more blue everywhere,” the designer says. One notable choice was the seat back fabric in the breakfast nook, an exuberant toile with a vivid blue base. The background color matches the cabinets, while the toile’s other hues—reds and golds—inspire the rest of the room’s palette.

Schumacher played up the kitchen’s color scheme by using
Cowtan & Tout.’s Hurlingham fabric on the seat backs of the breakfast nook banquette. A Bubbles light fixture by Solária Lighting hangs above a custom table, and the valance sports a Groundworks fabric with trim by Robert Allen.

Colorful Layers to the Lively Kitchen

In the kitchen, she worked within a lively palette and had the cabinets hand-painted in a shade of blue and then given a wax finish, an old technique used in the town’s early days, for an aged look. Schumacher employed a similar bold approach when it came to selecting a mix of patterns. Across from the breakfast nook’s toile is a funky ikat wallpaper covering the kitchen’s vent hood and a suzani-like fabric paired with stripes on the counter chairs. 

Schumacher added colorful layers to the lively kitchen by covering the vent hood with
Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Darya Ikat for Schumacher. Counter chairs by Ballard Designs are upholstered with Zarafshan by Carleton V Ltd. on the backs and Portico Stripe by Rose Cumming on the fronts.

Blue Kitchen's Blacksplash Tile with Farmer's Sink

Fechino-Alling purchased the kitchen’s backsplash tile, from Pratt & Larson’s Scraffito series, through Decorative Materials. The unfinished Crestwood cabinetry was painted by Dan Church, and Crested Butte Faux Finishing added the wax finish. The farmhouse sink and faucets are by Waterworks.

Canopy Headboard with Chandelier in the Master Bedroom

Upstairs, Schumacher created a luxurious, gypsy-like feel in the master bedroom, cladding its walls with silk grass cloth and crafting a canopy of medallion-print fabric over the bed. “It was a difficult space to have a large headboard, but with some brainstorming, we came up with the idea for the canopy,” she says.

The lines of the ceiling in the master bedroom made it difficult to have a large headboard, so Schumacher created a canopy using Kaya Medallion fabric by Schumacher. An elegant two-tier Jacqueline chandelier by
Aerin illuminates the space.

Master Bedroom with a Custom Upholstered Platform Bed

The master’s custom platform bed is upholstered with Classic Cloth’s Limoges fabric; the silk grass-cloth wallpaper is by Kravet. The colorful nightstand is a repurposed antique tea table from Beijing, purchased through C.A.I. Designs.

Master Bathroom as an Anteroom to the Master Bedroom

To comply with the existing window placements of the house, builder James Nichols, who handled the structure’s extensive renovation, positioned the master bathroom to act as an anteroom to the master bedroom.

Incredible Master Bathroom with Wood, Glass, and Fur Features

In the adjacent bathroom, to complement the pale-blue shower tile, Schumacher suggested painting the claw-foot tub a similar shade. Ingrid added her own touch of blue by displaying one of her 12 deep-blue Matisse cutouts on the washstand next to the tub, serving as an artful accent. 

The master bathroom combines a cast-iron tub by
Kallista—painted Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue—with fixtures by Hansgrohe and a glass-enclosed shower with tile by Ann Sacks. Van Treeck Construction fabricated the millwork throughout the house.

Sunburst Guest Bedroom with Vibrant Style

A Sunburst light fixture by Global Views shines over a guest bedroom in the new basement, while Schumacher’s Rajasthan Paisley wallpaper adds to the home’s bohemian lean. Built-in shelving provides stylish storage solutions.

After a couple of years of renting in Crested Butte, which was established as a mining town in the late 19th century, Ingrid Gebavi was determined to purchase her own home in the area. “I’m drawn to the charm of old houses,” she explains. And when she first saw the 1890 structure in the Historic District she would ultimately buy, it had all the charm and character she was looking for. But, it also had a lot of challenges. The wood-frame structure had been neglected for years and was in a dilapidated state. Ingrid, however, was undeterred. “I never considered tearing it down,” she says. “I like preserving old homes.” That turned out to be a good decision. “It’s a sweet little house,” says designer Andrea Monath Schumacher. “It’s quintessential Crested Butte.” 

Ingrid had befriended builder James Nichols while she had been renting, and they spent a lot of time discussing the possibilities for the house, including completely reimagining the floor plan, before she had even committed to buying it. “It had no foundation,” he recalls. “The floors had deteriorated, and the walls were sagging.” But he was confident they would be able to raise the house off the ground, excavate a foundation and basement, and gut everything but the outer shell to give Ingrid the home she imagined. “It’s one of the smallest houses I’ve worked on but one of the most detailed,” Nichols says. “Everything was so thoroughly thought through.” 

Although Ingrid has a lake house in Wisconsin, she claims Crested Butte as her primary home. And the free-spirited nature of her new hometown now bubbles up effortlessly through its design, a whimsical nod to the area. “I was able to be more adventurous with the décor,” she says, “because I wanted it to reflect the adventurousness of Crested Butte.”

Jennifer Sergent