A Bold Colorado Home Shines With A Funky Spin On Cape Cod Charm


A hanging fireplace is the...

The striking hanging fireplace is covered in Coffered Wood wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries.

rustic entry with antique chest...

In the entry of this home near Littleton, Ngala Trading Co.’s leather Urchin chandelier strikes a dramatic note, while drapery crafted with Romo’s Breathe Velvet in Wild Flower was adapted from the owner’s previous home. The antique chest is from Denver’s Décor Asian, and the rug is from Shaver-Ramsey Fine & Custom Rugs.

living room centered on a...

Nash sofas by Vanguard Furniture flank a striking hanging fireplace covered in Coffered Wood wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries. The stools are by Worlds Away, the hammered-brass coffee table is by Global Views, and the smaller table is through CAI Designs. The rug is by Surya.

white kitchen with blue accent...

Delicate brass-framed Emerson stools by Wisteria pull up to the kitchen island. A Triple Arm Chandelier by Visual Comfort & Co. hangs above. The Osgood pendant over the sink is by Arteriors. Abacus Cabinetry crafted the cabinetry, which is topped with One Quartz Surfaces countertops by Daltile.

blue wet bar framed with...

The bar area in the living room is framed by 19th-century carved-teak columns found on 1stdibs. The custom-designed bar is by Abacus Cabinetry, and the glass shelving lined with antique mirrors was purchased through Denver Glass Interiors. The brass Emtek drawer pulls are from Lee Valley.

Colorful artwork decorates the dining...

Designer Andrea Schumacher commissioned a painting from local artist Sunny Morrell that features colorful butterflies, which echo a sculptural installation of hundreds of tiny metallic butterflies off the entry and in owner Amy Millisor’s bedroom. The Astral buffet with bronze and mirrored accents is by John-Richard.

Layered artwork adorns the entry.

In the entry, the blue tones in Regatta 2 by Dutch artist Nelly van Nieuwenhuijzen are meant to evoke the owner’s coastal Cape Cod roots. Schumacher layered it with a piece by her grandmother, Elizabeth Burger Monath. The sculptures and crystal plant container are from CAI Designs.

black stairway with chippendale-style railings...

Along with other antique touches on the main level, Schumacher designed Chippendale-style railings for the stair to ground the contemporary architecture with traditional elements. Instead of finding art for the huge landing wall, she chose bookcases to hold the family’s more cherished volumes.

primary bedroom with snakeskin wallcovering

Boa wallpaper by Thibaut wraps the homeowner’s bedroom in a tonal but edgy snakeskin pattern. The owner brought the bed from her previous house, while the mirrors were purchased at Texture Imports and the nightstands are from CAI Designs.

primary bedroom with fireplace and...

Custom linen draperies in Fabricut’s Sync frame the French doors in the owner’s bedroom. The Regent sconces are by Visual Comfort & Co., and the rug was purchased at Shaver-Ramsey Fine & Custom Rugs.

glam primary bathroom with brass...

Jewel-like touches fill the owner’s feminine bathroom, such as the cabinet hardware by Hamilton Sinkler and the colorful backsplash tile from Floor & Decor. The Ella stool is by V_Lab and the Camille sconces are by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort & Co.

bathroom with blue sideboard and...

Schumacher converted a blue Dongbei sideboard found on 1stdibs into a vanity for the powder room. The custom, hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper is through NSR Handcrafts, while the ceiling is covered in a deep blue-green grass cloth by Stroheim. The mirror is by Uttermost, and the Dauphine sconces are by Studio VC for Circa Lighting.

Amy Millisor wanted a new perspective on life, and she found it in the Littleton, Colorado-area neighborhood where she’s lived for many years. Amy and her two children loved what she calls their “super modern” home, but after her husband, Rob, died unexpectedly, it wasn’t the same. “After he passed away, I wanted a change,” she says. Amy turned to designer Andrea Schumacher—a friend, neighbor and the person who’d decorated their modern home—to help her envision an entirely new place for her and her teenage son and daughter. Luckily, she’d been able to purchase a nearby property that had the same stunning views of the lake and mountain horizon she’d long enjoyed.

The designer and architect Matt Stais collaborated on a design that spoke to Amy’s personality, with references to her roots in Cape Cod. “She’s fun, playful, young and she has a lot of spark,” Schumacher says, “She also wanted the home to reflect Cape Cod, so we incorporated all of those things.” The hydrangea-lined driveway leads to a shingled home whose exterior is illuminated by gas lanterns—all of it a nod to Amy’s New England upbringing. Inside, she gave Schumacher carte blanche to design a new environment for her and her kids.

The designer set the tone with a chic take on a ski-lodge fireplace, inspired by the couple’s 25 years in Breckenridge, where Rob and Stais developed a series of resorts. Here, a floating chimney is lined with a cobalt-blue wood veneer wallcovering that sets the home’s palette. “It’s the first thing you see when you come through the front door,” Schumacher says. But getting it there took some serious engineering. “The hanging fireplace was a big deal,” Stais says. General contractor Dan Fuller says his team had to add additional structure overhead so the ceiling could support its tremendous weight, in addition to steel and concrete bracing all around so it wouldn’t sway.

Schumacher showed the fireplace wallpaper sample to her cabinetmaker, who responded with cabinetry for the bar and kitchen in the same color. She then added feminine touches to the kitchen, like bumping out the blue drawers to resemble a bedroom dresser and incorporating a jewelry-like brass detail on the custom range hood, the barstools and cabinet hardware. The same combination is present in the powder room, where she commissioned a chinoiserie wallpaper on a gold background over a deep blue antique console retrofitted to be a vanity.

For the most part, however, the designer kept the interiors neutral to keep the views center stage. But that didn’t mean Schumacher had to abandon her artistic license, especially in Amy’s bedroom: “She wanted it to be soft in color, but at the same time, we gave her snakeskin wallpaper, and we rocked out her bathroom and made it girly. It is just for her, so it reflects her personality.” Schumacher also created a living space that could easily evolve over the years. Big white comfy sofas offer a crisp backdrop for new accent pillows, rugs or throws. “It has a chameleon-type of essence. You can play with pattern and colors and not have it be overly designed,” she says.

Equally important was the outdoor living space, whose prominent views are in front of the house. “It was really about how everything related to the outdoor patio,” says Stais, who situated it on axis with Mount Evans in the distance. He then wrapped the house around the patio with bedroom wings for Amy and the kids extending off the central living area. Glass pocket doors disappear into the walls to make the great room and dining area one with the patio, which is just as large as the interior space.

Landscape designers Nick and Elizabeth Pisani surrounded the patio with low stone walls, ornamental grasses, rose shrubs and dwarf evergreens. “We had to come up with some creative ways to give her privacy in the front but not block her views,” Nick Pisani says. Colorado River boulders throughout the landscape help to soften the home’s linear geometry.

Though nearly everything is located on the main level, there are two guest rooms and a
TV room downstairs. Stais jokes that he was personally invested in designing “really great” guest rooms because his family hopes to be frequent visitors, having become so close with the couple over the years. “This is a lot more than a new house for Amy,” he adds, taking a more serious tone. “It’s a way of moving on, and I took that very seriously.”