A Home Mixes Old World Elegance With Modern Edge


traditional great room neutral fireplace

Designer Nadia Watts created a mix of seating options in the double-height great room of a Centennial home by architect Steven Cole. Lee Jofa sofas and Brunschwig & Fils Oxford chairs pair with a custom coffee table and skirted ottomans, all by Kravet, near a cast-stone mantel by Distinctive Mantel Designs. Over the fireplace, Fruit of the Vine by Dennis Wright hangs opposite Hallett Peak Creek by Jan Bushart.

traditional walkway great room view...

n upper-level walkway with railings by McSwain Metal Fabrication overlooks the great room, where a custom hand-forged iron chandelier by Paul Ferrante from John Brooks Incorporated suspends from the tall ceiling. Watts tempered the room's scale using draperies made with a wool-linen Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabric.

traditional study gray

An Arhaus Athens writing desk, paired with a chair upholstered with a Lee Jofa fabric, anchors the study, which Watts grounded with Kravet's Virsa rug in Latte. The subdued palette creates a fitting backdrop for Empire Falling #21, a photograph by Elena Dorfman from Robischon Gallery.

traditional kitchen marble countertop island

Sky pendants by Room & Board hover above a kitchen island crowned with a marble countertop and lined with bar chairs reupholstered with a Brunschwig & Fils fabric. Tharp Cabinet Company crafted the cabinetry. Kravet's round Grand Pedestal table and Baylor side chairs anchor the adjacent breakfast area, where Illuminations by Dennis Wright is displayed.

traditional neutral outdoor sitting area

Offering wide vistas, the upperlevel terrace features a railing by McSwain Metal Fabrication. A stone fireplace anchors a grouping of furnishings by RH, including a Coronado sofa and lounge chairs and a concrete-and-teak coffee table.

traditional neutral bedroom blue stools...

An artwork by Anthony Grant hangs in the master bedroom, which boasts a bed and twin stools by Kravet. Lee Jofa's Walton print in chartreuse upholsters the bed, while its Parnham fabric was used for the draperies.

traditional neutral bathroom white freestanding...

The focal point of the spacious master bathroom is a freestanding Ravello tub by Victoria + Albert with a Brizo tub filler. A Hartmann & Forbes grassweave window shade and a Loloi rug lend texture to the space. Kravet's Curry chair is covered with a Manuel Canovas fabric.

We’d meet for hours and hours going over things, and making sure there was a reason for everything,” says Colorado designer Nadia Watts of her working relationship with her client.

Vital to the process was considering the traditional, English manor exterior by architect Steven Cole — steep-pitched roofs, indigenous stone and stucco walls — while satisfying her client’s more contemporary tastes.

Working her way up from hard surfaces, like travertine floors, to more soothing fabrics for furnishing and flowing draperies in the 26-foot-high great room, Watts created living spaces highly suitable for entertaining numerous guests or simply lounging with the family.

To incorporate her client’s love of art, Watts installed a colorful painting by Denver artist Dennis Wright in the great room, while another adorns a wall behind the buffet in a casual breakfast area off the kitchen. A print by Sam Francis offsets the dining room’s dark wood table and celadon Lee Jofa chairs, while an intriguing photograph by Elena Dorfman adds a sense of color and dimension to a demure study.

Three years in, a large percentage of the 7,700-square-foot home gets used all the time, a fact that is fully appreciated by Watts. “It’s so interesting to see how well it’s used now,” she says. “It makes me excited that they love it.”