Comfort With Elegance

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Home in Stonegate is a showplacefor designer’s style. Walking through the doors of Jeff and Theresa Richardson’s exquisitely decorated home in Stonegate in Parker, you come face to face with old world charm in the suburbs. With a mix of old and new furnishings; warm, calming hues; and charming details, this home is a gem. When Jeff and Theresa merged families, they searched for a lot on which to build their dream home. Stonegate was the perfect location. Working with their builder, Infiniti Homes LLC, the Richardsons designed a house plan that perfectly suited all of the family’s needs. Jeff works out of the house and needed a home office with views of the mountains and built-in cabinetry. The children wanted their own bedrooms, and the family needed a couple of gathering rooms. Theresa is an interior designer and wanted to have the house comfortably decorated, yet elegant enough to show clients. Theresa expounds, “I was really excited to work on a new house for our new family. I decorated the house with neutral tones and embellished the rooms with splashes of color.” There are Spanish appointments, interesting archways and rounded edges that lead the eye from one room to the next. Plantation shutters adorn the windows throughout the house.

She goes on to say, “We wanted a home that is dynamic for our family structure, and essentially that is what we built. I have a wall of family photos on each of the three levels of the house.” The great room, kitchen and the basement are favorite family gathering areas. The finished basement is complete with a home theater, a full bar, a game table and an exercise room. Rosewood-stained wood, tile and granite meld to give the home old world charm with an elegant new look. Oriental rugs throughout the house bring in a touch of Eastern influence. Richardson mixes soft light from lamps with natural light to create a subtle ambience. What is notable about the design work is the eclectic detail in each room. The Richardsons collect many types of visual art. Paintings, lithographs and prints line the walls in the house, the styles ranging from old masters to contemporary. They also collect vases and pottery. “Whenever we go on a trip, we try to pick up a piece from local artists,” Theresa says. Artwork is on view from the moment you enter the house.

athome2The front double doors open to a circular entry that emits a sense of warmth and comfort. The harvest gold walls are adorned with framed art and sconces. Warm, soft lighting from table lamps and wall sconces mixes with filtered natural light. The window treatments bring in rich burgundy, sage and gold tones in draped, tasseled panels. A couple of brocade-upholstered chairs and a large gold chenille fringed ottoman are positioned in front of one of the three tile-faced fireplaces in the home. A quick look around the room brings your eyes to a vaulted ceiling featuring a large chandelier that fits the scale of the room. Jeff’s home study is in the northwest corner of the house, with all of the necessary appointments and a terrific view. Multi-gauge slate tile lines the floor from the entry to the kitchen and breakfast nook. Varying 4-by-4 tile patterns work as focal points in the flooring. Amidst the chrome appliances and the wood cabinetry are granite countertops and tile backsplashes. Pottery collections and floral pieces placed on countertops and atop kitchen cabinets add a homey feel to the room.

In the kitchen nook, a six-light chandelier with fabric shades is positioned 30 inches above the large bar-height wooden table and bar stools. Adjacent to the nook, sliding doors open to a wraparound deck with views of the Rocky Mountain range. The great room is nestled between the entry and the kitchen. Beige chenille sofas, chairs and a room-size ottoman beckon guests to relax. Silk and satin draperies hung on chunky finials and a neutral-toned, textured carpet add a touch of comfort and warmth. Theresa explains, “One of my favorite rooms in the house is the great room, because it most represents the entire family.” Opposite the furniture is a wall with a big-screen TV, complete entertainment center and a two-sided fireplace. On the other side of the fireplace, through the butler’s pantry, is the dining room. The tile façade on the fireplace differs in each room to reflect the mood of the room. Silk and satin panels frame the east-facing windows, where natural light illuminates the elegant room. Distressed copper leaf faux finish is used on the coffered ceiling, trimmed with rich wood crown molding. On one of the burnt umber glazed walls hangs a large mirror of pineapple design. Theresa says, “I picked the mirror because the pineapple is a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and this is the room to share both.” Old world design is apparent in the dark wood dining table, buffet and tapestry upholstered chairs.

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Nearby, a rosewood banister fitted with wrought iron spindles borders a winding staircase. Above hangs a gorgeous four-foot chandelier with six lights made of large-scale scrolls, with tassels carved on the side of each scroll. It is dressed in cracked, distressed metal and adorned with acanthus leaves and rosettes. The lampshades are dupioni silk and oversized to house three lights on each fixture. “I loved it because it is very feminine, yet with great masculine qualities,” says Theresa. To break up the long curved wall, she added an alcove that holds art and memorabilia. At the top of the stairs is the master bedroom. With a view of the mountains in the background, the room is decorated with furnishings reminiscent of a mountain lodge. A custom duvet of silk and satin with a subtle jacquard motif covers the king-size bed. A print from Whitney’s hangs above the bed and brings in all of the warm colors used throughout the house and this room. A sitting area next to the fireplace completes the private space in the master bedroom. With a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain range, the Richardson home reflects European comfort, Spanish charm and Colorado lodge style.

By KATHY SMITH
Photography RICK HEITMAN

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