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From the sidewalk, this newly built ranch-style home in the mountain community of Morrison blends in with its neighbors: elements like neutral beige siding, white window trim, and contrasting stone accents adorn many of the facades. Although the planned community stipulations for a cohesive look didn’t leave much room for self-expression outside the home, owner Karen Taylor was eager to infuse the interiors with her spunky personality.
Fortunately, she knew the expert to call. Taylor, who owns a group of spas called Simply Massage, had previously tapped designer Olivia Grayson, director and partner of Grayson & Christie interior design, to equip its massage studios in Avon and Glenwood Springs. For these spaces, Grayson had created a universally appealing and calming aesthetic to appeal to the varied spa clientele, but for Taylor, she had something more distinctive in mind. “She’s not afraid to be feminine and colorful, she has pink hair, after all,” Grayson says. “She’s a free-spirited woman who doesn’t want a look that’s too contemporary or too traditional.”
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Early in the construction process, Grayson and Taylor selected neutral finishes from the developer’s inventory: handmade white tiles and taupe cabinetry for the kitchen, wide-plank white oak flooring, and Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray paint. for each wall.
Then came the fun part: Grayson sprinkled with playful pops of green, purple, teal — and of course, pink — to pop against the calm backdrop. The Bold Palette Launchpad, a watercolor wallcovering by the artist Andrea Pramukflanks the modern fireplace in the living room and serves as the focal point of the home.
This artsy vibe continues throughout the home with colorful artwork – some from Taylor’s personal collection, others found by Grayson – statement lighting and custom window treatments by Tailor-made interiors. In a guest bedroom, a naturally dyed felted wool artwork by artist Boulder Maryanne Quinn complements a teal canopy bed. Custom ombre curtains in the dining room set off the purple tones of the velvet-covered chairs from Element home and a floral painting by lauren adams, while sculptural pendants by Marset hang above. And in the master bedroom, an ombré wood beaded chandelier and painterly blue-green window treatments set a soothing tone.
The result is a playful and pretty yet fully functional space where Taylor can work – a bonus room on the lower level now doubles as an in-home massage room – easily relax and accommodate her adult children when they visit.
“It’s his home base for his business as well as his sanctuary,” says Grayson. “She has a big family, so we have created comfortable spaces where they can come back and feel at home. There is nothing too precious for her to worry about, but there are still plenty of interesting, colorful and beautiful things to look at. After all, it’s what’s inside that counts.
Interior design – Grayson & Christie interior design
Interior construction – NJJ Interiors