A ’70s designer dream house: A compact package superbly & neatly designed
by Evan Frances, A.I.D.
Denver homemakers wanted both elegance and practicality, which guided our choices of materials. Surfaces are hardy; upholstery fabrics, special-treated for stain resistance; wallpapers, wipeable. Our “House of the Year” is basically one-story, but there’s also a library/guest room tucked above the dining room (see floor plan).
You enter the house through the front door, painted an unforgettable bright blue, outside and in. You stand on cool, dark ceramic tile that has the sleek look of polished leather. Plants beckon at every turn, for our inviting entry is at the very heart of the house. Immediately accessible (seen from left, above) are dining, family and living rooms. The latter features a game table and velvet upholstered swivel chairs. Hall (not shown) leads to separate bedroom wing — a request of our panel.
Man-made “stone” fireplace gives focus to family room. Carpeting is spill-proof acrylic. Sofa at right opens to queen-size bed. Stairs lead up to library/guest room.
White walls and tiers of white sheer curtains create a setting for Mediterranean-style furnishing in dining room. Oriental-pattern rug exposes parquet floor.
A kitchen that has what every woman wants
Our “House of the Year” kitchen complex includes breakfast nook, laundry an powder room. The kitchen itself — designed around and island cooktop, with two wall ovens only one step away — is master-planned from top to bottom, with acoustical ceiling tile, diffused lighting from two recessed panels and vinyl flooring.
Cozy breakfast nook (right) has pedestal table with circular butcher-block top and white-painted cane-seat bentwood chairs. Sliding glass doors let in daylight and provide access to covered patio.
Kitchen (below) has satin-finished wood cabinets and close-to-indestructible marble-look countertops. Above planning desk at far right is home base for intercom system (not shown).
Silvery graffiti-enlivened wallpaper in powder room (above) cues choice of towels in vivid orange, yellow, black and brown. Integrated washbowl and surround are super stain- and damage-resistant.