Denver Life Magazine Designer Showhouse – Part II

When Kim McInnes and Nikki Holt of Kimberly Timmons Interiors were selected to participate in this year’s annual Denver Life Magazine Designer Showhouse charity event, the KTI design duo was looking forward to working alongside dozens of top-notch Denver-area designers, architects and vendors, and experiencing an “eclectic mixing of materials and cutting-edge design trends.”

What the two designers didn’t expect is their design debut in the residential side of the business would end up landing them on the cover of this month’s Denver Life Magazine. To be precise, it was actually McInnes’ and Holt’s reimagined dining room that made the September cover. Nonetheless, the inspiring cover was another opportunity for the KTI organization to celebrate Denver’s high-profile philanthropic fall event.

For the third consecutive year, the monthlong Denver Life Magazine Designer Showhouse event, which officially ended Sept. 24, was a collaborative effort between the magazine and leading area-builders, architects and designers with one charitable goal in mind: help raise more than $35,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

The Denver home completely remodeled this year and opened for public viewing from Sept. 9-24 was a 1930s-circa Tudor-style home located in Denver’s Bonnie Brae neighborhood. Originally a modest one-story, 1,200-square-foot home, by the time Caliber Construction, Alvarez Morris Architecture and 13 different interior design firms finished with the project, the Tudor home almost tripled in size above ground and turned into an eye-opening, two-story home true to its Tudor roots with a “timeless modern feel.”

And the resplendent dining room McInnes and Holt redesigned certainly did not disappoint. With the fortunate assignment of designing the open-air front dining room, whose signature multi-paned “glass box” of windows makes it feel as if one’s literally sitting outdoors amongst the beautiful tree-lined street, KTI had the opportunity to arguably play with the best room in the house.

The adjacent pass-through office, featuring black-framed sliding glass doors and matching black walls so it recedes into the night during dinner parties, only adds to the allure of the new-look dining room.

“The windows are just spectacular,” says McInnes, a project manager at KTI with more than 18 years of design experience. “You have this old Tudor-style home with these huge modern-version of bay windows. … With all the light that comes in, and all of the landscaping, and trees just outside, it just looks amazing.”

Caliber Construction, the builder in charge of the project, decided to paint the windows’ interior black – matching the dark accents in the adjacent office room – and KTI chose not to use any window coverings for further emphasis.

As Holt was quoted by Denver Life in this month’s issue: “If you have magnificent windows, don’t try to compete with the view, try to incorporate it. The house is on a beautiful street, and it looks great throughout the year. Why not use it to our advantage?”

Another striking design touch, according to McInnes, is the large center table built by Donnie Criswell at DIY (“Design it Yourself”) Furniture. Highlighted by its “fully custom live edge wood and clean concrete sides and gorgeous gold butterfly joints,” the dining table is a perfect companion to everything else in the room.

Perhaps Holt’s favorite part of the room was the one-of-a-kind credenza custom-built by KTI – thanks in part to the handyman support of her father, Larry Romero. When KTI originally began conceiving the design of its new dining room back in early February, Holt had her eyes on a “very grand” buffet and decided “this is exactly what we want.” But then they saw the price tag of some $7000 wholesale – well above their charity-minded budget.

“That’s when we decided, well, this is not we want,” Holt recalls, “and felt like we could build something ourselves instead with the help of my dad and IKEA. I played the daughter card to get him!”

So, after buying a basic IKEA cabinet to serve as the credenza’s main body, the KTI team resorted to their model home “DIY days” and Holt’s father fashioned a “clean-lined wooden base” to go on the bottom of the cabinet and tie in with the rest of the dining room wood accents. Then, after KTI showed upholstery company Custom Furnishings what they envisioned for the doors, the local vendor supplied three custom white leather doors with a “crazy geometric nailhead pattern” that gives the dining room some clean white funky character.

“It turned out even better than we could have ever imagined,” Holt says. “At a fraction, fraction of the cost. And the white just pops!”

Overall, McInnes and Holt say their design intent for the Denver Showhouse dining room was to keep the room light, bright and modern with a slightly different interpretation of Colorado design that traditionally features “heavier materials and darker more flat colors.”

“Our inspiration was to create a Modern Colorado meets Urban Glam space,” McInnes points out. “and we are so excited to see it all pulled together.”

So was Denver Life Magazine. So much so, that it was good enough to make the cover.