Beth Armijo Project in March 2014 Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

Beth Armijo Project in March 2014 Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

Armijo Design Group was showcased in the March Edition of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine in an article titled "The Softer Side of Modern". You can read the article here or reading below.

The Softer Side of Modern

An updated take on the classics infuses an older Denver home with youth, freshness and timeless appeal. When homeowner Kiera Zink was ready to make changes to her vintage Denver bungalow, she had a lot of design ideas floating around in her head; she just needed someone to help pull together her vision of a chic, comfortable home. “I wanted something that was not exactly modern,” she explains, “but an updated, stylish version of classic—soft and pretty with some sparkle.” She and her husband Lee had bought the home in a quiet Washington Park neighborhood knowing that they would someday renovate it for the long term. “We believed this house had the potential to become our ‘forever home,’” Zink remembers.

Having admired interior designer Beth Armijo’s work on the pages of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, the couple wisely hired her early in the game, before the top was popped, the interiors were gutted or major decisions had been made. That suited Armijo: “Designers can have the most impact if we can work with the whole canvas—the finishes, paint, cabinetry, molding, floors and furniture,” she explains. “It allows us to tell the whole story, to match the client’s personality, to create balance.”

Armijo filled the newly blank canvas from top to bottom with the young, fresh personality of the homeowners. “We gave the house a contemporary, transitional look; very updated, very light with fun, bold prints,” she says.

A serene, watery color-scheme flows throughout the open-concept spaces: a wash of white, gray and blue that was inspired by the clients’ recent visit to Nantucket. “The coastal colors actually work well in Colorado with our bright sunshine,” Armijo says. “They have a calming effect.” She injected pops of brilliance with silvery finishes, nail-head accents and jewel-like light fixtures.

That east-coast style is perhaps most apparent in the airy living room, where a textural silk-and-wool Tibetan rug anchors a bold studded-metal coffee table and traditional furniture with light upholstery. “I had to trust Beth on the living room,” says Zink. “She created depth and balance and I love all the different elements.” Zink extended that trust to the kitchen as well, where she was uncertain about combining chocolate brown and gray cabinetry. But it worked.

The furnishings are all custom, with a sassy spin on the classics. Wooden spool chairs have been around forever, but you rarely see them with a fun gray color wash. Damask wallpaper may be considered old-fashioned, but the oversized Nina Campbell damask wallcovering in the study is decidedly up-to-date; elements such as a citron green-striped shade and a hot pink ottoman add playful pops.

Throughout the home, Armijo applied old-school principles with new-age colors and finishes—these are not your mother-in-law’s hand-me-downs. The lines are clean and crisp, the patterns large-scale and modern, the finishes unexpected. There is a sense of adventure in the home, “and a sense of timelessness that comes from classic bones and clean modern lines,” Armijo adds. “When you mix materials it is less of a period look, so it transitions over time a lot easier.”

The result is a stunning pairing. “I absolutely love the colors now,” says a delighted Kiera Zink. “I wasn’t able to express what I had in my head. That’s why I hired Beth. She can express my vision and pull it all together. It’s like magic.”

Design Details

Interior Designer
Beth Armijo
Armijo Design Group