October 6, 2022

Designer Allie McMunn Teaches Her Century-Old Cheesman Park Property New Tricks

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The 1921 Georgian gets current with fresh hues, contemporary artwork, and family members-friendly furnishings.


Inside designer Allie McMunn and her partner, Ryan, had their choose of any town in the United States when they made a decision to go away the Big Apple in 2019 to elevate their youthful son in a much more laid-back again locale. Denver was an easy choice—“because it was the only metropolis we the two could concur on,” Allie laughs—and acquiring this 1921 Georgian in close proximity to Cheesman Park was a no-brainer far too. “It felt ideal from the first time we set foot inside of,” Allie says. “I’m from Boston, and this felt a little bit like a conventional, New England household, which you don’t see typically in Denver.”

The designer knew that the grand dwelling—which had all the rigid symmetries and ornamental embellishments of traditional Georgian architecture—could sense “very fussy, incredibly simply, and that was unquestionably not my aim,” she claims. Listed here, she shares how she infused its interiors with lightness, lifestyle, and a seamless contemporary layout that nods to 1921 and 2022.

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5280 Dwelling: Denver might be new to you, but you are no stranger to renovating outdated residences.
Allie McMunn: By the time I left New York, I was typically creating prewar apartments on the Higher East Facet and Higher West Facet, so I realized what I was finding into—but the scale was significantly diverse listed here.

Did you update all 8,775 square feet of your new household?
We painted the total inside and changed the creaky wooden flooring with skinny oak planks that are genuine to the original fashion. The kitchen format did not make perception and you could just see the 1990s in the finishes, so we decided to intestine it and open it to the adjacent sunroom, which snowballed into us refreshing most of the dwelling. The only areas we didn’t have to contact were the next-floor bathrooms, which had been renovated by the previous proprietors.

Your palette of delicate blues and greens, in addition sisals and rattans, imparts a breezy vibe.
My good friends joke that my houses should be on the coast of South Carolina—and I do gravitate toward that Southern, girly style. In the living room, there’s a large piece of artwork that Susan Vecsey designed by gradually dripping sky-blue paint down a linen canvas I pulled that blue during the place, from the armchairs ideal down to the chessboard.

What ended up you on the lookout for when choosing new furniture pieces?
I desired some super-tough items that lean modern—like the residing room’s dazzling-white lacquered espresso desk and the breakfast room’s Saarinen tulip table—and upholstered pieces with a decent framework, which assists them feel extra common. And, of class, indoor/outside materials that can maintain up to my son.

Talking of your son, tell us about his adorable nursery.
I’m fairly guaranteed it is my favored place in the dwelling. I fell in appreciate with the wallpaper and the style and design spiraled from that—from the piece of modern art in these kinds of quite, gentle tones to the fringed ottoman-on-wheels. I adore a fringe no 1 definitely uses it anymore, but it is a classic design element that is also so substantially enjoyable. Which is the juxtaposition I was after—here and in every room.


Structure Pros:

Inside Style and design: Allie McMunn, One Bleecker Interiors
Renovation Building: Kalin Construction
Landscape Architecture: Models by Sundown