elements in the kitchen are carried through the first floor,
such as hand-scraped hickory wide-planked floors, Chilton stone
and rustic beams. "Handcrafted would be a term I would use
for the kitchen. Itís not overly designed, but very
natural," says Renaissance Design and Renovationís Jody
Ryg. The cabinets are glazed knotty alder. The Kohler cast-iron
sink has the look of copper.
Photo by David Bader
materials, a design vision and amenable homeowners allowed Renaissance
Design and Renovation to create a showplace for a Chenequa couple that
reflects the homeownerís love of the equestrian life and the
"I use the
words ĎColorado chic,í" says RDR owner Jody Ryg. "Itís
a very elegant way of using natural materials."
started as many home remodels do, in the kitchen. "There is a
dinette off the kitchen that needed the windows replaced," Ryg
says. The homeowners also didnít like the low ceilings there. Since
the dinette had a separate roof structure, Ryg suggested vaulting the
space to match the soaring ceilings in the adjoining great room.
100-year-old white oak beam is the new fireplace mantel, crafted
by John McWilliam and his Scaithan team. They also created the
metal fireplace grate. The river rock-faced fireplace was redone
in a Chilton stone veneer.
Photo by David
A desire on the
part of the homeowners to further open up the kitchen to the great
room led the design team to wholeheartedly pursue the rustic chic
theme. "The hardest part of a project like this is how do you
achieve this look without it looking contrived," Ryg says.
"It takes a lot of ingenuity because a lot of this stuff you are
creating. The homeowner has to buy into it because the things you are
proposing donít exist. There has to be a lot of trust."
custom-made knotty alder handrail by John McWilliam is infused
with a metal band; the ballisters are hand-forged metal. The
stair runner is custom-made, inspired by a horse blanket,
according to interior designer Karen Kempf of Karen Kempf
Photo by David
RDR called on
John McWilliam and the craftsmen at Scathain to transform 100-year-old
barnwood into door frames and ceiling beams, keeping the hand-hewn
qualities intact. "One of the beams still had the bark on
it," Ryg says. "The clients loved it ó the more natural
the better. They just loved the history that brought in."
hand-forged the kitchen range hood and created a custom wood and iron
railing that spans the second-floor catwalk.
walls in the great room are finished in a skip trowel pattern to
give the feel of a Southwest pueblo. A 5-foot window further
connects the great room and the kitchen. Kempf says the
furniture, lighting and fabrics play into the homeís refined
Photo by David
just a lot of custom details in the entire project because of the open
concept," Ryg says. "We didnít want it to feel
Ryg says the
transformation from the 1990s interiors was dramatic. "Of any
project Iíve worked on this one had the biggest before and after wow
because we affected so many areas," he says.
is such a direct reflection on who these people are ó totally
sophisticated, welcoming, fun," says interior designer Karen
Kempf of Karen Kempf Interiors.