Name: Jake Pedziwiatr and Bridget Mahoney
Location: Whittier, Denver, CO
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; owned
Around town, Bridget is know as one of Denver's best barbers. To her friends and Instagram followers she is known as the queen of power tools, master of weekend DIY projects, and just a plain bad-ass. When she's not working the scissors in the barber shop, you will either find her riding her 1978 Honda CB 500 through the hills with her man or behind safety glasses and a band saw, working on another home project. The best thing about this house tour is that it does not perfectly mirror a specific design style nor is it riddled with the latest home decor trends from Pinterest. This home simply represents its creative owners, Jake and Bridget.
*Re-edited from a tour originally published in 2014
Readers be warned, this tour is not your average "see and replicate" house tour. It's something much better. This peek into Jake and Bridget's refreshingly offbeat home is meant to foster creativity and encourage one to make their home a place they love. Some will connect with their style much more than with the modern or vintage decor we see often here on Apartment Therapy, while others might turn up their noses to certain bold design decisions, such as the lacquered MDF flooring upstairs. Either way, this home is beautifully unique and original to its residents and let all critics and self-proclaimed design experts, be damned - your home should be your style and your taste. Over the years, the best advice I ever received in regards to decorating has been this: buy things that speak to you and you will always love your home. It's clear (and oh so refreshing to see) that this couple has done just that.
As a couple, these two are nothing short of inspiring and innovative, but Jake will gladly admit that Bridget has been appointed as the decorator in the house. A neutral paint palette, small pops of color, and a conscious mix of feminine and masculine elements make up Bridget's design aesthetic. The many rustic, antique pieces in their home (yes, including the skulls) are not hipster thrift store finds, but rather hand-me-downs from Bridget's Aunt and Grandmother. West Elm is clearly a big favorite for staple items and lighting. Many decor pieces were acquired on trips to Mexico and New York along with many visits to the local treasure that is the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall.
Now let's talk about all those projects. "Everything we've done has been triggered by a picture that we were inspired by." Bridget says. "I would see a picture and think how can I get as close to that as possible and still stay within my budget. This kind of planning causes you to get really resourceful." First off, on the ground floor, they had the light hardwood floors sanded and stained dark. This was the only job they hired a professional for. Everything else they did themselves. One of their first projects was taking out the electric fireplace and big cheesy mantle installed by the previous owners, revealing the gorgeous late 1800's original brick fireplace hidden underneath. The rustic wood accent wall was created with old cedar fencing from Bridget's Mom's house.
The unique mantle also comes with a story. Bridget's sister was renovating her kitchen (guess the remodeling gene runs in the family) using antique tin tiles as a backsplash. Bridget begged her for the scraps, wrapped them around a long wooden beam, creating a one-of-a-kind decorative mantel with the perfect patina.
The one renovation I think I love the most involves the upstairs flooring. First they ripped up the dingy carpet followed by a layer of old linoleum. Getting down to the raw MDF, they decided to leave the base layer uncovered (old stamps and all), polyurethane it, and let it shine. I love the grit and character this brings to the space.
Of course, as is most often the case in any home occupied by a serial decorator, one room (or two) is stuck in limbo. The small room off the kitchen has and will probably continue to take on many lives. What was once an in-home hair salon for Bridget, is now a working laundry room/office space. And yes, the clothing line does get a good amount of use. The upstairs master bath is currently a construction zone, undergoing renovation, hence the lack of photos.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Rustic, Modern, DIY, Country, Gray, Trill.
Inspiration: Trying to find the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.
Favorite Element: The collection of bones. They are beautiful to me. The painted horse skull was my Grandma’s and she had it since I can remember. The other bones come from Jake’s fishing trips, Rocky Point beach in Mexico and lastly...some antique store finds.
Biggest Challenge: Leaving things alone. I always want to change things up. I get an idea in my head and I obsess until I do it. Sometimes I just need to know when things are okay the way they are. But where's the fun in that...right?
What Friends Say: My personal favorite one: “It’s like a magical museum in here.” ‐ Winter, a 4 -year- old. However, most often it is “Can you come help with my house ?” and the answer is Yes. I love doing projects!
Biggest Embarrassment: The back yard and the master bathroom. I wouldn’t even let our lovely photographer take pictures of it...
Proudest DIY: Jake’s man closet. AKA his “Mariah Carey” closet. I wanted it to look like a man’s only retail spot. (Inspiration for this room is Berkley Supply in Denver, CO. Look them up; it is an incredible place. ) Also, the concrete countertops in the kitchen. I put Henry Feather Lite directly over granite tiles... $70 for new concrete countertops and backsplash.
Biggest Indulgence: Knick‐Knacks. I’m the knick‐knack queen.
Best Advice: Listen to gangster rap. Oh and.. Don’t be afraid to tackle projects yourself. With the help of the internet, you can find so many step- by-step guides to walk you through any project. Think of something that you want, and research the DIY version of it. You don’t have to be crafty to DIY, you just have to know how to read directions.
Dream Sources: Apartmenttherapy.com (of course!) Houzz.com, Diynetwork.com, Google Images‐ - so many ideas just from scrolling through pictures here.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Magnetite by Glidden ( Kitchen cabinets and dining room wall)
- Black Mica by Devoe Paint - Man Closet
- Heather Belle by Devoe Paint - Kitchen
- Cowhide Rug - Tandy Leather Factory
- Table - West Elm
- Couches - West Elm
- Wood Wall - Old cedar fence from mom's house
- Mantle - Tin tiles found at The Brass Armadillo , wrapped around wood beam
- TV Stand - Antique from aunt's house
KITCHEN / LAUNDRY ROOM
- Concrete Counters - Henry Feather Finish from Home Depot (Flooring department)
- Sink and Faucet - Home Depot
- Cabinet Fixtures - Came with house but spray painted copper
- Chalk Board Paint Wall - Guiry’s paint store
- Wine Holder - DIY from mom and dad
- Chicken Wire Door - DIY, Home Depot materials
- Drafting Table - Found in alley, refurbished.
- Table light - West Elm
- Chair - Ikea (outdoor section)
- Rug - Ikea
- Dark side table - Family piece
- Cowhide Rug - Tandy Leather Factory
- Vanity - Antique passed down from mom
- Candle Holders - Grandma’s
- Bed Frame - Ikea
- TV Stand - Old horse feeder from Aunt's house.
- Bedside Hanging Light - West Elm
- Side Chair - Guiry's
- Shelf - Hardware store
- Towel Hooks - World Market
- Rugs - World Market
- Mirror - gift from friend
- Light Above Mirror - Hardware store
- American Flag - Ace Hardware
- Mirror and light - Ikea Copper pipes and clips for jeans - Local hardware store
- Antique Vanity - Garage Sale, Refurbished.
- Mirror, Frames, Garment Rack - Ikea
- Knick‐Knacks over bed - World Market (during Halloween decoration time)
- Mexican Blanket - Mexico
- Side Table - Urban OutFitters
- Desk -Refurbished craigslist find
- Office Chair - Thrift store find
- Artwork - New York artist/tattoo artist, Mike Bellamy
Thank you Bridget and Jake for welcoming me and my camera into your wonderful home!
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