Name: Roman, Christine and Izzy Martinez
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Size: 2,600 square foot plus Studio
Years lived in: 15 years; Owned
Fifteen years ago, Roman and Christine Martinez had a vision: the 450 square foot turkey coop they had just purchased would one day be their multi-level, treehouse-style, dream home. The beautiful neighborhood and close proximity to shops, schools and the heart of downtown Boulder was the big draw.
After years of hard work, including 5 remodels (sleeping in a teepee in their back yard during one), Christine, Roman and daughter Izzy have crafted their ideal home. Filled with antiques and mid-century treasures, the home also showcases the residents' many talents, including beautifully written notes from Izzy, Christine's powerful and inspiring photography, and Roman's overall curated design.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic modern.
Inspiration: Books, music, art — wife has a little bit of hippy still going. Housekeeping inspired by JoAnn Willis.
Favorite Element: Roman: Yard and location. Christine: Wallpaper throughout the house and fresh flowers that seem to make the house come alive.
Biggest Challenge: The financial constraints. Having to create our dream over a 15 year period. 5 different major remodels, lots of structural limitations.
What Friends Say: Our sweet and wild friends Andrea and Cladius Jaeger say it looks and feels just like us. Reflects who we are: comfortable, playful, interesting.
Biggest Embarrassment: Christine dislikes the bathroom next to the kitchen.
Proudest DIY: Years of gardening, and watching the house evolve from a tiny 450 square foot [former] turkey coop into what it is now.
Biggest Indulgence: Furniture, books, art, and fresh flowers.
Best Advice: Buy the best you can afford.
Dream Sources: ABC Home NYC, Design Within Reach, Designers Guild, Independent Home Shops, Santa Fe
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- • Benjamin Moore: Decorator White, Lemon Ice
- • Design Within Reach: Eileen Grey Table, Neo Sectional
• Herman Miller: Eames Storage Unit
• Knoll: Platner Table
• Scandinavian Antiques, Denver, CO: Cabinet
• Designers Guild: Wallpaper
- • Mila, Boulder, CO: Carpet
• Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Studio: Sofa
• Design Within Reach: Jens Chair, Eames Rocker,
• Vintage Knoll: Platner Table, Arne Jacobsen Seven Chairs
• Dancing Grains, Austin Aaron: Custom Bookcases/Millwork
- • Home Depot / Cabinetry: Kraftmaid
• Rocky Mountain Hardware: Hardware
• SubZero: Custom Refrigerator
• Fisher Paykel: Dishwasher
- • Loveseat: Henredon
• Restoration Hardware: Cabinet
- • Grange: Bed
• Century Furniture: Chest
• Scandinavian Antiques, Denver, CO: Antiques
• Anthropologie: Bedding
- • Inlightened Studio, Canopy Designs, Nelson Bubble Lamps: Lighting
• Ann Sacks: Tile & Stone
• Water Works, Kohler, Jado, Duravit: Bath & Kitchen
Thanks, Roman, Christine & Izzy!
(Images: Ashley Poskin)
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