A Small Denver Rental Shows How Chic Layering Calming Neutrals Can Be
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Name: Erin Miles, boyfriend, Alex, and our dog named Duck
Location: Denver, Colorado
Size: 800 square feet
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: 1 year, rented
We lived in a cute white stucco home that was built in 1939 with really unique Spanish-style architectural features that we fell in love with. We love the built-in arch shelving in a few of the bedrooms; they add a beautifully unique touch to the space. We love relaxing in our living room, cooking new recipes in our kitchen, and I personally love styling the space over and over!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Warm yet elevated.
Inspiration: I am a neutral lover through and through. I love how calming neutrals are and how chic they look layered together. I’ve also been so inspired by sculptural pieces and allowing the shape of furniture and decor I choose to compositionally bring a space together.
Favorite Element: The bedroom. I started with the furniture’s warm wood tones as the foundation and wanted to add some lightness to the space. That’s when I added the cream tones to brighten it up and the black accents added a bit of an edge and sophistication. I was surprised with how much I liked all of these elements working together.
Biggest Challenge: The layout was a bit of a challenge with the entryway, main living room, fireplace, and dining area all being in the same room. I feel I did a good job to create an anchored layout that was functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Proudest DIY: The curtain rod brackets in the living room felt like a DIY! I bought the brackets for their style, price, and functionality, then painted some wooden dowels black to act as the curtain rod. Window treatments can be pricey so I was happy with how nice these turned out.
Biggest Indulgence: The travertine coffee table was truthfully local and secondhand, but it is easily the most luxurious table I’ve owned.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I love the original windows. They’re so dreamy and added such a timeless feel to the space.
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? The vintage pottery and decor that I sourced myself! I am a sucker for ceramics and I’m very happy with the collection I have so far. I have everything from floor vases from Mexico to a white littala Aalto vase.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Utilize any closet space to its absolute maximum. I always add shelves to the top of the closet above any existing standard shelving since there’s usually space. Then I buy shelving and boxes that are sized correctly to fit into that space. I can usually store a whole lot more that way.
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Let your intuition guide you, and always look at other designers’ work. Take note about what you do and don’t like and why. Creatively problem solve to create a design that works in your specific space. Have fun!
- Oslo Linen Sofa — American Furniture Warehouse
- 1970s Italian Travertine Coffee Table — 1st Dibs
- Kailey Rug — Lulu & Georgia
- Hans Wegner Style Folding Chairs — Etsy
- Hannalill Curtains — IKEA
- Ceiling Curtain Rod Brackets — Amazon
- Wood Dowel for DIY Curtain Rod — Home Depot
- Ceramic Vases — Sourced through Cypress Eyes
- 2 Exhibition Poster by Chillida — Etsy
- Dining chairs are vintage from a church in New Castle, Colorado
- Dining Table is secondhand off of Craigslist
- Avena Table Lamp — Crate & Barrel
- Solid Wood Bed Frame — Musehomeinc
- Armitra Rug — NuLoom
- Curtain Rod — Amazon Basics
- Ritva Curtains — IKEA
- Franco Albini Ottoman — One Kings Lane
- Lindbyn Mirror — IKEA
- Puderviva Duvet — IKEA
- Henri Matisse Poster — Etsy
- Pablo Palazuelo Prints — Artnet
- All other artwork created by Erin herself
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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