Anne & Tahoe's Barnum Bungalow

Anne & Tahoe's Barnum Bungalow

Ashley Poskin
Jun 27, 2012

Name: Anne & Tahoe O'Connor
Location: Barnum neighborhood - Denver, Colorado
Size: 2,100 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years; Owned

Anne & Tahoe (along with cats Dexter & Chevy) occupy a spacious 1927 bungalow in what used to be P.T Barnum's (of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey) "Barnum Town". Established in 1871, the neighborhood has a rich history and is currently one of the most affordable up-and-coming Denver neighborhoods.

With two English degrees and zero construction experience at all, the duo dug right in. Scraping the bathroom down to the studs forced Anne & Tahoe to kick it 1871 style and bathe ...creatively, for nine months until the bathroom was finished. The final product was well worth the wait; Tahoe built and plumbed the tub and shower by himself and Anne became an expert tile mason.

Anne's advice on home renovation is: "1) You can do it. 2) It's never done". Once the kitchen is finished operations will move downstairs to the media room, laundry room and extra bedrooms. To see how far the house has come, check out Anne's documentation of the journey: This Mess is a House

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Nerdy

Inspiration: 1927 (year the house was built) and books!

Favorite Element: The arch

Biggest Challenge: Resurfacing the plaster walls -- they used to be really porous/bumpy. I thought it would take a couple of weeks. It took six months.

What Friends Say: You did this?

Biggest Embarrassment: We ripped everything out at once, including taking the bathroom down to the studs. Result: we didn't have a shower/tub for nine months. It was summer for the bulk of that time, so we took hose showers out back at first. When it got too cold, I filled the washing machine in the basement, stuck my legs in, and took a "bath." Classy.

Proudest DIY: My husband built and plumbed the tub and shower himself. We were both English majors, no construction experience at all.

Biggest Indulgence: The tin ceiling and marble countertops.

Best Advice: 1) You can do it. 2) It's never done.

Dream Sources: IKEA, CB2, Urban Outfitters, thrift stores, family heirlooms

Resources of Note:


    • Living/Dining/Bed: BEHR Scotch Lassie
    • Kitchen: BEHR Misty Rain? Something like that, I can't remember or find it on the website. Which is awesome, BTW. Try the Color Smart function at
    • Bathroom: BEHR Herbal Mist


    • Turquoise dresser: Vintage
    • Runner fabric: IKEA
    • Abacus: CB2
    • Lamp: Target
    • Cat: Street
    • Keys Phone Wallet rug: Urban Outfitters


    • White vinyl loveseats: IKEA
    • Bookshelves: we built them in
    • Pillows: sari and kimono fabric found online/ at thrift shops
    • Vintage Records: Ichabod's Books
    • Mayan prints: Papa's travels
    • Aboriginal weapon head: same
    • Tin cutouts: Haiti
    • Books poster:
    • Frames/ledge: IKEA
    • Hope chest: Grammie
    • Books: yes.


    • Table/chairs: IKEA
    • Rug: Urban Outfitters
    • Japanese print: Cost Plus World Market
    • Candle troughs: CB2
    • Mirrors: IKEA
    • Chinese writing: Papa's travels
    • Indian silk curtains: I made, found the fabric at a local store. On sale. Who doesn't want teal silk?
    • Chandelier: IKEA


    • Cabinets/pulls: IKEA
    • Marble countertops: local fabricator
    • Appliances: Best Buy
    • Tile: World of Tile
    • Backsplash: Lowe's
    • Warhol print:
    • Faucet: Home Depot


    • Duvet/Bedskirt: Target
    • Quilt: homemade
    • Dresser: Grammie's wedding furniture painted white, pulls refinished
    • Little dresser: thrift
    • Owl guy: Talulah Jones boutique
    • Side tables: Cost Plus World Market
    • Lamps: Target
    • Carpet Diem rug: Urban Outfitters


    • Jet tub: Home Depot special order
    • Sink/toilet: same
    • H/C old school knobs: online
    • White subway tile: Home Depot
    • Sage green tiles: World of Tile
    • Hex tiles: same, I made the pattern

Thanks, Anne & Tahoe!

(Images: Ashley Poskin )

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