Graeme & Megan's Cliff May Home in Harvey Park

Graeme & Megan's Cliff May Home in Harvey Park

Ashley Poskin
Sep 5, 2012

Name: Graeme Nistler & Megan Leddy
Location: Harvey Park, Denver, Colorado
Size:1,364 square feet
Years lived in: Less than one year; Own

Harvey Park is about a twenty minute drive south of downtown and one of the more affordable mid-century-home-filled neighborhoods in Denver. With close to 200 Cliff May dwellings, Lou Carey Holiday homes and other 1950s ranch homes, it was just what Graeme and Megan were looking for.

The house had good bones, but was not as open and spacious as Graeme and Megan had hoped for. Lucky for them, one characteristic of Cliff May homes is post-and-beam construction, allowing any interior walls to be moved or removed with ease. The fourth bedroom quickly came down and made way for the living room extension.

The couple's (and everyone else who visits) favorite element is "the indoor outdoor living, the over abundance of floor to ceiling windows, clerestory windows and the easy access to the outdoors (4 doors in all)". The home easily feels twice its size, as Graeme and Megan have designed the exterior living space to flow just as smoothly as the interior.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid Century Miser (lot's of thrifting goes on in here)

Inspiration: The house itself and its designer Cliff May

Favorite Element: The indoor outdoor living, the over abundance of floor to ceiling windows, clerestory windows and the easy access to the outdoors (4 doors in all)

Biggest Challenge: The renovation: new kitchen, bathrooms, central air, inside and outside paint, patio, fence, addition to carport, moving washer and dryer drain lines, electrical, building a custom floor to ceiling window, landscaping, blah, blah, blah, et all. We decided to balance the projects between the inside and outside.

What Friends Say: "It feels so much bigger than 1350 square feet." We painted all of the interior white to really help open it up and most of furniture is on the dainty side.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our backyard. It is the land of shame.

Proudest DIY: We built a custom floor to ceiling window to flank the right side of the fire place. We framed in some old storm windows and then trimmed them out. Also the front fence.

Biggest Indulgence: The TV and artwork from Ryan Rice and Shag.

Best Advice: Don't be afraid, renovating and decorating is fun, not scary...nothing is permanent.

Dream Sources: IKEA, Craigslist, Mid Century Mike, Target, Z Gallery, West Elm, Thrift stores, Lee Alex Decor, Mod Livin, Mod Mood

Resources of Note:


    • Benjamin Moore Decorators White (interior)
    • Sherwin Williams Exterior Uncertain Gray (exterior)
    • Benjamin Moore Rhubarb (exterior doors)


    • Lane Acclaim Coffee table, Guitar Pick table and Orange chairs; Mid Century Mike
    • Black Chairs - Thrift store


    • Eames knock offs - Craigslist
    • Painting - Shag
    • Clock - Z Gallerie
    • Lamp - Arc Thrift Store



    • Cabinets and Appliances - IKEA
    • Backsplash - Loft Super White 1X4
    • Floor Tile - Pro Flooring
    • Cutting Boards - Bed Bath & Beyond
    • Clock - BigLots
    • Ball light - Lee Alex Decor


    • Chair - Mile Hi Thrift Store
    • Mersman Side Tables - Mile Hi Thrift Store
    • Clock - Mod Mood
    • Bench - Craigslist
    • Geisha Painting - Ryan Rice
    • Side Lamps - Thrift Stores


    • IKEA vanities
    • Vinyl Composite Tile - Carpet Exchange
    • Shower Curtains - West Elm
    • Bath Mats - Target


    • Most of the chotchkies are from thrift stores
    • Monster Posters in office are from
    • "Catastrophe" Painting in guest room -
    • Water feature on patio - Lowes top, pump, and bag - base redwood custom with aluminum trim
    • Bamboo fence - Lowes and Home Depot
    • Exterior door knobs - Schlage Bell Knobs

Thanks, Graeme & Megan!

(Images: Ashley Poskin )

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