A Mid-C + Modern Mix in Denver

published Feb 20, 2014
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Name: Wedding Photographer Megan Wynn
Location: Capitol Hill; Denver, Colorado
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented

Indiana native Megan Wynn is an incredible wedding photographer, a free spirit, and one inspiring lady. She recently decided to make a life change and move to a place that had always called her name. Leaving behind her 1930s duplex and vowing to have no regrets, Megan packed up a Uhaul, her golden retriever pup, and headed west for Colorado.

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Sometimes defining one’s decorating style and settling into an aesthetic that really resonates with one’s life and personality takes a good amount of time, and for most of us, a good number of apartments. Megan’s first place in Indy was a sleek, clean downtown loft calling for minimalistic, edgy decor. Just her style, right? Maybe not. Her second place couldn’t have been more different from the first, a charming 1930s duplex complete with a claw foot tub, classic crown moulding, and even those quintessential creaky hardwood floors. After only a few short months Megan realized she had finally met her perfect apartment match. She’d gone old and she wasn’t going back. Upon her arrival in Denver, she set out to find that same old world charm in her new place, making the historic neighborhood of Capitol Hill the perfect spot for apartment three.

As the years progress and the Uhaul gets unpacked and repacked, Megan finds her ever evolving style becoming more and more true to her life and personality. Her current 800 square feet feels cozy and collected, warm and welcoming, adventurous and inspiring — just like her.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: My style seems to slightly grow and evolve with each new space I move into. Currently, I would describe it as a cozy and eclectic mix of modern and Midcentury.

Inspiration: The architectural charm of the 1905 brownstone, and clean, neutral palettes.

Favorite Element: The location in the heart of Capitol Hill. I love the warm, original hardwood floors and high baseboards, plentiful natural light, claw foot tub, and tall windows and ceilings.

Biggest Challenge: Creating a welcoming atmosphere fit for entertaining with a compartmentalized layout. The space is a split brownstone — I have the top floor, which was once all bedrooms and a bathroom. Creating an open living room out of what used to be a bedroom with a standard door has been challenging.

What Friends Say: Welcoming, light and thoughtful, simple and inspired.

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen. I adore the vintage farmhouse sink area, but wish I could do away with the outdated painted cabinets and awkward counter space.

Proudest DIY: The gallery wall.

Biggest Indulgence: The living room sofa — finding a full sized sofa that could fit up and over a narrow stairway/hallway and through a standard door was challenging. So, a sectional it was.

Best Advice: Mixing old with new to avoid a space looking too modern or too vintage. Find inspiration from high end stores, and take the time to find yourself a deal elsewhere.

Dream Sources: Room & Board, Design Within Reach, West Elm, Anthropologie.

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Resources of Note:


  • n/a – Management did not allow painting

  • Sofa – Crate and Barrel
  • Side table – World Market
  • Coffee table – World Market
  • Credenza – Local vintage store
  • Pillows – West Elm
  • Throw – West Elm
  • Lamp – West Elm
  • Curtains – West Elm
  • Rug – West Elm
  • Bar – World Market, Anthropologie
  • Gallery wall – Society 6 (prints), Paula Scher (map print), Sara Heiser (deer painting), personal photographs

  • Kitchen nook table – IKEA Norden Table
  • Kitchen chairs – World Market
  • Cupboard – IKEA
  • Canisters – Pier 1
  • Pantry curtain panel – West Elm
  • Prints – Society 6
  • Photos – personal photographs
  • Wall organizer – IKEA

  • Office desk – World Market
  • Office chair – World Market
  • Chest – Goodwill

  • Shower curtain – West Elm
  • Bathtub tray – World Market
  • Rug – Target
  • Canisters – World Market
  • Clock – Target
  • Storage basket – Target
  • Map print – Paula Scher

  • Upholstered bed – World Market
  • Side table – Target
  • Lamp – West Elm
  • Floral chair – Target
  • Dresser – Local vintage store
  • Bedding – West Elm and Target
  • Mirror – Hobby Lobby
  • Rug – Ikea
  • Wall frames – West Elm
  • Photos – personal photos
  • (Image credit: Kathryn Bacalis)

    Thanks, Megan!

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