Elevated Living

By Kristin Miller

Proving that senior living facilities have come a long, LONG way from the sterile, uninspiring environments typically associated with them, downtown Denver’s Balfour at Riverfront Park, which opened earlier this year, boasts an exquisite interior décor that rivals even the most luxurious country club. If the uniformed valet who whisks your car away was not enough, the entrance area and lobby of Balfour was designed to say “this is not a senior living facility.” Adjacent to the historic Moffat train depot, with its restored 24-foot ceilings, the lobby had to have drama all its own yet not over shadow the centerpiece of the project—Denver’s 1906 now fully restored train depot. Co-owner and designer, Susan Juroe was involved first-hand with Balfour’s design and incorporated many eclectic pieces from travels all over the world. Balfour Senior Living balfourcare.com

Consulting Designer Carlton Varney originally sketched an exotic, daring and fanciful space where people would love to gather for cocktails and special events and where women would be glowing in the light of fine silks and exotic velvets in saturated jewel tones.  The resulting room as imagined, has lived up to the original vision complete with Jim Thompson saffron colored silk drapery, aqua colored velvet tufted sofa and Moroccan inspired shell inlayed side tables by HF Collection.  The aubergine colored hand woven rug in front of the fireplace was selected by the Owners while traveling in Ephesus, Turkey as were the antiques including an ancient Egyptian inspired ceramic cat and Turkish tulip bowls.    The fully stocked bar is set apart from the room with three fanciful chandeliers in oversize tassel design by Arteriors evoking the felling of a sultan’s tent.  The fireplace is flanked by two Dorothy Draper Channel Back Chairs covered in a luxurious velvet Manuel Canovas fabric.  Visto Images, art consultant to Balfour, procured original oil paintings commissioned in Europe for this themed destination depicting elephant caravans and exotic animals.  The wallpaper is a mosaic tile look in turquoise, pink, saffron and emerald with a three-dimensional textured tile appearance not unlike the tiles in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.


Backyard Beautification

Your backyard should be your summer oasis for intimate gatherings, summertime barbecues and simply escaping the hectic pace of daily life. If you could use a little help in sprucing yours up, check out zaarly.com—a virtual rolodex of Denver area home service experts that have been personally reviewed, tested and confirmed for licenses and insurance by the team at Zaarly. Here are a few tips from Zaarly expert, Dillon Tobias, on how to prep yours for optimal enjoyment with family and friends.

  • Add a layer of mulch. Summer is the time to add mulch to your flowerbeds to retain moisture—which is great for water conservation—and prevent weeds. Plus, it looks nice too.


  • After planting herbs, vegetables and annual flowers to enjoy all summer long, don’t forget the marigolds, which can keep veggie-munching bugs away.


  • Build a compost bin. Simple to make, the compost can provide all your plants free nutrients all summer long. Make sure your box is open-floored, well-ventilated and covered by a tarp or lid to keep the critters out.



Stay Grounded 

Proving that art is not limited to walls, Artistic Floors by Design specializes in high-end, residential wood floor installation and refinishing work. Owner and Lead Technician, Joseph Rocco, a nationally certified wood floor Advanced Master Craftsman, has produced award-winning designs for nearly a decade with accolades including Designer’s Choice Wood Floor of the Year (National Wood Flooring Association, 2012), Best Residential Hardwood Installation (Floor Coverings Installer, 2014) and Best of Houzz for Service (2014 & 2015) and Design (2015). The flooring for this Backcountry home (shown here) was designed and produced to mimic a weathered barn wood, per the homeowner’s request. The random width patterned wide-plank lumber is reclaimed red and white oak barn wood milled in Carbondale, CO. The application and colorant materials are part of Artistic Floors by Design’s proprietary procedures and are available upon request. Artistic Floors by Design 720.988.3663 | artisticfloorsbydesignonline.com

PHOTO CREDIT: Christopher Douglass Photography


Clean Burn

Decompress after a long day at the office with the intoxicating aromas of water lily and Moroccan red rose or sweet lychee fruit and orange blossom. Eco-conscious Gwendolyn-Mary soy candles and perfumed oils are all natural and alcohol-free made from raw materials collected from around the globe. Hand-poured here in the USA, the Pavane fragrance collection features three beautiful scents and each candle’s glass is so elegant, you’ll want to repurpose it later as a drinking glass or make-up brush holder. gwendolyn-mary.com


Seriously Smart

Who doesn’t like a home automation gadget to help make life a little easier? Smart technology provider Allure Energy recently introduced the EverSense, a home environment control platform system that senses when you are home and away and adjusts the temperature accordingly. The device includes wireless speakers to stream music, a Flickr-powered app that turns into a digital picture frame, video playback and an up-to-the minute weather app with animated radar. Brilliant! Available at The Home Depot.


Alfresco Ambiance

Summer calls for plenty of backyard barbecues and time spent outdoors. Create a cozy patio atmosphere with HADES’ contemporary open fireplace. This chic stainless steel fireplace will add warmth and comfort to your outdoor setting and it is also ideal for cooking, thanks to various kitchen accessories such as a wok, grill and electric rotisserie kit. Equipped with four wheels, the fireplace can be easily moved around to adjust to any wind direction, and refractory bricks provide an even heat distribution. hades.be

Fabulous Find

Just as Denver fashionistas get giddy over the opening of a new clothing boutique, the team at Denver Life home+design gets pretty excited whenever a new home furniture and décor store opens its doors. That’s why we’re excited to share our latest find—Castles Home Décor. Located in chic Cherry Creek North, this new boutique owned and operated by interior designer, Pam Kelker, is a fabulous resource for new furniture, artwork, lighting or accessories for your home. Castles Home Décor (3000 E. 3rd Ave., Denver) 303.989.0801 | castlesinteriors.com


Tiles Bejeweled in Blue 

We love that the homeowners of this Greenwood Village home worked with Shawna Jaramillo, owner/designer of Design 5 Seventy-One, to add vibrant pops of blue into the tile installation of their kitchen. A current trend in tile shows that more and more homeowners are realizing that many colors, such as various shades of blue and green, can act as neutrals due to the fact that they are soothing colors seen everywhere in nature. Design 5 Seventy-One 303.908.6356 | design571.com

Photo Credit: Christopher Laplante


Don’t Miss Event

Calling all architectural aficionados…The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Rocky Mountain Chapter (ICAA RMC) is holding the Third Annual Newman Awards Pre-Award Honorary Gala which acknowledges, supports and advances traditional concepts in design within Rocky Mountain Region. This event with showcase the 2015 nominees and celebrate classical and traditional design. Want to attend? Here’s the lowdown:

WHEN: July 30, 4:30-7 p.m.

WHERE: Materials Marketing Showroom, Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway, #107, Denver, CO, 80209

HOW TO REGISTER: Please RSVP to Molly Reinhardt, manager of Materials Marketing, mreinhardt@mstoneandtile.com, 303.777.6007