Designer Profile

EXPERTS | Growing up Designer – By Alyson Daugherty

Many kids experiment with several different careers before they decide on one to pursue. Not Cory Decker. At age eight she was designing rooms for her family with her heart set on one thing: being an interior designer. Today, she is designing rooms for families across Colorado.

Decker, an interior designer at Epoch Interior Design in Denver, has grown and changed throughout her 12 years designing professionally, but she always likes to incorporate some type of modern element, whether it is in texture, color or shape. “I lean more toward the contemporary side in my designs,” Decker says.

Her contemporary style often includes white space. Although Decker is not afraid of color, she likes the effect that white has on a room. “White is clean. It has a visual softness—a pleasing complement to a space—and it has a romantic quality,” she says.

In addition to designing luxurious homes, Decker also does commercial design. Her most recent project is for Mercy Housing, an organization providing housing for those in need. Decker is working with them to design the common areas of the houses.

Decker’s portfolio ranges from opulent, contemporary homes to simple spaces that\ make other’s dreams come true. Her love for design has grown from childhood wishes to creating dream spaces.

For more information on Mercy Housing, visit mercyhousing.org

Epoch Interior Design
Denver, CO
303.399.4592 | epochinteriordesign.com

 

EXPERTS | Creative Contrasts – By Alyson Daugherty

Every room designed by Eddy Doumas, of Worth Interiors in Vail, is a sanctuary filled with contrast, color and creativity. With 25 years of experience under his belt, Doumas knows how to dress-up a room. “There are no rules as to which elements match and don’t match,” Doumas says.

Decorating a room in different styles takes some coordination. Starting with a neutral core is important. Walls and large pieces of furniture in a soft palette support accessories with bold punches of color. Create a design explosion with an energetic, brightly colored rug anchored by a warm, gray sofa. The same look can be accomplished with bright, fun throw pillows.

If your personal style tends to be on the traditional side, bright colors might not be on your design priority list. You can still refresh a look by incorporating updated elements into your traditional space. “Today’s traditional involves a cleaner version of everything,” he says. “Pieces are not over-the-top tailored.” Blend your embellished pieces with clean and
modern accents.

Embrace the opportunity to mix design styles in your home. “A sense of style is not limited to one look, just as in fashion,” Doumas says. “You wouldn’t wear the same designer everyday.” Don’t live in a space defined by only one aesthetic.

Worth Interiors
Avon, CO
970.949.9794 | worthinteriors.com

 

EXPERTS | Designing for the Senses – By Alyson Daugherty

People often think of interior design as a visual experience, but Catherine Frank, owner of Studio Frank, thinks of design as a more sensually holistic experience. Her love of texture and mixed surfaces guides her work. Frank shares with us how she used texture to create a custom design reflective of a family’s lifestyle in their cabin.

DLMh+d: Studio Frank opened its doors in 1995 with a unique concept. Can you describe this concept?

Catherine Frank: Studio Frank is unique because we are a holistic design company. We help our clients from the beginning; from
schematic design to custom furnishing.

DLMh+d: What element brings out the best in a room?

Catherine Frank: Texture creates lots of different surfaces. It affects how we feel. Texture adds layers, character, sophistication and timelessness. It helps raw materials show their true character.

DLMh+d: What inspires your designs?

Catherine Frank: My clients give me my inspiration. Their travels, tastes, likes, dislikes, even their art collections all go into my designs. In the Moody Cabin the family really wanted a house with a sense of casualness; a comfy, retreat where they could relax after skiing or cycling all day.

DLMh+d: In this cabin you use a lot of texture, How did you choose these textures?

Catherine Frank: The Moody Cabin was a remodel project and I wanted to keep the logs in the cabin, so I created a contrast to them. I added smooth flooring, smooth metal. I like rough next to smooth things.

DLMh+d: What materials did you use to create the texture you wanted?

Catherine Frank: I incorporated the original logs from the main living area and dining space. Also, I incorporated more glass and large glass doors to the new outdoor deck. Other materials include the smooth gray limestone floor, added to contrast the rough wood logs. Metal details and ceilings contrast all the wood. I also used color on the island; we made it custom to resemble a found furniture piece.

DLMh+d: How did you choose which elements to incorporate into this project?

Catherine Frank: I selected an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings. Mostly incorporating simple linen for the upholstered pieces and layering them with vintage wool textiles from a recent trip to Morocco. I wanted the house to be affordable yet unique and special to only the Moody Family.

Studio Frank
Telluride, CO
970.728.0662 | studiofrank.com