A Lone Tree couple designs a fresh and fancy haven
She’s a little bit country, he’s a little but rock-n-roll—and everything in between.
Mark and Jamie Klenin had planned on downsizing from their 7,000 square foot house when, after shopping around, they realized they loved where they already were too much to leave. Yet their palatial two-story needed something of a facelift after over a decade of masculine redwood finishes and travertine tile.
But Mark’s California roots combined with an interior designer mother had honed his taste toward the dramatic, while Jamie’s upbringing in Texas cultured a more country esthetic. “If I could have everything country, I would,” says Jamie. “I settled for French country in my kitchen—and I had to have my pink,” she says, noting the splashes of pink throughout the kitchen, including the fabric-covered barstools at the quartz sit-in island and the custom floral curtains in the breakfast bay. She capitalized on the remodel opportunity to include a dazzling reminder of her recent reign as Mrs. Lone Tree. “The chandelier over the table reminds me of my tiara,” she says of the Swarovski crystal encrusted fixture.
For part of the remodel process, the couple essentially lived their daily lives from the dining room while the rest of the main floor was in disarray. “We just had a refrigerator and microwave,” Jamie says. “All my kitchen cabinets were laid out in the family room being refinished!” The cabinetry was transformed from natural redwood to a two-tone contrast of soft white on the main cabinets and a custom blue for the center island, which the Klenins also had distressed to enhance the French country mood.
In the foyer, the Klenins hired an artisan painter to refinish the banisters of the sweeping staircase, using a distressed blue for the handrails and newels, and a metallic gold for the balusters. “It took three weeks,” Jamie says, describing the countless coats of gold paint applied. “He was amazing.”
The family room exudes a casual elegance. A concrete mantle with striated veins was created to surround the fireplace, simulating actual marble, while a sumptuous royal blue tuxedo sofa brought in from New York City “is so comfortable,” says Jamie. “People think it wouldn’t be, but it is.” Adding to the glamour of the room, the Klenins also installed custom crown moulding and wall mouldings, which included hand painted decorative millwork inside each frame.
Although the home’s transformation was extensive, the Klenins have only just completed the main level. There are visions for a remodel on the upper and lower levels—but Jamie says they plan to enjoy this fresh new vibe for awhile. “I’m glad we stayed,” says Jamie, “we both are.”