The design world is a naturally creative place, which is why I love meeting business owners who are not only passionate about what they do, they’re also unique in the services they offer. That was definitely the case when I met Anna Perks with Perks Deconstruction; Anna not only saw a need in the Denver community for a service to salvage some of our most unique architecture pieces that might otherwise be thrown away…she knew that by saving some of these elements, she would be helping the environment as well. When I look at new projects, I’m inspired to not only create inviting and comfortable spaces, I’m also conscious of the impact design can have on the world. That’s why I was thrilled to sit down with Anna and talk to her about how Perks Deconstruction not only helps repurpose architectural pieces, they’re also working to keep construction materials out of the landfill, if possible. Thank you, Anna! Tell us a little bit about Perks Deconstruction. Perks Deconstruction has a skilled team committed to systematically taking apart building materials in order to maximize salvage and reuse potential. We offer deconstruction services for tenant finish and interior remodel projects, […] Read more!
When people contact me about their design projects, it’s usually because they’re looking for a change; some are ready to renovate entire homes, and some are looking for an update on what already exists. But the one thing they all have in common is creating a space for the life they’re living now. This is especially true when someone has experienced a huge life transition – like the death of a spouse or partner. While it can be tempting to make a major change when something like this happens, most financial experts encourage people to wait before making such an enormous decision. “I’ve seen people make big financial and real estate decisions very soon after losing their spouse,” says Kristi Sullivan with Sullivan Financial Planning, LLC. “Often they’re acting out of overwhelming emotion and not considering the full financial implications of their actions. I encourage clients to make changes to their current homes if they can – it’s a lot easier to repaint than it is to undo a move that you regret.” Don’t worry – you’re not the only one “When my husband passed, one of the first things I did was redecorate our bedroom,” […] Read more!
Whether you’re moving into a new space or just trying to revitalize the old one, it can be difficult to see the beauty in something you’ve owned for a long time. In some cases, the pieces you have might have been handed down to you and have sentimental value, which makes it even harder to think about parting with them. I love incorporating meaningful furniture into a client’s space; it truly makes the design unique. Here are some examples of how old pieces can find a new life in a refreshed space! In this case, the client had inherited some wonderful furnishings, yet things didn’t quite come together as they hoped. What did I add to this cozy, mountain living room that helped my client have the room they desired? – new blue chair – new gold upholstery fabric & trim for a family heirloom – window treatments – finessed their accessories Here is another room where my client started with furniture passed down from relatives (chaise & chairs).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We added a lot more here (those spectacular light fixtures, bed frame & accent pillow, rug, & window treatments) but, the most interesting thing we did…⠀ …were these fabulous chairs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ […] Read more!
Thank you so much for following along in this series. The Coloradan at Denver’s Union Station is such a unique building and I really enjoyed putting together design packages for their future residents. Keep in mind: all of my designs are easily transferrable and if you don’t have one of the three units highlighted in this series (or if you don’t even live in this building), I can customize each design and furniture selection to fit your home. UNIT 1528: OPTION #1 For this unit, I provided two options; both with similar fabric choices. The main difference in the two plans are their price points. Option 1 with lower priced furniture still gives the urban luxury feel while using the more expensive fabrics on the pillows. Option two utilizes the high end fabrics on the larger furniture pieces, easily changing the look and feel of the unit. UNIT 1528: OPTION #2 Read more!
I was given three floor plans in the building to work on and, as a courtesy to all residents, I have put together design concepts that complement your new urban home. So please follow along in my three-part series, as I will be sharing each design concept and sharing how to maximize each space. Read more!
Michelle Ku is the owner and interior designer at Ku Interior Design, Denver. She specializes in helping people fall in love with their homes. IG @kuinteriordesign Read more!