A Colorado Update Part 2!

Jan 16, 2017

After months of construction, (see last week’s post) we were on our way to install the furnishings. Hubby John, daughter Kirby, and I went up there for a whirlwind 3 days to install all the furnishings and to see the unit in person for the first time.

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It was especially nerve-racking for me as I was unable to visit the job site during the entire renovation process. All details were relayed by texts and emails. Well hang on, it’s quite a change! Here is the entrance before.

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Welcome to my re-vamped Colorado home!! In order to make the small entry appear larger, we found some new flooring at, yes, Home Depot for $2.44 per square foot(Mondo Ash 12 by 24) and replaced the slate and wood floors to the first step leading into the living space. Before, the part with the bench was slate and the small area towards the first step was wood. TOO many surfaces for a small space! Painting all the trim and walls the same color, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, gave a contemporary, brighter feel to the previously dark and more “Colorado Traditional” space. I purchased the painting from Segreto’s own, Stacy McNair.

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What it doesn’t show is the new light fixture for the entry!  It looks like icicles to me!  It is the Sparta 6 Light Semi Flush by Hudson Valley Lighting. It is 28 inches across point to point.

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Looking back towards the door we hung a wrought iron piece that I had removed from on of my exteriors doors in Houston! Lucky I am a pack rat! I also added a cow hide rug in the entrance.

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I was thrilled the way the new color of the refinished floors turned out!! The antique skis, hung like art, were a Father’s Day gift from the kids to their Dad who is an avid skier!!! He was a ski instructor in Vail after college and at 68, he still can master the mountain. The mirror hides a breaker box. There was an amazing home store in Avon down the street, Home Outfitters, where I was able to pick up missing accessories and furnishings! They were so sweet and helpful there and now they carry my books!!! Thanks Gals!!!

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Right before the steps to the left is the powder bath!  Here is the before picture!

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This was quite a change!  With the new floors and sink basin and plumbing fixture from Acero Bella I didn’t have to add much more!  The mirror I purchased from Restoration Hardware, and the painting which I had originally bought for my daughters room was from Z Gallerie! Finding gold baskets to put underneath was not easy-I finally found them at Walmart!

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Because there was no room to put soap and towels on the basin, I purchased the shelf  from Restoration Hardware. The hanging above is something I have had like forever that I got from??????–I like mixing the old with the new!

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As you come up the steps, you enter the living space which combines the breakfast kitchen and den. I love banquettes and finally would have a space where I could have one of my own. I wrote a blog on different options for the space here if you missed it and another on banquettes in general here. Thanks to all who helped with their choice on banquette style!!

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The staircase balustrades and posts were stained to match the floors and the carpet was replaced. I wanted the first step to be wood but that got lost in translation somehow. If you go back to the before pictures you can see the carpet rolled over the bullnose on the steps. By stapling the carpet tight under the treads, the staircase looks much more finished!

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The floors can be cold in the winter so we added a cowhide rug. I purchased it on a flash internet sale for $299!

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I think my favorite part of the place is the custom banquette. It gave so much more space and is super comfortable. It also gives a separate lounging area to watch TV and hang out when I’m in the kitchen! The table was one I found at Marburger Farms in Round Top Texas, which I had purchased years ago for my daughter’s apartment. The cowhide bench (found discounted online) was slated for the bunk room but I liked it better here than the chairs that I had originally planned. I found all the fabric reasonable priced at Interior fabrics and repurposed the pillows from my den in Houston. The painting which reminds me of snow and ice is from Blakely Bering, who is also represented at the Segreto Gallery! I originally wanted a cafeteria curtain over the banquette to give it more of a separate room feel. I felt lucky that my measurements for the banquette turned out perfectly and didn’t want to test my luck with the custom curtain rods that would need to be installed. Long distance design is challenging! I opted to use the same shades as we purchased from Rugs Benedict for the rest of the space (shown above in the picture with the cowhide).

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The kitchen has a few things that I just didn’t like: there was little counter space with the bar ledge, the oven was really a wall unit shoved into a bottom counter to look like a range, the cabinets were dark and the granite top was constructed from small pieces of tile! It just didn’t fit the Mountain Modern look I was going for.

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Although the hardware is not yet installed, I was thrilled with the extra counter space! The Ariana light gray fabric swivel counter stools were purchased online from Euro Style Lighting. Because we are planning to hangout here with family and friends, I looked hours and hours for a roomy stool that would able to double as comfortable seating with large groups that swiveled to watch TV or visit with friends in the den. Although I really am happy with the color  of the Raw Concrete(4004) counters by Caesar Stone, and purchased them because they are supposedly indestructible, I am finding they show dirt easily and are hard to clean.  Something else lost in the translation was to have mitered 2cm edges.  This material is 3/4 thick but by mitering the edges and wrapping a piece down they would have appeared to be 2 cm. The same happened in my master bath!  OH WELL! It still looks great.

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A slip-in range definitely looks so much better and gives me extra pan storage which I didn’t have with the wall oven. I loved accessorizing the kitchen and found such a wonderful shop called Kitchen Collage in Edwards which is right down the street. The marble lazy Susan was perfect to house a collection of olive oils and balsamic’s and spices! I know it says Bon Appetit, but do you think I will really cook?

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I even set up a little coffee station! The marble cutting boards from Pier 1 Imports and Kitchen Collage boards hide the plug. I was so excited when I found the deer serving dishes also from Pier 1! They had platters, chips and dip pieces and large bowls!

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No room for a bar cart? This tray from Home Outfitters set on the counter will do!!

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Although this does feel cozy, it was definitely crowded and didn’t leave room for a desk area that I needed for working away from home!

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The next time we were all coming up would be Christmas Day so I purchased these faux fur stockings from Restoration Hardware and had them monogrammed! The TV was mounted over the mantle which was stained darker to match the floors leaving room for a small corner desk and chair to the right.

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When accessorizing with photos I like keeping the frames the same–these were from Ikea!

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This bookshelf found at Nest Furnishings, a resale shop in Avon (scored for $300) looks great accessorized mostly from items from the Segreto Boutique! The chair used here and the desk on the other side of the fireplace were two of the three chairs slated for the banquette! The other found a home in an upstairs bedroom.


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The best part of this picture is the snow! I can’t wait to see it this year!

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We took this picture at night so the room looks all gray! It does have infusions of pale blues as well! The chair, coffee table and ottomans were repurposed from my den at home! We purchased the Willow sofa and love seat at Crate and Barrel. They were not my first choice but the practicality of them pulling out and making extremely comfortable air mattress beds won out!!! They are well priced and the slipcovers can be removed and washed!  And…most of all…hubby John thought they were comfortable! (That is an endorsement for sure! See the post for couch shopping and my new Barbie couch if you haven’t.)

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I know I posted this pic last week, but here again is a better picture of the rug from Madison Lily which shows the colors of the room.

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The side tables were very inexpensive and purchased online and the two lamps were from Marshalls Home Goods!

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We all had so much fun together!!  Really what the house is all about!

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Here is John, Sammy and Kirby on the slopes! yes I went too-taking the picture and the need for speed Matthew is already down the slope!!

I hope you join me next week when I post the reveal on the bedrooms and baths! And if you are near Dallas or coming to market I would love to see you at the Aidan Gray  showroom Sat. from 3-5!

Come see me this Saturday in Dallas at Aidan Gray!! 

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Dallas World Trade Center, 10th Floor, Suite 10009


I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!!

xo, Leslie







  • Sarah West
    Posted at 06:58h, 16 January Reply

    Looks great Leslie! Love colors!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:10h, 16 January Reply

      Thanks! It was so fun to do! xo

  • Karen Beach
    Posted at 07:07h, 16 January Reply

    Leslie, don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear! Just gorgeous!


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:10h, 16 January Reply

      Thank you sweet Karen! We really are going to love it! Hope to see you soon!

  • Julie
    Posted at 08:24h, 16 January Reply

    I just love that you share the process with us- mistakes and all! You did a fantastic job juggling everything from afar! The place is beautiful and I hope you have many happy memories in the years to come!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:32h, 16 January Reply

      Hi Julie! I am excited about the memories!!! Thank you so much! Its been a fun process!

  • Betth
    Posted at 08:49h, 16 January Reply

    What a transformation!! – I know you will enjoy having an escape from the Houston heat. Like you, I really enjoy the snow at our mountain house. I have the Ceasarstone too. After trial and error I found a stone cleaner that works great. (specialty product out of Dallas) The polished surfaces are easier to keep than the honed or matte. (I have both)
    The hard work is over – just sit back and chill up there! 🙂

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:08h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you so much for the tip!! I am going to purchase that and try!! I am getting use to the snow-but I love the summers!

  • Cathy
    Posted at 09:11h, 16 January Reply

    Hello Leslie,
    You did a great job decorating everything! It looks beautiful. I see some very practical, space saving ideas that you did, like putting the ottomans under the coffee table. The banquet is really awesome too! Love that you painted the walls and molding all the same color. It’s truly beautiful, and I’m sure it will be great for years to come for you and your family!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:07h, 17 January Reply

      We are super excited about it!! I feel like I can breath there now! Colorado is so beautiful I am excited to settle in there and enjoy!

  • Ree Childs
    Posted at 09:33h, 16 January Reply

    Looks great! What area of Colorado? So lovely there in summer or winter!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:06h, 17 January Reply

      It is in the Eagle Vail area right next to Beaver Creek!

  • Design Chic
    Posted at 09:36h, 16 January Reply

    You really worked your magic, Leslie…it looks amazing! I can’t imagine not seeing until the install, but email and texts are wonderful. Love the “icicle” light fixture! Happy Monday!

  • Patricia Miller
    Posted at 09:57h, 16 January Reply

    Well Leslie, what another amazing project, let’s face it was a tough one, and you pulled off. Looks fabulous congratulations Patricia

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:06h, 17 January Reply

      Tough but super fun–haha and a little stressful! Have a great week!

  • Kris Betts
    Posted at 10:14h, 16 January Reply

    Love what you did Leslie, I can see this working if we buy a golf home here in Scottsdale. I see a lot of homes remodeled in the greys and neutrals but they look so cold and too modern.
    You hit just the right note for warmth

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:05h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you Kris! I love Scottsdale! I have been there often! Happy House hunting!

  • Amy Cunningham
    Posted at 10:40h, 16 January Reply

    Leslie WOW! What a makeover!! I love what you’ve done! Can’t wait to see the rest! Your talent amazes me!
    Amy C.

  • Nancy Calvert
    Posted at 11:50h, 16 January Reply

    Can’t wait to meet you face to face, we live in the same area in Edwards. It will be fun watching to see if this style sweeps through the Valley!

  • Barbara Bussey
    Posted at 12:24h, 16 January Reply

    Hi Leslie,
    Gorgeous, of course! Do you know how your antique skis were hung? I have a pair that I’d like to do the same with.
    P.S.: My customers love your latest book!

  • Sandy Wright
    Posted at 17:12h, 16 January Reply

    It’s beautiful. Wonderful transformation. Do you mind telling us what the wall paint and trim paint colors are?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:04h, 17 January Reply

      The wall and trim colors are BM Classic Gray!

  • Joni Webb
    Posted at 18:41h, 16 January Reply

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So fabulous!! you are the best!!!!! I love so much you did – starting with the light fixture! the floors!! the wall color !! I feel for you about the things weren’t like you wanted – like the countertop width – but I wouldn’t have even noticed that if you hadn’t pointed it out!!! haha!! ssshhh. Don’t bring attention to the mistakes, no one would ever notice. But i love your honesty. It looks so beautiful. Use it in good health and lots of fun.

  • Kari Phillips
    Posted at 00:05h, 17 January Reply

    Wow! Leslie !! Looks great ! Gives me hope on our project !!!!
    Congratulations .

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:04h, 17 January Reply

      I can’t wait to start–how is it coming?

  • michele@hellolovely
    Posted at 02:28h, 17 January Reply

    this is such an amazing before/after, and you know i cannot get enough of those!!! you have added so much chic to your modern mountain getaway, and i would feel right at home. this is my idea of colorado cozy since all of the textures feel sumptuous and comfy…just what one would wish for on vacation. now come help me finish up my desert oasis! (it’s almost done!). peace to you, friend. xox

  • Carla Tigner
    Posted at 10:54h, 17 January Reply

    You are amazing! I love your blog and all your work! Beaver Creek is our favorite place to ski…headed there next month for our 27th wedding anniversary! I can’t wait to see your bedroom reveals next week! Thank you for sharing your ideas, creativity, and knowledge with us wannabe decorators and designers! Blessings, Carla

  • Carla Glaze
    Posted at 13:32h, 20 January Reply

    It looks great! Love Beaver Creek.. it’s our favorite place to ski and you are right… the summers are divine, especially to escape the months and months of heat we have. You’ve created a wonderful retreat for your family to spend time together.. Hugs!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 14:33h, 23 January Reply

      I think I am going to start a girls group there when I go out! There are so many replies from people that say they go there often!! Would be so fun!

  • Bobbi Gallegos
    Posted at 23:56h, 06 February Reply

    Excellent. You have been one of my most favorites to follow ever since I found you and your work with the Pink Ribbon House. (My most favorite) Welcome to Colorado. That is such a great story that your husband was a ski instructor in the Vail Valley. I grew up there. He would be my parents age, so perhaps crossed paths! If you are looking for plaster, stucco, stone, etc. on your Colorado place, (and don’t want to bring in your own team) lease look up my family’s company — they are one of the Vail Valley’s biggest companies and do excellent work.

    I look forward to your future posts. You have given me so much inspiration in my own home here in Denver!!


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:28h, 07 February Reply

      Hi Bobbi! I wish I had of known! Your family does fantastic work!!! I hope to be able to meet you on a trip up there–although looks like I’m your parents age too! Thank you so much for following and sharing! xo

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