Katie and Jason Chapman went shopping for a house. They liked the neighborhood feel of Platt Park but fell for a new build there, one with a show stopper model home designed by Duet Design Group.
The couple contacted the designers and work began on their new home. “We found Inside Stories through its sister company Duet Design Group,” Katie Chapman says. “Our project turned out to be a hybrid of the two services. So, Devon Tobin and Lauren Winter were our [main] designers.”
“This project was originally a Duet Design Group project done by Devon Tobin, but then a few years later —last year — they used our sister company, Inside Stories, to complete their home,” creative coordinator Haleigh Christ says. “Inside Stories shares a lot of similarities with Duet Design Group, but the biggest differences are that projects have a much quicker timeline, are generally smaller projects, and the clients have a much more hands-on role in the design implementation.”
The Inside Stories process is simple and straightforward. Clients begin online by completing a detailed questionnaire. They next talk to the designer on the phone. Should they decide to move forward with the project, the designer visits their home and takes measurements and pictures. The plan then goes to the client, who may choose to buy additional time with a designer.
The Chapmans followed the plans almost to the letter, including buying the furniture, and never felt the need for extra time. “The process went so well for us,” Katie says. “It was fantastic. We weren’t able to do all of our projects at once but the way Inside Stories is structured, that wasn’t a problem. Lauren was able to tie each room together while giving each space its own identity while still expressing our personalities.”
The Chapmans credit Inside Stories for giving them show-home style that is also comfortable. “They made each room colorful, light, casual, and beautiful. We get so many compliments,” Katie says.
Inside Stories named the Chapman project Harborside. The story behind the name had to be interesting when Denver is a landlocked city and the area does not have access to water, except for nearby Washington Park where the Chapmans could rent a paddleboat for a few hours. Chapman speculated that the nautical name may have been inspired by “the most beautiful watercolor tropical fish curtains” hanging in their living room.
Christ provided the clarification.
“We chose the name from a paint color – no other reason! We name all our projects after paint colors in a project or a color close [to one in the project].”
“If anyone is on the fence about hiring a designer, just do it. The quality of the space is so much better with a professional,” Katie says, “and I feel comfortable saying that because I am a commercial interior designer!”