Kristy and James Genuario liked their Heritage Hills home in Lone Tree just fine—but they didn’t love it. And you really should love your home, shouldn’t you?
“It was a beautiful house, but it was not particularly our taste. It was very formal, with bronze fixtures and a lot of cherry wood,” says Kristy, an optometrist who has set aside her practice to focus on her three kids ( James is a sports medicine orthopedist at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic). She has long loved interior design and even worked for a while at Pottery Barn Kids, so she looked forward to doing a total main-floor remodel of their 6,000-square-foot home. “I really had a vision of how I wanted to renovate the house.”
One of her goals, in working with Kimberly Timmons Interiors, was to combine rustic and elegant touches throughout. “I like the melding of those two elements—a little bit of rustic, along with things like the crystal chandeliers,” Kristy says. “I also wanted the house to look transitional, not trendy, so it would stand the test of time.”
To that end, she chose subtle, classic colors in a similar palette, including Benjamin Moore’s Silhouette (used in the armoire-like refrigerator in the EKD kitchen), Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and Restoration Hardware’s Slate (used on accent walls in the family room, living room and office). “I wanted the entire concept of the main floor to be uniform and all work together,” says Kristy, who worked with KTI on mixing elements like linen panels, rope tiebacks and crystal finials from Restoration Hardware.
She also wanted to raise the level of detail throughout. To achieve that, Timmons-Beutner designed custom molding details that run throughout the main floor, from the front hall to the office. “I feel that takes the house from basic to awesome architecturally,” says Kristy. “It gives things a grand look.”
And even though the Genuarios’ son sometimes complains, “Mom, this looks like a model home from a magazine,” the remodel also manages to work for a family of three with a 65-pound golden retriever. “It was quite the transformation,” Timmons-Beutner says. “And it was really a team effort.”
Adds Kristy: “I had this vision, and Kimberly had the tools to bring that vision to life. We’ve lived all over—the East Coast, the Midwest, even Hawaii—and this home was a combination of our life experiences, every little thing coming together. It was a beautiful house before, but being able to design it to our own taste makes it feel more like our home.”