Fabulously Functional

Photos by Meagan Larsen

To lighten and enliven the KITCHEN, Campbell sanded and refinished the cabinets, added a new faucet and sink and more.
To lighten and enliven the KITCHEN, Campbell sanded and refinished the cabinets, added a new faucet and sink, replaced the counter stools and added a breakfast nook with a new table, chairs and rug. “We eat every meal at either the island or breakfast nook,” Amy says.

Dark. Dated. Depressing. These were the words homeowners Amy and Richard used to describe their 6,500-square-foot Castle Pines home. “We liked the house’s reclaimed brick exterior, layout, high ceilings and custom finishes (like beautiful cabinetry and crown molding) that we didn’t see in many other homes,” says Amy. It was the ’90s-style design inside that was the problem. 

They lived with the setup for five years. But as of 2017, the family of five became officially fed up with all things outdated. “We needed an update,” Amy says. “We wanted to change the interior of the home to a lighter, brighter and cleaner vibe to make it more current, as well as create something functional and comfortable for our kids and dogs.”

Amy and Richard called on Ashley Campbell of Ashley Campbell Interior Design to bring their home into the modern age. Together, they orchestrated complete overhauls of the master bedroom and bathroom, kitchen, two living spaces and each of the kids’ rooms. Hello, home sweet home. 

Campbell largely focused on one detail for a major impact: Choosing light floor, wall and trim colors, and light furnishings. “I am a big believer in using a neutral paint color throughout the main spaces of a home,” she says. Her weapon of choice: Revere Pewter, a light gray by Benjamin Moore, that would also support accent colors.

One of the homeowners’ favorite elements for lightening up the place was Campbell’s choices in light fixtures. “The fixtures make such a difference and really dress things up,” says Amy. Adds Campbell: “Decorative lights can often be the jewelry of the room.”

Amy and Richard have two daughters and a son. Before the redesign, the two girls were sharing a room so no one would have to take the basement bedroom. “No one wanted to be down there alone,” says Amy. 

So, Campbell reconfigured the home office into a bedroom so each child could have their own space above ground—all of which the kids, of course, had a hand in designing. Amy “really wanted their personalities to be reflected in their rooms,” says Campbell. The fabrics and furniture, however, stayed durable and practical. 

Perhaps the biggest update took place in the master bathroom. “We brought the bathroom down to the studs,” recalls Campbell. Where there used to be clunky and outdated features, plumbing issues and insufficient storage, there is now a free-standing tub, vanities with custom cabinetry from Denver-based Precision Homes of Colorado, a reconfigured shower and mended plumbing. “It’s serene, tranquil and spa-like,” says Campbell.

The goal was to “casualize” the two living spaces. The lower-level rec room was opened up for family hangouts by replacing a kidney bean-shaped bar with a built-in custom cabinet and wet bar from Precision Homes. Now, the room has storage for snacks, a sectional for movies and a game table. The main living space upstairs was rearranged to be more conducive to entertaining guests.

Ashley Campbell Interior Design