Home Game

Photos: Callie Hobbs Photography

Leather. Broody, rich hues. Minimal knickknacks. Plenty of space for lounging. This is a bachelor pad—though not at all in the traditional, design-lacking sense of the word.

The home’s owner was looking for a high-end, luxe feel to his newly built abode in Lone Tree. The space needed to be warm, comfortable and entertaining-friendly.

The overarching goal was to create a sophisticated, timeless home to honor his lifestyle and interest in home design and fashion, says Kristen Thomas, owner of Studio Thomas and the design expert who helped defined four main areas of the 6,000-squarefoot home—the kitchen, dining room, office and basement—plus the master suite. “The furniture we chose, for instance, features soft textures with many unique, custom elements,” she says. “Statement pieces were then added to each room for a touch of drama.” Ready for a tour?

The kitchen—with its marble countertops, range hood and, the showstopper, custom barstools wrapped in leather all the way down to the legs—is timeless and stately to keep the space appropriate for parties year-round. “We didn’t want the design to be tied to a trend or season,” says Thomas.

She pulled in varying textures and materials, like warm wood on the cutting board and the fruit bowl, to complement the countertops; antique brass utensils and “layered” photos by the stove also add interest.

In the dining room, nothing was left to chance when it came to guest comfort: The modern olive chairs were custom-designed down to chair height and the slope of the chair backs. “The idea is that guests can linger at the table,” space appropriate for parties year-round. “We didn’t want the design to be tied to a trend or season,” says Thomas. Thomas says, adding that the round table also has an inviting, intimate feel. The table’s other focal point: a large bronze hand sculpture. “The homeowner is very family-oriented: The hands represent taking care of and loving family,” the designer explains.

A leather chair and commissioned art help create a soothing workspace. Thomas filled portions of the custom shelves with a commissioned brass athlete sculpture and carefully selected reads. When you’re styling an office, books pack a punch, Thomas says. The key is to go with hardcover editions.

The biggest surprise in the great room: The Wesley Hall sofa is actually velvet. And it pairs nicely with the greenery Thomas mixed in with the neutral color palette. The repeated olive hue throughout the home acts like a neutral shade, too, it’s just more unexpected, Thomas says.

The great room greenery, she continues, gives the home a “fresh feel”—and stays true to one of her design rules: Always go with real plants. They bring oxygen into a space and help highlight a clean design.

The smaller pieces in the great room are purposefully sparse. Avoid having “lots of little things” that could overwhelm a space, says Thomas. Instead, focus on scale. To achieve this, the designer went with large lamps and a contemporary, sculptural table from Julian Chichester. The rug is a silk and wool blend with a slight sheen; the square coffee table is oversized at 54 inches.

Studio Thomas
7355 E. Orchard Rd, Suite 375