Inside a Head Designer's Parisian-Inspired Townhouse

Gabrielle Savoie

Dark carpets, an unrenovated kitchen, and outdated textured walls may deter more than a few buyers from pulling the trigger on their first house, but for Shelby Girard, head of design for Havenly, and her husband, Christopher, an architect, it was an opportunity to start anew. Far from the type to buy a turnkey property, the couple was excited to put their individual stamp on their first house together. So when they stumbled upon a historic three-bedroom townhouse in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, it didn't bother them that the place had seen much better days.

"Overall, we loved the bones of the house (which was built in 1889) but knew we wanted to modernize it with new finishes and make it more functional by updating the layout in places while maintaining the historic charm of the home," Girard told us. After ripping up the larger portion of interior finishes and replacing it with fresh new ones, the couple was able to create the monochrome Parisian modern enclave they had envisioned for themselves. Step into this freshly decorated Denver home—and you might never want color in your space again.

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