Design Everlasting

Author: Alecia Pirulis


In a Denver home built in the early 20th century, designer Jennifer Desjardin whips up a style that refuses to reveal its age

When a homeowner who claimed she wanted contemporary design showed designer Jennifer Desjardin pictures of classic, elegant, timeless interiors, Desjardin developed a style that integrated some contemporary elements, such as metallic fabrics and a stainless-steel table, with classic elements. The result? A unique marriage that people have responded to.

“My attitude has always been that you want the architecture and interior of a home to be cohesive and that you want continuity among the rooms,” Desjardin stated. “The homeowner had some family heirlooms we wanted to include, like a settee covered in burgundy upholstery and a little yellow chair with red flowers—very Victorian. She had a few other pieces – a very traditional, ornate mirror and that stainless steel table – that she wanted to use, too. I had to find ways to make them all work together.”

Desjardin accomplished this difficult task in a number of ways. In the master bedroom, the design is a play of textures. Desjardin picked soothing colors and layered the bed to make it feel soft. She recovered the owner’s Victorian chair in a contemporary, metallic print. The unexpected results are both fresh and exciting.

The dining room chairs were upholstered in a Tuscan chenille fabric that was heavy and ornate. The walls were burgundy and the drapes were velvet. According to Desjardin, everything was very dark. She decided to paint the walls a spa green and cover the chairs in linen. As a nod to tradition, she used sparkly nail head details on the chairs. Then, Desjardin hung metallic sheers over the windows and added a contemporary chandelier from Michael Graves and lamps from Scandinavian Design. She then covered one wall in textured panels from modularArts.

Desjardin believes you don’t have to limit yourself to one design style or era, even if you live in a historic house. “Every room needs a character piece, in my opinion. You want a few things that feel slightly out of context, and blending design styles really accomplishes that. I think the best part of this house is that when we were done, the whole home felt balanced. It’s really a happy place.”

— Article Courtesy of Colorado Homes Magazine