This colorful Colorado home will reshape everything you thought you knew about decorating with pattern |

It’s safe to say that not many turn-of-the-20th century houses in Colorado feature gutsy floral curtains and pelmets, matching wall and window treatments and skirted floral lampshades, but few are lucky enough to have British design duo Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham at the helm of their renovation.

The house, located in a former mining town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, features traditional American millwork (think hand carved bannisters, chunky newel posts and high oak skirtings) and a classic timber front. 

But its English country house interiors are a reflection of the British heritage of one half of the couple who lives here: ‘I settled in America more than a decade ago,’ she says, ‘but during the pandemic I craved the comfort and familiarity of the interiors I grew up with: that relaxed mix of pattern, color and antiques that feels refined but not overly precious.’ Grandmillennial decor is in overdrive here, and we love it.

White house with timber painted white

(Image credit: Interior design Salvesen Graham / Photography Simon Brown)

That craving for home came soon after the couple and their three young children moved to this town from California, attracted by its slower pace of life and the appeal of summer hiking and winter skiing. 

Green painted and wallpapered entryway with bench on steps

Salvesen Graham reworked the entryway, borrowing room from the adjoining snug to create built-in joinery. Woodwork painted in soft green helps to balance out the dark undertones of the original flooring and millwork

(Image credit: Interior design Salvesen Graham / Photography Simon Brown)

Built in 1903, the house has listed status, so there was a limit to the structural changes the family could undertake. 

Stairs in green wallpapered entryway

(Image credit: Interior design Salvesen Graham / Photography Simon Brown)

‘But that didn’t stop us from fine-tuning the floor plan and adding a quintessentially decorative flavor,’ says Mary Graham of Salvesen Graham, the design firm known for its relaxed yet elegant take on British style. 

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