When they first stumbled upon the late-19th-century enclave of Kingston Row, Frances and Thaddeus Harjeet were happily settled into a tiny apartment elsewhere in Denver, CO. This distinguished grouping of six homes in the city’s Five Points neighborhood maintains their original Victorian details such as wooden shingles and slate roofs — and the Harjeet home features modern conveniences like high ceilings, big windows, exposed brick walls, and an open-plan, third-floor master suite. Once they saw this place, the Harjeets were immediately charmed by the quirky old house with its rounded edges, misaligned surfaces, and slanted lines at every turn. Frances, the proprietor of a floral design, prop and event styling outfit called prema, decorated the painterly 2,600-square-foot rowhouse alongside husband Thaddeus, a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and their Boggle (Beagle/Boston Terrier) pup Artemis, who rules the roost and sleeps under their cozy duvet every night. Frances runs her design studio out of the home and creates huge messes of leaves and flowers all over the kitchen. She uses antique vases and vessels in her design work and prefers to display them around the house rather than storing them in boxes, awaiting events. With so many plants around, the home always feels fresh and alive.
As a young couple and small business owners, Frances and Thaddeus don’t have the means to make everything perfect, nor is that their desire. Certain rooms in the residence have odd proportions due to its age and history — it was once a tenement housing 30 residents! The couple aren’t fans of the wall-to-wall carpeting on the second floor and stairs, but they aren’t yet able to put in all new hardwoods. They’ve tried some creative solutions to these cosmetic concerns, such as investing in great area rugs and creating a custom stair runner to trick the eye away from drab carpeting. Frances purchased a huge antique kilim from a local specialty company, of which the border was removed to create a stair runner. The leftover pieces were then used to make an area rug for the living room and a small carpet for the parlor.
The home is full of treasures found by the pair on their travels, as well as pieces inherited from family members. Both teachers of Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga, Thaddeus and Frances have spent time traveling extensively in India and enjoy the vintage prints, textiles, and rugs that serve as a reminder of those journeys. The home is a repository of memories, childhood moments, adventures taken, and milestones marked. It ignites in Frances a passion for other design projects, and continues to evolve with her as she grows, collects, deepens, and refines her own aesthetic. —Annie