A Victorian Home With Countless Treasures in Denver, CO

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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

Photography by Ashley Sawtelle

  1. Anastasia says:

    So fresh and cozy home!

  2. Ann says:

    OMG, I love everything, absolutely everything, about this house.

  3. What a wonderful place. The colors of the house, to the antiques throughout. This place seems full of magic. This is by far the best post yet!

  4. Lauren says:

    That master bedroom suite is just stunning! Gorgeous home.

  5. Lindsey says:

    What a beautiful home! I love the wall colour.
    I recently visited Denver for the first time and was completely floored by the housing stock. I think it possibly has the best housing stock I’ve ever seen in a mid size city (possibly rivaling Kansas city) but the streets just seemed to go on and on with beautiful homes! it’s fun to see inside such a well curated one. Also we had upstairs carpet in our home and just pulled it up and painted the plywood (the quote for proper hardwoods was insane) we put area rugs over top and it looks great.

  6. Kate says:

    Wow – the composition and details are just so good.

  7. Kaitlyn says:

    Wow this is beautiful! The color in the kitchen area is gorgeous. Heck, all of it is gorgeous.
    – Kaitlyn

  8. Michele says:

    I live a block away and often park in front of your building (SORRY!) So fun to see the interior–beautiful!

  9. Agnes says:

    Beautiful. Classy. Unique.

  10. emily says:

    what a luxurious space! love all her wall color choices.

  11. Wanda says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous home. I love the life the plants bring to each space. everything beautiful in its own space. and the history of the items, lovely, truly lovely.

  12. justine says:

    This is my favorite thus far of all the homes I’ve seen on D*S*

  13. This is a BEAUTIFUL home, and as a rug person, I have to say, they know how to use them! Rarely do you see a home so expertly combine patchworks, florals, hand-knotted and kilims into one space — and keep the whole thing feeling fresh and light. Bravo!

  14. Margot says:

    I don’t know how I missed this. It is so beautiful on many levels but particularly striking was the blue on walls of the dining room and the beautiful floral arrangements in their unique vessels and the thriving plants. This couple are just so talented!

  15. Jennifer says:

    I am in love with this home. I would love to know more about the two Benjamin Moore colors that were custom blended- gorgeous result!

    1. lori says:

      What is the color on the walls in the dining room? Your home is absolutely stunning!

  16. Susan says:

    Where did you find the beautiful runner going up the stairs. What an awesome look.

  17. Frances says:

    Thank you all for your kind words about our home! We really appreciate the positive response!
    The dining room blue walls are Benjamin Moore 2062-40

  18. Leah says:

    I live in Denver and love Five Points. It’s a great neighborhood with a lot of history. I always look at the homes and day dream about what they look like insider. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into a gorgeous home!

  19. Oh my what a beautiful treasure filled home, warm inviting and inspiring. Obviously the 5 points area is a much desired place to call home. Thanks for inviting us in.

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