For Two Designers, a Onetime Collaboration Wasn’t Enough

When Kimille Taylor agreed to design the inside of a dwelling in Telluride, Colo., in 2013, she anticipated the job to be enterprise as standard. That was earlier than Ms. Taylor, a New York-based designer, met Steve Morton, the native architect engaged on the mission.

“We got along right away,” Ms. Taylor, 50, mentioned. “It was a really good collaboration, professionally.”

But because the mission — the renovation of a church transformed into a residence — neared completion in 2016, their conversations about house planning and millwork took a private flip, they usually found that they shared extra than simply a ardour for design: They have been additionally loopy about one another.

Kimille Taylor, an inside designer, and Steve Morton, an architect, met whereas collaborating on a job, fell in love and renovated a home for themselves in Placerville, Colo. Credit…Marsha Lebedev Bernstein

Over the following couple of years, they launched into a long-distance relationship and, by 2018, determined it was time to get critical. “Our relationship was really strong by that point,” Mr. Morton, 57, mentioned. “We started talking about a future together.”

For the couple, that meant marriage, and shopping for a home collectively in Telluride.

Both had kids from earlier relationships. Ms. Taylor’s daughter, Georgia, is now 11, however Mr. Morton’s sons — Mitch, 27, and Everett, 22 — had grown up and moved away. He was trying to downsize from his home in Telluride, however not that a lot.

“We wanted to make sure we had enough room for all the kids — my daughter and Steve’s boys — when we’re all there,” mentioned Ms. Taylor, who deliberate to maintain her Manhattan house, so they may cut up their time between New York and Colorado. “But we also didn’t want too much house.”

The partitions within the entry vestibule are coated with an Overgrow wallpaper mural by Calico. The Malibu Woven bench is from Pottery Barn ($899).  Credit…Emily Redfield

At first, they checked out condos, however felt uninspired. Then they seen that a quirky little postmodern home that they had admired for years in close by Placerville, designed in 1992 by an architect named James Bowen, was in the marketplace.

“It’s unlike anything else around,” Ms. Taylor mentioned. “Every time I would drive by, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I love that house.’ I have to say I freaked out when I saw it on the relator’s website. I was so excited, and so was Steve.”

Mr. Morton, an avid fisherman, was particularly happy with the placement, as the house backs instantly onto the San Miguel River. “That’s what really sort of sunk the hook in me,” he mentioned. “The walk down to the river, and ability to fish right out of our backyard, was super intriguing.”

The couple purchased the two,200-square-foot home that July, for $737,000. They moved in instantly, however with minimal furnishings, as they started planning a renovation. Although they have been smitten with the outside of the home, they discovered a lot in regards to the inside problematic.

The couple stripped and waxed the unique heart-pine flooring and added a fuel hearth with a custom travertine mantel in the lounge. Furnishings embody a rattan Franco Albini ottoman (from $636) and black Bertoia Diamond lounge chairs (from $1,507).Credit…Emily Redfield

“It was in good condition, certainly, but just not our taste, not our style,” Ms. Taylor mentioned. “And there were some functional issues we had with it, too.”

To open up the bottom flooring and create a bigger living-and-dining house, they moved the kitchen from the middle of the house to a nook. They additionally opened up a sightline from the entry straight by way of the home to the brand new fuel hearth in the lounge, which makes the compact construction really feel extra expansive.

Upstairs, they have been stunned to seek out that the first bed room had solely small home windows dealing with the river, and that the closets have been one other stage up, accessible by means of a spiral staircase. So they reconfigured the first suite, enlarging the window on the foot of the mattress for a higher river view; including a dressing space at one finish of the bed room; and shifting the spiral staircase to Georgia’s room, the place it now climbs as much as a play loft.

Upstairs, an Akari gentle sculpture by Isamu Noguchi ($2,000) hangs within the atrium. The work are by Katie Heffelfinger.Credit…Emily Redfield

The inside finishes have been chosen to create a clear envelope of white paint and pure wooden that might set off a few particular options. “It was about minimizing the visual confusion of the house,” Ms. Taylor mentioned, noting that the house beforehand had orangy heart-pine flooring and darkish wooden trim that appeared to chop issues up.

They sanded and waxed the flooring for a pure look and painted out all of the woodwork. Then they added touches like a leafy wallpaper mural from Calico within the vestibule; a desk produced from melted waste supplies by Dirk van der Kooij, a Dutch designer, encircled by custom-made benches within the eating space; and an elongated Akari gentle sculpture by Isamu Noguchi that hangs in an atrium on the heart of the house.

“We did want to add a few exciting elements,” Ms. Taylor mentioned. “It’s just a very personal mix.”

The home was initially designed by James Bowen in 1992. The 1975 Ford Bronco Sport “has been in the family for years,” Mr. Morton mentioned. “I’m currently the caretaker, until I pass it down to my boys.”Credit…Emily Redfield

Work on the massive architectural modifications started in March 2019 and was accomplished that June, at a value of about $250,000. But the couple took longer to complete the inside, and have spent a further $75,000 gathering furnishings and equipment since then.

Although Mr. Morton and Ms. Taylor have collaborated on quite a few initiatives since assembly in 2016, they just lately discovered themselves again on the transformed church that began all of it: They have been married there on July 10.

“Our venue fell through, and this client stepped in and was like, ‘You know what would be great? Why don’t you guys get married here?’” Ms. Taylor mentioned. “It was the fun, full-circle moment.”

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