Model homes in two of 2016's most popular styles--urban farmhouse and mountain modern--have taken top honors in a Denver-based design competition.

Denver interior design firm Possibilities for Design received two Gold awards in the 2016 MAME (Marketing and Merchandising Excellence) competition presented by the Sales & Marketing Council and Home Builders of Metro Denver.

The Antero model from Toll Brothers
Possibilities for Design The Antero model from Toll Brothers

The design firm’s gold finalists for “Best Interior Design of a Model” are the Antero model (2,800 square feet) at Toll Brothers’ active-adult community, Inspiration, in Northern Douglas County, and the Amber model (3,350 square feet) at D.R. Horton’s community, Park Preserve in Castle Rock.

The Antero's neutral color palette with layers of beige, taupe and white, mixed with textures and natural elements such as stone walls, wooden beam ceilings and rustic wood flooring exemplifies the latest in urban farmhouse design.

“The Antero model highlights some of our newest available options and its exceptional interior decorating provides inspired ideas for our home buyers,” says Mark Bailey, president of Toll Brothers Colorado.

D.R. Horton’s Amber model was largely inspired by the rustic surrounds of Castle Rock. Possibilities chose a “Mountain Modern” style, highlighted by textural tones that hint towards a more industrial feel. The design firm created unique character with wood paneling on the walls, using white on white as an accent color, along with a palette of copper, rust, black, grey and beige.

The Amber model from D.R. Horton
Possibilities for Design The Amber model from D.R. Horton

“From the moment this project started, I knew it was something special,” s. “After working with Doris over the years, we have developed a synergy and trust that results in great work. I will never forget the day Doris was showing me different color palettes and style directions. She mentioned that this ‘tobacco’ color was so on-trend, but not many builders were ready to test it out. Because I trust Doris and the Possibilities team, my immediate response was, ‘let's go for it!’

“Possibilities captured the warmth and sophistication to appeal to this buyer in this location,” says Julie Satalowich of Century Communities, formerly of D.R. Horton. “Their attention to detail makes the acceptance walks so easy, yet energizing. They nailed this project.”