DESIGNER DEBRA TONEY DESCRIBES the exterior elevation style of this Denver spec home as Asian-influenced Arts and Crafts. It's an aesthetic that clearly set the stage for a succession of serene, zen-like interiors. The professional-grade kitchen, for example, is a study in restraint, eschewing bold colors in favor of a more sophisticated palette that focuses on texture. Movement is suggested by the natural veining of its soapstone countertops, the reflective sheen of a “zen weave” glass mosaic backsplash, and the pronounced wood grain of the espresso-stained, rift-cut oak cabinetry. The floors are Chinese mahogany, and the whole space is anchored by a formidable (5'4”x13') bamboo butcher-block island.

“Our philosophy is that color should be kept to a minimum when you are introducing a lot of different materials,” says Toney. “Otherwise a space runs the risk of appearing clownish.”

This same monochromatic simplicity extends to the luxurious master bath, where Carrara marble, penny floor tiles, espresso cabinetry, and subway tile wainscoting with mocha brown grout are combined for a similar effect. To exploit mountain views (and to accommodate 8-foot French doors leading to an outdoor deck off the bath) his-and-hers vanities were freed from their typical wall-mount location and instead placed back-to-back in the center of the space.

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Entrant/Developer/Architect/Kitchen and bath designer: Debra Toney Residential Design, Denver

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