Big Design in Small Spaces

Principal Kim Toms’ project – a loft condo in Avon – recently caught the eye of Denver Life Home + Design.  Toms’ made the cozy condo feel spacious, airy and welcoming for the homeowner who is spending more and time in the mountains… maybe because he has an inspired space to stay!

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Denver Life Home + Design magazine feature
By Alison Gwinn | Photography By Kimberly Gavin

Big things do come in small packages, if Slifer Designs’ redo of a two bedroom, two-bath condominium in Avon is any indication. The loft space—part of a former office building redeveloped into the Brookside Park Signature Lofts, 16 residential units at the base of Beaver Creek Resort—was designed by Kim Toms, a principal at Slifer.

LIVING ROOM A sofa from Restoration Hardware looks both cozy and rustic; it’s surrounded by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chairs, a cut-log side table and nesting coffee tables, all atop a Surya rug. The gas replace is surrounded by a vein-cut natural stone.

Though it’s only 1,100 square feet, Toms’s goal was to maximize that space for the homeowner, a single New Yorker with older children who spends a good deal of time in Colorado.

DINING ROOM In the dining room, the homeowner wanted to be able to host plenty of guests, so she chose a Restoration Hardware dining table that seats eight comfortably; it is surrounded by chairs from BoConcept, all under a metal chandelier from Hinkley Lighting. The art is from Ray Stock Fine Art. Wood floors throughout are from Arrigoni Woods.

“Being from New York, she wanted a more contemporary look, but still with the feeling that she’s in the mountains, with the textures and warm colors. She was looking for a cleaner-lined mountain home.”

One reason the space feels large: the industrial exposed ceilings, which soar 14 feet up to metal decking on the ceiling. Toms also used many of the same finishes throughout, from six-and-a-half- inch white oak plank floors to Neolith countertops in the kitchen and master bath to vein-cut stonework, both on the living room fireplace and the master bath floors and shower walls. And she improvised: The owner loved the idea of a mudroom, so Toms created a mini version by the front door that not only added extra seating but also provided storage for hats, scarves and mittens.

KITCHEN “The kitchen is not a huge space, but it’s well used,” says designer Kim Toms, with high cabinets by Genesis Hospitality Corporation out of Loveland and Neolith porcelain slab countertops. The leather counter stools are from SoHo Concept, pendant lights from Kichler, stove hood from Zephyr and cooktop and refrigerator from Bosch.

“It’s not a big space really,” Toms says. “Once you put people in here, it starts to get enclosed. It was more about making the space as simple and organized and light and airy as possible.”

GUEST BEDROOM The guest room is designed to accommodate not only the owner’s two sons but also more guests, with four extra-long full-size beds custom made by Genesis Hospitality Corporation of plain-sawn oak, all dressed in Traditions Linens.


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