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Caylin Engle and Gigi in the cozy living room space.
Lauren Mikus: What inspires your interior design?
Caylin Engle: Since this was my first stab at homeownership, my initial design was very budget friendly. There are many hand-me-down pieces intermixed with newer ones. I didn't want the modern and relatively cold style of the previous owners to dictate my aesthetic. I brought in warmth by mixing textile patterns, textures and materials. Working for an interior design firm/retailer keeps the inspiration flowing. It's fun to try new layouts. Our previous cocktail table transitioned to an elongated side table, a fun feature for our ever-changing space.
Sofa and throw pillows: Mitchell Gold; cocktail table and Gigi's chair: Ikea; rug: West Elm
The city lights illuminate the loft in the evenings. Engle happily hangs out in the kitchen.
LM: Where do you feel most at home in your house now?
CE: I love our living room and kitchen. They are part of an open floor plan, keeping me in the action while preparing meals and entertaining. We have friends over often, and it is so nice to be able to engage them while cooking.
LM: What did you do to make this space your own?
CE: I painted the walls and replaced the kitchen backsplash. When I purchased the loft, the backsplash was made with simple, white 2-by-2-inch tiles.
Engle and Scott cook almost every night, so the kitchen is definitely the most utilized space in the home.
The front entryway is as fun as it is functional.
"Collin brought this locker home from work, and it fits perfectly by the front door. We use it to stow our snowboarding gear," Engle says. "The daisy artwork is made by Scott's best friend in California, whose technique uses spray paint and Sharpie markers.
The chalkboard is a DIY project great for leaving notes and reminders. "I purchased the frame at a thrift store and used chalkboard paint directly over the original art," Engle says.
Engle and Scott appreciate living in a progressive neighborhood and enjoy this penthouse view of downtown Denver.
This installation was created by a local artist and sits beneath the Millennium Bridge. Engle says, "I may not have a backyard, but I sure have some great views!"