Show House in Central City, CO



Year Built: 1870

Style: Victorian

Photography: Brandon Lopez

This Project Helped Support:

The Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado.

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our amazing vendors, who donated time, labor, and products to revitalize this space:

Rooted in Mud
Kaitlyn Mai-Fusco
Jessica Rose Couture
SJW Studios and Walltawk
Revolution Performance Fabrics
BK Holland
Design Wright Studios


The Before:

The Johnson House, built in the 1870s, is one of the earliest examples of local architecture in Central City – the first epicenter of Colorado’s Gold Rush.

Owned by the Central City Opera and used for fundraising and events, this historic home was in need of a major restoration.

We were chosen by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Colorado Chapter to reimagine an upstairs bedroom that had been last decorated in the 1960s – yellow floral wallpaper, emerald green carpet, and all.


The After:

Our goal with this space was to keep it modern enough that it felt approachable (it is still used for overnight guests of the Opera), while grounding it firmly in the Victorian era.

We replaced the old wallpaper with a hand-painted version that echoed the trellis-patterns of the period, added an antique Jenny Lind bed as a subtle nod to the famous Opera singer, and upholstered the ceiling in a subtley-textured fabric to create a feeling of hygge.

Antique books and decor were balanced with modern lighting and ceramics, handcrafted in the USA.

Assistant Designer: Susan Cole, Cole Interiors
Photography: Brandon Lopez

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