When a Colorado couple found their dream neighborhood – the bucolic enclave of Old Cherry Hills – they knew it was the ideal place to raise their four young children. The home, on the other hand, needed considerable updates. They soon enlisted the help of Denver-based designer Jess Knauf, who along with architect Todd Remington and builder Brad Manley (Element Custom Builders), gave new life to the 1990s Mediterranean style abode. “The home itself was incredibly well done, it simply needed a facelift to function for the family, whose children range from ages five to 12,” explains Knauf. All the home’s existing rooms were touched and infused with a classic Americana aesthetic – one reminiscent of the designer’s timeless signature style. “We wanted to utilize furnishings and finishes that will look as good in 10 years as they do today.” With this edict in mind, Knauf created sophisticated, family-friendly spaces that could withstand the trappings of everyday life.

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An inviting living room is accented by timeless accessories, including a brass tray by Citizenry. Scalloped Ottoman by John Robshaw, covered in Rajmata by Peter Dunham.Pillows: Small Damask by Blithefield and Kaya by Lee Jofa. Sofas: Kravet Lambourn, covered in Chelsea Square by Perennials.

The team also altered the footprint of the residence, adding a second-floor primary suite (the former first floor primary became guest quarters), additional children’s bedroom and bathroom, and a much-needed home office space. These thoughtful changes allowed each child to have their own bedroom, with mom and dad nearby.

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A bedroom that any little girl would swoon over. Headboard: custom, in Saku by Schumacher; Bedding: Shelby from Biscuit Home.

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A darling bathroom covered in Juniflora by Sandberg is perfect for the family’s daughter.

“The primary bedroom turned into a true haven for the homeowners,” Knauf says. “It is such a serene, elegant space for them to unwind. The en suite bathroom has an incredible soaking tub, and the spacious closet even has a beverage center for wine and cocktails!”

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A primary bedroom that is timeless and tasteful. Rug: Dash & Albert; Bed Throw: Evangeline Linens; Chair Throw: Pottery Barn; Bed & Chair: Bernhardt; Side Tables: Worlds Away; Lamps: Ro Sham Beaux.

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The primary bath offers a space for mom and dad to unwind. Rug: Artisan Rug Gallery; Art: Nashville Artist Collective; Shade Fabric: Tula by Lake August.

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The primary closet is thoughtfully appointed with plenty of storage that is both functional and beautiful. Seat Cushion Fabric: Bayside Stripe by Thibaut; Wallpaper: Raphael by Stark; Canvas Bins: Container Store.

Also on the second floor, the team created a family “charging station” where each child (and adult) has a space of their own for the likes of tablets, phones, and laptops, keeping them organized and ready for the day ahead. Naturally, the area is equal parts form and function, with outlets hidden by beautiful custom cabinetry and accented with open shelving and a vibrant wallcovering by Schumacher.

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Schumacher’s vibrant Lotus Garden wallpaper adorns the family’s upstairs charging station.

Downstairs, a stylish mudroom was built to house the likes of backpacks, lacrosse gear, and the many items that active children amass. Custom cabinetry was once again designed for both utility and beauty, with detailed millwork and striking yet durable fabrics in shades of blue highlighting the space.

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A mudroom provides a place for the trappings of busy family life, without sacrificing style. Woven Bins: Crate & Barrel; Dog Collar: Gianni Cooling; Seat Cushion: Star Power by Perennials; Pillows and Shade: Jaali by Peter Dunham.

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The family’s spacious laundry room makes a statement with Thibaut’s Soji Panel wallpaper and a roman shade in Zig Zag by Quadrille.

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“Being able to reimagine this residence into something that would not only look good but would also function well for the busy homeowners and their children was incredibly rewarding,” Knauf finishes. “Far too often, we sacrifice form for function, and vice versa. This home is the perfect balance of beauty and livability and will provide a warm, welcoming canvas for family memories that will last a lifetime.”

Design by Jess Knauf | @jessknaufdesign

Photos by Susie Brenner | @susiephoto

Styling by Natalie Warady | @natalie_warady