interior design

AT_play - EXCAVATION TIME! by Annabelle Guldner

It’s finally time to make this house come to life! The mountain-chic Colorado home I designed for this wonderful family is being excavated and soon we will see some real progress! What a rewarding experience and we are so proud and grateful to be a part of it. Next step will be material selections and finishes to create an interior that the family will love!

AT_play - MILLENNIALS AT WORK by Annabelle Guldner

Success comes from a combination of traits, and characteristics and opportunities. We have chosen a career path that takes dedication, excellent communication skills, perseverance, determination, positive thinking and most of all deep passion for what you create.

We have all that and more. Listen to this short interview to give you a glimpse of who we are and what we want to achieve and where we are coming from… Click the title above!

Check out a little interview I was invited to by @antoinneglover43
Learn a little more about myself and what I stand for!

https://www.facebook.com/antoinneglover/videos/10217080278140079/

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Designatplay is proud to bring our design build process to Colorado Springs.  We specialize in all stages of building from renovations and remodels to designs and building custom homes.   Being able to incorporate the architectural design process with the building process creates an efficient home building experience.  With a strong background in finish carpentry and cabinetry, we are able to bring precision craftsmanship to our fine homes and renovations.  We are licensed and insured general contractors in Colorado Springs.

dwell_well with designATplay - CAN OPEN CONCEPTS BE TOO OPEN? by Annabelle Guldner

The open concept floor plan is a wonderful concept for our modern way of life. It has been catching on since the iconic architects of the early 20th century. The ability to do so with large spans and the necessary technology as well as the revolutionary thinking of a different lifestyle, brought about an interior design concept that is implemented in renovations and new construction today, almost everywhere. However, there is a backlash to the openness and its popularity. Born as a residential feature, it has been experimented with and applied to work spaces, as well as restaurants and hotels. 
Now, in my humble opinion there are a few notions to consider and angles to explore, since absolute openness is not always the best way to go.

1. The open concept works great, when it's done right, and it always requires customization.

2. Just because something is 'in' doesn't mean it works well in any application.

3. An open concept is not just a cluster of different rooms into one big room, it is a flex-space which lends itself to a variety of different activities without being defined by boundaries.

4. The open concept still needs features to characterize space and different areas within a larger context to foster various atmospheres, ambiances and activities.

5. The open concept as a structural measure enhances flexibility and future modifications, in other words it's much easier to put in walls than take them out (if they are structural)


Let's face it, we are not in need to have a formal living room and dining room that never ever gets used. Casual is how we live, or most of us anyway. Compartmentalized space planning made sense at a time where there was a division of activities within any household, if by social norms, technological abilities, or simply as an status symbol for luxurious living. The open concept existed then, but merely as a reminder of a low position in the social hierarchy.

But it certainly was space saving and efficient, paired with a number of disadvantages of course. 

Today, we gather, we communicate, we cook, eat and watch TV together, all of it at the same time. We are living in flex spaces. Spaces that offer us a variety of different tasks to get done and the mobility to adjust spaces to our immediate needs. The degree of openness however is debatable and requires customization. We are all different, so our communal spaces need to respond to that. 

That's when the fine-tuning of interior design comes into play. I was recently in a newly built $2.7 million home. The kitchen, dining, and living area were located in one large square in the middle of the house with 20' ceiling height across the entire space. Everything within that space felt lost. There was no definition and no measures taken to nurture different moods, feelings, characteristics. It felt empty and cold. It was an open concept that was too open. And that's not what open concepts are about and what they aim to achieve.

Have a look at a few different examples of flex-space concepts and how they approach different areas under one umbrella.

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Designatplay is proud to bring our design build process to Colorado Springs.  We specialize in all stages of building from renovations and remodels to designs and building custom homes.   Being able to incorporate the architectural design process with the building process creates an efficient home building experience.  With a strong background in finish carpentry and cabinetry, we are able to bring precision craftsmanship to our fine homes and renovations.  We are licensed and insured general contractors in Colorado Springs.

dwell well with designATplay - before and after by Annabelle Guldner

the entryway

before we got started with this project the front door was at grade level, with an awkward space at the bottom that didn't serve any purpose. we raised the floor, built a custom walnut door with textured glass to gain natural light in the foyer. walls were painted and ceiling scraped off the popcorn texture. to the left of the foyer we were able to add a powder room for convenience. this foyer is inviting, and light-filled and pulls you into the space, it's the perfect entryway experience.

the feature wall

the living space was completely transformed by taking out walls, removing the potential 45 degree fireplace nook on the corner, and creating a beautiful focal point that anchors the space and hides all electronics. the featured art wall is a custom made wood creation made from reclaimed camphor from an old tobacco farm. we designed it to de-clutter the space and make it a focal point in the room which is fit to span from floor to ceiling and 6' in width. it accentuates the height of the space and makes the space feel even more spacious and open. this stunning feature becomes an art piece in itself and lends itself to the fresh, contemporary and unique design of this renovated home.

the big open space

this transformation could not have been more dramatic. before we started with the renovation the living space was dark, broken up and enclosed. we installed a 8' slider for access to the back yard, we took out all the walls separating the kitchen and the dining room. we raised the ceilings in the kitchen and dining room and scraped them off the popcorn texture. all new recessed LED lighting was installed, the kitchen and dining were relocated for a better flow and open concept entertainment space. the new hickory flooring connects all spaces and creates a beautiful texture within the space. the feeling of openness and the amount of light that this space gained is fabulous. the kitchen was design for maximum storage and functionality. the result of the renovation could not feel more inviting, welcoming and like a home.

the kitchen

throughout the process the kitchen has certainly been the center of attention. the relocation was essential to create the flow and feel that we wanted to achieve. this new layout and design makes the kitchen the hub of the home with ample seating, work spaces, high ceilings, recessed and accent lighting and design features throughout. the laundry room was designed with new flooring and a pantry was added behind the kitchen for additional storage. this is a multipurpose space that invites to cook, entertain, work, and just relax. the tremendous transformation is evident.

the master suite

the master suite renovation required some unique space planning. we scraped the ceiling off the popcorn and created an open bathroom concept by removing walls and enclosing the toilet in it's own space. the flow is beautiful and the atmosphere in the space is spa-like. the new 6' slider that allows access to the back deck floods the space with natural light that extends to the bathroom. the vaulted ceiling give it feeling of space and the accent wall anchors the bedroom. the bed was custom designed and built by designATplay and features drawers around the entire perimeter for storage. it's a multi-functional piece that is not just a sculptural elements but offers seating and indirect lighting underneath. the master suite also features a custom built walk-in closet with ample storage and different kind of organizers.

the master bathroom

the most drastic transformation is the master bathroom. small and dark when we started out with this house, it has developed into a luxurious, spacious and serene oasis. we were able to include a generous walk-in shower, fit for two, a separate water closet and high end finishes throughout. the large format travertine tile is featured on the floor, shower walls and the wall behind the vanity. the glass panel creates one open seamless space. the bathroom also features a custom built vanity made from hickory flooring with push-to-open doors and drawers and open shelving for plenty of storage. the mirror is also custom built to match the vanity. The large vessel sink on the quartz counter offers plenty of counter space and sink access for two. the wall mounted faucet gives the space a clean and contemporary look. there is more built-in storage provided in the corner of the water closet for linens and toiletries. the new recessed LED lighting and accent lighting finish off the space and provide the warmth and relaxing atmosphere you would expect from a master bath.

outdoor living

the outdoor space was nonexistent when we first started on the renovation. one of the first things we did was add a deck along the entire backside of the house, accessed through the new 8' slider in the living room and also through a new 6' slider in the master bedroom. this deck offers a dining area and a private lounging area off the master suite. this addition is doing the design on the inside justice and creates seamless additional living space outside. there is no comparison to what it was before in terms of functionality, aesthetics and backyard appeal.

Designatplay is proud to bring our design build process to Colorado Springs.  We specialize in all stages of building from renovations and remodels to designs and building custom homes.   Being able to incorporate the architectural design process with the building process creates an efficient home building experience.  With a strong background in finish carpentry and cabinetry, we are able to bring precision craftsmanship to our fine homes and renovations.  We are licensed and insured general contractors in Colorado Springs.

dwell_well - STORAGE INNOVATIONS by Annabelle Guldner

dwell_well - KITCHEN INNOVATIONS

Spice storage is the number 1 issue for clients when it comes to kitchen designs. And there is not a good way to store them yet. We have come up with some concepts for convenient placement, access and sizing. The problem is they take up valuable storage space in drawers and wall cabinets when in fact where we need them is somewhere else entirely. Check out hidden storage concept that offers great ease of access, sufficient space, and endless possibilities when it comes to aesthetics (in this case a blackboard). The solution is a underused and overlooked potential space available in any kitchen; the idea are niches with shelves that sit recessed in the stud cavity of the backsplash (like a medicine cabinet). A sliding panel slides effortlessly in front of the nook without taking any counter space or diminishing any functions. These nooks can be located anywhere in the backsplash depeneding on the clients preference and most efficient location. In this example the spices are in the perfect spot next to the stove and won't collect dust and grease sitting in the open. We love this idea and the resulting design

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Designatplay is proud to bring our design build process to Colorado Springs.  We specialize in all stages of building from renovations and remodels to designs and building custom homes.   Being able to incorporate the architectural design process with the building process creates an efficient home building experience.  With a strong background in finish carpentry and cabinetry, we are able to bring precision craftsmanship to our fine homes and renovations.  We are licensed and insured general contractors in Colorado Springs.


material_play - INTERIORS OF SALT by Annabelle Guldner

material_play - THERE'S MORE TO SALT THAN MEETS THE FOOD... Ever thought about using Salt as a building product or decorative surface? Well, here it is and it couldn't be more fascinating!

The beautiful red tones derived from backlit red salt bricks result in a serene, relaxing and cozy atmosphere. The abundance of red salt, its sustainable properties, its transparence and overall aesthetic qualities make it an unique and fascinating building material. There are other minerals with the same transparent properties but they are too rare to be used as a building resource, or their crystals are too small to manufacture into a brick form. However, to achieve the optimal light transparency red salt needs to maintain a high degree of purity, at least 97%. Red salt that exhibits that kind of purity can be found between the Indus and Himalaya and is called Indussalt. 
I can think of a million applications for this exciting and fascinating material that we are all so used to.... just in a different way!

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Designatplay is proud to bring our design build process to Colorado Springs.  We specialize in all stages of building from renovations and remodels to designs and building custom homes.   Being able to incorporate the architectural design process with the building process creates an efficient home building experience.  With a strong background in finish carpentry and cabinetry, we are able to bring precision craftsmanship to our fine homes and renovations.  We are licensed and insured general contractors in Colorado Springs.

furniture_play - PRODUCT DESIGN by Annabelle Guldner

With this simple and cool lamp design the height of the fixture is adjustable for the perfect lighting condition and the back panel hand-printed design can be custom. The panel can also be a black board or cork pin board! This lamp can lean or hang on the wall. The actual fixture is a reclaimed pendant from goodwill. It's in use for a desk fixture right now and lends itself to the flexible needs when working at a desk or on the computer. It's a groovy feature piece in any space! 
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Designatplay is proud to bring our design build process to Colorado Springs.  We specialize in all stages of building from renovations and remodels to designs and building custom homes.   Being able to incorporate the architectural design process with the building process creates an efficient home building experience.  With a strong background in finish carpentry and cabinetry, we are able to bring precision craftsmanship to our fine homes and renovations.  We are licensed and insured general contractors in Colorado Springs.


bath_play - LET THERE BE LIGHT by Annabelle Guldner

bath_play - FILL YOUR LIFE WITH LIGHT
Have a look at this contemporary example of a light filled master bathroom by Matt Gibson Architects in Home Adore magazine. It avoids glare but invites natural in throughout the entire space by applying a beautiful and functional semi transparent window treatment. It's a curtain design which helps to soften a space that is usually dominated by hard surfaces.

Besides the fact that it allows windows along the entire length of the bathroom and thus light in, it provides privacy without feeling closed in. The tub and shower are in its own glass enclosed wet space providing separation but a seamless transition that lends itself to the open, spacious and luxurious bath experience.

Lighting is such an important factor in any interior but especially in the bathroom, so access to natural light and the right kind of artificial lighting to accentuate the mood are vital and make all the difference!

We love this one!

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source: https://homeadore.com/2016/04/14/st-kilda-house-matt-gibson-architects/

Designatplay is proud to bring our design build process to Colorado Springs.  We specialize in all stages of building from renovations and remodels to designs and building custom homes.   Being able to incorporate the architectural design process with the building process creates an efficient home building experience.  With a strong background in finish carpentry and cabinetry, we are able to bring precision craftsmanship to our fine homes and renovations.  We are licensed and insured general contractors in Colorado Springs.