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An unexpected mural brings Boulder’s iconic landscape inside.

By Daliah Singer – 5280 Home February/March 2020

The Flatirons aren’t just outside this Boulder home—they’re also at the top of the stairs. Local artist Sarah Spencer hand-painted an impressionistic mural of the iconic sandstone formations on the back wall of this master bathroom for an outdoorsy couple who embrace the juxtaposition of clean, contemporary lines with vibrant bursts of color.

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Statistically, Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine every year.  This cheerful weather, combined with the higher altitude, make sunglasses very popular.  Your home needs the same level of protection.  Mindful use of window treatments can help your home the same way your sunnies can protect your eyes. 

Recently, Design Studio was host to a Continuing Education event for fellow designers.  The speaker was Greg White from CET & Associates.  CET & Associates provides lighting control solutions that create energy efficient and comfortable environments.  Greg is a fantastic speaker – so much fun that we learned while laughing!  Greg’s presentation taught us creative ways that we can manage sunlight and use it to our best advantage.

As the sun streams into the windows of your house it can affect the temperature – warming things up during the day.  Whether you choose draperies, or motorized and programmable shades, management of the sun’s effect on the temperature can help a homeowner reduce the amount of heat needed in the winter and conversely, the amount of air conditioning needed in the summer months.  Programmable shades allow you to pre-set the perfect moments to add shade or open up to take advantage of the sun.  Just set it and forget it. 

But at the same time, the powerful Colorado sun can fade furniture, rugs, and artwork.  Where and how we allow the sun into our homes matters.  Even sheer draperies or window shades can provide sufficient protection if used correctly. 

Design Studio’s interior designers know the sun here in Colorado.  They are able to specify the window treatment needed to meet overall aesthetic of your home and the goals of managing, and using, the power of the sun.

Special thanks to ASID and Colorado Homes and Lifestyles. See our gallery of the event below.

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Being able to enjoy your home while the remodel is in progress can be a scary idea.

This article is the second of a four-part series about making smart decisions before embarking on your home remodel project.

Part one of this series covered the initial questions to ask when you’re looking for a general contractor. Part two goes deeper into once you have found a contractor you like, ensuring it’s a great match and that your dream remodel or rebuild is a success. The third part of this series dives into tips if you are planning to live in your space while the sub-contractors are working too.

The contractor you’ve chosen is beginning your remodel job. It’s so exciting—until demo is over and the work looks like it’s slowing down. The subs are smoking outside while you’re drinking your coffee—and you have noticed they are using your bathroom. Now what? If you are planning to live in your space while the subs are at work, here are tips to stay sane:

Read the tips in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles here.

Feeling confident that you have an excellent contractor is an essential component of the success of your project.

This article is the second of a four-part series about making smart decisions before embarking on your home remodel project.

Part one of this series covered the initial questions to ask when you’re looking for a general contractor. This installment goes a step further, addressing how to delve deeper once you have found a contractor you like—to ensure it’s a great match and that your dream remodel or rebuild is a success.

The process of remodeling can be frustrating, scary, and emotionally draining. Nonetheless, your project can be managed so that it is exciting and delivered on time and on budget.

Here’s the inside scoop: Your general contractor should come to the table with the following knowledge and resources from which you, the homeowner, benefit. Be sure to cover the following topics with your general contractor:

Read the six tips in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles here.

Judy Goldman’s bold and savvy aesthetic, her visionary business model and her deep dedication to women’s empowerment define her leadership at Design Studio and FRDC. She draws from her extensive, three decades-plus experience in the finance and business worlds, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, from NYC to Boston, and now Colorado.

At Design Studio, Judy’s philosophical and practical framework is summed up as Creative Mechanics. Phenomenal creators work in a structured environment with processes, systems, and best practices in place that become intrinsic.

This elevates creative power, enabling her innovative team to perform at the highest level, resulting in highly successful projects, exceptional client service, and award-winning design.

Judy was awarded Rising Star by ColoradoBiz magazine, having tripled her year-over-year revenue growth. Design Studio is also included in their list of Top 100 woman-owned businesses.

Engaged in multiple charitable and philanthropic endeavors, Judy is committed to supporting and serving the larger community, both locally and around the globe.

Looking for inspiration for your new or existing home? Look no further than Design Studio.

Design Studio, owned by Judy Goldman, is a luxury, full-service residential and commercial firm located in Boulder. The 6,000 square foot space includes a materials library and the design studio. But, perhaps the gem that shines brightest is its retail showroom.

When you walk into the Design Studio showroom, the furniture, accessories and artwork stop you in your tracks. The pieces are distinctive the colors are luscious, and the fabrics are luxurious. The ambiance is tempting and inspiring; the vignettes allow you to dream.

Design Studio carries several collections of furniture, suitable for every taste, which are customizable with hundreds of fabrics in a rainbow of colors and textures available in the showroom. Design Studio also carries the furniture line James by Jimmy DeLaurentis. This stunning new collection of pieces – in emerald, tangerine and juniper velvets – isadelight for the eye.

The showroom is replete with furnishings, rugs, accessories and art, from around the country and around the world. Design Studio’s outstanding team has curated an array of handpicked sofas, chairs and tables for an broad range of styles and tastes. There are also wonderful candlesticks, vases, trays, napkins, throw pillows and other delicious accessories that are perfect gifts for every occasion.

“The fun of our showroom is the variety of products that we carry and the mix of styles we present,” offered Victoria Maxwell, the showroom’s director. “The showroom at Design Studio is a place to visit, explore, shop and let your dreams come to life.”

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Become a more empowered homeowner with these five expert tips on hiring a professional and qualified contractor.

This article is the first of a four-part series about making smart decisions before embarking on your home remodel project.

So, you want to remodel your home in some capacity. How do you know how to find highly qualified professionals to make your desired changes? How do you find someone to actually help you articulate your vision and then help you take the necessary steps to make it come to life? 

This has always been a complex process, with decisions at every turn. Home remodeling has become even more complicated by the pressure and unrealistic expectations perpetrated by the myriad of home remodeling shows on television, in which projects occur quickly and for an unrealistic price tag. These shows are enticing with their shiny and swiftly completed projects, but the reality is much more nuanced.

Building codes, materials, product specification differentiation, what makes something builder-grade versus box-store, the ability to assess the quality of the electricians, plumbers, framers, installers, site managers, contractors, architects, electrical/mechanical and structural engineers, designers, and kitchen and bath designers that you will inevitably need to work with… the home improvement industry can be overwhelmingly technical, difficult to understand, and more often than not, not totally transparent. How will you know that the “experts” you hire are qualified, connected to the community, loyal to the local codes, and familiar with the inspectors or at least capable of communicating well on your behalf?

Read the five tips in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles here.

When you walk into the Design Studio showroom, the furniture, accessories and artwork stop you in your tracks. The pieces are distinctive; the colors are luscious; the fabrics are luxurious. The ambiance is tempting and inspiring; the vignettes allow you to dream.

Design Studio is the dream child of entrepreneur Judy Goldman.

Goldman purchased the local firm Niwot Interiors in June 2016. After 18 months of corporate growth and development, Judy moved the company into its present, custom-built 6,000-square-foot space that includes the gorgeous retail showroom, a materials library and the design studio where the magic happens. In August 2016, Goldman rebranded the company into Design Studio Interior Solutions, now one of the region’s top residential and commercial interior design firms.

Goldman’s background in the fast-paced and high-powered world of finance and banking taught her well how to run a successful business. Her creative endeavors, such as graphic design, photography, and her work as a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, bring a balance and richness to her unique approach – the confluence of business transparency and creativity that is Design Studio.

From the very beginning, Judy’s mission for Design Studio has been grand, a business model that expands the client’s sense of what is possible, bringing together their vision and their day-to-day lifestyle, while always keeping their budget forefront. Goldman’s developed a company that includes a team of designers, projects managers, an in-house general contractor, merchandisers and finance professionals to provide superior customer service, outstanding design and a showroom that offers myriad ideas as soon as you walk in the door.

“Meaningful design is essential to life, a blend of functionality and beauty that allows people to live, work and play in comfortable, inspiring environments. Our thoughtful process ensures every space we create, and every detail we design, has a reason to exist. Our full-service team works alongside our clients to clearly define their vision, expectations, budget and the scope, goals and timelines of their projects,” Goldman shared. “Further, our team is able to bring to life projects of every size from a set of window treatments to a complete home remodel.designers, projects managers, an in-house general contractor, merchandisers and finance professionals to provide superior customer service, outstanding design and a showroom that offers myriad ideas as soon as you walk in the door. “Meaningful design is essential to life, a blend of functionality and beauty that allows people to live, work and play in comfortable, inspiring environments. Our thoughtful process ensures every space we create, and every detail we design, has a reason to exist. Our full-service team works alongside our clients to clearly define their vision, expectations, budget and the scope, goals and timelines of their projects,” Goldman shared. “Further, our team is able to bring to life projects of every size from a set of window treatments to a complete home remodel.

The Design Studio concept is perfectly exemplified by the company’s showroom, its gem and showpiece.

The showroom boasts a full complement of furniture, rugs, accessories and lamps for a wide range of tastes and styles. Goldman’s crackerjack design and merchandising team has filled the space with an array of handpicked sofas, chairs and tables from around the country and around the world. Original Art Deco chairs from late 1920s Italy sit side by side with a saddle leather armchair studded with nail heads. A selection of hide rugs add warmth, and a set of black and white inlaid nesting tables invite you to set down your martini.

Design Studio has two private collections of furniture – one classic and luxurious and the other contemporary and fun. Both collections are customizable with hundreds of fabrics in a rainbow of colors and textures available in the showroom.

And Design Studio is thrilled to present the Colorado premier of the furniture line James by Jimmy DeLaurentis. DeLaurentis, a former designer at Ralph Lauren, has created a gorgeous, and comfortable, new collection of pieces that evoke Hollywood in the 1940s. His use of Crayola colored velvets is a delight for the eye. DeLaurentis’ Capri Chairs, Alessandra Sofa and Ottoman and Isabella Sofa are currently on display in shades of emerald, tangerine and juniper.

The showroom’s newest addition, straight from Paris, is an iconic early example of the Carlton bookcase room divider by Ettore Sottsass of the Memphis Group, from 1981.

There are also wonderful candlesticks, vases, trays, napkins, throw pillows and other delicious accessories that are perfect gifts for every occasion.

“The fun of our showroom is the variety of products that we carry and the mix of styles that we present,” offered Victoria Maxwell, the showroom’s director. “We welcome our clients here so that their creativity can bloom. The showroom is a place to shop for that perfect cocktail table, for a wedding or hostess gift or a whole suite of furniture for your living.”

The spectacular showroom at Design Studio is place to visit, to explore, to shop and to manifest your dreams.

In 2010, Judy Goldman and her family moved to Boulder, lured by the lifestyle and landscape. Three years ago, a serious bike accident changed her life. During the long rehab and with unwavering support from her husband Charles, Judy unleashed her entrepreneurial spirit by purchasing a small interior design firm. Thanks to her three decades in the world of finance, as well as her training in graphic design, photography and her work as a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, this newest venture made perfect use of her finely tuned business sense and creative background.

Within two and a half years, she has grown the rebranded Design Studio into a multi-million national firm. In 2018, she was awarded the Rising Star Award by Colorado Biz and made their list of the top 100 women-owned businesses in Colorado.

“Women entrepreneurs and leaders today, I believe, have a responsibility to equip younger women with the tools and perspective to help guide their focus and develop appropriate parameters for the future,” Judy says.

Read more in Boulder Lifestyle.

Houses are truly made into homes through the efforts of the owners to not just personalize, but fully invest themselves in creating spaces that tell a unique story. Few houses exhibit this transition like this Boulder home remodel. Striking a balance between grandeur and detail, practicality and creativity, this Boulder home shines in its deliberate design, careful craftsmanship and the family story it represents.

A multi-year project, this venture was a collaborative design effort between Judy Goldman, homeowner and owner of Design Studio Interior Solutions, architect Leonard Thomas of Urban West Studio, and the framing team at Gilbert & Sons. Requiring drastic structural changes to fully realize the home’s expansive views while maintaining an intimate, inviting feel, the previous home was stripped to its two-by-fours and rebuilt with family, comfort and individuality in mind.

“This home was created with such heart,” says Goldman. “As people walk through it, I wanted to create subtle, yet powerful wow moments that would make them feel surprised and embraced by the space at the same time.”

Focusing on creating cozy, comfortable spaces within an open architectural plan, each room uniquely engages its occupants. The home also emphasizes the connections between its indoor and outdoor spaces, creating design continuity with features like the steel of the indoor staircase and banisters mirrored on the outdoor decks, and the main floor ceiling wooden beams that stretch unencumbered to the outdoor covered deck.

Aside from the stunning views overlooking Boulder and beyond, deliberately chosen design details also create moments of pause and awe throughout the home. From the energetic red of the glass tile in the guest bathroom to the recycled stoplight glass Vetrazzo countertops in the butler’s pantry, each unique element is understated, yet impactful.

The true beauty of the home also lies in how wholly it embodies the lifestyle and experiences, past and present, of the homeowners.

“This home truly tells the story of our lives,” says Goldman. “When people are in it, I want them to feel they’re part of it and experiencing that story themselves.”

Housing a unique art collection inspired by the owner’s world travels, the home is full of marquee elements that directly translate to a vacation, an excursion, an adventure. Perhaps the most notable of these details is the Murano glass chandelier extending from the top to nearly the bottom of the three-story staircase. Commissioned by Schiavon Massimiliano Art Team, this piece was designed by the family while on a trip to northern Italy. Each colorful disc is handmade, unique and illuminated with LED lights, making the experience of just being in the stairwell grand and enveloping.

It’s this type of storytelling and individuality through design that Goldman looks to embody both in her own home and in her work at Design Studio Interior Solutions. Frequently hosting events for various local nonprofit organizations, Goldman hopes that her home embodies the same warmth and welcoming that she and her family feel they’ve found here in Colorado.

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Our design center is located in Boulder, Colorado.
5400 Spine Rd Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301
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