Design Detour: Nadia Watts

In design, as in much of life, it all comes down to details — and Nadia Watts makes her wide-ranging appreciation of different styles, eras and artistic mediums known through her thoughtful use of color and texture. Her clients tend to share her love of art and architecture, paving the way for layered designs built around dynamic collections. “My clients come with a sense of their own style,” Watts says. “We work together to elevate that style and create a well-designed home that’s unique to them.”

Photography by Emily Minton-Redfield


"Star Kitchen is a personal favorite spot for me, my family and friends — we’ve been going there for more than 10 years. The first time we were introduced to the restaurant, we went every day for 2 weeks. Their large round tables ensure that no one sits at the end of the table or in a corner, which makes this a wonderful place to bring a group of people and share a meal family style. My dream is to have a long meal there with Duke Beardsley, Ramey Caulkins, Denver Art Museum curator of architecture and design Darrin Alfred and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver director Nora Burnett Abrams — an evening filled with delicious food, laughter and love...and no shortage of conversation."


"The Lark is my favorite store in Denver — it has something for everyone! Owned and run by women for more than 50 years, they deliver exceptional service and are always able to assist me with tracking down the perfect things. I always recommend The Lark to my friends and clients for unique accessories, furniture, lamps and gifts."

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"I love to use a combination of lighting sources to add ambience, warmth and decor to a space in addition to the basic need of a light source. This can be achieved with chandeliers, sconces, lamps and a great floor lamp, like the Dauphine Floor Lamp by Studio VC — but often, all of the above!"


"Six generation Coloradan Duke Beardsley is one of my favorite artists to include in a project! When I work with Duke on commissioned pieces for my clients, he takes great care to discuss style, size and color and delivers a piece inspired by the colors and fabrics being used in the room."


"In Denver, I find that people are consistently drawn to nature and the outdoors, and seek to bring those elements into their home. The variety of colors and patterns makes Kravet grasscloth a go-to fabric for me — it appeals to many different design styles and I love the way it adds texture and warmth to any room. "

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“I love the simplicity and versatility of the Go Lightly Medium Chandelier by Barbara Barry, especially in a kitchen eating area.”


“The lines of the Merchant Double Bath Light by Thomas O’Brien take a bar light to the next level and add a ton of interest in a powder room.”


“I love the Chambers Large Table Lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller - he has an amazing eye for proportion and balance, and to add an extra layer to his lamps, I like to incorporate a custom shade.”