Design Detour: Ramey Caulkins

With so many transplants, Denver is a small town that’s living bigger these days — but whether they’re drawn to Denver for the outdoorsy lifestyle, the mountain vistas or the abundance of sunshine, clients often come to Ramey Caulkins with a common goal in mind: a home they’ll love forever. Luckily, the designer is on the same page. “I want my clients to walk in the front door ten years after we’re done and still be madly in love with everything they see,” Caulkins says, an aim made all the more likely by her preference for classic palettes and natural materials. Next up for Caulkins is a dream project in Montana, but first she’s planning to enjoy a cozy holiday at home, with a visit to the festive Cherry Creek neighborhood and lots of stops to eat, drink and be merry with friends. “While Denver can be unpredictable from a weather standpoint,” she says, “I love that I get to make the most of my sweater set!” 

Photography Courtesy of Holly Brown


"Le Bilboquet opened here in Denver about a year ago, and it’s so much fun to have dinner at the bar. The food is classic yet delicious. I’d love to meet my friends Anuschka Pashel of Bloom, fellow designer Nadia Watts and the team from the John Brooks showroom for​​ a French 75 with Navy gin while we wait for our Cajun chicken and frites. Bon appétit!"


John Brooks is like shopping with your best friends. They go out of their way to problem-solve and source the best furnishings and fabrics, and they take such good care of designers in our community.”

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“I love to mount a sconce on a mirror. The effect is clean, elegant, expansive and less interrupted than a typical mirror-sconce-mirror setup. The Vendome Single Sconce by Thomas O'Brien is one of my favorites to use like this — it’s a larger sconce with a small presence and with such a versatile range of finishes it lends itself to all kinds of decorating opportunities.”


John Yarema is an incredible artist who works with wood — his creativity and vision has no bounds. Being able to work with him on projects is truly a gift. The floor pictured here is 11 different species of wood, hand-hammered iron and mother-of-pearl inlay. Superb!”


“I love wallpaper, and it sparks joy to see it having a moment again. The design of Peter Fasano’s Kori grasscloth is so fresh, and can be printed on a variety of background colors.”

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“The Dumaine Medium Pierced Chandelier by Julie Neill reminds me of being in Florida in the 80’s! I love the sculptural leaf shape and the polished nickel finish. All I need is some silver wallpaper to complete my 80’s vibe.”


“I love the white plaster finish of the Alberto Medium Sconce by Julie Neill. It’s ethereal and sculptural, and modern.” 


“The Bryant Sconce by Thomas O’Brien is like your favorite pair of sneakers — it’s always there when you need it and it never disappoints.”