Wallpaper Creates a One-of-a-Kind Family Home in Colorado

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I would be lying if I said I never daydream about moving someplace new, and starting over with a clean slate. It’s not for everyone, but I think there’s something so thrilling about new prospects, new surroundings, new acquaintances and a new place to call home, especially if it’s a ground ups construction. Today I get to share a wonderful home, full of pattern, whose owners moved across the country in search of something completely different from what they were used to — and found it! If you are looking for a new custom home designed to your needs, a service like Raphael Homes would be happy to help you do so.

When Batya Stepelman and her husband Matt Berman had lived in small apartments in Brooklyn for almost eight years, things started to feel a bit cramped. Sharing a 600 square foot home with a toddler, an infant and the elderly Rottweiler, Omar, was an achievement of sorts, but it soon became clear that the growing family’s living situation needed to change. Batya, a fifth generation New Yorker, and Matt didn’t just dream of a bigger space though. They longed for something entirely different for themselves and their young boys Otis and Theodore — a home with a garden, surrounded by mountains. Batya and Matt fell in love with Denver, CO, and despite having to leave all their family and friends, they decided to pack their belongings and embark on a new adventure out West.

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Batya’s late father’s typewriter is a sentimental piece that is beautifully displayed on the desk in the entryway. The Otomi wallpaper is by Hygge & West, designed by Emily Isabella.

After arriving in Denver, Batya spent a lot of time walking around the city in order to find the right area for her family to settle down. Something about Congress Park, with its tree-lined streets, historic homes, and a politically active and engaged community, felt spot on. Batya and Matt also wanted to find a home with plenty of charm, a bit of green space and enough room to accommodate visiting family members. A Denver Square style home that was on the market ticked all the boxes, and the family knew it was the right house for them.

Batya and Matt’s late 19th century home is a real Colorado gem. Unlike many old houses that have been stripped from their original details, this home oozes old charm. Even though it was once divided up into five separate units and then later converted back into a single family home, many historic details that have been lovingly preserved.

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The living room is a labor of love, and the perfect spot to read and hang out. Hello Yarrow! wallpaper by Abigail Borg creates a stunning backdrop that sets the tone for the space.

When Batya and Matt bought the house nearly four years ago, it took a while to turn it into their dream home. Having lived in small spaces for the better part of a decade, the family didn’t own much and the decorating process began with bare bones. “When we moved into our current home it looked like we had been robbed! There was no dining table, coffee table, dressers, rugs, etc,” Batya recalls. To reflect the family’s quirky style, one of the first things that Batya did in the new home was install wallpaper in the entryway. “It immediately warmed up the space and made the blank walls look homey. That’s when I got hooked!” During the past four years, six more rooms have been updated with gorgeous wallpapers, creating personal and colorful statements in each space. It’s safe to say that wallpaper has developed into one of Batya’s biggest passions. Eight months ago, she took a leap of faith and opened up a wallpaper boutique and design consultancy, WallTawk, which she now operates from the family’s historic home. “I felt extremely motivated to bring independent artists and designers to Denver…and wallpaper is my obsession, so it was the design category that made the most sense!” Batya says.

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“The wallpaper reminds me of the dream I also had to start a garden, which we did!” Batya shares. The mantel holds a collection of pretty ceramics.

The family loves living in their patterned home, which has a strong design perspective without feeling formal or stuffy. Batya is a strong believer in unique homes that feel layered and tell a story — no two homes should look the same. Sentimental pieces, keepsakes and objects from independent artists can be found throughout the house, and make this home charismatic and one-of-a-kind. The family feels lucky to have a home that makes them happy, and where they can build memories and finally put down some roots. “As human beings I think we all crave happiness, beauty, and joy — and there isn’t anything frivolous about those things,” Batya reflects. I couldn’t agree more! Sofia

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Batya, Theodore, Matt and Otis in their colorful living room.

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The dining room has views to almost all rooms on the first floor, and includes a fireplace with original tilework. “This is where we have neighborhood potlucks and meetings to raise money for public school! This room gives me a sense of community,” Batya explains.

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The family room is where Batya, Matt, Otis and Theodore watch movies and play board games. Being close to the mountains is what first drew them to Colorado, and the family room wallcovering is the perfect reminder.

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The wall panel by Pierre Frey is called Yunnan, named after the mountainous province in China. “I just tell people it’s the Rocky Mountains!” Batya says. Building a frame for the panel is an upcoming project.

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The kitchen island is where the boys eat breakfast every morning. “It’s a space for laughter and story-telling.”

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Pots and pans hang from rods on the kitchen wall. “I also ran out of paint in the middle of the project, which you can see in the photo. It’s on my to-do list. We have a growing collection of cookbooks, which now tops 100!” Batya shares.

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The kitchen wallpaper, Figs by Miss Print, gives a nod to food — “I love figs, so this paper made a lot of sense,” Batya says.

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The small bathroom down the hall from the kitchen received a bright and happy makeover with some Foret wallpaper by Julia Rothman for Hygge & West. “When this paper was installed, Otis and Theodore both thought it was the best thing they’d ever seen. It’s a very small space and this patten adds a bit of oomph!”

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The master bedroom is one of Batya’s favorite spaces in the house. The wallpaper is called New Orleans Toile: Backstreets, and reminds Batya and Matt of “the Crescent City”, where they first met 15 years ago (thanks to their mothers, who passed along phone numbers!). “That city is where I fell in love with music, color, pattern, and living life to the fullest!” Batya shares.

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The New Orleans Toile: Backstreets wallpaper, illustrated by Alexa Pulitzer for Flavor Paper, peeks into New Orleans life in all its decadence, beauty and decay. A portion of the wallpaper’s proceeds are being donated to the Preservation Hall Foundation to “Preserve, Perpetuate, and Protect traditional New Orleans Jazz.”

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“This bookcase makes me happy because it was the first time I used wallpaper scraps in a personal DIY-project” Batya explains. The Otomi pattern is the same as in the entryway.

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The wallpaper used in the upstairs guest bathroom features poppies and bats (Bat & Poppy by M.P. Verneuil, reproduced by Trustworth Studios). It was designed in 1897, just two years after the family’s historic home was built. “Outside this window our neighbor built bat boxes. We’ll see if any show up this year!”

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Otis and Theodore both love dinosaurs, so the Dino wallpaper by Sian Zeng felt like the perfect choice for the boys’ bedroom. “My husband and I read books with [the boys] every night and it’s something I hope they remember. I love that they share the space together!” Batya shares.

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“What I love most about our home is its history, the people who live here, the memories we’re making…and all the wallpaper!” — Batya

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