The Making of a Farmhouse 15

See how StudioVert overhauled a NoBo farmhouse into a uniquely modern and bright living space.

Shandele Gumucio has an eye for style and knack for interior design. She launched StudioVert in San Francisco in 1999, just a few short years before moving to Boulder. It’s a one-woman-shop (with the occasional help from handy assistants) that allows Gumucio the opportunity to live out her dream job as an environmental designer. (Which isn’t about the green movement for those who don’t know, it’s about designing a three-dimensional atmosphere.)

Always interested in how we interact with space, light, volume and texture and how these elements influence people in complex and sometimes personal ways, Gumucio balances the relationship of form and function with the environment in which people relate to it. Using thoughtful design choices, Gumucio often acts as a translator—from thought to curating tangible objects—who cares about her clients’ stories and how they want to live.

One of her latest projects involved designing a modern farmhouse in North Boulder’s lively Holiday neighborhood. The homeowner is a certified yoga instructor and dedicated meditation practitioner. Gumucio matched her with a builder who also happens to be a certified yoga instructor as well, and the three of them collaborated to transform the space into something spectacular.

An Entrance with Impact (ENTRYWAY)

The custom designed credenza was a collaboration with Portland designer Reed LaPlant. This entryway welcomes and sets the tone for the rest of the house. Most of the artwork in the home was from the owner’s personal collection.

Lightening Up (LIVING ROOM) (photo with swinging chair)

Layering interesting textures with furniture that is both joyful and functional, Gumucio helped create an environment that helps support the homeowner’s physical and emotional health.

Easy Flow (FAMILY ROOM/KITCHEN) (photo with fireplace)

This cozy space combines earthy tones with bursts of color (inspired by the owner’s frequent travels to Brazil) and features more custom-made furniture by LaPlant, coffee tables and a dining room table. New, attractive light fixtures are by Schoolhouse Electric Co. and Roll & Hill.

The Importance of Numbers  (BEDROOM)

A total design overhaul, including new poplar wood paneling (which was then painted over), a new headboard mirror and Room & Board nightstands. Gumucio made sure to keep in mind the importance of having duplicate items. (Note the two nightstands and Nelson bubble lamps.) The pairs were to manifest and support romantic partnership and balance, a tip borrowed from Feng Shui.

Bathing Beauty (BATHROOM)

Situated right off the yoga studio, new plumbing, fixtures and mirrors were added to create an all-new bathroom, which doubles as a guest bathroom. The heated floors were done in earthy, dark tones to mesh well with the studio next door.

Room for Growth (YOGA STUDIO)

Complete with sliding barn door, the downstairs yoga studio offers abundant space for working on poses, whether only one or multiple people are engaging in practice.

Fit for a Day Dream (PATIO)

Tying the outdoor space with the interior, Gumucio used the same pops of color and similar textures found throughout the home to create a soft, breezy, relaxed atmosphere.