Home Bar by Grace Simmering Interior Design

This stunning basement bar was designed with Grace Simmering’s passion for construction and architectural details.

Grace Simmering Interior Design | June 2022 | Denver Life Magazine
Photo by Susie Brenner.

What makes a great home bar? Grace Simmering definitely knows. As Principal of Grace Simmering Interior Design, her finished design for this bar is, well, bar none. Simmering’s goal was to create a balance between tailored and timeless elements mixed with some rustic features.

The project was a new build and took about a year from design through to construction. And, since it is located in Cherry Creek North, where there’s no shortage of popular bars and restaurants within walking distance, Simmering knew she had to create something moody and sexy, but also intimate. In other words, a place to unwind that felt like an oasis within the home.

“The countertop is made from reclaimed boxcar planks, a nod to the structural fir beams in the main floor ceiling. Antique brass details like the hanging shelves, and foot rail, add an ornamental element that doesn’t feel overdone or flashy.”

Grace Simmering Interior Design | June 2022 | Denver Life Magazine
Photo by Susie Brenner.

Creative Vision

Simmering tells us that the architect incorporated some beautiful rustic elements into the bones of the home. Therefore, she took note of those powerful elements and designed from there—with the other finishes playing more of a supporting role. “This project was particularly fun because I had relatively free reign for both the hard and soft finishes,” she adds. “Rather than needing to design around a specific style, I was able to focus on bringing together a variety of colors and textures… Satin paneling, contemporary light fixtures and clean lines in the finishes and furniture work in harmony with the rustic elements rather than compete for attention.”

Grace Simmering Interior Design | June 2022 | Denver Life Magazine
Photo by Susie Brenner.

Passionate About Her Craft

Simmering strongly believes that architecture and interior design cannot be successful without one another. She began her professional design career working at an architecture firm, which fueled her passion for construction and architectural details. Today, her small boutique design firm specializes in high-end residential and commercial projects. “We partner with architects and builders on new construction, as well as clients just needing furnishing. I love teasing out each client’s individual style, and working to incorporate that style in a way that complements the surrounding architecture.” And, lucky for us (and her clients) her care and passion for each project shows.