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Russo Residential’s Modern-Day Gatsby Home

We are constantly blown away with the amazing designers and builders that we work with. One that we have loved following along with is Russo Residential of Denver, CO. Their attention to detail and cutting-edge design sets their custom homes apart. We sat down with Russo Residential’s Design Consultant, Rosie Russo to chat about their Cream Puff House.

Coined the Cream Puff house because of its creamy exterior color, this home has a facade nothing short of spectacular.

All photography by Spacekraft Media.

When designing this home, Rosie was inspired by an ultra-glam black and gold color palette, synonymous with The Great Gatsby. However, she wanted to add a contemporary and fresh feel to it.

When establishing a design I always ask my clients how they want to ‘feel’ in their house; what type of vibe they want. – Rosie

“Almost all of the tile in this home was either black or white. It gave a very clean look to the space.”

A Grand Entrance

Soaring ceilings and gorgeous windows create an open-concept living space full of natural light.

Featured: Metropolis Black Matte Porcelain.

When working on a project do you go room by room or do you approach the house as a whole?

“I always start with the owner’s bathroom and then go from there. At the end, I circle back to the owner’s bathroom because after walking all the aisles of tile, we end up changing tile because there is so many to choose from. Typically, we choose the backsplash last because it is usually a pretty simple choice.”

I find inspiration everywhere. Often it is a specific piece like a unique tile or furniture piece that the design is created around. – Rosie

Left space: art-deco basement stairs. Right space: mudroom.

Powder Bath

Sticking with the black and white color palette but adding in a gorgeous neutral shade of green, this powder bathroom lets the details shine.

Featured: Color Market Army and Calacutta Bianco Gloss Porcelain.

I felt like it was all simple enough that other things could be featured like lighting, while still having its own hidden beauty. Most of the tiles have this gorgeous texture that you can’t always see until you’re looking at it up-close. I liked that its beauty isn’t in your face. – Rosie

Featured: Color Market Army.

This Color Market tile in Army features a matte finish and subtle texture in a deep green hue. Laying it in a horizontal straight stack adds a contemporary feel to the classic subway tile shape.

Laundry Room

This home features gorgeous contrast. Black and white details play off of natural wood accents throughout each space.

Featured: Metropolis Black Matte Porcelain.

What is your go-to design tip?

“With our clients, because we’re building from the ground up, I always tell them to try not to get ahead of themselves in the design process. Focus on what’s in front of you and what you’ve done. Build on the design from there.”


Featured: Glass White Subway.

Following the theme of the rest of the house, this kitchen is as grand as it gets. Complete with cabinetry and backsplash all the way to the ceiling (11 feet to be exact!) and art-deco pendant lighting, this space achieves the glam factor Rosie set out to create.

Featured: Glass White Subway.

Every last detail was perfectly executed. We’re swooning over the oversized cabinet hardware and stunning black and gold La Cornue range.

Owner’s Bath

Similar: Marble Look tiles.

When asked which tile was Rosie’s favorite, she immediately said the oversized tile in the owner’s bathroom without hesitation. Originally her plan was to do large slabs of marble behind the vanity, but after realizing the cost of doing that, decided to go with a large-format marble look tile.

Similar: Marble Look tiles.

“We were really happy with the oversized look of the tile and how seamless it came out behind the vanity.”

Large-format tiles create an expensive look while being budget-friendly. Learn more about how to maximize your space with large-format tiles here.

Get a similar look with these marble look tiles!

Full Baths

The tiled spaces in this home never end! There are two, equally beautiful bathrooms that continue the theme of contrast seen throughout the rest of the home.

Featured: Imperial Sand Frame Subway, Annie Selke Ikat Black Porcelain, and Imperial Black Matte Porcelain.

When choosing tile it depends on how you are using it. It might be the focal point of the space or it might be more simple to let something else stand out. – Rosie

Featured: Atlanta White Porcelain and Uroko Black Ceramic.

Following elements seen throughout the house, this bathroom features a marble-look large format tile and a 3-D statement tile. This space is nothing if not bold and glam… Can we talk about that oversized mirror?

Featured: Atlanta White Porcelain and Uroko Black Ceramic.


This home features three contemporary fireplaces that instantly demand attention with their bold and dimensional design features. Each one has a very simple design but the design is what makes these fireplaces true focal points.

Right: Metropolis Black Matte Porcelain.

Tiling the fireplaces to the ceiling adds drama while also emphasizing the height of the space. The 3-D texture of the tile emphasizes shadows and lights creating a sleek, contemporary look.

Featured: Diamante Negro Matte Ceramic.

The 3-D texture of the Mar Quartzo and Diamante tiles add a sculptural design element that plays off of shadows and light to bring depth and dimension to the space.

Left: Mar Quartzo AC Ceramic. Right: Diamante Negro Matte Ceramic.

Basement Bar

To Rosie, every home should have a space for entertaining and hosting. This basement bar is the perfect spot!

Featured: Tear 3 Prata Ceramic and Tear 1 Prata Ceramic.

What is your favorite space in this home?

“My favorite space is probably the basement bar area because of the tile — the tile is what really made it. There are small details on the tile, but we were able to mix and match the tiles to create the design exactly how we wanted it and I love how it turned out.”

Left: Baltimore Beige. Right: Tear 3 Prata Ceramic and Tear 1 Prata Ceramic.

Rosie created a one-of-a-kind design with the Tear Collection. Available in four different patterns featuring intersecting silver metallic lines that emulate woven fabric, mix and match to add a touch of glam to any space.

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All photography by Spacekraft Media.

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