Interior Thinking 8

CKY Design is softening assumptions about modern aesthetic.

A native of Oklahoma, Megan Hudacky knew very early in life that her future would involve the design industry. Following a long line of women in her family who attended the University of Oklahoma, she entered the Interior Design program at a time when its focus was on the integration of architecture and design. Her studies included a full range of skills needed for renovation and rebuilding.

Hudacky moved to Denver after graduation and started her career at a top architecture and design firm to build on her education and gain mentorship before striking out on her own.

CKY Design is full-service and strives to take conventional materials and ideas to a level of uniqueness for each project.

Hudacky has had her work featured in design publications including Sunset Magazine, Dwell, 5280, Residential Architect, and Inc Magazine. She has contributed to team project recognized by the AIA “Architects Choice Awards” and “Built Interiors” AIA Merit Award.

“Every project takes constant work to maintain the conceived design, and it’s nice when you see the finished product come to life in the end,” says Hudacky. “To have a project recognized is always flattering.”

Interior design often misinterpreted

The design industry needs a stronger balance between architecture and interiors, according to Hudacky. It’s often an education process to convey the level of detail and skills a designer can offer to a project.

“Being part of the entire process just makes a difference at the end of the day for clients,” says Hudacky.

Further, many people still think modern design sounds scary, often conjuring up images of cold, ultra-contemporary spaces. Hudacky sees modernism as a balance of functionality, minimalism and warmth. She enjoys the education process with clients helping keep them in the comfort zone of cozy and livable through the use of textures, patterns and furniture.

Transformation to a new modern

A recent project in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood shows the transformation from a very traditional, Pottery Barn look throughout the home to a minimal, brighter and more zen design. Hudacky and the client went back and forth several times to hone the right mix of color and texture—with stunning results.

The 1,400 square-foot condo—including two bedrooms, an office and the main kitchen/living area—carries soft colors and textured woods throughout the home to give it a very scaled-back feel to its modernism. The addition of storage helps lend a minimalistic look while adding functionality and striking beauty to the rooms.

Perhaps the biggest transformation was to the angular entry hall, where a wrapping bench and drop-off counter were added to break up the angles.