What began in 1993 as a small shop run by two people has today become an enormous, state-of-the-art home design center that is changing the face of residential design in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Styles Kitchen & Bath Studio is a 6,000-square-foot monolith in Basalt that serves homeowners and interior designers alike. It is the labor of love from longtime resident Ron Purcio, his wife Debbie Harte and their daughter Carrie Harte. In opening the large space, they strove to keep the personal touches and customer-centric feeling they had in their small shop, then called Mountain Valley Builders.
"In that space, we had all these great products and nobody knew it," explains Debbie Harte. "So we said, 'let's build a fantastic showroom where people can buy anything ... flooring, lighting, everything in a one-stop shop." And so they did.
Going far beyond its kitchen-and-bath moniker, the Styles studio carries every home product imaginable. "We can fit any style, any budget," Debbie says. "We carry all levels of products and can cater to anyone's desires. Our choices are unlimited."
She stresses that the showroom is for homeowners and industry professionals alike. "We want designers and builders to bring their clients here to see everything," she says. "There are so many choices it can get overwhelming. People can come in here and start putting things together. It becomes fun."
They offer an elegant conference room, café, wine room with wine tastings and two live kitchens. "I haven't even mentioned the cooking demonstrations and classes with local chefs..."
Beyond their expansive product line that brings all elements of home design together under one roof, Styles also offers savvy design services and very high-tech design software that allows them to work virtually with any client anywhere in the world. "We just send the online invitation and bingo, we can work a design, move elements around [a digital rendition of the room], while we're on the phone together," Debbie explains. The family has worked in this way with clients from Carbondale to Hong Kong, saving them time and money by providing an accurate visual of a space before any purchase is made. "People love the Internet capabilities," she states. "It's a very new development in design."
Despite the family's international capabilities and sophisticated showroom, they remain a family business with a commitment to the area. "We have a strong focus on local Colorado artisans," Debbie explains, relating the story of people in California and Oregon who wanted leather handrails custom made by a local craftsman that they found through Styles.
"Being a family business means that we're going to be here tomorrow and we want to carry this on through generations," she says. "We want people to enjoy what they do here, and be proud. It's their home, after all."
Styles Kitchen and Bath Studio