A blank canvas might intimidate some, but for NeKeia “Keia” McSwain, it’s a welcome creative opportunity. When the award-winning interior and product designer moved into her brand-new townhouse in Denver in 2022, being the first person to live there was a plus. “It allowed me to grow and evolve with the space as I went along,” she says.
The principal of her eponymous firm and president of the Black Interior Designers Network, whose work has been published in such magazines as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Forbes, Keia soon developed a game plan. “I envisioned this home being a place that felt like someone had lived here forever,” she says. “I wanted it to be warm and collected.”
Partnering with Arhaus, who provided furniture and accessories for the bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and office, enabled her to realize this vision. “They offered me everything I needed to create the perfect piece of art, which is the space, the home in its entirety,” she explains. “Their attention to detail and craftsmanship was the home run for me.”
I envisioned this home being a place that felt like someone had lived here forever. I wanted it to be warm and collected.