A fashion model in Greenwood Village claims that her neighbor flaked out on a $6 million job and absconded with her Mongolian lamb pillow covers and Parisian bar cart.
Danielle Braverman is suing Hayley Servatius, an interior designer, and Servatius’ young company, HLS Designs. She says Servatius used her credit card to order ostentatious home decorations, kept them and posted Instagram photos of them in her own house.
Servatius did not respond to BusinessDen’s phone calls, voicemails and emails.
Braverman and Servatius live 500 feet from each other in homes valued by the county at around $2.5 million, and their social calendars overlap on occasion. Both Braverman and HLS Designs were sponsors of a fashion show fundraiser in Denver late last year.
Braverman and a man named David Reis bought their home at 6600 E. Ida Ave. in 2020 for $1.78 million, records show, with plans to demolish and remodel. In part because of her proximity, Braverman hired Servatius to design the interior in exchange for $100 per hour, according to Braverman.
The $6 million renovation was scheduled to be complete by mid-2022 but wasn’t. When Reis and Braverman moved in last November, they found major design flaws, the couple claims. And their credit card bills showed items that had been bought but were nowhere to be found.
In January, Servatius quit working on the project, which still isn’t finished, Braverman says.
The model claims that her neighbor used her credit card to buy furnishings, received “large commissions” from the vendors she bought them from, and then placed them in her own house, where they can be seen in “photographs on the defendants’ Instagram account.”
That includes a Raku hand-knotted rug, a Thaddeus marble side table, Truman floor lamps, a Drew curved swivel custom chair, Graydon Shagreen nesting tables, a crystal floor lamp, butterfly sheet sets and a Mara performance handwoven rug, the lawsuit claims.
Little of what Braverman claims can be confirmed or refuted by the public record, since her allegations stem largely from conversations she and Servatius reportedly had.
Braverman said Servatius lied to her about having attended the elite Parsons School of Design in New York, owning a design company in California and having clients in Aspen. A spokesperson for the Parsons School did not respond to BusinessDen’s attempts to verify.
Braverman said Servatius texted her in October 2022 to inform her that Braverman’s newly designed home would be featured on the summer 2023 cover of Luxe, an interior design magazine. In January, staff at the magazine told Braverman that they had never heard of her or Servatius, according to the lawsuit. A Luxe editor did not respond to requests to verify.
Braverman’s lawsuit is the first against HLS Designs in the company’s two-year history but its bank account was garnished in 2021 after Servatius was sued by Wells Fargo, her husband’s employer, for not paying a credit card bill. Servatius ignored the lawsuit, so Wells Fargo won a $16,000 default judgment and then garnished HLS’ account to collect its money.
In 2020, Servatius was sued by a collection agency for not paying a Capital One credit card bill. She ignored that lawsuit as well, so an $11,000 default judgment was entered against her by a judge in Littleton. Servatius still owes the money, according to court records.
Braverman and Reis are represented by attorneys Lilly Lentz and Matthew Rork with Fairfield & Woods in Denver. The lawyers declined to answer questions about the lawsuit.