Obsessions

#OptOutside: Opt Out of the Retail Frenzy

REI's retail decision to #OptOutside again (3rd year in a row) and be closed for Black Friday still resonates with me.  I've posted this blog post on the week of Thanksgiving for the past two years and my feeling is the same so I will run it again.  I am currently in Tuscon, Arizona enjoying… Continue reading #OptOutside: Opt Out of the Retail Frenzy

Interiors

When Darkness Falls: Making Your Dining Room Memorable

As most of my design work will attest to, I love "light and bright" interiors.  One of my favorite interior paint colors is "Simply White" (sadly true and kind of funny).  However, this time of year I am ready to flip the switch and go all out dark and moody.  I've been taken in recently… Continue reading When Darkness Falls: Making Your Dining Room Memorable

A Talk With..., Garden Style

Making Fall Household Chores Fun with Author Paul Deniken

This week author Paul Denikin, from Dad Knows DIY, guest blogs and shares some smart tips on how to make some necessary home chores interesting for your children.  Paul is a father of two - his youngest child, Maggie, has special needs.   Paul has come into being "handy" through necessity and he is passionate about… Continue reading Making Fall Household Chores Fun with Author Paul Deniken

A Talk With..., Trends

Cloth + Gold: A New Denver Startup Has Tips To Help You Rock Your Next Dinner Party

Face to face social interaction is proven to increase happiness and help you live longer.  We are increasingly isolating ourselves with technology and the ramifications of that are just starting to be understood.  Gathering around a table with people you enjoy and sharing a meal is an easy way to increase your sense of community,… Continue reading Cloth + Gold: A New Denver Startup Has Tips To Help You Rock Your Next Dinner Party

Interiors

The Art of Concealment: A Practical Guide for Designing A Secret Door

Secret doors are not just for the Vanderbilt's , C.S. Lewis and Meow Wolf.  I think they delight the inner child in us and odds are, you probably have somewhere in your home where you could put one.  In addition to appealing to your romantic, I've-got -a-candle-where-is-this-breeze-coming-from-in-a-closed-room side, they are also incredibly useful to hide… Continue reading The Art of Concealment: A Practical Guide for Designing A Secret Door

Color My World, Trends

Pops of Color: Color Trends for 2018

Do you like trends?  Most of my clients are wary of that word even though, usually, they are full-on embracing some type of trend themselves.  I don't find the word "trendy" derogatory and neither should you.  The human condition allows us to be aware of time passing.  Change is constant and we are living through… Continue reading Pops of Color: Color Trends for 2018

Interiors, Vintage

Small, Vintage Charm: Embracing the Quirks of a 1930’s Cottage

We live in a "charming" 1930's cottage on a good sized, overgrown and kind-of-crazy lot very close to Downtown Littleton.  It has the kind of backyard that if a neighbor's kids ball goes sailing over the fence, they might shrug and say "Oh well".  We are working on this and it has gotten better, but… Continue reading Small, Vintage Charm: Embracing the Quirks of a 1930’s Cottage

Garden Style

Snow is Coming: Decorating with Hot Tubs

How are you doing this first week of October? It's been a tough week for our country.  I've been staying away from the news as best I can as it's upsetting to hear about the details from this last weekend.  People look for meaning after things like this and I think that evil really has… Continue reading Snow is Coming: Decorating with Hot Tubs

Interiors, Kitchen

Fall Inspiration for Shorter Days: 5 Favorite Kitchens

Almost everyone I've talked to this week in Denver has been struggling to get through an unusual week of no sunshine and some crazier than normal politics.  Melancholy, lack of energy, irritability - all of it comes out when the sun goes away for more than 48 hours.  For a place that gets all 4… Continue reading Fall Inspiration for Shorter Days: 5 Favorite Kitchens

Holiday Decorating, Styling

Fall Decorating: Keep it Simple and Go Easy on the Hay Bales

Have you been up to check out the Aspens yet this year?  We went to Kenosha Pass last weekend and the leaves weren't quite ripe there yet.  I think the mountains are getting some "weather" this weekend and I imagine that the leaves will all be knocked off soon.  Fall at 9,000 feet plus is… Continue reading Fall Decorating: Keep it Simple and Go Easy on the Hay Bales