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denver . colorado



March 20, 2020

A peek inside The Neighbor's House

November 18, 2019

Sometimes design scares people… it’s too much work or it’s too much of an investment or they think they are ‘doing it wrong.’ 

You're not doing it wrong. I can prove it. 

This boy's room is the perfect example of how a few changes make a big difference. We didn’t even repaint! There is NO new furniture in this space. It’s all accessories and decor (and a handful of bad words when trying to get that *#$^% map to hang straight). We found amazing bedding, framed some vintage art, did a little DI...

November 6, 2019

Neighbors are the backbone to any community, but this group of friends went above and beyond the call of duty. When they learned that a home in their quiet, classic neighborhood was slated for the auction block, they banded together. Two families bought the property. A local agent in the neighborhood agreed to list the home without taking a commission.  Another neighbor tackled the construction. One donated the epoxy garage floor. A friend in the business secured the appliances at pennies over c...

September 19, 2019

If you think designing homes for adults is a fun gig, don’t EVEN get me started on decorating for children. The only reason I had four tiny people of my own was for the pure delight of decorating their rooms. It wasn’t because they are going to take me out for pie when I am old because they don’t even like pie and I can just picture the whole “Awwww, mom. PIE?” and there you have it.

Because of a nasty water leak, we revamped the main floor of Mark and Allison’s home and now their space is fresh...

April 4, 2019

As some of you may remember, I was a Marie Kondo groupie long before she became Netflix-famous. I read her books, I tidied with gusto, and I even traveled to New York to meet her in person. I documented much of my journey and I am happy to report that Kondo's advice has, overall, stuck. Clothes (at least mine) are folded and filed. All things (at least all of my things) have a designated space. I have never been a huge lover of stuff. Clutter brings me down and organizing is my therapy...

February 8, 2019

I met Maureen 15 years ago when, expecting my first baby, I went to interview a pediatrician. The pediatrician I planned to interview  was unavailable (bad sign) and I ended up with Dr. Snelling (divine intervention).

We became fast friends. She forgave me numerous times for not doing what she recommended, like start giving James a bottle of formula so he is not literally starving (it worked) and stop giving CC a bottle of formula in the middle of the night so she is not literally playing me like...

January 30, 2019

One of my favorite quotes is by none other than Jimmy Dean who, unbeknownst to me, was not just the sausage king of the world but a famous singer (way) back in the day. Who knew?  I didn’t. In fact, I sort of thought that Jimmy Dean and the guy who says “We’ll leave the light on for you” were the same person. They aren't. Growing up is hard.

Why are we discussing Motel 6 and processed meats and sailing? Well, without making adjustments in our direction, we start to sink. So wh...

January 10, 2019

The prettiest little baby rooms you ever did see!

November 13, 2018

Andy and I recently embarked on an investment property endeavor. With four children and two time-consuming careers, we obviously had a lot of extra time on our hands. And a lot of extra money just lying about. Additionally, we thought it would be fun to add loads of stress to our already chaotic lives and the lives of our children and we were gung-ho on testing the strength and depth of both our marriage and our credit line. 

And while many of you have seen in person the first official project of...

One thousand years ago I attended an event featuring Genevieve Gorder. This was when Trading Spaces was in its hey day and I was an avid watcher because I was newly married and newly mortgaged and sans children.  And while I don’t remember much, I specifically remember Gorder saying something like “any colors you find in nature work in design.”  True.

I find inspiration everywhere – nature, magazines, social media, television, movies, happy hour. Nature is my first love. After...

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