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denver . colorado

303.947.1559

stephanie@theneighborshouse.com

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...

August 28, 2018

Annie and Don are my favorite kind of clients. 

They found themselves in a big, fancy-ish house that didn't feel at all like a home. And they wanted a home, not just a house. And I love those kind of people. 

So they gathered up their three little boys and their very large dog and bought a house in a great neighborhood; the kind of neighborhood where kids ride bikes until dark and people pop in for coffee and the Fourth of July is sacred. That neighborhood.

The house they bought had home potential...

August 14, 2018

I'm still confused about basketball players making a bazillion dollars and teachers making the complete opposite of a bazillion dollars. Have you ever been inside a classroom of five year-olds? I have. It's exhausting. So many little people with big personalities. So many questions and random statements like "Octopuses have three hearts" and "Maya eats crayons."

Franklin Elementary has been our school for eight years - and we have three more to go.  All four of my little people have att...

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