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 © the neighbor's house 2018

denver . colorado



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...

May 23, 2018

This 1960s house had what most old homes have - great bones, hardwood floors, a huge yard, loads of shade trees and lots of good memories. It also had a tiny kitchen, a choppy layout, really bad lighting and some mauve window treatments.

Yes, mauve.

But Sara and Tyler saw beyond the problems and focused on the solutions. In fact, they had their eye on this property for many months before it finally (FINALLY) went on the market right after they had already purchased their Plan B house. Most co...

April 27, 2018

Amy and Sean bought this house, moved away, moved back and bought this same house again. 


They bought the SAME. EXACT. HOUSE. 

I love them for this because obviously true love doesn't die and when Amy noticed 'her' house was on the market she suggested (insisted) they buy the house (again) and move to Denver (again).

And while some things do stay the same - like Amy and Sean's address - some things change. 

The living room was green, housed some oversized, well-loved furniture and didn't make s...

March 27, 2018

I recently took my (formerly) gorgeous houseplant to my local nursery and the gentleman put his hand on my arm and said softly: "You just loved this little guy to death by overwatering." 

I LOVE to be outside. I love vegetables. I love flowers. I love sunny skies and dirt and being with my children, unplugged, in those perfect days of spring when the sun is still shining at 8PM.  You'd think, with all that love to give, I would have found success in the world of gardening but...

March 12, 2018

This master bathroom started out as a bully - big and bulky and unfriendly. But I knew, deep down, this beast of a bath had some really good qualities. So I plastered on a smile, peeled away the ugly layers and gave this space a chance to shine. Now we are practically BFFs; we sit together at lunch and pass notes about boys and share nail polish. 


Yes, that's carpet. Yes, it's blue. And yes, that thing at the top of the wall is called a border and yes, it's scary. 

Take a look at t...

February 26, 2018

I have 618,834 photos on my phone. Or something. It may be more or less. I'm too afraid to look. And I think there are some in the cloud. Whatever the cloud even means. I am terrified of the cloud. This is an issue for another day. 

I don't scrapbook or keep photo albums. I don't save stuff. Like, ever. I keep telling my children their artwork is tucked away in that special box at the top our closet when in fact the only thing in that box is absolutely nothing. I use it to hide Christma...

January 29, 2018

Have you heard about Pajama Lounges? Apparently they are old news in Italy. Italy gets all the good stuff...pasta and the Pope and shoes. Not in that order, of course. Shoes obviously come first. 

Anyway, in my opinion most rooms should be pajama rooms. Because, pajamas. Here's what house beautiful has to say:

See how I circled it for you? You're welcome. 

The rule in our house is nobody besides us upstairs; and we don't even have a pajama lounge. Yet. But I have always felt that the upper lev...

September 18, 2017

Wallpaper has become a bit of obsession in the design world and I fully admit my addiction. The reason wallpaper is so popular is because wallpaper is so pretty. And people like to look at pretty things because it’s way more fun than looking at ugly things. This is why Heidi Klum is rich. She’s pretty.

The ugly thing I’ve been looking at is this HEINOUS wall I asked Andy Blackford to paint. It’s supposed be gold. It’s something between the always-sharp-never-used Crayola crayon known as...

August 9, 2017

know that saying “The cobbler’s children have no shoes” or, “Stephanie Blackford needs a room at the mental hospital?”


Drew Allman of Board & Bolt made me The Most Stunning Table I’ve Ever Seen and I still wake up every morning and dash to the dining room to make sure it’s real and not just a sick dream. It’s not.

I wasn’t going to show you The Table until I had The Perfect Chairs around it but I am currently lying under The Table drinking my own tears because we are out of gin and because Th...

July 28, 2017

I grew up with parents who appreciated art. And impeccable manners. And Cheez-Its. Not in that order because anyone with an ounce of taste knows Cheez-Its come first.

My parents weren’t collectors or afficionados or anything close. We didn’t live in a mansion with white walls and gallery lighting. We were your normal everyday suburban family in a nice neighborhood where we swam and rode bikes and roller skated and ate Cheez-Its.

I always felt our house was the best because, well, it was our house...

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