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Dec. 31, 2021

Top 5 Design Trends to END in 2022~

Top 5 Design Trends to Lose in 2022!As an interior design professional, I have always TRIED to use timeless design techniques – after all, the elements of good design never change, right?!

Well, sure….but trends are absolutely unavoidable! I’m embarrassed to recall the wallpaper borders, matching draperies and bold accent walls I added to homes in the ’90’s (I actually never liked how accent walls threw off the balance of a room, but clients asked and asked…) And, have you ever tried to remove a wallpaper border from a textured wall?! I apologize…

Trends fly around as fast as the latest TV show, magazines, or design blogs – and Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook have sped up the process tremendously. Fortunately, our digital blessings also make it easier to get the word out to ‘move on’! So what trends will be seeing phased out in 2022? Here are my TOP 5 making their exits:

  1. WHITE-ON-WHITE KITCHENS & BATHS: They’re lovely, gleaming, and efficient…but a bit cold, now that we’ve all been home so much! This year we’ll warm up the kitchen and bath a bit with more contrasting colors, textures and materials. As we all become more and more aware of the deterioration of our environment (think climate change, pollution, extinctions), we seem to want to bring a bit of it inside. Look for more wood elements, natural materials, and innovative countertop treatments. Offshoots of the farmhouse and boho styles, these elements will be more refined now, a bit more elegant
  2. STAINLESS APPLIANCES: I know, I know – I love them too! And everybody just finally got theirs in the last few years…..but don’t worry, you can keep them for now. At the rate new appliances fail, you’ll need new ones soon enough. New trends coming? Black. And White. Yes, white appliances. (At least we’re not bringing back harvest gold or avocado!) Watch out – these are NOT your mama’s white fridges! Look for elegant metallic touches, and surfaces they could only dream of in the 80’s.
  3. LEATHER FURNITURE: It is what it is….this is not only due to the environmentally conscious manufacturers, though that IS a major influence for any forward-thinking company, but it is also about comfort. While leather is a natural material, it is somewhat ‘slick’, and therefore less comfy than more lush and plush fabrics, right? We want to snuggle up and binge our favorite shows on a sofa that cuddles us right back….so look for chenilles, plush cottons, wool and linen in your next upholstered purchases.
  4. GRAY ANYTHING: Poor gray – it didn’t ask for every builder everywhere to make it their go-to wall color; it didn’t ask every manufacturer to stock only 50 shades of gray for all of their furniture offerings….yet, that is what happened! As a designer and a Realtor, I will be perfectly fine if I NEVER walk into an all-gray house again! Let’s leave gray paint for the garage floor epoxy – and move on!
  5. COOL WHITE LED OR FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS: Really, why? Do you just like for your lighting to make you look wan, a bit sick? Do you really want to ‘bring the office home’ with migraine-producing light waves? OK, we all went through a few years of mourning the death of the incandescent light bulb…that lovely, flattering, pink-undertoned lighting we grew up with – what to do? When the only alternative was squiggly blue-white fluorescent bulbs, I thought my design career may as well be over. But fortunately, need begat innovation, as it always has, and someone (thank you, thank you) came up with the SOFT WHITE LED bulb, in every shape and size one could need! Sure, they’re more expensive, though competition is bringing the price down gradually – but look at the side of the box – you may well expire before they burn out and need to be replaced! So, just in case you didn’t catch it the first time, please buy SOFT WHITE, not DAYLIGHT for your homes; daylight is perfect for the workshop, garage, operating room, etc. – but it’s a cool white light reminiscent of early fluorescent – just say NO and pick up SOFT WHITE!

Posted in What's Happening!
Dec. 17, 2021

Drive-by Christmas Lights!

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What's better than Christmas Lights on a cold December day? Seeing the lights from your car with plenty of hot chocolate (and heat of course)! Here's a list of the best Drive Through Christmas Lights in the Denver area:
Thursday at 5:00: A Hudson Christmas, Extravaganza of Lights, Hudson Gardens
Olde Town Arvada
Historic Downtown Littleton
Washington St, Golden
Downtown Denver
Aurora Municipal Center
Westminster City Hall
Figgyville 2021
7519 Braun Way, Arvada
Happy Holidays House
13970 W 89th Loop, Arvada
It’s A Wonderful Light
4822 S. Picadilly Ct., Aurora
Muniz Light The Sky Christmas Show
19639 Maplewood Pl., Aurora
Lights at Schalleys
7148 S. Grant St., Centennial
Madison Way
7945 S. Madison Way, Centennial
The Stricker’s Winter Wonderland
6636 S. Lafayette, Centennial
Godek’s Christmas Display
21580 Orleans Circle, Commerce City

Raise your hand if you need a little holiday spirit?!

If you know of more drive-by lights that will delight, please add them in comments!

Posted in What's Happening!
Dec. 17, 2021

Local Business of the Week!

Moon Racoon Baking Co

LOCAL BUSINESS OF THE WEEK!

 

I discovered Moon Racoon Baking Company at the Belmar Holiday Market ~ their display of baked goodies were truly works of art! I was so impressed with the artistry, both in the expert baking skills and the choice of quality ingredients...and interesting combinations!
Check out Moon Raccoon Baking Co. - you can see them at the Belmar Holiday Market the next 2 weekends!
Let us know if you go...you'll be glad you did!
Dec. 17, 2021

Holiday happenings!

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS!

This time of the year brings SO many fun and exciting events in all areas of Denver. It's just one of the many reasons why I love serving this community!

Here's a list of allllll the holiday festivities I've found so far:

Saturday at 11:00 - Jingle on the Avenue, a Holiday Character Mingle - Gold

Saturday at 5:00: Champagne & Chocolates, Lakewood

Saturday at 7:00 - Ladies Sock & Mug Exchange, 411 S Taft, Lakewood

Friday at 7:30 - A Christmas Story, Center Stage, Evergreen

Thursday at 7:30: A Christmas Carol, Miner's Alley Playhouse

12-16 at 7:00: Jazzin up the Holidays, Lakewood Cultural Center

12-22 at 7:00: Santa & the Bells Christmas Music at Cactus Jack's Saloon & Grill

12-24 at 11:00 - Pastel Forest & $10 Bottomless Mimosas, Painting with a Twist

12-24 at 2:00 pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Foothills Baptist Church

12-25 at 12:00pm - 5th Annual Christmas Day Party & Potluck, Green Mountain Beer Company

What do you have planned?

Posted in What's Happening!
Dec. 17, 2021

West Denver Upcoming Events!

Never miss a thing in West Denver!

This week we’re super excited about these events:

 

12-21-21 6:00 am: Drumming up the Sun, Red Rocks Ampitheater

Saturday at 8:00: Weathered Edges at the Holliday Bar, Morrison

Friday at 5:00pm: Parent's Night Out, 13045 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood

Saturday at 1:00: Holiday Shakedown Street Art Market featuring the PH DJ, Over Yonder Brewing

Today at 4:00: Sunset Goat Walkabout, S Valley Park, Littleton

Today at 6:00 - Artist of the Season Art Auction and Holiday Party, 700 12th St, Golden

12-22 at 6:00 - In the Zone's Annual Holiday Party, 16500 W 44th Ave, Golden

Sunday at 9:00 am - Red Rocks Stair Climbing Workouts

Saturday at 12:00: Ornament Making & Ice Cream Social, Old 121 Brewhouse

What are you looking forward to?

Posted in What's Happening!
Nov. 18, 2021

Best Interior Design Colors of 2021

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Posted in Market Updates
July 30, 2020

Breckenridge, Colorado

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort Slope

The High-Rockies' magical town of Breckenridge is home to some of the world’s best ski slopes, but skiing & snowboarding are far from the only attractions!   The quaint town is full of memorable restaurants, seemingly endless shopping, & peaceful gathering spaces.  Oh, the views!  Breckenridge is fully surrounded by mountains, snow-covered virtually 9 months of the year, but it is much more than a winter destination: in the summer months, flowers spill out of planters and gardens all over town, and lush green hiking, biking and walking trails are everywhere.  It's a family-friendly environment perfectly suited for all ages who enjoy outdoor activities under the vast blue skies & white fluffly clouds!  

Breckenridge Sunset

Sitting 9,600 feet above sea level, Breckenridge has mild temperatures in the summer (better pack a light jacket for those cool morning hikes!).  The snowy months are a "dry" cold, but during the day, the sun is amazingly warming - so prepare to dress in layers easily added or subtracted!  It's a wonderful romantic getaway for adventurers, or anyone who enjoys the cold-weather activities like a fun-filled day of snowboarding, skiing, tubing or shopping!  After hours, enjoy an après-ski drink followed by a delicious meal by the fire.

Breckenridge Main St

As far as housing, Breckenridge has a diverse offering:  there are many original colorful wood-frame houses lining the streets of the town, absolutely oozing charm and history!  Many have been modernized to be used as retail outlets, or to be rented to visitors...and all are walkable to shopping & dining spots...in a town where walkers and bikers rule!  Occasionaly one of these beauties comes on the market, but they rarely last long!  If you'd like to be informed when one comes on the market, just click on chat or "contact us" on the Home Page:  we'll put you on a preferred list!

Breckenridge houses in snow

Breckenridge has many, many offerings in townhomes and condos, from affordable efficiencies, to ski-in, ski-out luxury properties.  There are also absolutely gorgeous single family homes, many of which are situated to maximize breathtaking views.  Many properties in Summit County are available fully furnished, making them convenient for 2nd homes as well as rental properties.  The rental options are many and varied:  if interested, we can educate and guide you to make a good decision for your particular needs.  Breckenridge properties continue to rise in value year over year, and there are both short-term and long-term rental opportunities year-round.  

Come visit beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado:  you'll want to stay! 

Dog playing in the snow

 

For some great recommendations about where to go & what to do in Breckenridge, check out this blog post from Happy Mountain Life!

As always, we are here to assist you with finding your DREAM HOME in beautiful Breckenridge and all of Summit, Park & Grand Counties!  Click HERE to connect with Nancy for your personalized roadmap to your future in the Rockies!

Fox in the snow

Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

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