A Beautiful Mess.

I often tell my A-type husband that someday he is going to miss tripping over those Hot Wheels left in hallway, or the loud noises coming from the toy room as our kids play super hero’s. Eventually, he cannot help but agree with me. What makes a home isn’t necessarily the items in that home, but more importantly, the feeling…

Opus One Wine Night

A great time was had by all at The Greenbriar Inn’s Opus One wine dinner on January 28, 2016. Guests enjoyed a five-course dinner paired with Piper- Heidsieck Champagne, The Overture by Opus One, Opus One 1996 and 2000 vintages and a 1995 Vintage Fonseca Guimaraens Port. Photography Kelly Tasker

GoodBird Kitchen Open in Longmont

On January 5, The Big Red F ​Restaurant ​Group​ opened its first GoodBird Kitchen in Longmont. GBK served up their trademark chicken & fixin’s, award-winning beer and fresh made pies. Photography courtesy of Big Red F Restaurant Group

Michael Hughes Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2016 - Ushering in The Year of the Fire Monkey with friends, family, clients and good fortune at Michael Hughes' residence in Whittier. Photography Lisa Doane

19th Annual Boulder Wedding Showcase

With over sixty of Boulder's top wedding professionals, and hundreds of brides in attendance, the 19th annual Boulder Wedding Showcase was a huge success! Hosted by Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center, at their venue and Boulder Theater, guests enjoyed food, cocktails, live music, a table decor competition and so much more. Photography Holland Photo Arts

“Pull the Nails on the Barrels” Barrel Tasting and Pairing

On January 23, Sanitas Brewing teamed up with Cured's Will Frischkorn for a night of exclusive beer tastings straight from the barrel- all expertly paired with delicious bites from Cured. Photography Colleen Kelly

Around Town

Liz Finkelstein of Mile High Style has always said that “personal style is only one part of the people puzzle, one area we focus on and nurture as we try to become the big picture- our best selves.” So, in this New Year, Liz wants to shift from our external selves being the focus to the other puzzle parts that…

The Return of Oasis

“It’s a beer with a past,” remarks Founder George Hanna as he sips an Oasis Tut Brown. The sun is setting on the Denver skyline, and as we sit in the darkening but welcoming tap room of Prost Brewing, it’s hard not to pick up on a little bit of nostalgia. Founded in 1991 by Hanna, Oasis was only the…

Wide Open Spaces

The personal residence of Markel Homes’ founder Michael Markel that he shares with his wife Gail is stunning enough to take your breath away. It’s nestled into a hillside on the 35-acre property. Michael’s lifelong passion for design, which has spearheaded the creation of many of Boulder County’s most appealing and sought-after neighborhoods, is evident in every room of the…

History Lesson: Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), sponsored by the Colorado Film Society, is held annually on Presidents Day Weekend in Boulder and has developed a reputation as one of the most compelling young film festivals in the U.S., exhibiting a number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries, animations and shorts that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar…

MID-CENTURY 
RE-MODERN

The lines between the past and future are often blurred with today’s design. Modern comes in many different forms and in this case, one Boulder-based family opted to infuse classic modern (mid-century) with 21st century style. Much easier said than done. Nonetheless, the homeowners in the Newlands Neighborhood felt excited to create their very own personalized dream home. As a…

Harry Bertoia and the wire chairs

Anna Smith of Anna Bode Co. has a background in history and decretive arts. She has let us in on her #designdecoded blog series, in which she dissects iconic objects in design history. This month we’re taking a look at Harry Bertoia and his gorgeous wire chairs. Bertoia was born in Italy in 1915, moved to America as a teenager,…

REVISIT RETRO

Just like the fashion world, home design goes through the same wave of what’s in style. Eras that have gone by are not forgotten, and often times make it back into the limelight generations later. Today, it’s mid-century’s comeback. This modern design movement occurred during the “Atomic Age” where Scandinavian design dominated, with a style of simplicity and natural shapes.…

Nova Chocolate

Achieve romantic hero status with small-batch, artisanal chocolate. Lafayette's Nova Chocolate has been churning out tasty, sustainably-sourced goodies since 2011. Originally known as Nova Monda, the company was recently purchased and rebranded by former employee Andrew Starr. Part chef, part food chemist, Starr and his three employees spend long hours making sure the product is consistent despite the fickle nature…

pop of color

 Chandelier | Shed Antler | Anthropologie.com | $3298  Area Rug | Manhattan Cream Solid Bordered Rug | Wayfair.com | $259.95  Couch | SLOAN Fabric Sofa | InteriorDefine.com | $1000

DIY Door Wedge with Anna Bode

First, use your pencil and ruler to draw a straight line diagonally across the wood. Saw along the line and sand to a smooth finish. Here’s a tip: if you have a longer length of wood, it’s easier to mark the 6.5″ length and saw the diagonal line before cutting it off the larger piece. Otherwise, you might need a…

Finding Nederland

An early spring was predicted (thanks Punxsutawney Phil) and we’re all catching a bit of the travel bug here at the Lifestyle office. With summer travel plans still a few months away, we decided to treat our symptoms with a quick trip out west via Boulder Canyon Drive. Nederland, Colorado is only 17 miles away and with a motto: “life…

Expert Says with real estate wiz Jen Egbert

Real estate market conditions are a very reliable indicator of the overarching economic climate in the United States. When home sales volume and prices are up, every other aspect of the American economy is thriving, as well. In recent months, the U.S. has seen a much higher household formation rate, which is great news for real estate (and the economy,…

A Few Of My 
Favorite Things

Our silver Electra office bike from University Bicycles is how I get to the job site and building department. I love being an inventor. No more tangled earbuds! The LOOP The art and architecture of Burning Man. Houzz.com is a fantastic place to collect ideas. Small can be beautiful.