Happy Homes

I’m excited to share that my boyfriend Michael and I finally bought a house last fall that fulfilled our short list of “must-haves.”

  • a backyard (for our two dogs)
  • lots of natural lighting (we previously lived in a Denver dungeon)
  • two bedrooms (we love friends and family visiting)
  • a social kitchen (it’s where we hang out the most)

We thought the pre-home process was complicated: Two years cautiously watching our credit and saving, finding a loan, going to hundreds of open houses, contracts getting rejected, and all of the stress, hiccups and tears that go along with the home buying process. After finally finding our dream home, we signed the papers and received the keys to an empty house. Months later, it’s still mostly empty rooms.

That’s the part we didn’t take into consideration. Decorating and how hard (and expensive) it is! The first time homebuyer saga continues as we struggle to fill bare walls and spaces throughout our abode. There’s a dire need for interior designers in this world. Regardless of the million pinned ideas on Pinterest, it won’t be the same as a pro walking throughout the space and turning concepts into reality.

Fortunately, after this issue, I met Emily Tucker Design, Inc. A Boulder interior stylist who let us snoop around her beautiful home for home inspiration (*hint: it’s all about style & durability), and it’s best to mix thrift store finds with sentimental hand-me-downs and even new, modern picks.

We also got a design history lesson from Denver-based interior stylist, Anna Smith, who shared a formal introduction to Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Tables & Chairs. Perfect timing with spring’s imminent arrival.

Speaking of spring, we couldn’t let Pantone’s spring 2017 line of colors slip through the cracks without a curated feature. Thanks to Nancy Gandrud with A Bit Lovely, Hannah Howard with Ink + Root and talented photographer Kylie Fitts, we collected interior design and fashion items that fall within these color trends. The number one color for 2017 being Greenery, a perfect match for a month like March.

Good luck with making your house a happy home and spring cleaning!

On the Cover

The Real Family’s 1975 ranch-style home redesigned by Melton Design Build.

Photography by Mark Quentin, StudioQPhoto.com