A House Versus A Home

A house is not a home until the interior design is set and the personality of the house is displayed through trinkets, knickknacks and family photos. At least, that’s what I used to think. I learned a lot the past two years after my first homebuyer saga. My boyfriend Michael and I bought our first house last fall, and while we patiently fill the bare walls and spaces slowly (very slowly), it has felt like our home since we first got the keys. Even as an empty shell.

With all of the stress, hiccups and tears that went into the process, you bet we’re in love with this little bungalow. We’ve been dreaming and discussing what we will eventually do and change since it’s our blank slate. This home will grow with us and as we tour friends and family around we usually start out by excitingly saying, “One day.”

These are the same words, Tye Stockton, Vail’s top-performing real estate agent, would say when he would have guests over in what once was a duplex in Vail. It’s now a modern mansion after years of disciplined saving. We were fortunate enough to catch up with Tye and his wife Brielle as they shared their story about patience and turning a vision into reality. He shared a few expert tips and tricks for anyone looking to buy a second home away in the mountains as well.

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.

Finally, it’s not a complete issue without some mention about food and wine! Check out our newest favorite hot spot Stella on 16th and wine storage tips from local expert Jack TerHar, because, wine not!?

Good luck with making your house a home (and spring cleaning).

On the Cover

Tye and Brielle Stockton’s beautiful Vail home.

Photography by Kimberly Gavin