The Joy of Planting Sustainably

As many of us are in the middle of summer gardening projects, this month we reached out to Luan Akin, Gardening Outreach Ambassador at Tagawa Gardens, to give us some insight into what to plant and how to maintain a healthy garden.

Summer Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt

Inspired by my three-year-old’s interest in finding treasures, I created a Farmers Market Treasure Hunt for my two young boys. 
Transforming this otherwise typical outing into an adventure seemed like a perfect way to plant the seeds that could bloom into a lifelong interest in healthy eating. Well, a mom can dream. If nothing else, it would be a fun…

Make Your Escape

Walking into the lobby of The Maven, at first you might mistake your surroundings to be anywhere but LoDo’s newest independent hotel. An eclectic art gallery, perhaps? Quirky art installations from Colorado artists are playfully scattered throughout the floor. A hip new bar? The sexy Poka Lola Social Club glows in the distance. If its stylish art deco lines don’t…

Keepin’ it Crisp

Joey Romero was an unemployed hair stylist and at a crossroads when the current owner of the then-named “Meadowlark Barbers” in Lakewood offered him her shop. She’d been running the shop for 26 years and was looking to sell to another barber.

Biz Minded

Maybe it’s the emphasis on working hard to play even harder that’s so prevalent in Denver. Maybe it’s the balance of enjoying both urban city life and ample mountainous adventures and opportunities just outside the city. Maybe it’s just something about the crisp mile high air. No matter the reason, the greater Denver area attracts a huge number of exceedingly…

In the Studio

Greeley native, Callahan Foose has found a way to capture hearts with his nature-inspired ceramics and woodwork. Having grown up as a craftsman of woodworking, Callahan happened upon ceramics to fulfill a college elective and it clicked. Originally attending school for painting, he instead decided to pursue a life as a potter.

Naturally Elegant

Stylish and approachable, elegant and comfortable, 
Heidi Kidd Jewelry is an example in gorgeous jewelry pieces that balance making a statement with being wearable for any and every occasion. With pieces featured in boutiques throughout the greater Denver area and some artisan market appearances lined up in the coming months, Heidi Kidd continues to spread her love for classy, unique…

Meat Western Daughters

"We have a universal recipe for steaks about an inch and a half thick that we believe is a game changer. We prefer a cast iron or steel skillet at Western Daughters, something that makes cooking a steak every night easy and gets a uniform crispy crust on each side of the steak," says Kavanaugh.

The Dream Chasers

With everything from fashion and home design, to media, health and technology, this collection of Front Range success stories speaks to these women’s humble yet fierce attitudes towards making their dreams a reality. These entrepreneurs are creative problem solvers and solution-oriented, contributing to the uniqueness and strength of this community.


The Spring Awakening

We’re excited to celebrate the arrival of spring. Hibernation is coming to an end as sure signs of spring start revealing themselves. As one season ends and a new one awakens, it’s a new chance to reinvent yourself, career and life, or just your home and wardrobe.

There’s A Spirit Here

Finding the right liquor that everyone likes is challenging. Whether you’re a dark, whiskey drinker or a light, vodka drinker, everyone has a unique taste and preference for their drink of choice. But Fred and Susan Lesnick of Black Canyon Distillery in Longmont, Colorado, have figured out the magic recipe. Their whiskey and vodka have such an authentic, creative flavor…

do it yourself

We're in love with Ben Uyeda, creative director/genius of #HomeMadeModern. He has an entire website (HomeMade-Modern.com) full of modern design projects that don't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite, a simple stool. Perfect for any room in the house, durable and affordable. Music to our ears.

The Alchemist

There are those things in life that we like to call a guilty pleasure. For some of my friends, it’s a massage, for others, it's shopping. For me, it was getting my nails done. Those days are over since learning a valuable lesson of why you should NEVER peel gel nail polish off (I’ll let your imagination fill in the…

Patience Makes for a Prideful Home

Pointing at the scratched and clawed siding, worn shag carpet or the overgrown back porch, he’d start by saying, “One day…” Almost 15 years later, standing in place of that ragged, 1970s-built duplex is a 6,700 square foot, mountain modern, single-family home that was not so much bought or built as it was created by years of fiercely intentional planning…

Day to Night

It all started with a pancake, explains Brian Cohen, co-owner of the new downtown restaurant/marketplace Stella’s on 16th. While traveling in LA, Cohen and his wife, co-owner Dawn “Stella” Cohen, were savoring pancakes at a local breakfast joint when they had a flash of inspiration: They could do the same thing, but bring it home to the heart of Denver.…

MAKER

Annie Herzig started drawing when she was “teeny tiny and always loved it.” She says, “My mom used to sit me down on the sidewalk with a Tupperware full of water and a paintbrush, and I would create pictures that would quickly fade away. I wanted to be a Disney animator a little later on, around ten years old, and…

& [Art] Space

Nowadays, it’s common to see murals dotting buildings, storefronts and underpasses throughout city centers and small towns. “The sentiment that murals are vandalism or not real art is becoming all but non-existent. The legitimacy of the work speaks for itself,” explains Leah Brenner, the Boulder-based founder of And Art Space, an organization connecting local artists with Denver and Boulder-area companies…

Flower Variety

Via Arabic ليلك lilak from Persian نیلک nilak meaning "bluish." 
The genus name Syringa is derived from Greek syrinx, meaning a hollow tube or pipe and refers to the broad pith in the shoots in some species, easily hollowed out since ancient times to make reed pipes and flutes.

The Denver Central Market

The Denver Central Market, located in the heart of the River North Arts District at 27th and Larimer, has already received nationwide acclaim since it’s opening this past September. A gourmet market and eatery set in a re-imagined, 1920’s warehouse, The Denver Central Market is designed to be a communal space to both eat and shop. With eleven different vendors…

Natural Beauty

This time of year is a recipe for dry skin. Whether it's the dry climate or winter weather, skin could use a little buff. To combat annoying dry skin, or just to show yourself a little love, here are four do-it-yourself face and body scrubs with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. Many foods we enjoy every day…

Pinpoint

Here’s the thing about Colorado. There’s endless beauty behind every peak and roughly four different types of scenery around this large state making it the ideal wedding destination. We have a little taste of everything. Aspens you say? We got it. Desert? Just head down south. So when Coloradans decides to branch outside of this picturesque state, there’s one place…

SIPS & 
SMORGASBORDS

The holidays are a time to gather around the table and enjoy the great unifier that is delicious, savory food. If you’re also looking to imbibe in some literal holiday spirits this year, elevate your holiday meals with expert wine pairings to get more out of your favorite holiday flavors.

That’s a Wrap

We believe in quiet design in all things, including our gift wrapping. With this in mind we select simple, yet elegant, wrapping material. This includes a medium-weight dark green paper with a subtle stripe, classic black ribbon, an Alpine Modern sticker. Sharp scissors and double sided tape are necessary to achieve the clean look.

The Gift List

The holidays and giving are synonymous. Yes - gifts are an obvious part of that equation but it’s not the only way we give this season.

Artful Arrangements

Plum Sage Flowers, located in the Highlands neighborhood, is a Denver gem. Founded in 2005 by current owner, Erin Hornstein, the Plum Sage team has grown to include Elizabeth Gotsdiner who has worked with flowers for over 14 years, and Mallory Hight, a Boulder local who grew up taking care of flowers sold at her family’s hardware store. Put together,…

Après-ski

Colorado is home to some of the best skiing in the world, and with that, accompanying breakfast joints, dinner spots and family friendly festivals. While there are lots of excellent ski resorts and towns all across the state, you don’t need to go far from Denver to plan a weekend away or even just a day. As the winter approaches,…

So you want to ski out-of-bounds, eh?

In Colorado, much of today’s ski culture has an emphasis on backcountry or big mountain exploration. While inspiring, the prospect of setting out on exploratory ski missions in the middle of nowhere when avalanche deaths seem to be at an all-time high can seem uninviting and overwhelming. Where the heck do you even begin? Here are seven suggestions to follow…

#HopeSlinger

When disaster strikes, our human instinct is to help, fix or give back. Sometimes that can seem overwhelming or nearly impossible, especially when chaos is occurring thousands of miles from your own front door. But who said it has to be complicated? For co-owners of Hope Tank on Broadway, Erika Righter and Jade Baranski, they believe giving back can be…

The Weight of It All

Losing weight doesn’t always come naturally. To some, pounds drop off easily, while others struggle round the clock. Does sleeping affect training? How do you lose fat and not muscle? To find the answers to these challenging questions, we reached out to a few of The Denver Athletic Club’s (DAC) top trainers.

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

A healthy twist on a 
favorite fall spice

Picnic

I bet you’re expecting a pun. Now that we’ve fallen out of summer and into autumn (punderful), put your picnic basket in one hand and your pumpkin spice in the other because al fresco dining isn't over yet. Sunny fall days are perfect for tailgates, tapas and toddies. All of this lies ahead before we cruise into the famed Colorado…

Bikers & Babes

September in Colorado might still feel like summer, but here at Lifestyle, we've got fall on our minds: a fresh, new season for a chic, new you. For our Bikers & Babes shoot captured by the talented Noah Berg, we partnered with stylist Wendy Talmon and Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, a unique creative pair, who added edge to these timeless classics.…

Adventurous Artists

Denver is enigmatic. Its creative downtown neighborhoods are urban, artful, stylish, “big city” and always pushing the boundaries of what can be done and communicated with fashion. In this spread, meet our three featured designers who strike the balance between comfort, art and fashion with their clothing lines and are all connected through Colorado.

Colorful Creation

From artists to food to fashion and lifestyle, you’ll find anything that embodies a creative spark on the Among the Colors blog, which is a “lifestyle and community project focused on bringing color and creativity to your life” as described by founder and Denver-based artist Laura Krudener.

MARKET

There is just something about a farmers' market — strangers smile and wave, and everyone is happy to be enjoying a day in the sun. I am not sure if it’s the delicious treats, precious pink flowers or the abundance of pups, but a farmers' market is a hard place for me to resist. As a Colorado girl, I love…

Happy Trails, Happy Tails

Looking to beat the heat this summer? One of the best ways to do it is by heading up to higher ground. But there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind! We’ve scouted the top hiking trails for people and pets, along with a few other canine-friendly activities that will bring out the best in both of you. So…

Designs by Nature

From the outside it is hard to decipher what is “work” and what is “play” at MTN LAB design. Finding inspiration for Harris Hine and Rudy Unrau (founders of MTN LAB design) is a constant and always-changing endeavor. Whether it’s skiing backcountry runs directly from their shop, mountain biking trails they have built throughout the property or carving a marble…

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Henry James said that the two most beautiful words in the English language were ‘summer afternoon,’ and while that pair is pretty stellar, we’d like to submit two more that rival the nostalgia and happiness that a summer afternoon inspires: ice cream. On their own, the words are alright at best, but placed together — the frosty ice leading the…

Casually Cosmopolitan

While walking through Capitol Hill, it was hard for me to miss the dazzling lighting and upscale ambience of the new kid in town, Hudson Hill. Under the design and vision of New York native, Jake Soffes, Hudson Hill is an experience that is like a home away from home, and surprisingly, the East Village-inspired joint fits right into the…

Blind Taste Off

What’s the difference between a porter and a stout? This is a question that has come up on multiple occasions, especially in a beer-driven city like Denver. And it’s surprisingly not an easy question to answer. Not even Merriam-Webster dictionary can straighten this one out. If you ask your local bartender, you may want to order another round because the…

Colorado Bucket List

’Tis the season for road trips, weekend warriors and outdoor adventures. Summer in Colorado is a blank canvas for the experiences you’re about to gain, the trips you’ll take and the feats you’ll accomplish. So go ahead. Set some goals. Make some plans. Pack up the car. Get going. And if you need an extra kick of inspiration, let these…

A Show of Hands

Becoming a master cigar roller isn’t a common career goal. Clay Carlton didn’t anticipate choosing it, but here he is, and he’s the only one around. “I began as a barber in a small mountain town,” says Carlton. “Even though I was the only barber in the county, I still needed some extra income. So, I decided to sell quality…

Field Notes

Men and mountains go together like fire and wood. In honor of our Men's issue we pulled together local goods and gear for the spontaneous adventurer.

In Dreamland

The talented wedding dream team of Sarah McGinnis and Hope Bradford from A Touch of Bliss, Photographer Colleen Kelly, Newberry Brothers florist, Sam Keith Cakes and Denver Botanic Gardens (among others), teamed up to create a mid-century modern fairytale featuring Pantone’s colors of the year—rose quartz and serenity. The result was a fantasy styled shoot not far from reality.

Colorful Cuba

Sam grew up roaming the green meadows and river valleys of Vermont. Iit was there that she gleaned an appreciation—and a curiosity—for the small towns of America, and later, for farther corners of the world. She has a deep-rooted penchant for exploring the connection between people and place. As a writer, Sam has focused on food, travel and lifestyle storytelling.

Blooms & Boxes


As a child, Katelyn Stalowy recognized the agony of giving single 
 gifts, so she decided to give many things in place of just one. As an adult the only thing that has changed is her job. “I hate the pressure of a single gift,” says Stalowy. “So, even since I was a kid, and really in the last couple…

Women To Watch

We gathered together some of the top female entrepreneurs in Denver to hear how they started their own companies. They share their stories of overcoming adversity and pushing through regardless of barriers. Some leapt at openings in the market, while others grew up always knowing their chosen path and took a slow and steady approach. We couldn’t help but ask…

The Producer

When I first walked into Espressoria to meet with Danielle Renfrew Behrens, she was sitting quietly at a table reading. “You’ll see me reading scripts at every coffee shop in town,” says Danielle. She’s a Los Angeles native who recently relocated to Boulder with her growing family. I’m not sure who I was expecting to meet knowing she is a…

In the Kitchen with

Cook tortellini in boiling water. Heat sausage balls with Bolognese and cream. Make sure the sauce tastes fairly herby. Add tortellini after cooked. Pour in the boat. Top with custard sauce. Then sprinkle the parm. Cook in the salamander until bruled. Top with pie crust leaf. Top with lid. Serve to guest but remove lid once served.

Just Like Havenly

The Havenly experience is unlike any other. This Denver-based company launched in the spring of 2014 and is changing the world of interior design. Havenly.com is a step-by-step online interior design service that helps create anyone’s dream room. “We saw a real need for interior design to leverage technology to make it accessible to more people,” says Emily Motayed, co-founder…