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The Latest A happy collection of cleaning products that are as earthfriendly as they are effective; a tribute cookbook that shares recipes and stories from a beloved Colorado restaurant; a new way to enjoy a good cup of Joe; kitchen technology that’s smarter than ever—and the scoop on two events you won’t want to miss.

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The Kitchen

Has Come a Long Way BEFORE SLEEK APPLIANCES, INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS and beautiful materials of all kinds were the mainstay of kitchen design; before the kitchen became a showcase for homeowners’ styles as much as any other—kitchens were largely practical, frequently snooze-worthy, and, like last week’s leftovers, downright bland. But consider these spaces from almost 25 years ago. Though they may be lacking in zest (but not in wood...lots and lots of wood), they give us design gestures that point toward today’s kitchen. Go back to our September/October 1987 issue, where we discussed kitchen trends that decades later haven’t lost their sway: “Kitchen décor is thought out carefully to integrate with the other areas of the house, particularly the living room and dining space.” Still true, right? But read further, and you’ll also see how much kitchen remodeling has evolved and expanded. “A modest kitchen facelift ... consists of new, moderately priced cabinets, standard appliances, laminate countertops and vinyl tile flooring.” If only our 1987 counterparts could have gotten a glimpse of the brilliant options available today—sculpted concrete islands, clean-lined cabinetry, artistic backsplashes. Ahh, thank goodness for evolving design. COLORADOHOMESMAG.COM

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THE FORT RESTAURANT in Morrison is a Colorado landmark. It has an allure all its own, with its adobe-and-timber structure and mid-19th-century vibe. Plenty of folks—from famous foodies to notso-famous locals—know it’s one of the best places to taste Western fare. (Roasted buffalo marrow bones, anyone?) To celebrate the restaurant’s 50th anniversary, Holly Arnold Kinney, daughter of founder Sam Arnold, has written Shinin’ Times at the Fort, a tribute cookbook that not only features some of the restaurant’s signature recipes, but also shares the Fort’s history—a small but fascinating piece of Colorado lore. Available in November from thefort.com.

A Wi n e Love r ’s P i l g r i m a g e WARM DAYS AND COOL NIGHTS ON THE WESTERN SLOPE—plus elevations that don’t exceed 5,000 feet— make an ideal setting for growing grapes. To celebrate the harvest, head to Palisade September 16-19 for the Colorado Mountain Winefest. Enjoy winery tours, chef demonstrations, wine seminars, the ever-popular grape stomp and tastings from more than 55 Colorado wineries. The winefest raises funds for the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology, the trade organization of grape growers and winemakers. Coloradowinefest.com.

At the DAM: Art for Cowboys

OPEN THROUGH NOVEMBER 28, Charles Deas and 1840s America at the Denver Art Museum is the world’s first retrospective of Western American painter Charles Deas, whose work helped shape America’s view of the West during the country’s most intense period of westward expansion. Not only will you get to see art that hasn’t been displayed publicly for 150 years, you’ll also learn Deas’ fascinating life story. (Tip: General admission to the DAM is free on the first Saturday of each month.) Denverartmuseum.org.

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Coffee Lovers, Rejoice! IN A WORLD OF JUST-AROUND-THE-CORNER STARBUCKS, specialty coffee has become a favorite luxury for just about everyone. So why is it that coffee at meetings, parties and weddings so often fails to impress? To the rescue: coffee catering, the newest niche in the market. Denver-based Confluence Coffee Catering is our favorite of the coffee catering options. Launched this year, CCC sets up its modish espresso bar at weddings, corporate events, community gatherings and house parties. Partygoers get to sip their favorites—cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and more. Better yet, CCC’s espresso bar boasts Denver’s own Novo Coffee, recognized both locally and nationally for roasting exceptionally fine beans. From what we’ve seen (and tasted), they’re brewing up perfection with each shot of espresso. ConfluenceCoffeeCatering.com.

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WE’VE ALL HEARD ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA SYSTEMS and universal remotes that control lighting, HVAC and music, but this latest find takes tech into the kitchen. The SieMaticGrid is an interactive control unit that offers Internet access and controls all of the kitchen’s electronics, appliances, music and entertainment. Use apps like email, RSS feeds, and photo and recipe databases while you sip your morning coffee. You can even program the SieMaticGrid to interrupt a TV program or DVD to give you an update on how much longer a casserole has to bake. Available in Colorado through hausdesign, hausdesign-usa.com.


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The Hidden Cellar WHERE IT BEGAN: As an afterthought. Steve Barsch, the architect who designed the remodel of this historic home in Denver, had nearly finished his plans when the homeowners decided to use a bit of leftover space in the basement for a wine room. “It’s this little, hidden room you enter through an old wooden door,” interior designer Beth Armijo says. “You can’t tell it’s there.” PERFECT TOUCHES: The materials. The terracotta dividers that hold the bottles were imported from France, and the shelves and flooring are made of old barn-wood from the East Coast. “There’s nothing new about this room,” Armijo says. “I love how it feels and smells old, thanks to the wood—like you’re walking into an Old-World wine room.”

Wine Cellars Pick a few simple accessories for a wine room. The copper engraving on the wall—“In Bosho’s Garden”—is by artist Geoffrey Ridge and is available at Showings Fine Art in Denver. The rug is from Shaver-Ramsey in Denver.

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DESIGN TIPS: Keep it simple. You don’t need a lot of space to build a wine room in your basement. (The walkway in this cellar is about 4.5 feet wide by 11 feet long.) “Plus, the materials aren’t very expensive,” Armijo says. Want the aged look of old wine racks? Call your favorite wine shop to ask if they can help you track down unique storage options. DESIGN DETAILS: Armijo Design Group, armijodesigngroup.com Steve Barsch Design, (303) 534-1121

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Run by two master sommeliers, this shop is the go-to place if you need a special vintage. If they don’t have it, they’ll track it down for you. Boulderwine.com

DAVINO WINE & SPIRITS, DENVER We go to Davino for its wide selection in all price ranges. Not sure what you’re looking for? No problem. The staff listens to what you like—and don’t like—and makes recommendations that are sure to please. Don’t miss the back wall, where you’ll find an excellent selection of spirits. Divinowine.com

FISHER’S LIQUOR BARN, GRAND JUNCTION So it doesn’t have the charm of a smaller shop, but family-owned Fisher’s is the spot on the Western Slope for wine selection and personable service. Not surprisingly, their selection of Western Colorado wines is unmatched. Fisherliquorbarn.com

MONDO VINO, DENVER This wine shop in the Highlands neighborhood has gotten plenty of kudos, and we think the accolades are well deserved. The staff is helpful and friendly, and they do an excellent job guiding wine-lovers of all knowledge levels through the buying process. As an added bonus, the selection of specialty beer is top-notch. Mondovino.net

OF GRAPE & GRAIN, ASPEN Good for high-end wines, this shop is the place to go if you’re looking for wine for a special occasion.

TONY’S WINE, CENTENNIAL (next to the original Tony’s Market) We always like when the person who tastes and buys the wine is available to customers, and if you walk into Tony’s Wine, you’ll have a great chance of talking to the gentleman who does both. You can swear by his recommendations for vintages and pairings. Tonysmarket.com

STAR LIQUORS, DURANGO Selection, service, price points—everything about this place is fabulous. Don’t let the fact that it’s a few minutes out of the way deter you; your experience will be well worth the extra travel time. Starliquorsdurango.com

WEST END WINE SHOP, BOULDER At this tiny wine shop, the selection is well chosen. The owner knows his stuff—and his customers—and we think you’ll find him exceptionally helpful. Westendwineshop.com Have a favorite wine shop not listed here? Email us at letters@ coloradohomesmag.com, and we’ll post a list of reader favorites at blog.coloradohomesmag.com.

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interior designer Tami Wakeman calls her husband “a food and wine guy,” and the couple wanted space in their home for wine storage. “Basically, my husband wanted to accommodate as many bottles of wine as he could purchase,” Wakeman laughs. “But we narrowed the design down so it can hold about 900 bottles.”

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Her husband would have been happy with a simple storage space, but Wakeman added her own touches: shelves where she displays decanters, old bottles and antique corkscrew openers; and wall space to showcase art by Thomas Arvid, famous for his photo-realistic paintings of wine and wine-related themes. “Our wine room has become a little bit of a gallery,” Wakeman says.


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PERFECT TOUCH: The countertops. “I love that they’re made from old wine barrels,” Wakeman says. “Some even have stains on them from the wine, which just makes them even more beautiful and interesting.” DESIGN TIP: Mix materials. A wine room is an excellent place to blend reclaimed materials (like the wine-barrel countertops) with new ones, like the basketweave marble tile from Ann Sacks. Wakeman also points out that a wine room can be a good showcase for food- and wine-inspired souvenirs. For their honeymoon, she and her husband traveled through Europe, stopping at restaurants owned by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse. One restaurant had a small shop, where Wakeman noticed a framed collection of corks from famous French wineries. So she saved the corks from wine she and her husband enjoyed on their honeymoon and framed them similarly. “So many of our memories are sensory, so a wine cellar is an excellent space to preserve and celebrate good times in our lives,” she says. DESIGN DETAILS: Apex by Vinotemp, apexwinecellars.com, and Tami Wakeman, Blanc Canvas Interiors, (303) 440-9166

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E VERYTHING O LD IS N EW A GAIN Denver transplants put down roots in a new home that reflects their shared passions for all things old and French

THIS NEW FRENCH COUNTRY HOUSE in east Denver may have taken only seven months to build, but it was centuries in the making. Antique French wood-and-iron doors grace the front entry; 200-year-old clay pots top the chimneys of the limestone structure; and a Portuguese cupboard from 1633 serves as an entertainment center. Even the new materials and finishes give the impression of an old house, and the antique furniture that fits this house so well has long fit the family: homeowners Rick and Barbara Wells inherited some pieces and collected others during more than three decades of marriage. BY NANCY RICHMAN MILLIGAN

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(above) Barbara selected a floral-and-rooster print drapery fabric with a touch of blue to balance the warm reds and yellows in the living room. The chairs are all French pieces, and Barbaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather bought the painting that hangs over the mantel. Hand-scraped reclaimed oak floors feature a French bleeding technique between joints. (left) The Jack Arnold-designed home exudes French-Country charm, enhanced by a landscape design by Environmental Designs.

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(left) The timeworn original finish of 150-year-old doors lends a sense of history to the new house. Rick Wells found the French doors at Scandinavian Antiques in Denver and made some modifications to the antique wrought iron. The homeowners admired the work of the craftsman who finished the ceiling beams and had him construct the wood mantel they designed in the family room. Barbara’s sister, artist Susan Tolliver, painted the French-spirited still-life. (right) The dining room has a wealth of stories to tell: the china cabinet is a cherished family treasure; the table, one of the first pieces Rick and Barbara bought in the ’70s after they married; and the rusty chandelier came from New Orleans. Barbara has a friend who does upholstery and draperies for the White House—he gave her wool damask leftovers from the Cabinet Room to reupholster the seats of her antique European chairs.

The Wells had renovated and lived in several older homes in Kentucky and Washington, D.C., before they moved to Denver three years ago. It was then that Rick decided building a new home would be his first project after retiring from a 30-year construction career. “I worked with condos, apartments and hotels, but I had never built a house,” he says. “We wanted all the characteristics of an old house, but all the modern conveniences of new construction.” The 3,600-square-foot, two-story home was built from a plan by Jack Arnold, a Tulsa architect who specializes in luxury Old-World European styles. Ten-foot ceilings give the home a lofty feeling, and floor-to-ceiling French doors and transom windows bring in abundant natural light. Rick Wells served as general contractor, tweaking the design to fit the couple’s empty-nest lifestyle, culling resources from salvage yards and hiring local artisans to give the home its distinctive charm. Many of the elements of the house are old, such as re-fitted antique light fixtures, reclaimed oak plank flooring and ceiling beams salvaged from a school in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood. Other materials, like the walls, simply look aged. “I worked with the

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drywaller to get the appearance of old plaster walls, then had them faux finished,” says Barbara Wells, who tackled the interior design work herself. Barbara spent hours poring over websites and collecting hundreds of fabric, tile and paint samples. “For me, everything starts with the fabric,” she says, pointing to the lively linen print in the living room (Saison de Printemps fabric from Waverly’s La Belle Provence Collection), and a more subdued blue-and-beige faux-silk plaid in the dining room (Banu 085 by Claridge Textiles, Inc.). “I find the fabrics first and pull colors from them for everything else.” When it came to designing the kitchen, the couple collaborated to create an authentic Old-World ambiance peppered with modern amenities. Barbara worked closely with a custom shop, requesting cabinets that look like stand-alone pieces of old furniture of different woods, sizes and heights. “I tried several shades of blue paint and brown stain and combined them on sample boards until I found just the look I wanted,” says Barbara, who also requested a distressed look that mimics natural wear and tear. Meanwhile, Rick designed the copper range hood and found a local craftsman to fabricate it.


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(left) The kitchen is a masterpiece of country French style, from the mismatched, furniture-like cabinets and cupboards to the worn blue finishes, copper accents and irregular tile floors. Barbara and Rick designed the room together and found artisans to carry out their vision. Barbara worked closely with a custom cabinet shop to get the aged, distressed style in the kitchen. What looks like an old English pine chest is actually new construction. (above) In typical French fashion, herbs grow in the sunny kitchen window. Honed granite counters top the distressed blue cabinets.

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New Spanish floor tiles, in a mix of different colors and shapes, have the look of antique floors without the high cost. “We wanted the house to look old but also be functional,” Rick says. “We didn’t try to hide the new faucet, sink and dishwasher, but we did use honed granite and wood countertops to blend with the cabinets.” Although new, the house is already filled with the family’s own stories—told by a stunning walnut china cabinet Rick’s grandparents commissioned in the 1930s, a painting by Barbara’s sister, and familiar antiques that graced the couple’s many homes during their marriage, freshly reupholstered for this new chapter. After living in old houses and building new, the homeowners have found a happy place that combines the best of the two. “Old houses may have good bones and features, but they can be cold and drafty. This house has the same charm, but it is extremely energy efficient, has all the modern conveniences—and the floor plan is the best I’ve ever seen,” Rick says. “Barbara and I still walk from room to room and can’t believe we pulled this off.”

(left) Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted French blue and a newly upholstered French chair create an inviting spot to read in the home office outside the master bedroom. (above) His-and-hers master bathrooms feature unglazed Spanish floor tiles and knotty alder custom vanities with white Carrara marble tops. The arch motif is repeated throughout the house.

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DESIGN IDEA: This space can be summed up in four words: simple, clean,

elegant and soothing. The bath, part of a major home remodel designed by Watson & Co., flows from the home’s overall aesthetic—traditional with a contemporary twist. In this space, the homeowner wanted holistic design rather than an amalgamation of design parts. Off-white walls play off white cabinets; rare granite counters (called Silver Moon) pick up on the gray-streaked white marble floors. Wainscoting continues from the rest of the house; glass sconces seem to melt into the walls; and nature, rather than art, catches the eye. DELIGHTFUL DETAILS: In a room as quietly composed as this, details are subtle. The custom-designed end cabinet is set on seven-inch tall curved legs, adding an airiness that is complemented by the glass cabinet doors. Situated at an angle, the tub allows for maximum floor space. If there’s one detail that speaks louder than all others, it’s the ceiling light fixture—picked out by the homeowner—which is a nod to traditional design. TIPS FROM THE PROS: Want a room that whispers? Stick with one neutral color and use it and its close relatives throughout—on trim, cabinets, floor and walls. Accessorize in the same color. (The homeowner originally bought dark gray towels but found them so distracting, she switched to white.) Use mirrors and glass to reflect the neutral palette and create interest without adding another hue. (The ones featured here are from Black Tulip Antiques in Denver; so are the chair and footstool.) Don’t have the patience or money to order a custom-built bathroom cabinet? Buy a small chest or credenza; if necessary, add legs; paint it the same color as the rest of the room; add a granite or marble top; switch the doors to glass—and you have a unique piece. PHOTOGRAPHY

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GO WEST Designer Lynne Barton Bier of Home on the Range, Steamboat Springs homeontherangeinteriors.com

DESIGN IDEA: A second home for avid skiers, this newly constructed

house embraces an old Western mine vernacular. The master bath continues the theme with reclaimed fir timber and trim, reclaimed (and de-splintered) pine cabinets and travertine floors paired with plaster walls the color of an old rawhide lamp shade. The long narrow space is broken up by the repetition of trusses, and by an antique window grate that separates the toilet from the Kohler tub.

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DELIGHTFUL DETAILS: The Rohl country faucets and the rusted-iron sconces and hardware pull the room together, but the unique antiques make the space. An old turquoise shutter, discovered in Taos, N.M., became the frame for a mirror at one end of the room. Why that particular color? To accent the hints of turquoise and coral on the Roman shades over the tub and in the Oriental rug in front of the vanity. The antique window grate lends privacy without blocking light.


TIPS FROM THE PROS: Scour flea markets, estate sales and architectural

outlets for one-of-a-kind pieces that help create this look. (Asian, East Indian, Native Indian and ranch artifacts work nicely in Western-themed homes.) Find new uses for old items. Just as a window grate became a room divider and a shutter became a mirror frame, an old door can become a wonderful coffee table, an old window frame can accent a tall wall, and old pots can make great candleholders. These unique piecesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;used in unusual waysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; keep a room from looking like it was carbon-copied from a catalogue. PHOTOGRAPHY

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Friends and family— even family pets— tend to congregate in the kitchen, so why not make it the most stylish space in your home? These five kitchens span the design spectrum from classic to country to contemporary. Choose your favorite style and get inspired.

Reclaimed Grandeur BY ELISABETH A. SULLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY MINTON REDFIELD

In this mountain kitchen, the beauty is in the handcrafted details—one-of-a-kind touches that lend the room a pleasantly aged elegance. The kitchen’s historical heft comes courtesy of reclaimed wood and salvaged materials, says Rich Carr, a principal at Cottle Carr Yaw Architects in Basalt. Carr worked with designer Lisa Staprans of Portola Valley, Calif., and Vancouver-based craftsman Michael Trayler to design custom cabinets using elm, maple and walnut salvaged from old barns. The cabinets resemble furniture pieces in various heights and styles, complete with intricate peg-work and custom-designed hardware.

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“It’s meant to be very comfortable—a very functional kitchen, but also a family gathering place,” Carr says. So the design team created plenty of prep space as well as places to perch. They installed a soapstone island with a circular wooden chopping block; a bar island capped with white marble that doubles as a pastry station; and limestone floor tiles salvaged from a French chateau. DEFINING DETAIL: The entire home “takes timber-frame to a whole new level of craftsmanship,” Carr says. A careful attention to detail is evident in every element of the home’s construction—from the massive support beams, to the interior doors, right down to the kitchen cabinetry. WHY IT WORKS: This kitchen is a medley of materials, which, in the wrong hands, could have led to chaotic results. Instead, the room looks as if it were lovingly crafted over time, lending it substance and authenticity. Because of the home’s “eclectic country aesthetic,” says Carr, the combination of different types of reclaimed wood works well together. “We thought the kitchen could handle the many wood tones,” he says. Staprans adds that the materials’ tonal values are all complementary: the dark walnut coordinates with the swirling knots and grains found in the lighter maple and elm; and the countertop’s celadon granite ties into the soft blue-green backsplash. “The key,” Staprans says, “is that there are some reference points in all of the materials that relate to each other.” RICHARD CARR, CCY Architects, Basalt, ccyarchitects.com LISA STAPRANS, Staprans Design, Portola Valley, Calif., stapransdesign.com

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Sugar and Spice Some kitchen renovations aren’t complete overhauls; they’re the remodeler’s equivalent of cracking open a box of cake mix rather than baking a cake from scratch—but the results can be just as sweet. That’s what homeowner Holly Kuhn and her husband discovered when they decided to refresh their kitchen two years ago. Built in 2000, the home is “like a big, old farmhouse,” says Kuhn, who owns Old Glory Antiques in Centennial, “and the kitchen is absolutely what sold me on the house.” But Kuhn, an unabashed fan of rich red tones, wanted to warm up the space and add a dash of modernity and eclecticism. She and her husband preserved most of the existing red cabinets, as well as the concrete countertops. “I loved the countertops because they were different,” she says. “And the more worn they get, the more I love them.” To spice things up, they replaced one wall of cab-

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inets with an old store counter, swapped the tile floor for alder wood to match the rest of the home and removed the embossed-tin backsplash in favor of classic white subway tile. They also enhanced the recessed lighting scheme with industrial-style pendant lamps over the bar. DEFINING DETAIL: “The cabinets define the room—the red color, because there’s just so much of it,” Kuhn says. They complement the furnishings in the adjoining living spaces and provide the perfect backdrop for Kuhn’s ever-changing collection of antiques—many of which are, of course, red. WHY IT WORKS: Those antiques, coupled with the personal touches the homeowners added, give the kitchen character and make it feel less utilitarian, Kuhn says, while the subway tile, pendant lamps and concrete countertops propel the room into the 21st century. “It’s just my favorite room,” she says.

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A Contemporary Classic Tucked neatly into a 1930s home, this kitchen is a balance of history and modernity, a true updated classic. “There are things that feel very fresh and modern, and current to today,” says Kristi Dinner, founder of Denver-based design firm company kd llc, but they’re mixed with design touches that give a nod to the home’s past. The goal for this kitchen redesign was to maximize storage and create a more usable space in which the family could cook and entertain while also preserving the home’s historic charm. Working alongside architect Steve Barsch and cabinet-maker Martin Shea, both of Denver, Dinner installed oak cabinets—a period material—with the grain run-

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ning horizontally to give it a modern twist, and frosted glass (a contemporary choice) with an inchwide clear reveal inspired by the home’s original windows. The team also designed an island with the right balance of ample prep space and squarefootage-saving sleekness. DEFINING DETAIL: “Where we added the interest was in the mix of textures,” Dinner says, which the design team mixed with subtle patterns. They installed oval-embossed ceramic tiles from Ann Sacks to add tactile dimension to the room. “And we stumbled upon this granite that really looked like a seabed,” she says, due to its swirls of brown and mossy green.

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WHY IT WORKS: The room is modern and rectangular, but its hard angles are softened by the flowing, organic shapes in the granite and wood, the oval-patterned tile and egg-shaped pendant lamps. The color palette pairs golden oak with cool gray tones of stainless steel. Cabinets run all the way to the ceiling but sit a few inches above the floor so that they don’t look too heavy. “It was quite the balancing act,” Dinner says.

KRISTI DINNER, company kd llc, Denver, companykd.com

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A snapshot of the Western Slope housing market BY CHERYL MEYERS

THE TERM “WESTERN SLOPE” is used to describe all the land west of the Continental Divide—a third of the state of Colorado. Compared to the Front Range, it’s a thinly populated region, with huge swaths of land (and its economy) dedicated to outdoor recreation, ranching, energy mining, and, along the Colorado and Gunnison rivers, fruit farming and wineries. The myriad towns there vary as greatly in personality as they do in topography— from the ski- and college-town of Durango to the agricultural burg of Paonia. “We are a quality-of-life place to live—with moderate weather that allows you to pursue a variety of activities year-round,” says Erika Doyle, Chair of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association. And when it comes to real estate, there’s a little something for every kind of buyer, too. “You have everything from multi-million-dollar ranches in Telluride to modest, singlefamily homes in Rifle,” says Joe Tripoli, Chair Elect of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association and broker with Re/Max 4000. If you’re looking for a deal along a river or a quiet spot to retire, consider these three towns.

Durango Population: 16,000 History: During the gold and silver boom of the 1800s, Durango served as a

railroad hub, receiving hauled-in ore from nearby Silverton. Today, the stillfunctioning Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a tourist attraction, as are the Animas River and nearby Durango Mountain Resort. The Draw: A scenic, outdoorsy mountain vibe—without the glitzy, resort-

town feel; historic Victorian housing stock and mining-era architecture downtown; surrounded by national forest and public land; home to Fort Lewis College. Good For: Young families who don’t want to raise their kids in a larger city, active retirees and students. Realtor’s Forecast: “Durango didn’t suffer the deep housing-market lows that other, bigger cities saw during the recent economic downturn. I predict we’ll soon see a leveling out, and I expect prices to stay there for a year, followed by slow appreciation.” —Gina Piccoli, co-owner Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors

Grand Junction 50,000 Located at the junction of two major rivers—the Colorado and the Gunnison—the town was settled in the 1800s as an agriculture and cattle town. Oil and gas mining has provided Grand Junction with a few economic booms (and busts) in recent history. Today, it’s the Western Slope’s most populous city, with a diverse economy and population. The Draw: The nearby Grand Mesa and Bookcliff mountains; more-temperate climate; robust medical community, including the newly-renovated Saint Mary’s hospital; good school system; affordable and diverse housing stock. Good For: Retirees looking for warmer weather and active lifestyles, young families, and energy-industry and medical professionals. Population: History:

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Gunnison Population: 15,000 History: Founded as a gold-rush town in the 1800s (claim to fame: one-time

home to Wyatt Earp). Today it has a cattle- and tourism-based economy. Proximity to the West Elk and Collegiate Peaks wilderness, Gunnison National Forest and Crested Butte Mountain Resort; easy access to skiing, fishing and kayaking; home to Western State College of Colorado; small-town living. Good For: Second-home owners, active retirees, students and families with a history of vacationing in the region. Realtorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forecast: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Until we start seeing lending happening on a more consistent basis and with guidelines that are actually attainable, real estate sales are going to be very tough here in Gunnison. The activity we are starting to see is in the very high-end market and with foreclosure properties.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Karen Redden, broker associate, Benson Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty Crested Butte The Draw:

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Denver Metro Area Luxury Home Sales Rebounding, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Reports Million-dollar sales this summer reach highest level in nearly two years For the past year, the housing market has been gradually coming back from last year’s recessionary lows. First it was the entry-level market, which saw strong demand last summer and fall from bargain hunters. But now buyer interest is moving up the ladder to mid-market and even high-end homes. As recently reported, luxury home sales in Denver metro area this summer rose to their highest level in nearly two years as the region’s housing market continued to show signs of improvement, according to according to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Colorado’s leading provider of luxury real estate services. Figures for June closed sales – the most recent numbers available at press time – found a total of 67 homes sold for more than $1 million, the highest level for luxury sales since 89 properties changed hands in August 2008. The median sale price of million-dollar homes was $1.34 million, up 4.7 percent from May but off slightly from a year ago. Nonetheless, home sellers received an average of 90 percent of their asking price, up from 87 percent this time last year. The figures were derived from Multiple Listing Service data of all homes sold for more than $1 million in the Denver metro area.

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“The latest figures show that the high-end market in the Denver metro area continues to stabilize and improve,” said Chris Mygatt, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Colorado. “With interest rates at historic lows and sellers pricing their homes very competitively, buyers have responded.” Mygatt cautioned that some of the sales could be related to the federal tax credit, which required buyers to be under contract by April 30 and close by June 30. With the credit expiring, the housing market could see a drop-off in the coming months, he said. “Between the expiration of the federal tax credit and the normal slowdown in late summer as people leave for vacations, it’s possible that the market may pause to catch its breath,” he said. “But I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made so far this year, especially considering where we were just a little over a year ago.” Some key findings from the most recent Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage luxury report: s4HEMOSTEXPENSIVESALEINTHE$ENVERMETROAREAIN*UNEWASASIX BEDROOM five-bath 7,403-square-foot home in Denver that sold for $3.95 million; s$ENVERBOASTEDTHEMOSTMILLION DOLLARSALESWITH FOLLOWEDBY"OULDER with 13, Castle Rock with seven, Cherry Hills with six and Greenwood Village with five; s)TTOOKANAVERAGEOFDAYSTOSELLAMILLION DOLLARHOMEINTHEREGION

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ISBC Heineken heineken.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Holiday Kitchens holidaykitchens.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Howard Sokol Photography howardsokolphotography.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Hutter Wholesale Hardware hutterwholesale.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Interior Intuitions interiorintuitions.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Jenn-Air jennair.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 JM Kitchen & Bath jmwoodworks.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Kellie Coughlin Photographer kelliecoughlinphotographer.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Kimball Distributing kimballdistributing.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Kitchen Art kitchenartofcolorado.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Kittchen & Bath Studio thekbstudio.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Kitchen Distributors kitchendistributors.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Kitchens by Wedgewood wedgewoodcabinetry.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Lifescape Associates, Inc. lifescapeassociates.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Metropolitan State College of Denver mscd.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 Phase One Landscapes phaseonelandscapes.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Portella portella.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Roth Distributing rothdistributing.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Stone Restoration Denver stonerestorationdenver.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 The Brass Bed brassbedofdenver.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 The Stone Collection thestonecollection.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Wright Group thewrightgroupnow.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Thurston Inc. thurstoninc.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Tri-State Distributors tristatedistributors.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 50 Twisted Tulip thetwistedtulip.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Vail Mountain School Home Tour vms.edu/hometour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 WmOhs Showroom, Inc. wmohs.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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Sink From the earliest copper and slate sinks 100 years ago, the sink has evolved into a “piece of jewelry in your kitchen,” says Diana Schrage, senior designer for Kohler Design Center. Sinks are generally made from one of four material types: stainless steel, enameled cast iron, fire clay or solid surface. Each offers unique advantages... Stainless sinks can be shiny, mirrored, brushed or satin. They offer great durability, as long as you pay attention to the thickness of the steel: the higher the gauge, the thinner the metal sheet and the greater the chance for dings and noise. Ask for low gauge (18), unless you love a cacophony at clean-up time. Enameled cast iron sinks are extremely heavy but very durable. They take on glazes beautifully, so if you want a special color, enameled cast iron might be the right material for you. Sinks made of fire clay are easy to clean and germ-resistant. They can be hand-painted and sculpted, but can also be dinged, so you’ll need a rack or grid to protect the sink.

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Solid surface sinks—built of man-made resin and often used with counters of the same material for seamless integration—are available in a variety of colors. Scratches can be buffed out. You have a charming vintage home and want a stainless steel sink. They don’t jibe, do they? “Yes, they can,” Schrage says. “Newer models of stainless sinks can come with aprons—like farmhouse sinks—a perfect contemporary choice for an older home.” Primary kitchen sinks need to be practical, but for a second sink in the kitchen island, you can think outside the box. Island sinks today can be works of art—amoeba-shaped or shallow and trough-like, made from distinctive materials. (During parties, fill your island sink with chipped ice and cans of soda, beer or wine.) If your existing sink is dull, pocked or scratched, consider getting a qualified resurfacer to bring it back to top condition for a fraction of the price of replacing it. You can never go wrong with a white self-rimming double basin—the —Sally Stich most popular model throughout the years.


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