—Photography by Paul Miller
—Photo by Dan Saelinger
—Illustrations by Chris Philpot
Ask a random person in another American city what they know for sure about Denver, and they’ll likely rattle off some version of the following: It’s at a high elevation. Weed is legal. There are ski resorts nearby. John Elway works (and played) for the local NFL team. And…that’s about it.
—Illustrations by Maïté Franchi
Forget the mountains. The most inspiring view in Denver right now may come courtesy of the towering cranes filling the skyline. Dynamic commercial projects are transforming the city into a denser, more functional, and (arguably) more compelling place to live. How? Let us introduce you to some of...
The sun sets over central Colorado’s undeveloped Thompson Divide.
—Photo by David Spiegel
A single-engine prop plane buzzes down an Aspen–Pitkin County Airport runway and lifts into the cold, clear October sky. It’s an ideal day for flying, calm with little turbulence. Pilot Bruce Gordon steers the plane northwest up the Roaring Fork Valley toward Carbondale, passing over multimillion-...
—Illustration by Jon Contino
It starts early...the craving for approval, the need to show others we are smart, on trend, of means. One might even call this desire for status, or cachet, inherently human: In elementary school, kids compare video game consoles, which are ranked hierarchically based on any number of variables. (...
—Photography by Kimberly Gavin
Go Big With Art: The vaulted ceilings and stately fireplace meet their match in a large-scale painting by Colorado artist Amy Metier (from the William Havu Gallery). A smaller work would feel too diminutive in the lofty space.
Create Outdoor Conversation Areas: You don’t need an expansive patio to be able to enjoy Colorado’s beauty. Here, a simple arrangement of patio furniture (from now-shuttered Smith & Hawken) lets the homeowners and guests enjoy the sounds of Gore Creek.
Jim and Laura Marx are pros at...
—Photography by David Lauer
By placing the larger addition at the back of the original house, architect Dale Hubbard of Surround Architecture maintained the home’s profile from the street. Wyoming snow-fence siding and large sliding glass doors by Sierra Pacific give the home a modern vibe and a strong connection to the outdoors.
Vintage European factory lights hang between the lofty scissor trusses on the ceiling and the expansive island countertop (made from reclaimed floor joists by local Boulder craftsman Jake Kirkpatrick). The counter-height chairs are from Restoration Hardware; the yellow stool is from Target....
—Photography by Emily Minton Redfield
A green Arne Jacobsen Egg chair and blue and white Mykonos Collection beaded throw pillows lend pops of color to the living room; unexpected accessories (see the Jonathan Adler Menagerie ceramic camel) add to the whimsy.
When Lynn Coit walked into the open house for this ’60s-era raised ranch in Lakewood’s Meadowlark neighborhood, she saw endless possibilities. Sure, the brown shag carpet, green linoleum floors, and brick exterior felt more like a commercial storefront than a welcoming family residence. But as the...