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Founder Kelly Meeks holds a cast plaster bust of David ($225) in classical Roman style. A collection of nude sketches and paintings by Colorado artist Louise Cadillac hang on the gallery wall behind Meeks. Photo by Jimena Peck

Capsule Is Our New Go-to Source for Vintage Decor

This airy outpost in Capitol Hill sells home decor you really can't find anywhere else.

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If you believe the adage that every home should tell a story, consider Capsule your new go-to decor source. The vintage art and furniture shop—opened in July in a 1903 brick-walled building once used as a horse-tack room—offers a tightly curated collection of pieces representing the last 90 or so years of North American and European design. In other words, you might find 1960s chartreuse velvet sofas, a Mexican onyx table, a sculptural Lucite lamp, Danish-modern case goods, and blush-pink-and-chrome midcentury chairs. “We have a lot going on in Capsule,” says founder Kelly Meeks, who also owns the nearby shop (and Denver favorite) Meek Vintage and offers design services out of Capsule. “But I really love to mix things. I don’t like it to be all midcentury or all Deco.”

Pierre Cardin dining chairs in their original circa-1970s oxblood-colored velvet upholstery, $300 each. Photo by Jimena Peck.

Meeks’ careful eye and knack for curation has been a lifetime in the making. “I’ve been passionate about vintage since I was a kid,” she says. “I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and was always into collecting rocks and old things—natural elements—and going to antiques shops and thrift stores with my family.” Now, Meeks travels with her husband—to New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, and beyond—to source wares from antiques shops across the country, a quest that yields pieces you don’t typically find in the city. Just call them (old) fresh imports.

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