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Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson is the home editor at 5280, curating content that highlights the most stylish spaces in Denver. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Johnson earned her degree in journalism at Ball State University before moving to Colorado in 2013. She nixed her original plan of only staying in Denver for a couple of years and has spent the past decade defending her indifference toward skiing and snowboarding.

Before joining the 5280 team in 2019, Johnson was the senior editor at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and Mountain Living magazines and worked for various marketing agencies. When she’s not whipping up dreamy home content, she’s likely exploring new-to-her mountain towns or contemplating paint colors for her 1920s bungalow in the Cole neighborhood.

Articles By Michelle Johnson

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What Is Biophilia and Why Do We Keep Hearing About It? Denver Design Experts Weigh In.

Contrary to one 5280 staffer’s assumptions, it’s not a disease.

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How To Land a Mountain Home in Colorado (Even if You Aren’t Rich)

From building a classic A-frame cabin to splitting a ski condo, there are plenty of creative ways to own at least a part-time high-country getaway.

How to Make the Most of Your Stay at the New Trailborn Rocky Mountains Hotel

The stylish staycation spot in Estes Park encourages guests to explore the great outdoors without sacrificing the creature comforts.

3 Tips for Building a Sensory Gym for Neurodivergent Kids, From the Experts

Jarz Design Studio in Denver offers tips for building a soothing space in your home.

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Meet the Denver Florist Who Is Saving the Planet, One Flower at a Time

Rowdy Poppy, a sustainable floral design house, is opening its first brick-and-mortar shop in RiNo this spring.

3 New Denver Restaurants with Stylish Interiors

Enjoy a feast for the eyes at these hot spots, which serve up inviting ambiances and inspiring design details.


A Local Designer’s Top 4 Tips for Surviving a Home Renovation

Studio Mesa’s Cameron Shepherd shares the lessons he learned while remodeling a 1980s fixer-upper in Evergreen.

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Tour a Peaceful Mountain Retreat Designed for Trauma Victims

With the help of local designer Caitlin Pappas, two Denver-based plastic surgeons created an Aspen Valley getaway to share with their patients.

How Denverite Rico León Became an HGTV Star

Get to know the local construction consultant ahead of the season two premiere of his hit show, Rico To The Rescue. Plus, León’s tips for avoiding a home renovation nightmare.

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Tour the Winning Spaces From Our 2023 Top Denver Home Design Contest

From muted and minimalist to dramatically daring, these living spaces represent the pinnacle of residential design in Denver and beyond. Step inside for brilliant inspiration for your own domain.

6 Local Instagram Businesses You Should Follow for Vintage Home Goods

Looking to add originality to your living spaces? Allow these online sellers specializing in fun, funky, and effortlessly chic furnishings to help.

8 Gifts for the Home, Picked by Local Home-Goods Shop Owners

From holiday decor to cozy wool throws, these giftable items are sure to please the style-savvy loved ones on your list.

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6 Ways to Ensure Your Thanksgiving Meal Is Anything but Boring

Make this year’s Thanksgiving one to remember with the help of these local foodie establishments.

You Have to See This Treasure Hunter’s Favorite Decor Find

Brad Grunewald, the co-founder of Rare Finds Warehouse, scored the decorative piece while traveling in Asia.

Stuff We Love: 8 Curvy Home Accessories

Fancy a home decor refresh this fall? Add organic movement to any space with pieces that showcase undulating forms.

Meet the Creators of Poplight, an Easy-to-Install Wall Sconce

Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you’re doomed to harsh overhead lighting. Shark Tank success story Poplight brings cozy ambience to even temporary homes.

9 Smart & Stylish Gadgets for Your Kitchen

Save time, master meal prep, and refine your recipes with these kitchen heroes.

Local Sommelier Clara Klein Shares Her Essentials for a Summer Dinner Party

The lead sommelier at Sunday Vinyl’s favorite sips and tunes for a lively gathering.

Around the World

A letter from the editor of the August/September issue of 5280 Home.

How a Local Therapist/Florist Found a Way to Combine Her Passions for Mental Health and Floral Design

Breigh Coplin-Jones’ floral design company, Black & Blossomed, is now open in RiNo’s new Green Spaces Market.

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