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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


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.

10 Durable Dining Plates for Your Outdoor Patio

Add a splash of summer style to your patio place settings with these colorful, unbreakable plates.

The Magic of Summer

A letter from the editor of 5280 Home‘s June/July 2023 Summer issue.

Meet French Artist Caroline Rennequin, Whose First U.S. Exhibition Arrives in Denver

We sat down with the painter before her show launches Friday, April 7, at Denver’s Ginny Williams Gallery.

10 Edible Flowers You Can Grow in Your Backyard

Yes, you can eat flowers, and some of the best (and tastiest) edible varieties grow easily in Denver.

18 Organizing Secrets for the Messiest Spaces in the House

Plus, reset the tone in your home with tools and techniques that tap into the metaphysical.

15 Accessories That Will Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Light fixtures, welcome mats, and mailboxes that make a good first impression.

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