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One of the best things about moving to a new home is the opportunity to redecorate. And that’s just what the mother–daughter team behind Lulu’s Furniture & Décor did when they moved their popular home goods shop from LoHi to a bright and airy—and 25-percent-bigger—new location in south Denver.
The shop retains the duo’s relaxed, modern-chic style, and you’ll still find lots of timeless furnishings; eclectic accessories, art, and lighting; and a great selection of barware and gift items, including gorgeous candles from Voluspa and Mer-Sea. But you’ll also notice some new additions chosen with larger, suburban homes in mind—think: roomy upholstered armchairs, striking console tables, and architectural shelving units.
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“LoHi was great, but we really catered to condo-size pieces,” says co-owner Caitlin Marsh. “Here in southeast Denver, the homes are bigger, so we can branch out with larger pieces.”
“My favorite piece here in the new shop is this new eight-piece sectional,” adds co-owner (and Marsh’s mother) Christy Vranesic Brant. “It just wouldn’t have worked in our LoHi location.”
Englewood isn’t new territory for the duo. Both mother and daughter are longtime residents of the neighborhood; both attended Slavens Elementary School, located just up the road from the shop’s new location at University Boulevard and Hampden Avenue. “I shop at this King Soopers and heard a rumor that the space would be opening up, so I had my Realtor get on it immediately,” Brant says.
The relocation process took about nine months, coinciding almost exactly with Marsh’s first pregnancy; her son arrived within weeks of the store’s early-May grand opening. “We joked that on Mother’s Day, we were celebrating both of our babies,” says Brant, who founded the store nearly 10 years ago when she couldn’t find work as a teacher. Six-and-a-half years ago, Marsh joined her mother, and today the two run the store together, offering a full range of interior design services in addition to retail items.
“She’s too modest to admit it, but I say she’s like [the character Raymond in the movie] Rain Man,” Brant says of her daughter’s knack for design. “She can just walk into a room and immediately see how the furniture should be arranged.”
The pair hopes to bring more than just great design to their neighborhood in the coming years; supporting local schools is a top priority. “We are so excited to be here,” Brant says. “We both live in the neighborhood, my kids went to the schools, Caitlin’s kids will go to them, and as a former teacher myself, we want to do everything we can to support this community.”
Lulu’s Furniture & Décor, Kent Place, 3475 S. University Blvd., Englewood, 303-756-2222, lulusfurniture.com