To Build or to Buy Your New Home… That is the Question

Monday, June 19th, 2017

It’s time to have your own home… in a market like Denver’s, there are plenty of wide open spaces to build and classic homes to make your own. But how to decide… Here are some of the pros and cons of both buying and building your future home.

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Building a Home-

The Pros:

  1. Customization – When building a home, you are beginning with a blank canvas that can be filled however you choose. From the windows to the moldings to the doorknobs, you can customize every tiny aspect of your new home.
  2. Location – New homes are often built in up-and-coming locations with high demand for new real estate, but building also means that you have more of a say in where you live. From the countryside to the foothills to the suburbs, buying a plot of land and building gives you the opportunity to choose the perfect location for your family.

Love Where You Live: Colorado Summer Wedding Extravaganza

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

As temperatures rise and daylight hours begin to stretch, summer wedding season is upon us. If you’re getting married this season, it’s down to crunch time to get everything prepared—and to fit into that dress or tux. If you’ve procrastinated, it’s not too late to put together a sensational wedding. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to help you get it done. With inspiration from Alaris owner Jon Terry, here are some local businesses to give you the perfect Colorado wedding this summer.

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denver botanic gardensOur Pick for Location: Denver Botanic Gardens


This outdoor oasis in the heart of Denver is the perfect location for your summer wedding. You’ll say “I do” surrounded by a lush landscape that resembles something out of a fairy tale. Holding your ceremony at a Denver landmark also shows your pride for Colorado and its capital city.

 

Plants that Love the Heat: Landscaping in Colorado

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Colorado’s uniquely temperamental climate can make it hard to plan for spring and summer planting. The dry heat and abundant, intense sunshine of the summer months isn’t exactly ideal for many of our favorite warm-weather blooms, but that doesn’t mean your yard has to look barren this season. If you’re wondering what plants grow in Colorado, check out our list of climate-friendly plants to create your own summer oasis.

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Lavender

Not only is lavender a perfect way to add a pop of color to your landscape, but these blooms are also drought resistant and unbelievably easy to grow. Plus, they attract butterflies, which will only make your garden feel more idyllic.

Summer Vegetables

Your garden adds beauty to your home, but it can be functional too. As the weather gets warmer, consider heat-loving veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant to fill out your yard while providing food for your table.

4 Quick Tips to Refresh and Revive Your Home For Spring

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The weather in Colorado always keeps us on our toes, from sunny, summery days in January to snowstorms in April. Now that it seems spring is here to stay, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and get your home ready for the warmer weather. Follow these spring cleaning tips to make your home fresh and inviting this season.

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  1. Assess the Situation

Winter weather can really take a toll on the exterior of your home, which is why it’s important to take a look and see if any repairs are needed. Take a few minutes to examine the windows, siding and gutters for signs of rot or dirt buildup. It may be time to add a fresh coat of paint or do some heavy-duty pressure washing, and it’s important to clean out those gutters and make sure there’s no damage from heavy snowfall.

  1. Let the Light In

Love Where You Live: Looking Through the Window of Opportunity

Monday, May 8th, 2017

When selling a home, cleaning your windows is an important step in the staging process. Sparkling clean windows will immediately brighten up any room and do more to take advantage of the natural light your home can offer. Even if you’re not looking to sell, you should still be sure to clean your windows regularly. This will keep your house looking fresh and inviting. With these window cleaning tips, your home will feel brighter in no time.

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  1. Dust it Off

Even if your windows were cleaned recently, dust can quickly accumulate on shades and blinds. Start by wiping them off with a soft cloth, a duster, or the dusting brush on your vacuum to remove any excess dirt particles. To keep the dust from building up so quickly, you can also try spraying them with an antiseptic spray after cleaning.

  1. Use the Right Tools

What You Need to Know Before Moving to Colorado

Monday, May 1st, 2017

It’s no secret that Colorado has recently been topping the list of hot places to move. With its abundant sunshine, beautiful scenery and growing cities, the Centennial State has become a new favorite destination. Whether you’re a native looking for a new home or a transplant wondering how to move to Colorado, here are a few things every future Coloradan should know.

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What to Know Financially:

Houses in Colorado tend to come with a higher price tag. This is partly because Coloradans can afford to spend more with an average annual salary of about $54,000 in Denver. You’ll want to plan for a slightly higher cost of living overall. Plus, sales tax varies by city and county, and these can really add up. Be sure to do some research on these taxes before picking your new neighborhood. Luckily, Colorado’s job market is booming and unemployment is low. If you don’t have a job here yet, the chances are good that you’ll find one soon.

Local Luxury: Trust a Professional Organizer to Optimize Your Home

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Do you fit into one of these categories: Homeowner, parent, corporate professional, or person? If so, chances are you probably need some help organizing. Hiring a professional organizer both gets you organized and helps you stay that way. Most organizers work as compassionate “coaches” who train clients on staying organized. Here are some great local organizers you can call on when the clutter becomes too much to handle.

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  1. Michelle Santaferraro – Organomics

As the founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Santaferraro believes nothing is more personal than your space and nothing is more valuable than your time. Organomics excels at professional organizing and making it a personal learning experience.  Clients learn how their personality, preferences, and work style provide a backdrop for order in their life. Michele’s 17 years of experience and unique approach to organizing have received national acclaim among Fortune 500 companies and customer testimonials.

  1. Meghan Siddall – Streamlined Living Colorado

Love Where You Live: 10 Colorado Landscaping Musts

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Colorado has a very unique climate, which can make landscaping difficult. Depending on where in the state you live, there can be drastic differences in what you plant and how you landscape your property.  Here are 10 tips and must-haves for any Coloradan looking to renovate their landscape.

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  1. Tip: Trust the pros at McMahon Landscaping

McMahon is locally owned and operated. They service both residential and commercial needs, and travel all over the Front Range. McMahon is also the top rated landscaping company for the Denver area on HomeAdvisor.com.

  1. Tip: Weeding is critical

Colorado is home to many invasive species of weeds. These weeds have cost Colorado residents more than $10 million annually in lost productivity, according to ARS Landscape and Material Supply. Staying on top of your weeding will keep your garden looking fresh and healthy all year long.

  1. Tool: Stand-up Weeder

Interior Design for Your Home, No Matter the Budget

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The look of your home is something we all, to some degree, participate in. It’s how we make ourselves comfortable at home. If you’re hoping to sell your home soon, having a clean interior design is paramount. You want your home to feel inviting to potential buyers, no matter the budget. Here are a few a few local pros ready to help you get ready for the spring selling surge.

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Low-Budget

  1. Havenly Boulder, Co

Havenly offers professional online interior design and style services for as low as $79. Users begin by taking a Style Quiz to determine their specific style. Then, clients are given a choice of designers to work throughout the process.

  1. Atelier Interior DesignDenver, Co

Atelier is a full service interior design firm with styles driven by vibrant color, pattern, textural and sculptural details. They approach projects as opportunities to integrate lifestyle, functional requirements and personal aesthetics with well-executed design principles.

Local Luxury: Fitness Centers in Colorado for Your Spring Break Body

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Colorado may not have any beaches like some of the other Western states, but we still take fitness seriously. As the sun extends into the summer sky, the athletic clubs become more and more crowded. Here are some of the best gyms in Colorado where you can shed your winter weight and regain your summer body just in time for the season.

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  1. Barre Forte

Barre Forte has multiple locations all over the Denver metro area. Their formidable, energizing, and engaging classes are known for creating compact, yet powerful muscles, rather than bulky ones. They have all of the tools at their facilities to help you achieve the results you desire.

  1. Fit 36

Fit 36 offers results-driven workouts guaranteed to take up no more than 36 minutes of your time. They have certified personal trainers on staff at each location to ensure proper technique and improved efficiency of each workout. Heart-rate monitors are also available to ensure you stay in the proper anaerobic zones.