Love Where You Live: Denver Staycation Ideas to Try Next Month

Monday, August 14th, 2017

As fall starts to settle in, you may be feeling the end-of-summer blues. Sometimes you just need to get away for awhile, but if you haven’t been saving up those vacation days, you can start to feel stuck. Luckily, there is a wealth of fun activities within a short trip of the Mile High City. Get out and enjoy your days off with these staycation ideas in the Denver area:

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Idaho Springs

This little mountain oasis is only 30 minutes from Denver and offers plenty of fun to fill up your day. Relax at the Indian Hot Springs, try your hand at river rafting or get your adrenaline pumping on the zipline. After you’re done adventuring for the day, explore the picturesque downtown and enjoy a meal at the original BeauJo’s Pizza.

 

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7 Components to Making Your Home Green

Monday, August 7th, 2017

We’ve all heard the easy tips for helping the environment—shorten your showers, recycle, and turn the lights off when you leave the room. But if you want to make a bigger impact in conserving your resources, there are some major ways to go green in your home. Try these seven fixes to make your home more environmentally friendly.

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1. Replace Your Bulbs

This easy fix makes a bigger impact than you might think. Replace regular, incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. You’ll be helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving on your monthly electric bill, too.

 

2. Revamp the Floors

Whether you’re already planning to renovate or just want to make a big change in the name of going green, your floors are a great place to start. Adding carpet or rugs to your home can help reduce energy costs by 4-6 percent and help reduce emissions from your heating system. If you love the look of hardwood floors, opt for certified sustainable lumber or bamboo, which grows more quickly than traditional timber trees.

Buying in a Good School District: The Ultimate Guide

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Buying a home involves a long checklist of questions to answer, especially when moving into a new city or neighborhood. Whether your children are just starting school or already thinking about college, finding a good school district is essential for your family. Follow these tips to find a home in the school district that’s right for you.

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1. Do Your Research

Before making any decisions in the home buying process, it’s important to research local school districts to get an idea of your ideal area. Your real estate agent should be able to provide information on local schools, but if you want to do some digging yourself, try online resources like GreatSchools.org or the National Center for Education Statistics to find the best school systems near you.

2. Narrow Your Priorities

10 Colorado Campgrounds with Epic Views

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Colorado’s crowning glory is its natural beauty, with stunning snow-capped peaks and clear, glistening mountain lakes. What better way to enjoy our great outdoors than camping right in the middle of the great Colorado wilderness? These 10 campgrounds provide Instagram-worthy views in a setting that will make you want to unplug and get back to nature.

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Mueller State Park:

This gorgeous state park is home to over 5,000 acres of wildflower meadows, beautiful views of the Continental Divide, and a diverse range of wildlife including black bears, deer, elk, fox, coyotes and bighorn sheep.

 

Silver Bell Campground:

The Silver Bell Campground is located just southwest of the city of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road, which makes it the perfect home base for visiting Colorado’s famous Maroon Bells. Pitch a tent here to hike to Colorado’s most photographed destination.

 

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Local Luxury: Luxury Housewarming Gifts

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Moving into a new home is a stressful process. There’s furniture to buy, boxes to unpack, and decorating to do. For a new homeowner, a nice housewarming gift can remove some of the stress of moving while also checking something off of their to-do list. Consider these luxury housewarming gifts from some of our favorite shops for any friend or loved one.

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Rustic Point

When it comes to décor, some simple touches like throw pillows, blankets or even a decorative pouf from Rustic Point will make a new home feel immediately cozier. These scented candles will add warmth and help any new house start to feel like a home. Located in Evergreen, Colorado, this home furnishing company is the perfect local business to support. From luxury home items to cooking classes, you will find the perfect housewarming gift for any new homeowner.

 

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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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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