Five easy handmade gifts from the heart

 

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Image from The Denver Post

 

Here come the holidays, and the season of hostess gifts and gift exchanges. Even if you’re on an budget or find yourself lacking Martha Stewart homemaking skills, these gifts will do the trick.

Have a look at my article published in The Denver Post.

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Botanical illlustration: where science and art meet

Botanic art and illustration

Illustration by Randy Raak | Photo by RJ Sangosti of The Denver Post

Even if your garden is put to bed after the growing season, you can find delight in botanical illustrations. Part science and part art, botanical illustrations provide painstakingly detailed looks at fruits, flowers, vegetables, trees–any member of the plant kingdom.
One of the most rewarding aspects of botanical illustrations is that they can provide us with a look at plants from seed to blossom to flower to fruit–all in one image.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing botanical illustration or simply want a close-up appreciation of plants, have a look at my article published in The Denver Post. You’ll find a number of examples of artfully rendered botanical illustrations.

 

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Djuna reopens tony design store in Denver

Djuna new location for antiques

Photo by John Leyba of The Denver Post

Djuna, named after the eccentric American writer Djuna Barnes, will host their grand reopening in November. Visit Djuna at 1824 South Broadway in Denver if you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind French antiques, sumptuous bedding, American-made upholstery–or inspiration from amazing interior design set-ups by artistic owners Karen and Jeffrey Moore.
My feature in The Denver Post last weekend includes a wonderful slide show that gives you a sense even if you can’t make it to the bricks-and-morter wonderland that is Djuna.
Have a look here.

 

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A trio of designers’ natural autumnal decorating tips

Fall floral arrangements by Bloom by Anuschka at Union Station in Denver, Colorado

Photo: Helen H. Richardson of The Denver Post

Autumn is one of nature’s most dramatic seasons. Rather than purchasing plastic decorations probably made in China, why not opt for the real thing: sunflowers, pumpkins, pinecones, dried grasses and such.
Three designers known for their appreciation of the natural world offer tips and twists on fall decorations in my article published in The Denver Post. Their ideas are easy to execute and will lend an elegant and unexpected beauty to your autumn. And several of the ideas will take you into Thanksgiving and even the winter holidays.

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“La Musidora” musical rocking chairs rock outdoor furniture

 

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Photo Courtesy of Denver Art Museum: Artists Ignacio Cadena and Héctor Esrawe

You’ll never look at lawn chairs the same again once you get a glimpse at “La Musidora,” a kinetic design installation outside Denver Art Museum. Created by a famous pair of Mexican designers, the musical rocking chairs feature traditional weaving by Mexican artisans. What’s more, the chairs make music! Each includes a chime activated when the chairs rock. “La Musidora” allows people to sit face-to-face, thanks to a traditional Mexican chair design.

Read more about “La Musidora” at this link to Art & Object.
Rock on!

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Indoor composting: easier (and less messy) than you think

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Photo: RJ Sangosti of The Denver Post

If Jack Frost and Old Man Winter interfere with your composting, considering indoor composting with the same red wiggler worms that do the dirty work outdoors. Known as vermicomposting, this method isn’t as messy as you think. And, no, the worms don’t escape. They want to stay because they’re warm and well fed. And they’re creating worm castings–some of the richest growing material on the planet.
I reported on vermicomposting for The Denver Post, and my article includes everything you need to know about indoor composting: step-by-step instructions and even a helpful video.
When winter turns your compost pile into a Popsicle, vermicomposting allows you to continue using kitchen scraps and other compostable materials rather than trashing them in the landfill. Price worm castings, and you’ll quickly see the value of vermicomposting. The end result makes your efforts worthwhile not only for the planet, but for your own garden or houseplants.
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Transition outdoor living space from summer to fall and winter

Birdsall & Co home and garden shop reopens in Englewood, Colorado.

Photo: Helen H. Richardson of The Denver Post

Autumn is upon us, with summer a memory and Old Man Winter not far away. Now is a perfect time to spruce up the garden for fall and beyond. We’ll likely have plenty of days to enjoy outdoor living, and a few adjustments will make your garden, patio or porch more appealing and more comfortable.

In my article for The Denver Post, professional designers share their expert tips. And there’s a beautiful slide show that might spark your creativity, too.

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