High Points: From Pillows to Plants
Our gal in the know browses, buys, eats, and shares her discoveries from around the state and beyond
Our gal in the know browses, buys, eats, and shares her discoveries from around the state and beyond.
Snuggle up for the season with three luscious pillows for your living space:
Mountain Range Pillow by Three Bad Seeds, $60 (above)
This three-peaked wool mountain range pillow is handmade with 100 percent woven wool and stuffed with fiberfill. It’s Colorado mountain hip meets a bit of modern flair. Available in four color schemes. 18.5" x 12", Alpine Modern, 2037 13th St., Boulder, alpinemodern.com
Jonathan Adler Reversible Letter Throw Pillow, $125
These retro reversible throw pillows made in Peru come in natural-and-black on one side and black-and-natural on the other. Buy multiple letters to spell out your favorite word (I like “H-O-M-E”), or personalize with an initial or two. 16"x 16", 100 percent hand-loomed wool with feather/down insert. Jonathan Adler, 158 Fillmore St., Cherry Creek North, jonathanadler.com
Kevin O’Brien Studio Ombre Gradient Velvet Pillow, $345
If it’s carried at ABC Carpet & Home in NYC, you know it’s got swagger. This 22" x 22"silk and velvet pillow boasts a shimmering ombre design with overlapping colors that incorporate multiple layers of dyeing. You have to see—and feel—it in person to understand. Fortunately, you can do just that at The Brass Bed, 3113 E. Third Ave., Denver, brassbedfinelinens.com
Six years ago Debbie Dygert—owner and creator of Ranch Organics, a soap and lotion company out of Steamboat Springs—tried gardening, but deer ate everything except her lavender. Undaunted, Dygert harvested the sole bounty and used it to make soap. Today, her company produces close to 50 items in gift-ready packaging, from Ranch Rub ($24), a sugar scrub that doesn’t separate, to Barn Balm ($24), a nongreasy whipped body cream. Ranch Organics is carried by the Artisan Center in Cherry Creek North, Cry Baby Ranch, and outlets statewide, ranch-organics.com
You know a store doesn’t take itself too seriously when it misspells its own name on purpose. Svper Ordinary, in RiNo’s The Source, houses an art show that changes periodically as well as an eclectic mix of design-forward objects both fun and functional. To wit: gothic stainless-steel Sneerwell flasks ($65) etched with a variety of ultracool designs; Mudpuppy’s Ceramic Skull Planter ($52), and greeting cards with a cynical twist. Svper Ordinary, 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, svperordinary.com
Avanti Food and Beverage in Lower Highlands is a culinary incubator of sorts set in a hip, two-story industrial building with breathtaking views of downtown Denver. Developers Patrick O’Neill and Rob Hahn invited seven local street-food chefs to serve up their fare. So far, the response has been overwhelming. The restaurants include the Mexican-Mediterranean Bixo by chef Marco Gonzalez; global noodle joint MiJo; wood-fired pizza maker Brava!; seasonal and sustainable Farmer Girl; Mexican sandwich eatery Poco Torteria (by Kevin Morrison of Pinche Taqueria); Souk Shawarma, offering slow-roasted meat skewers; and Quiero Arepas, maker of Venezuelan corn flatbread sandwiches (don’t miss the “Original” with cheese). Every dish is under $15, and there are two bars on site. (Take them up on the complimentary valet parking). Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos St., Denver, avantifandb.com
You might know Chilewich for its placemats, but the NY-based company actually features a huge collection of cutting-edge textiles for the home that are extremely functional and easy to care for. Designer Sandy Chilewich suggests layering different weaves and colors to create a personalized look. Visit chilewich.com to view a wide selection of place mats, napkins, napkin rings, coasters, trays, floor mats (antibacterial for exercise room floors), and floor tiles. Sold at Crate & Barrel and Sur la Table.
There’s just something about these otherworldly plants with their jewel-like leaves that people are latching on to. Durable, versatile, and strangely beautiful, succulents are cropping up everywhere, from neighborhood cafés to wedding centerpieces. These low-maintenance plants can take direct Colorado sunlight and only need to be watered a few times a month. There are many varieties to choose from, including some that flower. Check out the selection at Ironwood ($8 for 4-inch succulent, $4–$6 for eco-form container). Ironwood, 14 S. Broadway, Denver, ironwoodcollection.com
Dave Gibson, owner of Gibson’s, a mineral, gem, and fossil gallery at The Broadmoor, is also a game-maker. With Rockhounds, he has designed a timeless, heirloom-quality board game that will keep your kids detached from their electronics for hours. Rockhounds requires concentration, strategy, and a dash of luck, as the players find, transport, and deliver minerals to Sir Landslide’s Cascades Museum. My boys love handling the 12 real minerals included with the game and using their brains to figure out secret locations and compass directions. Best holiday gift ever for kids ages 8 and up. Rockhounds, $75, available at Gibson’s at The Broadmoor, or at Rockhounds at Eagle’s Nest in Seven Springs, Colorado Springs.
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