A Refresher Course

A look at the Renovation Issue + a few things our Editor is loving right now

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First, I hope 2021 will be a better year for each and every one of you. COVID and political polarity aside, we have found so much in the design world to get excited about, from furniture to hand-blocked textiles, from Denver native Michael Dowling’s dramatic art to Connecticut creative Frances Palmer’s gorgeous ceramic masterpieces.

We’re especially excited to present four Colorado homes, plus one kitchen, that have been reborn with innovation and delight. Leading that charge is our cover story on the amazing Burkett family, who have rooted themselves in Five Points and painstakingly spent three years restoring a historic neighborhood gem. Every single member in the family participated in this massive overhaul, and the result is as joyful as it is inspirational. This story comes to us from our incredibly tenacious editor-at-large, Rebecca Gart.

Rebecca writes our High Points and Stylemaker columns in each issue and has been an amazing asset to the magazine since the day she joined us five years ago. This Burkett family story is a classic case in point: It was Rebecca who noticed the home in Five Points and was so blown away by the exterior that she tracked down the Burketts to find out more. She then barraged me with emails and pictures, making her case. Rebecca commits similar acts of curiosity (and chutzpah) all the time, and we all benefit. Thank you, Ms. R.

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, I urge you to support your local craftspeople, artists, chefs, bartenders and baristas and let them know how much you appreciate their artistry in your daily life.

What I’m Loving

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I am a devoted reader. And as such, an easy sell for anything book-related. So imagine my delight when Kravet announced its Andrew Martin Scholar line of wallpaper. That’s right, literary wallpaper. You can literally surround yourself in the literary and take in the pages of The Great Gatsby or Pride and Prejudice all the time. $790 a roll.

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I own slightly fewer than ten thousand pairs of prescription glasses, and I can never find any of them. Many are broken, bent, tilted. But one pair, my Izipizi reading glasses, purchased two years ago while visiting my daughter in Lisbon, have survived everything I’ve thrown at them, including my body weight. This year marks the company’s 10th year in business. To celebrate, the Paris-based brand has released their D-shaped tortoise specs in a limited-edition, 10th-anniversary color: yellow! Indestructible Hollywood glam. Readers $40, sunglasses $45; vertigohome.us

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Candles, scents in the air and a fire add up to winter cozy. Bloom owner Anuschka Pashel called in the talent of local artist Meredith Feniak to create unique, brass-cage designs for her in-house candles (handmade in Morocco). Three scents: Yaya (orange blossom), Balade au Souk (oriental spice) and Nuit a Marrakech (oud wood); also available in room sprays. Candles $100, sprays $45


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