From the Editor: Garden Party

Saying hello to spring with outdoor living
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Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

After the abundant cold and snow of winter 2023-2024, the arrival of spring is just that much sweeter. Outdoor entertaining is on our minds and gone are the simple barbecue grill and lounge chairs of yesterday, according to Jeff and Micheline Stone, owners of Creative Living and experts in the art of creating inviting outdoor spaces. Outdoor rooms have continued to expand with additions such as fire pits and water features, appliances like griddles and woks, and comfortable furniture in durable fabrics.

Another husband-and-wife team, Capucine De Wulf Gooding and David Gooding, founders of the tableware company Juliska, show us how to create beautiful parties in those spaces with thoughtfully designed tablescapes. In their new book Together at the Table, they reinforce the message that “what lies on a table has an effect on those seated there.”Their curated tables are works of art, combining colorful bouquets and hand-blown glassware with heirloom tablecloths and vintage napkins from thrift stores.

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In this issue, we further showcase the beauty in indoor-outdoor living with a new-construction Cherry Creek home designed by Don Ruggles at Ruggles Mabe Studio. It connects to the outdoors in every main room with sliding glass doors “that just allow the house to take a breath,” he says. A Greenwood Village home was renovated with a new floor plan that joins it to the landscape, celebrating the homeowners’ love of entertaining and nature. And in Aspen, a stunning penthouse with two adjoining rooftop decks and 360-degree views is the perfect Colorado landing spot for New York City-based power couple Julie and Billy Macklowe and their two daughters.

As we return to busy, pre-pandemic lifestyles, this issue reminds us of the importance of seizing the moment. In the words of De Wulf Gooding, “If you’re drinking tea with the tea bag still in the cup, your life is too hurried.” Slow down outside, set the table with your grandmother’s china, create a beautiful tableau with flowers and Juliska tableware. Then sit down and enjoy yourself over a cup of tea—sans teabag.

Happy spring!

Darla Worden


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Photo courtesy of “Together at the Table”