Meet You in the Kitchen

A look inside the kitchen issue + a few things our editor is loving right now
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Kate (left) with artist Kristen Moore under her painting “Pink Ponytail”

What happens in your kitchen? If you’re like many of us, the answer is, just about everything. Meals, mediations, early morning confabs, homework, late-night planning…. With more uses than any other bit of interior space, the kitchen is the family hub, and we love showing off the many different ways Colorado designers have interpreted this idea.

This year’s parade of 10 Epic Kitchens highlights appliances, gadgets, and accessories that offer utility and beauty.

This issue’s feature homes are wildly different. Denver Bronco Kareem Jackson worked with Kristen Thomas (Studio Thomas) to step up his stylish 10,000-square-foot Centennial home, complete with his growing collections of art and slightly less than gajillion pairs of sneakers.

Then there’s the Basalt-based educator who recruited her NYC designer sister to help her create a comfortable high-altitude family home.

I’m also excited to introduce Denver artist Kristen Moore. She is a dear friend whose bold color and heartful subjects make any wall sing.

Here’s to hanging in the kitchen and breaking bread with people you love.

WHAT I’M LOVING

OLD-SCHOOL STITCHING

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I first met Steph of Contrarium Chainstitch at a Wildflower Nation event. The Denver-based maker uses a vintage Singer chainstitch embroidery machine to customize everything from jean jackets and tablecloths to patches. Because my husband and I have trouble sleeping, I had her stich “Good Luck” as opposed to “Good Night” on one of our pillowcases. Steph’s old-school stitching can make anything a bit more personal and way cooler.

HEXCLAD PANS

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I can’t even pretend that I cook. My husband Scott is a genius in the kitchen and blesses me nightly with his creations, so he seemed like the perfect guy to contribute a recommendation to this issue. His latest go-to (and he’s working on a cookbook, so these get a lot of use) is Hexclad “hybrid” cooking pans, whose surfaces are an etched hexagon pattern of nonstick and stainless steel. “These instantly became my go-to sauté and pan-fry pans: nonstick but attackable with metal utensils, good to 500 degrees in the oven, and they clean in a snap,” says Scott. “I have three, and my old nonsticks are permanently retired.“

EVERY ROOM SHOULD SING

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When Elizabeth Rao (owner of aforementioned Wildflower Nation) recommended London-based designer Beata Heuman’s “Every Room Should Sing,” she told me, “It’s the first design book I actually read.” While it’s not the first for me, it’s most definitely a favorite, and I keep going back to it: Heuman has such a fresh take on designing spaces and making them personal, livable, and welcoming. $34, amazon.com.

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