The Faces of Excellence

Honoring our 2020 Circle of Excellence winners + a few things our Editor is loving right now

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None of us here at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles takes excellence lightly. So it is safe to say that each year in March, when we announce our Circle of Excellence winners, we consider it a big deal. This award is our way of saying “thank you” for your many years of amazing work, for your contributions to upping the design landscape of Colorado and for being a truly swell citizen. So we bow and curtsy and tip our stylish hats to the class of 2020: Carolyn Morris and Carlos Alvarez, Robyn Scott, Elisabeth Aiello, Troy Shimp and Brandt Vanderbosch. Meet these architects and designers and experience a sampling of their work here.

Also in this issue, our focus on excellence continues as we shine a spotlight on furniture throughout the house. Our market editor Eliza Karlson is a master of discovering the stunning from Colorado and around the globe.

For photographic excellence, we look to Jennifer Olson, our go-to portrait person. Olson’s lens reveals the essence of her subjects, and we are always grateful when she focuses on our award winners throughout the year. Finally, I thank our amazing art director Eleanor Williamson, who puts up with my opinionated self and brings her truly brilliant design skills to every page.

Happy March!


A Walk Through Cherry Creek

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A Lioba Amman paper lady from Bloom, who is now hanging in my home.

Every once in a while, I leave work early to visit my friend Anuschka Pashel at Bloom (300 University Boulevard) in Cherry Creek, where I am tempted by everything—art, pillows, jewelry and flowers—from around the world. My husband and I couldn’t resist this paper female (above, $750)—there are multiple one-of-a-kind ladies throughout the store—by Lioba Amman.

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Rice Goddess from Arhaus.

On a recent afternoon, I also stopped in at Arhaus (171 Clayton Lane), where I immediately purchased a large piece of art (an old silk screen, $199) off the wall. I was excited about a multitude of well-priced accessories, including the Rice Goddess, above (9.5” W x 59” H, $135).


Richard Ginori plates at the White Peacock.

Farther on, I dropped in at White Peacock (2440 East 3rd Avenue), only to be gobsmacked by these Oriente Italiano plates by Richard Ginori . They come in 10 colors and start at $68. Clearly, I need keep my credit card hidden for a while.

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