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Broomfield House: Colorado Custom Home

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

The Broomfield House was conceived as a modern yet cozy home for a colorful family of five (and their dog).  This home reflects a true collaboration between homeowner, interior designer, and architect, and functions beautifully on multiple levels.  Our clients requested a bright, open, and vibrant space that would accommodate their active and diverse lifestyles while functioning as a joyful home across the spectrum of ages and interests.  The design allows for both private and public spaces for child and adult while celebrating the eclectic personalities of this wonderful family.















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kr design co BLOG: new inspiration

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I have taken a long and fruitful hiatus from blogging and all things social media over the past months.  Why?  I needed to regroup, reorganize, reenergize and get some inspired fire back into my creative work.  I went to Italy to paint and look at landscapes with a dear friend.  I have been drawing a lot by hand.  I convinced my husband that the best use for our garage is to house my sample library which had previously been stashed in various places.  I have learned to love and appreciate the early morning outings with my dog as a time for awakening and preparing for the day ahead.  I have been pouring through books and magazines looking at images that make my heart sing.  And (more on this soon) I have been making daily pilgrimages to the 6-acre plot of land my husband and I bought north of Boulder to daydream about the new house we will soon build.  Now I’m ready to come back, to start blogging again, and to share lots of new work.

I’ve been wondering where to start for weeks, so rather than trying to find the perfect thing to reemerge with, I’m just going to begin by sharing what’s on my mind today, right now.  I got my hands on a beautiful new book, called Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens by Charlotte M. Frieze.


It’s full of gorgeous imagery and interesting projects, but most significant for me was an introduction to the work of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects.  I had loosely heard of their work in the past, but never really looked at it.  This morning I took some time to admire their portfolio.  And on the subject on making one’s heart sing, Ten

Eyck’s West TX Ranch imagery sure does it for me.

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Don’t you just want to be there?

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handmade inspiration: mini quilts on the Purl Bee

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I love these mini quilt ideas that are featured monthly on one of my favorite blogs, The Purl Bee.  Somehow the idea of making a full-size quilt seems quite intimidating, especially without a proper sewing space (not to mention the time involved), but these small sample-size pieces feel very inviting and doable.  I appreciate that they’re inspired by vintage quilts, and the fabrics, patterns and colors are just lovely.  On this snowy day in Colorado, making something that evokes *spring* feels just right.


featuring Liberty of London Tana Lawn


a traditional quilt block that takes its name from the stepped pattern it makes

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Firefly Promotional Pieces

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This weekend marks the first Firefly Handmade Holiday Market to be held in Boulder.   I’ve been fortunate enough to volunteer my time to help with various elements of the event, including display booth design for BirdDog Press, compilation of burlap swag bags stuffed with goodies for all the participating vendors, and will be assigned wine-pouring duty during Friday night’s opening party (not a bad gig!).  Saturday and Sunday you will find me helping The Makerie with the Community Table they are sponsoring for the duration of the market.  In exchange I’ve been offered the opportunity to display some promotional pieces during the event, for both vendors and visitors.

I had a good supply of letterpress “tags” available from a previous project, so designed my promotional piece for the vendors around the tags.  The tags are made of three layers of paper: gray on the front with my logo pressed in silver, orange (sandwiched in the middle) and brown kraft on the back.  I found a printer who offers 100% recycled kraft board in their paper selection, and worked with them to produce 5×7 cards featuring a digital version of wood block type from BirdDog Press.  Tucked inside are informational postcards, and the package is wrapped with orange and white cotton string from The Twinery.

The postcards will be available on the Community Table, displayed in a vintage hardware drawer (it is orange and gray – how perfect) found on Three Potato Four.  Please come visit Firefly this weekend!

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Handmade for the Holidays

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This year my recommendation for handmade holiday gifts is very simple: go to the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market!  Less than two weeks away, this three-day market will be host to over 60 indie makers and the variety is spectacular.  Stop by and enjoy some festive holiday shopping December 10th [5pm-9pm], 11th [10am-5pm] or 12th [10am-3pm] at 1904 Pearl Street in Boulder.  I will be volunteering at the Community Table, hosted by The Makerie – hope to see you there!

My five Firefly favorites (though it’s nearly impossible to choose):

custom vintage wood type stationery by BirdDog Press

repurposed tumblers from Bottlehood

hand-crocheted flapper-style hat by Fringe Outerwear

mixed media assemblage on old wood by Studio 22

the Beyond Bling collection by Amy J. Metals

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save the date: Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Please save the date(s) for the Firefly Handmade 2010 Holiday Market, taking place in Boulder and featuring 60+ Indie Makers.  If you live anywhere even remotely close to Boulder be sure not to miss this event.  We can’t wait!

December 10th, 5pm-9pm
December 11th, 10am-5pm
December 12th, 10am-3pm

60+ Indie Makers, Gifts for EVERYONE on your List!
Sandwiches & Snacks from Dish Gourmet
Kids Craft Activities sponsored by Clementine Studio
Community Table (we will be volunteering here) courtesy of the Makerie
+ Eco Gift Wrap from Lyziwraps and oh so much more!

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Haik Avanian’s ReKnit Project

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I heard a piece on NPR’s All Things Considered recently entitled “Mother, Son Create a New Life For That Old Sweater.”  The story featured the ReKnit Project by graphic designer Haik Avanian.  As with many things I hear about on NPR, I had to learn more.  What I discovered: ReKnit is nothing short of fantastic.

From Haik:

Reknit was launched as a small project to share a resourceful family tradition with the world, and to encourage my mom to partake in her hobby more often. The project is based around the idea of reclaiming yarn from old clothes, and reknitting that yarn into something new and useful.  It’s a really simple form of re-using/re-purposing that can be very fun.

Folks interested in participating in the project send an old sweater and $30 to Haik’s mom, who then unravels the old sweater and knits it into something new.  January’s project was a scarf, February featured fingerless gloves and March’s hat project sold out in a day, from what I heard (they limit orders to 30 per month, because, as Haik says, he only has one mom).  On the ballot for April are a laptop case, a baby jacket, socks, or sweatbands.

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Dreaming of Gardens

Friday, January 15th, 2010


I’d like to end the week with photos of a particular project that has me dreaming of spring and building my garden.  I’ve been collecting inspiring imagery as I begin to design some garden space on the property that my husband and I own in the foothills outside of Boulder.  We have two acres, most of it sloping, and though we have a very sunny site we sit at 6,500 feet, which is limiting when it comes to plant palettes.  We also have an abundance of wildlife to contend with.

I’ve been working on concepts that are architectural yet xeric, an extension of the language of our house, and am sold on creating a series of terraced gardens combined with steel planters and large slab stone…somehow.  I also want to build a vegetable garden, a small fruit orchard, and fields of lavender…oh – and maybe some grape vines.

The January/February issue of Garden Design features a project by Suzanne Biaggi and Patrick Pickard entitled “Future Feast in the Garden of Flow / Accumulation,” part of a larger installation at the Late Show Gardens.  Enjoy!





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2010: Where to Begin?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I imagine that we’re all happy to have said farewell to 2009 for a whole host of reasons.  The New Year is in full swing for me, and I’m feeling energized by the variety of projects, ideas, and opportunities that have coincided with the arrival of 2010.

I even like how the number  2 0 1 0 looks in comparison to 2 0 0 9 .

I have a long list of topics – materials, photos, trends, projects, miscellaneous design-related musings – that will become future blog postings…the list is already so long that I’m not really sure where to begin.

So for today, I’ll simply share an image that I recently saw on Michelle Kaufmann’s Blog (one of my favorites).  This New Year’s card by Lee Friedman seems to sum things up perfectly…good thing I already drink a lot of coffee.  Here’s to 2010.


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Handmade for the Holidays

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I always start off the holiday season with the best of intentions when it comes to making gifts for my loved ones.  Some earrings, a necklace or two, a few hand-knit scarves, no problem.  Until I look up and realize that Christmas is in a week and I haven’t even started on my gifts yet.  Out of necessity, I begin to modify my plans, simplify things, and look for items that allow that special handcrafted feel without requiring a week of very late nights to get everything done.

I suspect that I’m not alone in being overly ambitions, and felt a surge of joy when reading my favorite knitting blog today.  The Purl Bee has a posting titled “The Opulent Eleventh Hour Scarf.”  Rejoice!  Bulky yarn and big needles save the day.


Onto jewelry.  Carlentini Designs, owned by my good friend Catherine Pistone-Cooper, offers beautiful jewelry – still very much handmade, just not by me!  She works in semi-precious stones and hand-forged silver, and she takes custom orders.


And there is always the lovely customized vintage wood-type stationary made by Alli Bozeman of BirdDog Press…perfect for just about anyone.



And for something funky and unusual, I think these steel wire hangers for Tillandsias (a.k.a. “airplants”) are quite delightful, and in combination with a few airplants would make a gift I know that I (for one) would love.


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