Planning Your Wedding: In Full Bloom

vintage 2 Hello Denver Brides! As you continue to plan your wedding and the excitement grows, The Scout Guide Denver showcases local finds for flowers, venues, the oh-so-relaxing honeymoon and more…

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A bride’s trousseau is not complete without a visit to Sol Lingerie.   Sol understands “the secret to ensuring that your wedding dress fits perfectly often depends on what’s underneath it” and their expertly trained bra fitters and full time seamstress make your experience easy and fun. From Marie Jo Jane’s Body Suit, adorned with lace and pearl string rosettes, to Natori’s Enchant Chemise (a wedding night delight), Sol’s impressive selection of underpinnings and lingerie is certain to dazzle any bride.



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Winners of Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine’s “Best Colorado Restaurant for Meetings & Events”, Coohills’ unique venue fulfills your wishes – from a grand soirée to an intimate affair. The Coohills’ bridge, overlooking Cherry Creek, is a perfect location for a wedding ceremony and reception.  Guests can celebrate your wedding by dancing on the patio, taking in the breathtaking views and enjoying a French-influenced menu, prepared with locally grown ingredients.



Flowers play a fundamental part of your wedding providing festive ornamentation and delicate finishing touches. Lavish and vibrant, they add a splash of color and complement the many other fascinating parts of your wedding. //From left to right: bridal bouquet and bridal party flowers by The Perfect Petal//Bridal Bouquet by Flower Power

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Masterly designed bouquets, table top centerpieces and venue decorations, your flowers reflect your wedding theme and personality.   A charming, outdoor garden-like table top designed by Flower Power or an opulent, formal setting by The Perfect Petal, your floral décor certainly adds to your memorable day.


They’ve thrown your bachelor and bachelorette parties and have been at your side since from the beginning.  Your bridesmaid and groomsmen will be delighted with these charming gifts.  For the bridesmaids, Essence de Fleurs Scented Soap Bars with glass tray is delicate and feminine, sends a gracious and warm thank you.  For the groomsmen, this refined Ivy League embossed leather journal with handmade paper shows a compassionate and noble gesture of appreciation.//From Two’s Company available at The Lark

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Ahh, the honeymoon. Time to relax.  Escaping to tropical weather?   You’ll need a few essentials - we love Aubade Magie Boire’s Swimsuit available at Sol Lingerie and comfortable dresses such as Velvet’s Shirred Maxi Dress available at A line Boutique, that can take you from the beach to dinner and dancing.  Add a bright beach bag to hold necessities and a neutral, stylish pair of sandals, and you are off!//Fortaleza Jute Tote Bag by Two’s Company from The Lark//Folsom Sandal by Rag & Bone from A line Boutique

Congratulations and Bon Voyage!

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Planning Your Wedding: Take a Peek

MM Hair Getting engaged is one of the most exhilarating moments in your life, joyful and exciting.  Congratulations!  Now it is time to plan the wedding – that means invitations, the dress, the guest list, the venue, the music, the menu….   While this may be one of the most joyous times of your life, it can also be a bit overwhelming.   The Scout Guide Denver gives you a peek into the local bridal roundup, the best of the best of what local businesses have to offer in the wedding world. Hold on tight and get your wedding checklist ready. PL Bridal Crane & Co The invitation is your guests’ first peek into your wedding. Embodying the type of event you’re throwing, the invitation hints at the tone of the wedding (Classic? Modern? Glamorous?) and the formality (or casualness) of your affair.   The Paper Lady offers unique product lines, and a philosophy of exceptional customer service and personalized consultation.  One stop for all your printing needs – napkins, place cards, matchbooks, save the dates, thank you cards - their talented, creative staff has the vision to help you find your one-of-a-kind treasure for your wedding kick-off.//Stationery by Crane & Company from THE PAPER LADY Looktwo33

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Have you flipped through endless editions of bridal magazines hoping to find your dream dress?  Should you don a sleek design or go for the dreamy princess? Wear a traditional white gown or give new meaning to the term “blushing bride” by walking down the aisle in a soft peek-a-boo pink hue? The award-winning anna bé Bridal Boutique offers a curated collection of great designs with unparalleled service.//Clockwise from top left: Kira by Hayley Paige; Carina Corset and Ahsan skirt by Watters; and Monique Lhuillier’s Estelle Corset and Skirt all from anna bé Bridal Boutique //Hair and Makeup by Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare Headpiece 3

When selecting your dress, you will want to take into consideration the ever so important veil or headpiece and the accompanying coif.//Jennifer Behr Leather Camellia Crown Voilette and Sara Gabriel Veils from anna bé Bridal Boutique 


Ah, the jewels. A integral part of pulling the bridal look together, there are no rules – mix classic with modern, the old with the new. The Woods Fine Jewelry creates a sublime offering of hand-crafted pieces fit for your wedding day.  Your ensemble may include a dazzling yet simplistic pair of earrings with druzy stones and pave diamonds or a necklace with a hint bohemian flavor - a Picasso Jasper center and leather ties. Or perhaps a bangle in aqua marine and pave diamonds for your something blue?// The Woods Fine Jewelry can be found locally at Goldyn and Lawrence Covell.

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And let’s not forget the groom. You and your groom were custom-made for one another; why shouldn’t his wedding day garment be as well?  Sourced from the finest fabrics in the world, Doug Paris Custom Clothier Group expertly crafts and tailors your groom’s attire to a tee. The navy suit is always “eloquent and timeless”.  Doug Paris “creates distinction” from the suit to the pocket-square. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Paris is renowned for his impeccable taste and expertise.  

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Help your guests help you set up your happy home by registering at your favorite local shops.  Your selection may include Gien’s Heritage Collection of classically refined tableware or Waterford’s elegant Lismore Essence Collection of crystal stemware, both available at Hutch & Fig. We love the strong, understated sophistication of Simon Pearce’s engravable Norwich Ice Bucket.  Available from The Lark, this handmade cocktail party vessel is the consummate essential for chilling bottles of white wine and champagne (or you can even fill it with ice)!

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Uniting the worlds of collodion wet plate photography – an antique process that dates back to the 1800s – with modern-day fashion photography, artist Kristen Hatgi’s Jade in Veil Detail, part of the Crowns Wet Plate Collection available at Goldyn, exemplifies the theme “of feminism, with the belief that every woman is a goddess or queen in her own right.” Check back next week, when The Scout Guide Denver delves into local finds for flowers, venues, attendant gifts and the oh-so-relaxing honeymoon…

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You’re Invited: Home Tour


New Crop Imagine the estate of a modern-day Jay Gatsby:  romantic and regal with hints of contemporary architecture and turn-of-the-century accents.  The Wolfe Group, Denver’s Premier Real Estate Team, offers presents this Gatsbyesque “home”, poised in the prestigious gated enclave of Buell Mansion, in the heart of Cherry Hills.  Join The Scout Guide Denver for a tour in a celebration of distinctive style.

Formal Dining Area

With impeccable style, the formal dining area combines rich elegance and modern design. White walls and a neutral ceiling enhance the deep wood flooring and wood-trimmed panes.  Chandeliers serve as a focal point while the recessed ceiling and lighting add an air of sophistication.  Prefer to dine with a nod to al fresco? The double doors open to a sprawling patio. 

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Adjacent to the formal dining room is the great room, where you can enjoy after-dinner drinks with guests. Not to interrupt the flow of the home, the two rooms are divided simply by a light-colored stone floor-to-ceiling wall with a fireplace.  The high pitched ceiling woodwork, including a round window set above, adds to the spacious feel.

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A recently renovated, state of the art gourmet kitchen makes this a fabulous home suited for grand entertaining. An abundance of overhead lighting, white cabinetry, distinctive woodwork and a hooded oven combined with clean architectural lines infuse a sense of freshness.  Complete with wet bar and center island, this kitchen is an entertainer’s dream!


Take a stroll down the grand staircase to one of the principal living areas.  This cool and casual bar space pays homage to traditional and modern decor by combining a multitude of textures:  the cleverly crafted woodwork of the bar, brick walls for texture and warmth, and an arrangement of strategically placed lighting enhance the various features of the room.  This expansive entertainment space includes a screening area, billiards room and bowling alley and is destined to become a favorite spot for residents and guests alike.

Bath Bed Trio

Boasting a sumptuous two-story master suite with a 6-piece marble bath, fireplace, spiral staircase and private study, this sanctuary is so much more than just a bedroom. The estate also includes four additional guest suites, for a total of seven bedrooms and fifteen full baths in all.


Even the full-sized bar can’t house the kind of wine collection expected to be available to guests in a home of this stature, and this private wine cellar would do any vintner proud.

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Elegant, sleek lines and bold structure define the exterior of the property. The modern Gatsbyesque design includes a covered patio, hot tub/spa, pool and professional landscaping.    Thoughtfully placed lighting sets a luxurious reflection off of the pool, perfect for a nighttime swim.  The patio areas, surrounded by lavish scenery, provide ample room for seating, rest and relaxation or for throwing a summer soiree.


A room with a view.  The 21,000 square foot estate, nestled on 2.5 private acres, was specifically designed to be in harmony with Colorado’s great outdoors.  With beautiful views from every area in the home, the estate offers expansive terraces, windows and doors for your own private view of the mountains. The grand stretches of green lawn are a peaceful scenic spot to stroll or for large scale entertaining.  The luxury property also features a circular drive, portico entrance, 9-car garage and separate caretaker’s apartment.


The Wolfe Group | Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty

Recognized as a Top Producing Real Estate Team for the Last Decade

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For more information or for a tour of the property, contact The Wolfe Group. Known for their exceptional service, commitment to excellence and dedication to their clients, The Wolfe Group, brokers for Fuller Sotheby’s International, have been recognized by the Denver Board of Realtors and earned the distinction of #1 Team at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and with the Denver Board of Realtors.


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The March equinox officially marks the first day of spring on the calendar, but somehow April always feels more like the turning of the season.   April means it’s time to pack up the winter coats (hopefully), tune-up our bicycles and begin to break out the floppy hats & sandals. SevenThingsWeLove copy april copy 2.001

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1. At Where Wood Meets Steel they recognize Earth Day daily by utilizing local fallen timber and turning it into gorgeous custom furniture.  Earth Day is April 22, 2014.

2.  Adding tidbits of Easter decor to the home is a wonderful way to welcome April – love these handblown glass Simon Pearce eggs from The Lark.

3.  For the gentlemen, a soft shade of salmon is a great addition for spring & summer.   STYLING TIP: Doug Paris of Paris Custom Clothier suggests “a jacket with a contemporary British fit to freshen your current spring/summer wardrobe for the upcoming Kentucky Derby Party and all of the summer evening events!”  Featured Jacket: a 7.5oz lightweight blend of wool, silk, and linen // Paris Custom Clothier.

4.  Game on!!  Opening day at Coors Field is April 4th and LoDo will be buzzing.  Coohills will be open at 3:30 on opening day so head over at the 7th inning stretch or after the game for some Waygu sliders and pomme frites. 

5.  Tulips are the center piece of choice in April.  Rather you fancy Standard Tulips, Fringed Tulips, Parrot Tulips or the over the top Double Bloom Tulips The Perfect Petal will have all kinds!  

6.  It’s great fun to stomp around in the April showers so long as you have the right boots.  The Rag + Bone / Hunter rain boot at A Line Boutique  are perfect.  They have the ankle version too.

7.  Spring is the season of new beginnings and when things come to life.  Celebrate this fun-loving season with bright, playful prints from the Tea Collection // Nest.


The Ambient Life

Sometimes the details escape us. Do you remember the house you grew up in and the detailed memories it holds? The staircase that creaked, alerting your parents you were sneaking in past curfew? The front stoop where your fiancé asked for your hand in marriage? Or even now, as you rock your baby to sleep in a chair by a window, how will your bundle of joy ever know the importance of the times you shared by the magical window?

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“Details are vital. It’s the little things that make big things happen”- John Wooden

At the time, we may not realize the importance of these everyday items or think twice about them. They are the keepsakes stored in our minds.

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Key and Door Handle

To some, this may be an image of a key and a door handle or an interesting photograph shot at a brilliant angle. To the family who lived there, the key and door handle are what they turned to enter their world of comfort, turned when they came home from school and turned when guests came to celebrate special occasions.


Enter Dan Schrock and Ambient Life Photography.  After working as a commercial photographer for almost 20 years, Dan wanted to pursue something different, something with sentimental and personal meaning to individuals and families.  Dan expresses the meaning behind his work as it “captures the everyday details and artifacts that people often take for granted. In doing so, artifacts become much more than everyday matter; they become the memories that matter most.”

Dan became inspired to capture personal imagery through working with his late mentor, John. As if it was yesterday, Dan tells the story of an over 100-year-old building with ornate wood work and turn-of-the-century details – a space where John kept his photography studio and a collection of the most unique items. It was after John’s passing, when Dan revisited the studio, that he discovered the details, the imagery and unique collections belonging to John were gone. Not a picture existed of the enchanted world John created.  Disappointed, yet moved by the undocumented bare studio, the motivation for Dan’s future endeavor was born.


“Ambient Life transforms the home or workplace you love into a memory of art you will cherish forever”


Foil and Velvet Wallpaper

Angela, the new owner of a bungalow, discovered the above wallpaper, circa 1970, when she was in the process of renovating. It was when she saw the image of the wallpaper in a book Dan created during the renovation that Angela realized the beauty of the wallpaper and that she couldn’t part with it.

Angela shared of copy of Dan’s hand-crafted book, containing photographs of unique artifacts found in the home, with the bungalow’s original owner. While going through the book, the man stopped at the page with the wallpaper. He chuckled, choked up a bit, and recalled the story of an argument he and his late wife had over the wallpaper some 40+ years ago. Seeing the wallpaper again, photographed so intimately, brought back wonderful memories of how the man and his wife laughed years later about the wallpaper tiff. The man was overjoyed, not only by the physical gift, but also by the emotion it evoked of his late wife and the home they shared.


Dan explains his work as “focusing on encapsulating all the small and intimate details of your family’s home or business.” He defines it as “couture photography.”

The process begins by meeting with Dan at your special home or workplace. You spend time getting to know each other, walking through, discussing the history and memories of the space. Dan uses his unique sense of picking up on details to continually ignite the creative process. He asks questions, and soon the intimate details of the space are revealed for Dan to capture and preserve.

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In collaboration with Dan, you refine the collection, garnering your story to a series of handpicked images and reviewing the final format. Fan

Wall-Mounted Fan

This original General Electric fan was left in Angela’s bungalow, mounted to a wall. One can only imagine the days before air conditioning: the family enjoying the cool breeze the fan provided on hot, humid days. But was it about the breeze the fan provided? Or about the times the family spent together by the fan, talking about their day and sharing stories?


Back Porch with Keys

Something we most likely would not see today – the keys to a back porch with the words “back porch” clearly labeled above the keys. This is the porch door children ran in and out of, and the door the neighbors nonchalantly entered to visit.  The image not only preserves the sincerity of days gone by, but also of the memories the back porch holds.

So it seems the details are vital and they do make the big things happen.  Capture your detailed memories in a unique way, with a menagerie of your stories wrapped in a book, a single photograph or a series of photographs belonging to no one but you and yours.

Contact Dan at Ambient Life Photography.

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Mod Livin’s Five Favorite

Mod Livin’ is the source for Mid Century Modern furniture.  They deal in contemporary designers such as Kartell, Vitra, ModernicaBluDot and GUS Modern as well as vintage classics through local dealers.  I recently asked the lovely ladies at Mod Livin’ to share some of the their favorite items in the store right now.  Although there are endless, GORGEOUS options Jill and Amanda both agree that the floor models that are on sale are not to be missed.

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Kartell EroS Swivel Chair 

mod kartell ero s Made in Italy the EroS armchair features an organic egg shape ideal for the home or the office (available in cobalt).

Sale $250 Price // Regular Price $505


RAPSON Greenbelt Rocker

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One of just a handful of modern classic rocking chairs, the Rapson classic chair is cut, fit, and finished by American craftsmen.  (available in American Black Walnut and black cotton)

Sale Price $845 // Regular Price $1695


KARTELL Comback Chair

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Designer Patricia revisits a great classic the Windsor chair, and gives it a fun new look.  (available in orangey red with oak stained base)

Sale Price $360 // Regular Price $720



mod vase This ‘extra large’ floor vase is visually striking  and suitable for  soil, water, plants or flowers. (dimensions 64.6″ H x 22.4″ W x 22.4″ D // available in glossy black)

 Sale Price $295 // Regular Price $599



mod sofa The Carmichael fuses traditional and contemporary sensibilities and at 72” wide, it is perfectly suited for condos, apartments, and spaces where every square foot counts. (available in laurentian citrine)

Sale Price $1399 // Regular Price $1999

Because these are floor models, they are available in the store and one of a kind.   Don’t delay, get into Mod Livin’ and snatch up one of these classic pieces ASAP… and tell them Scout sent you!

mod logo  5327 East Colfax // 720.941.9292 // 888.833.2884