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The Paper Lady: Custom Cards and More for the Holiday Season

1920s 1930s 1940s Woman's Hand Writing Note With Steel Tip Ink Pen It’s that time of the year and once again, The Paper Lady has outdone herself.  A cornucopia of customized festive finds including holiday cards, party invites and gift tags…the list goes on.  Sassy, traditional, funny or a combination of all, The Paper Lady has your holiday needs.  We suggest ordering about 3 weeks ahead of time just to make sure your personalized wishes arrive on time!

Holiday Traditional Group

Traditional cards always represent the magic of the holiday season and deliver your holiday wishes with class and elegance. An eccentric palette of robin’s egg blue and gold adds extra merriment to William Arthur’s Engraved Seashell Design. It is always fun to add a little whimsy to tradition as shown in William Arthur’s Groovy Elves Holiday Cards (we love these little guys and their “fancy footwork”)! Crane & Co. never disappoints and their lovely Hand Engraved Ornaments Greeting Cards are no exception.

Holiday Images

Sending a photo card with your holiday wishes always adds a special type of warmth. With a grand offering of designs, The Paper Lady has the ideal card to fulfill your holiday cards wishes.  Don’t forget about your animals-they love to be included in your holiday photo cards!//Clockwise left to right: Donner and Banner Sentiments from Tag & Co.//Pine Cone Wreath and Woof from Kramer Drive

Holiday Hann Group

The Paper Lady’s diverse selection of Hanukkah and universal cards and invites covers all your holiday wishes.  The Ornaments universal design by Checkerboard, sports a simple yet classic design.  Snowy Holiday: Menorah by Kramer Drive, sends a playful Hanukkah message.  Tis the season and spread the Holiday Joy, a perfect name for this playful, jubilant card from Checkerboard.

Party Group

Holiday party?  The Paper Lady has your invitations plus!  A joyful selection of invitations and accessories (sit down dinner-don’t forget the place cards) brings merriment, cheer and helps set the theme for a joyous occasion.//Clockwise left to right: Merry, Merry Banner Invitation from Boatman Geller//Jingle Bell Jungle Invite from Kramer Drive//Sleigh Die Cut Place Card Holder from Karen Adams


A personalized gift tag or special little card provides just the right amount of glee to any gift. The Filled with Joy Card, printed on 100% Recycled Cotton Crane Paper from Designers Fine Press, does triple duty as a gift tag, holiday card and an ornament.  Add an individual stocking card of hand crafted artwork from Karen Adams to a stocking gift or a special little notable. A foil stamped (foil is a hot trend this holiday season!) gift tag, Delightful Gift Tag from Haute Papier says it all.


Say “Happy Holidays” with cheerful accouterments that bring a personal touch to every holiday get-together.//Ornament Cup from Boatman Geller//Foil Stamped Coaster from Haute Papier//Eat, Drink and Be Merry Paper Plates from Boatman Geller//Home for the Holidays Napkins from Haute Papier

NYE Group

2015 is just around the corner! Whether a jubilant card, unique party invite or personalized champagne/wine gift tag, ringing in the New Year with these goodies will be a welcomed delight.//2015 Wishes Boxed Holiday Greeting Cards from William Arthur//Bubbly Invitation from Checkerboard//New Year’s Eve Napkins from Haute Papier//Champagne/Wine Tag from Boatman Geller

Order early and tell them the Scout sent you!

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November Loves



                                                                          image courtesy of http://www.lovethispic.com

“Fallen leaves lying on the grass in November bring more happiness than the daffodils”-Cyril Connolly

A Denver November brings crisp fresh air, glorious views, shining sun and tons of wonderful, local holiday finds.  Please join The Scout Guide Denver as we bring you The Seven Things We Love About November…


1. Nothing says fall like a savory recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, courtesy of Melissa Levy from Push Fitness.  This gluten and dairy free delight is a healthy, delectable appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner. Or prepare a bowl of this heavenly treat during some alone time, snuggling up with a good book.

2. Playful and fun children’s clothing!  This fox-themed jacket from the Tea Collection available at Nest Children’s Boutique, Denver’s premier children’s boutique and exclusive carrier of all clothing Tea in the Denver area, gives whimsical meaning to “sly as a fox”.

3. Warming scents bring a earthy feeling that eases the mind, relaxes the body and gets us ready for a gust of November festivities.   The fragrant essence of LAFCO’s Ski House Diffuser  fills the air with the scent of a roaring fireplace and a touch of mountain spruce. Perfect to welcome guests.//Available at Hutch & Fig

4. There’s no need for beverage mix-ups this holiday season!  The Numerology Wine Collection, available at HW Home,  contains 12 glasses, each etched with number 1 through 12, giving guests a guide to whose drink is whose!

5. Bring autumn’s color palette indoors with Two’s Company Patina Candleholder/Vase Collection crafted from hand-blown glass. These beauties will light-up the night with a fall-scented candle or hold fragrant flowers -stop by Flower Power for a fresh fall bouquet.//Two’s Company Patina Collection available at The Lark

6. A fall-inspired enchantment from The Woods Fine Jewelry-a combination a pavé diamond leaf and Tahitian Pearls.  Need we say more?//The Woods Fine Jewelry available at Goldyn

7. Sweater shopping is a favorite fall past time. We love the everlasting prominent staple, the fisherman sweater.  Comfy, cozy and full of character, it makes a statement all its own.//3.1 Philip Lim Fisherman Sweater available at A line Boutique.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Where Wood Meets Steel

WWMS Winding Staircase

Where Wood Meets Steel brings your high-end custom furniture and fixture ideas and designs to life. Designs that are unique in concept and functional at the same time, Where Wood Meets Steel uses a collective portfolio of materials including “reclaimed and recycled wood and steel to unique slabs, LED lighting and specialty glass”.  Join The Scout Guide Denver as we take a look at Where Wood Meets Steel’s master craftsmanship at its finest.//Above: Custom stairs built on-site using repurposed, bleached oak treads supported on a blackened steel central stringer backbone with a welded wire railing. Photography courtesy of Miller Photography

Using locally-sourced sustainable products wherever possible, Where Wood Meets Steel works closely with each and every client. From beginning to end, clients are part of the process-from selecting the materials to visiting the workshop and seeing their actual piece in production…something you cannot find in any store.

A large inventory of hardwood slabs, Where Wood Meets Steel provides “custom sawmilling and woodworking services and can kiln dry or finish wood slabs to your specification”.  Their inventory of local, urban wood slabs and lumber, provides clients with a rare selection of hardwoods and is just one of the many reasons that set Where Wood Meets Steel apart.//Below: Siberian Elm and Maple

WWMS Slab Trio

It is the combination of expertise and priceless relationships Where Wood Meets Steel has fostered with their tree sources, craftsmen and businesses in the neighborhood that “help make what they do possible”. 

WWMS Mirrors

Mixture of wood at its finest: featured at local Highlands boutique, Reverie Living, these standout mirrors are created from Black Walnut, Reclaimed Doug Fir and old Denver Elm (left to right).

WWMS Book Shelf and Bench

Bookshelves crafted from Ambrosia; Black Walnut and Blackened Steel Bench designed for the Design by Colorado exhibit at Denver International Airport.  Photography courtesy of Miller Photography

WWMS Redwood Burl

An interesting “twist” on a Redwood Burl Slab Dining Table: the legs were designed and bent per client’s request to resemble vines.  Photography courtesy of Miller Photography

WWMS Carriage House Photo

A Carriage House Table with steel base casters and top made from spalted pecan, black walnut, honey locust, paduk, zebrawood and ambrosia maple. Photography courtesy of Miller Photography

WWMS Hidden TV Bed

Perfect for a winter ”stay-cation”, a Wenge veneer bedframe with hidden television set.  Photography courtesy of Miller Photography

WWMS Office Google

This Ambrosia Maple Slab Table custom-designed conference table with reclaimed maple slab floats underneath a glass top and steel base.  Photography courtesy of Miller Photography

WWMS Steel Table Group

A design defining multi-purpose-a stainless steel dining table and work surface with rolled steel base.  Photography courtesy of Miller Photography

A staunch supporter of the community and local arts, Where Would Meets Steel brings more to Denver than breathtaking furniture.  For Denver Arts Week (November 7th-15th), they are collaborating with Anthony Garcia Sr. of BirdSeed to plan a mural tour of RiNo, River North Art District.  As active members of the RiNo Arts District and the Globeville community, Where Wood Meets Steel is also participating in Chaircuterie (November 13th), a milestone event marking AIGA celebrating its 100th year. Help celebrate!

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Denver Real Estate: Meet Jan Nelsen

JanNelsen_Denver2013_ofa2 Buying or selling a home can be an exciting experience and at the same time, a harrowing one. Meet Jan Nelsen, residential real estate broker extraordinaire with Kentwood Properties, LLC.  Described as “assertive, hard-driven and hard-working”, Jan’s astute negotiating skills and in-depth knowledge of Denver (not to mention her “winning personality”) have amassed a vast and faithful clientele.  Join The Scout Guide Denver, meet Jan Nelsen and visit some of her fabulous Denver listings.


A pioneer in brokering city-close properties, Jan’s listings include the oldest and most charming of Denver neighborhoods to the city’s hip, ground-breaking districts.  A Denver native for more than 30 years, Jan keeps her pulse on Denver, what is happening where and the latest and on restaurant openings, yoga classes, art galleries and more. Her featured post, Hip & Happening, spotlights the most recent goings-on and Denver news, providing an arsenal of information on Denver neighborhoods.

Jefferson Park

24th Jefferson Park

24 Jefferson Park is located at 24th Avenue, between Colfax Boulevard to the south and Speer Boulevard to the north. Jefferson Park itself sits “perched the downtown Denver skyline”.  A spacious floor plan, the master bedroom and second bedroom both include adjacent patios in addition to an 837 sq.ft rooftop terrace. Eight foot windows in the living room and open staircase at main level allow you have the best of both worlds, neighborhood living in proximity to everything the Mile High City has to offer.

Cherry Creek


559 Madison Street

559 Madison Street is a stunning, single-family home that includes bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets, and an elevator to all three floors.  Architecture by the award-winning Alvaez Morris, this gorgeous abode incorporates hardwood floors, solid white oak millwork throughout the first floor and walk-out patio.  A fully finished basement, three-car garage, top-of-the-line appliances, butler’s pantry…this contemporary design has left no detail untouched.



RiNo Loft

1203 24th Street is located in one of the chicest, up-and-coming neighborhoods in Denver, RiNo.  Surrounded by the newest hot spots, this 2 bedroom/2 bathroom/2 level loft comes with a spacious rooftop terrace and great views.  With a personality all its own, this unique loft makes a perfect home and work space!

It’s Jan’s passion for Denver real estate, its future development, her expertise and pulse on Denver’s current events that give her a well-rounded perspective and the ability to provide devoted, courteous service to both buyers and sellers alike.  Contact Jan Nelsen for more information on any of the above listings, information on her web site, www.denverjan.com, or questions you may have on moving or selling a home in Denver.

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Gray: Setting the Tone

Gray Tableware

Denver is saying “hooray for gray” with fabulous finds all around town!  Typically known as a neutral color, gray combined with a bright color adds pop yet a full gray palette lends itself to many worlds ranging from tranquil to glamorous.  Follow The Scout Guide Denver as we discover the local ways of gray…. //Tablewares from Djuna

Nadia Watts Living Room

The cool gray color palette used in the great room above offers a warm, rich aesthetic.  Taupe, a grayish-brown, and wood accents add a slightly earthy feel while the high ceiling, refined iron chandelier and slate gray doors deliver an air of worldliness. //Décor by Nadia Watts Interior Design 

Silver Dining

The majestic atmosphere of floor-to-ceiling gray gives prominence to this romantic dining room’s subtle accents. Washed wood  gray dining furniture and wood floor are not lost due to the fine balance of bone china, crystal stem ware and decorative table accents. Incorporating white into a gray palette provides a clean yet regal feel without looking severe.//Table set with the Gien Heritage Collection, Place setting from the Bernardaud Sauvage Collection and Juliska Courage Cornerstone Pewter Tray all available at Hutch & Fig

Gray Room with Pillow

Proof gray can be warm and enchanting.  The Tullia Bed ensemble’s use of gray in various tones and textures create a sense of simple glamour. The luxurious ambience of this charming boudoir is only enhanced by unique richness of silk embroidered, velvet pillows and LAFCO’s Penthouse Champagne Candle.//Tullia Duvet Covers and Shams and Dove Velvet Pillow available at The Brass Bed//LAFCO Candle available at Hutch & Fig



Ever the perfect neutral, grays rocks one of fall’s biggest trends - the motorcycle jacket. Wear it with jeans for a casual style or don a great pair of slacks for a more office-friendly look.  The jacket’s subtle gray shade will take you through fall and winter and right into spring.  Wear it with another one of this season’s must-haves, the statement necklace. Not to be forgotten are a great pair of gray boots.  Worn with jeans, slacks or a dress, the possibilities are as endless as the many shades of gray.//IRO Jova Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket available at Goldyn//Dannijo Gavina II Necklace and Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Boot available at A Line Boutique ra top 2

Gray goes cool and comfy! An oversized v-neck men’s tee cut from soft jersey with tie dye in red and ochre is hip and ripe for fall. An unfinished front hem completes this psychedelic print reminiscent of the 70s. Worn with leggings or jeans, this tee should be in any fashionistas closet.//Raquel Allegra Tee available at Moxie

Nest Gray

Gray can be fun and kid-friendly!  We love the bright pop of color added to this light gray dress from Morgan & Milo.  A Fair Isle Sweater from the Tea Alpinstil Collection is perfect as it becomes colder outside.  With Denver’s ever-changing weather, carry this sweater with you in case of a sudden chill.  Keep your tikes toes warm with Robeez soft sole booties.  These “mini-me” baby boots will make your child look all grown up.  Sleep time?  Gray is calm and soothing making it the ideal color for Tea’s Bauhaus Bang blanket and hat.  Your baby will be comfortable and warm as they drift off to sleep.//All available at Nest Children’s Boutique

Be glad for gray  – tell them Scout sent you!

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October Loves

We have greeted fall with open arms and now it’s the time to start the festivities!  Whether it is fall decorating or getting ready for the upcoming holidays, follow The Scout Guide Denver as we introduce The Seven Things We Love About October…

4 October Loves

1. Decorating your home with rich, warm fall colors are always welcome.  While placing your pumpkins and wreaths outside, Michel Design Works Collections for fall delivers stylish decor for inside the home including gifts and rich-scented candles.//Available at The Lark

2. A cool autumn night is the time to bring out the comfy pajamas.  This two-piece, luxurious pajama set with festive fall pattern from Lise Charmel is sure to give you sweet dreams.//Available at Sol Lingerie

3. HobNob Events is at it again! Visit Old South Pearls Street Farmer’s Market and their HalloweenFest Celebration, October 26th, with tricks and treats for all.  Don’t forget to stop by the Market the Sunday prior, October 19th, for the Annual Chili Cook Off!

4. Making plans to go away for the holidays? Or planning a weekend to celebrate the opening of your favorite ski resortPupsicles Dog Care will cater to your pets needs with special loving care in a way that will make both of your lives easier and more fun while you are away. Photograph courtesy of marshacannon.org

5. Nothing says fall much more than a crackling fire!  Keep your fire roaring with extra logs nearby, the BLOMUS Chimo Wood Rack features black wooden legs and rubber grips on side handle for easy carrying while adding an element of “sculptural beauty” to your cozy abode.//Available at mod livin’

6. Tricks and treats for all! Halloween may bring ghosts and goblins but we are getting our sweet tooth ready.  Stop by Sugarlicious for all your Halloween treats needs and maybe a few extra goodies…//Photograph courtesy of fearlessparent.org

7. MCA Denver proudly presents Myopia, the first retrospective of the work of “prolific artist” and “creative polymath”, Mark Mothersbaugh.  Known as a founding member of the band, DEVO, his body of work includes drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, prints and rugs.  Showcasing pieces from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s to the present, Myopia is not to be missed.//See MCA Denver for the upcoming topics  and venue information

Happy Halloween and tell them Scout sent you!

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