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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.

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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

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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…

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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

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Perfect Pairings

Whether it is a friend, partner, family member or spouse, when two creative minds collaborate something magical happens.  Lucky for us, creative minds have been hard at work collaborating right here in Denver.  There is something to be said for working in pairs. After all, aren’t two heads are better than one? Please join The Scout Guide Denver as we highlight some favorite local pairs.


Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Chef Tom Coohill and wife, Diane, the award-winning Coohills is the only restaurant in Denver that sits along the Cherry Creek River.  An intimate dinner for 2 or an event for 150, Coohills’ sumptuous gourmet recipes delight with a menu full of fresh ingredients sourced from local and regional farms.  From The Chef’s Counter where the mastery of Chef Coohill creates a custom tasting menu for you and your guest(s) to a New Year’s Eve featuring FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS: Neil Diamond Tribute Band and special menu, Coohills is one simply delicious pairing.//Call for reservations.

SOL Collage

Shopping for undergarments can be a little daunting (lingerie shopping, anyone?).  However, it can be a fun and exciting experience – if it is a SOL Lingerie experience.  Owned by a pair of sisters, Cindy and Jeanie, SOL provides unsurpassed customer service, fashioning each and every “SOL Girl” to feel special. Customers are what inspire them.  SOL’s customers are not defined by age, size or income level. SOL’s customers are “women who are young at heart who want to look and feel their best, one that celebrates the strength, uniqueness and beauty within each of us. That’s what being a SOL Girl all is about.”

The team completes extensive training, from learning the secrets of bra fitting to knowing the distinctions of each style and brand.  Included in SOL’s grand selection of bras, lingerie, sleep and shape wear are beauties from Marie Jo, Lise Charmel, Natori and Hanky Panky – something for everyone (there are items for men too)!  SOL will tailor your underpinnings to fit comfortably, including the proper maternity, nursing or specialty garments. With SOL, there are no more guessing games.  Any way you look at it, SOL is a winning pair!

Rev Group

It’s not often you find a fine jewelry line that combines vintage, contemporary, rustic and earth’s ravishing elements.  Two sisters, Shawn and Sam, had a desire to design jewelry conveying their personal experiences in nature, the arts and architecture.  Welcome to the wonderment that is The Woods Fine Jewelry.  Perhaps a better word is sublime.  The Woods’ pieces have been known to leave one in awe as each piece is no less than divine.  The Woods is known for combining various materials – such as wood and uncut diamonds – creating truly rare, alluring pieces.

Over the past few years, the Denver-based Woods has collaborated with various designers.  In their latest collection, The Woods has paired with Ian Kennedy, a Native American vintage artifact dealer with Ruby + George Aesthetic. The result: a limited edition collection with a “new spin on vintage southwestern jewelry”  incorporating The Woods’ intricate, mystical details and bohemian vibe with select, vintage pieces from the Ruby + George collection.

The pairing of The Woods and Ruby & George rings as one incredibly chic collaboration (actually two collaborations and we love both of them)!//PIECES ARE LIMITED: The Woods and Ruby + George collaboration items are available exclusively through Distractions and Ruby + George.

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HW Home welcomes you into their home.  Owners of the multi award-winning home furnishings nirvana, Jim Hering and Ron Werner, offer a selection of furniture and accessories, all with a local feel and a global reach. HW combines their personal insight of connecting near and far bringing fascinating and sophisticated collections for your entire house. The ultimate in home furnishings. HW Home has it all, from A to Z (it was the only place where I could find a Cheval Mirror Night Stand, a Pharmacy Flood Lamp and a hand-blown Czech Wrap Object all under one roof)!

Cheerful, experienced staff members assist customers through the selection of contemporary and classic chairs, sofas, beds, and tables from collections such as HW InteriorsUrban Artisan Collection, and DwellStudio.  One of the many attributes that separate HW Home from the big chain stores is their personalized service and expert interior design team.  The Interior Design Team can help in color consultations, architectural services and custom in-home services.

To Jim and Ron, business is personal. They invite you to stop in, see them and get acquainted.  This is one dynamic duo!


A trip to The Old Map Gallery is a true foray around the world.  Having led this unique “Denver Meets the World” expedition for the past 12 years, Curtis Bird and his wife, Alanna, have filled The Old Map Gallery with quite a treasury of maps, guides and novelties that date as far back as the late 1500s.  Cultured and insightful, both Curtis and Alanna employ their expertise of world geography, history, politics and art to apprise and delight both collectors and inquisitive customers alike.

Acquired from estate sales, auctions and the like, the ardent collector or enthralled passerby, may find themselves coveting an antique map of Iceland, (Iceland) Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro (Blaeu, W., c. 1630), A Copernican or True System of the Universe (Fenning, 1798), an engraving showing the situation of our solar system as it was understood, or a map of the French wine country Dept. De L’Ardeche (Levasseur,  1847).  Yet, The Old Map Gallery offers so much more than maps. It is truly a diverse assembly of riches including flags, atlases, books, nautical charts and even some magical, mystical finds.  We think this pair sits on top of the world!

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September Loves

Denver welcomes September!  School is in session, the weather starts to turn, and we begin to pull out our favorite sweaters while still enjoying the grand outdoors.  As we welcome fall, The Scout Guide Denver presents The Seven Things We Love About September.

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1.  September 23rd brings the first day of fall along with cooler weather and changing leaves.  We love the DIY painted leaves found on The Nest Children’s Boutique Pinterest Site.  Take a look, it’s full of fun activities, whimsical clothing and great ideas for fall!//Repinned from handmadecharlotte.com

2.  Ah, the fresh scent of fall. Make a fragrance all your own at Vert Beauty’s Fragrance Bar.  A variety of your favorite oils blended into your own personalized scent! From Autumn, ”a warm blend with Ginger and Clove bud oil” to Fleur de Jasmin, “a beautiful blend with Jasmine and Rose oil” to your own blend, we are certain you will leave Vert feeling fresh about fall and your signature scent!

3.  Back-to-school shopping is done and you have started collecting new sweaters and boots for your fall wardrobe, now it’s his turn!  On September 6th, Goldyn presents a Pop-Up Shop featuring John Varvatos exclusive Fall Collection for him available only at Goldyn.

4.  Cooler nights are on the horizon and it’s time to bring out the warmer bedding. Soft and inviting, there’s nothing like fresh bed ensemble for fall.//Persia Bedding available at The Brass Bed

5. One of the many intoxicating attributes of Colorado weather is even as fall is here, outdoor entertaining still prevails. For those cooler nights, the Blomus Tabletop Gel Pit, made from frost proof ceramic and polished stainless steel, provides an esthetically-pleasing source of warmth for you and your guest(s).//Available at Mod Livin’

6.  Savor your summer memories! These horse-bridle picture frames with leather border are classic and luxe, adding a touch of equestrian to any room.//Available at The Lark

7.  Fall Hats!  Worn with a classic jean jacket or tailored suit, this uber-stylish, floppy brim fedora from Rag & Bone, is a must for your fall wardrobe.//Available at A Line Boutique

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The Power of the Flower


“Earth laughs with flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The term “flower power” holds unique meaning to each of us.  It may be a reminder of the Summer of Love Sixties.  To some, flowers give strength or are a gesture of love, and to many – it just sounds really cool. One of Denver’s favorite local flower boutiques, Flower Power understands like each customer, occasion or event, that flowers have distinct features and certain personalities. Specializing in personalized floral designs for any occasion, join The Scout Guide Denver as we explore the many facets of Flower Power

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Whether it’s the beauty of clean, white flowers and greens basking in a rustic tin…

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 …or a charming, garden-like arrangement in a simple basket we walk by daily that makes us smile…

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…flowers play a fundamental part of everyday life. They can bring a smile to a friend who is having a bad day or joy to a special event or occasion (wedding anyone?).  From the jubliant decor to the delicate finishing touches, Flower Power understands each event is unique, and the flowers need to communicate a memorable message.  Flower Power works closely with each and every client, ensuring the day’s flowers are perfection!
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Flower Power created simple yet polished bouquets that added a dash of flair to this bride’s country-themed wedding…

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…and bouquets bursting with color added a touch of whimsy to this bride’s classic look.

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Maybe a bright bouquet for special holiday or an enchanting, single stem rose, Flower Power delivers high quality flowers and customized, professional service all with a personal touch.

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 Another happy Flower Power client!

Flower Power provides “Unique Creations for Every Occasion”. We think it defines them to a tee. Visit Flower Power for a special event, a bouquet for yourself or a loved one, or for the sole purpose of making someone smile.   Your experience will be captivating.

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