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Holiday Guide: Gifts for Guys

Ah, the holidays and the men in your life.  A brother, father, spouse or friend, shopping for men can be fun and at times, challenging.  To help you through your holiday shopping for guys, The Scout Guide Denver brings the latest local finds men will love!

Men Beer Group

In a city where microbrews reign, “True Brews” by Emma Christensen is a user-friendly guide to alcoholic and non-alcoholic home-brewed drinks.  With fifty-plus recipes, True Brews gives you the how-to on crafting Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine and more! Pour your home-brewed beverage in Simon Pearce’s Windsor Tankard – famous for its ease of use and time-honored design. A spice-loving man in your life?  Jojo’s all natural, preservative-free sriracha is the ideal gift.  This Asian-style chili pepper sauce will spice up his holiday.//True Brews and Jojo’s Sriracha Chili Sauce available at The Perfect Petal//Simon Pearce Windsor Tankard available at Hutch & Fig

Diane H Reed Group

As the song goes “’cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man” and Diane Hanfling Reed, as a Men’s Personal Stylist knows about sharp, dressed men.    Diane is available to come to a location of your choice - be it home or in the office. Delivering quality  is her business.  You can reach Diane at www.dianehreed.com

A custom made, cashmere blend Blackwatch Sportcoat is truly a gift made to order.  Handcrafted in J.Hilburn’s European factory, this classic silhouette never goes out of style. Pair the sportcoat with palladium plated, solid brass Labrador Cufflinks. Complete with engraved logo, this gift conveys “understated refinement” (and makes a great stocking stuffer).   A good belt is always a much needed gift.  J. Hilburn’s Custom Belts are individually handcrafted and available in a range of colors and includes selected buckle type in two finishes.  Is your guy a little jazzy? Bowtie!    J. Hilburn’s Bowtie Collection is woven from rich, 100% Italian silk and available in a diverse selection of colors to fit the occasion or season.//Bowtie Shown: Silk Tartan Bowtie.

Deadlines for ordering a custom gift and receiving items before December 25th are: Dec 1st for Suits, Sportcoats, Trousers and Vests; Dec 5th for Custom shirts and Custom Belts and Dec 18th for all Ready-to-Wear (sweaters, outerwear, ties, jeans, etc.)

 

Mens Whiskey

Shopping for someone who prefers shaken, not stirred? Match’s Pewter Cocktail Shaker is a truly unique bar accessory (great for holiday parties).  Mariposa’s Fish Bottle Opener is the gift for a fish-fiend.  Whiskey for Two ensures your whiskey-lover won’t have to worry about melting ice diluting their drink.  Store hand-crafted stones in the freezer and when ready, pop them right into the glass. Drink stays chilled with no watered-down worries!//Match Pewter Cocktail Shaker and Mariposa Fish Bottle Opener available at Hutch & Fig//Whiskey for Two available at The Perfect Petal

Mens Cave

A man and a favorite chair seem to go hand-in-hand. The holidays are a perfect time to gift him a comfy, new chair (not to mention a great idea if his current favorite chair is not a favorite of yours).  The spacious Swivel Glider Chair from HW Home is perfect to relax and take in a football game or read a good book.   “Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die” by Chris Santella maps out the hubs of the fly fishing world.  The reader will get the spirit of recommended locations through pictures and details as well as travel-and-tackle information.//“Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die” available at Djuna

  Men Ernest Supplies Group

Men love a smooth shave.  Have them go natural!  Ernest Supplies’ Modern Man Trio includes: Protective Matte Moisturizer, Cooling Shave Cream and Soap-Free Gel Face Wash – a 3 step plan to better looking, healthier skin and terrific shave!  Use with the Custom Triple Blade Razor specially constructed to work perfectly with the Cooling Shave Cream, this environmentally responsible chrome plated handle is handsome and functional and a welcomed gift!//Ernest Supplies available at Vert Beauty

Happy shopping and tell them the Scout sent you!

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Nov
25
2014

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

Tags

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.

Party

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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Nov
12
2014

November Loves

 

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“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…

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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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Nov
2
2014

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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Oct
27
2014

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.

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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

 

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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Oct
15
2014

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

 

Jacket

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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Oct
7
2014