SUMMERTIME MUST-HAVES

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Summertime in the City has arrived. Its a time with so many activities, events + farmers markets that we can hardly keep track of all the must do’s. Today also marks the summer solstice, giving us time to stand still for a moment just like the sun at its highest point in the mid-summer sky. Its a time to reflect on the beginning of the year + time to set goals for the remaining days of the year still to come. So with that I have a few summer favorites that I have been reflecting on so far this season. Some of my go-tos + some of my mainstays for a proper + successful summer.

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1. This summer I have been loving two piece outfits, it makes running from meeting to meeting comfortable + easy going. J.O.A. has wonderful options to pick from, shorts + tops to pants + tops.                                                                                                                 www.justoneanswer.com

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2. Summertime in Colorado means sailing in the mountains for us. Lake Dillon is usually very breezy + cold so my Saint James tee is the perfect tee.                                                     www.saint-james.com

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3. Watermelon just screams summertime, a refreshing + juicy bite is all I am looking for on a hot day.

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4. Suns out equal’s toes out, everybody needs a good pair of sandals. These Hermes Oran Sandals are my go to, they are perfect during the day or for a date night on a hot summer night.                 www.hermes.com

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5. Summertime calls for a go to summer drink, Rose is my must have for parties or hanging out on the porch during the long summer nights. After visiting Elk Cove in Willamette Valley a couple of years ago I seem to always gravitate towards their Pinot Noir Rose.                       www.elkcove.com

What's your summer go to's that you can't just get through summer without. let me know in the comments below.     thats all for now, stay tuned for more.. xoxo jamie              

Arvada CLASSIC

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Arvada Classic - Arvada

When a retired couple asked me to transform their current home into their forever home, the answer was without a doubt yes. They wanted a clean + simple feel without the extras. We started with the bones of the house, removing the popcorn ceilings + carpet, + installed 4” wide white oak floors. The kitchen got a whole new look, adding extra storage + foregoing the peninsula for an island. J Designs designed a custom steel stair railing with angles + a continuous handrail. The fireplace was modernized, removing the floor to ceiling brick, trimming it out with a clean Porcelanosa tile + capping it off with a Cambria quartz. We painted the walls Benjamin Moore Simply White to make the space feel light + airy as the furniture was simple with the thought of less is more. For more pictures look here. Photography by Ryan Lawrence Photography.  

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SPRINGtime Favorites

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Spring is here yet again.. As today marks the spring equinox + we have a balance of equal parts day + night. Its time to let go of what has built up over the winter + embrace the new energy that has arrived. Its a rebirth in nature, buds are bursting on trees, spring flowers are coming out + it’s a growth cycle within myself with striving to be better + follow my dreams. My spring favorites will surely be some things you cant live without this season.  

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1. My Chanel navy loafers are perfect for running errands or meetings, they bring that extra layer of design into any outfit.                                                                   www.neimanmarcus.com/CHANEL/

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2. This new Sweater was the addition to my wardrobe that I needed, its light enough for the spring afternoon sun yet warm enough for the chilly mornings.                             www.topshop.com

3. This is not just a springtime régime but I just happen to purchased these Well Told Health boosters this spring. I seem to sleep better + be more productive, making efficient decisions. They are a Canadian company + I am hooked I can't seem to say enough good things about these vitamins. I started about 3 weeks ago + I am truly noticing a difference. I first learned about Well Told Health through @driamurphy instagram account (if you don’t follow her do, I want to be her real friend, as she is killin’ it as a boss lady).                                                     www.welltold.com

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4. The Cuyana leather backpack is perfect size for bringing your office to the park to enjoy the sunshine instead of the desk. The spring weather is not to hot or to cold just perfect to be outside all day. It fits all you need + it’s the perfect companion to take along with you as you explore the city.                                                                                                                     www.cuyana.com

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5. Springtime is the perfect time to plan a trip. Its just before the hustle + bustle of the summer travelers giving you quit time to explore the everyday life of a new destination. My favorite spring travel was a sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands.                                           www.moorings.com

Would love to hear what you do in the spring??

That's all Folks, Stay tune for more of my favorites + must haves. 

Favorite MOMENTS of 2017!!

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2017 was the year my dreams became a reality, + what a year it was!. Here's to the best "first' clients anyone could ask for, new challenges + no free time. Love to everyone who helped me along the way, for being there when I could not + for the encouragement to keep on forging my own path. Excited to see which direction 2018 leads me. xo, jamie

Winter MUST-HAVE'S

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Winter is here again! It’s my favorite time of year no doubt. With the winter solstice, acknowledging the shortest day of the year as a return to light, a return to innocence; a rebirth along the wheel of life as the great world continues to spin. We can take a pause + embrace the day as we start to welcome the sun back in with some of my seasons Must-Haves.

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1. With the colder nights a good pair of Gloves is essential. Keeping your hands warm during dog walks, driving with the cold steering wheel or just simply being outside helps with making the winter manageable.                                                                                                       www.us.burberry.com

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2. Colorado is the land of layers + with the Patagonia Down Sweater Vest it’s perfect for the warmer days + by night layer it under your jacket for the extra warmth. Lets be honest my vest is a staple all year around but of course its always out during the winter.                             www.patagonia.com

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3. Winter marks the season of skiing!!! Hence my favorite time of year. My K2 Miss Behaved skis are waxed + sharpened just waiting for the snow to drop. There is nothing like a day of skiing to really connect with nature + all that it has to give.                                                     www.k2skis.com

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4. With the colder weather nothing beats the smell of fresh baked cookies. In the winter I always seem to bake consistently, I don’t know what it was but its not winter without cookies. Little tip replace half the butter with an avocado, come summer your swim suit will thank me. 

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5. This season I am all about the wool beret, winter’s “it” hat. When the snow begins to fall its acceptable to wear hats all day everyday, therefore giving us the perfect accessory to turn any outfit into something special.                                                                                                     www.les-sublimes.com

Whats your winter must haves of the season??

That's all Folks!! stay tuned for more of my Must-Haves + Favorites.  xo, jamie

A Cook's KITCHEN!!

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A Cook's KITCHEN - Congress Park, Denver

When a family of cook’s decides its about time for that kitchen upgrade, the first thing the wife picked out was the range. She wanted the design to revolve around her KitchenAid 6 burner range. The home is a classic Denver square with a galley style kitchen, this couple did not want to tear down walls + make it larger but rather re-work the plan for a more functional use of space. We kept the basics, the location of water + gas lines, but raised the existing window sill to accommodate a countertop underneath it that’s big enough for 3 chopping stations, relocated the refrigerator, + added a pantry + a wine refrigerator.  The goal for the redesign was to maximize space, in both the layout + the organization of the contents of the cabinets. We used deep drawers + a full height pantry to achieve the storage needed for all their cooking accouterments. In keeping with the style of the house we added pendant lights down the center, shaker style quarter sawn oak cabinets on the bottom with painted light grey upper cabinets, + a marble backsplash in two different styles. For more pictures look here. All photography of A Cook’s Kitchen project was taken by Ryan Lawrence Photography.

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