Home & Garden

Home: Arapahoe Acres- for sale

It has been ages since I have photographed a home in our old neighborhood.  Arapahoe Acres, if you don’t already know, is the first post 1950’s neighborhood to gain historic status.  Once you see a few of the exterior and interiors of the homes, you will see why.  I have several homes highlighted in my Arapahoe Acres category.

This home has been owned and inhabited by a sculptor and his wife, an esthetician.  They have created a haven in their backyard and the home itself has so many unique features for an AA home.  A mud room/laundry and an attached garage are just a couple details that may only be appreciated by those of us who didn’t have these amenities.  Also, they blew insulation into their cinder block.  Huge!  I only wish we could move back.  We miss our MCM hood and home.

mid century modern exterior, yellow door, brick and wood

mid century modern yard

This yard is a haven. So green and lush.

mid century modern yard

small but mighty, these two adorned trees give much needed mid-summer shade.

mid century modern exterior, paint and brick

I am so drawn to the lines and scale of Mid Century Modern home.

mid century modern kitchen

I really like the creative way they kept the original ceiling while adding task lighting to the kitchen. bravo.

mid century modern bedroom

mid century modern bathroom, mosaic tile, mahogany bathroom vanity

This original mahogany below sink cupboard can be found in many, if not all, of the homes in Arapahoe Acres. I refinished ours. It is a detail worth saving or adding if your AA slanted cupboard has been removed.

mid century modern furniture and front room

mid century modern fireplace, brick fireplace

Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi

Friends, fun and home.  That is my absolute favorite thing to photograph.  I had the chance to visit my beautiful friend Ann Madden this last weekend.  She is probably one of the funniest people I have ever met.  Not only did I spend time with her, but my other two friends, Katy Tuttle and Kim Turner Smith, joined in on the fun.  We all went down to visit Ann and explore Bay Saint Louis and enjoy her gallery, Smith and Lens.  We each had a couple pieces in her show, Wonderland.  Really I wanted to see this place for myself.  It did not disappoint.

Family portrait, yellow house

Cutest family ever.

yellow house, front porch, kid with a trombone, #stacieannsmith,

The trombone made great noises.


This is my favorite kitchen. I have photographed many kitchens and have never come across one with so much character and warmth. I need to spend more time in the south.

southern kitchen, beadboard, rustic, aprons

A story in every inch of this place.

girl brushing hair getting ready to be photographed

and art everywhere

girls bedroom full of art, #stacieannsmith

dreamiest kids room.


photograph between drying drop cloths, black and white, #stacieannsmith

The drop cloths pulled us all in. It reminded me of bit of the corner Penn built… a lot less controlled. Much more imperfect, but still cool.


sisters on back porch, #stacieannsmith

So much greenery everywhere. Palms and lush, tropical foliage everywhere I turned. I want this porch and the light just makes it over the top.

photograph of a girl on backyard swing

So much energy. Donuts eaten before photographing guaranteed laughter and movement. I highly recommend sugar before a shoot… only if you can keep smiling with the crazy that follows.

Modern in the Village

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My good friend Cecilia is an awesome interior designer.  Her knowledge of what can go in a home is infinite.  This killer MCM wallpaper is just one example.Sputnik

School/Community Garden Update

The garden will hopefully be completed in time for the kids to return to school in August. I am so excited this is finally going to happen! Thank you Arapahoe Acres homeowners and tourists the past two years and Englewood’s Parks and Recreation Department for securing a grant to pay for this project. So cool how things fall into place!

Slow Food- Seed to Table

Have you all heard of Slow Food? “Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.” Sounds like a great group, right? Well it is.
I have been attending meetings with other like minded adults in the Seed to Table group of Slow Food members to help with the garden that will be at our school next year. Attending these meetings has also helped with my own gardening. I have wanted to give back since I began my association with Slow Food. Now I have the chance. They would like to build up imagery for their website so asked if I could photograph each of their schools’ gardens and any other activities related to the Seed to Table program. I have begun and it has been great seeing what other schools are up to. The school pictured below has a huge plot of land (dirt) set aside, waiting for an urban farmer to come use. I hope when a farmer comes, I can get a share (assuming it will have a CSA program).
I just received an email from Andy over at Slow Food Denver letting us know that the Denver Pub. School program allowing produce from the gardens into the cafeterias has gained interest from folks in the Chicago school district. They will be using Denver’s program to begin their own. Pretty cool!
Anyway, I look forward to working with other schools and seeing what they are doing with their kids in the garden.

Harvesting for the Youth Farmer’s Market

Pretty structure in the garden.

Some of the produce at the Youth Farmer’s Market in front of the school.

Each week a Slow Food volunteer chef shares a simple recipe using some of the produce from the garden. This week: Cucumber, ginger and sea salt. Super simple and so tasty. Try it.