Rustic Nursery

Notes from Interior Designer DeaAnna Beat of Salt Interior Designs

This mom wanted a rustic design for her little boy’s nursery. We collaborated on a design for this space that is just the right blend of baby boy charm and cute modern rustic that this momma wanted.

We didn’t want the room to feel too dark, so incorporating a lighter wood accent wall (an awesome textured wall paper treatment), white furniture and keeping the existing light paint color, kept the space feeling light and inviting. The geometric patterns, animal prints and pops of bright colors, make this a fun room. The crib was a cherry wood that was painted to bright white. In keeping with the plan of a rich rustic feel, the wood accents, branch mobile (momma’s DIY fun idea!), wire storage baskets, and galvanized steel decor keep this nursery feel warm and cozy. It all came together beautifully (and with minimal tears). The large I AM artwork that hangs above the changing dresser was created by me at the request of this momma (designed in Photoshop and transferred to pine wood).

Dresser: Ikea | Chair: Yard sale | Crib: Yard Sale (painted by owner) | Mirror:  DIY (mirror from walmart, frame built by Interior Designer) | Decor: Walmart, Etsy, Target, Overstock
Curtains: Overstock | Wall Paper: Brewster Wall Covering |  IAM Art: Custom made by designer | W letter: Hobby Lobby| Wall Baskets: Walmart | Galvanized buckets: Walmart | Clock: Target | Pallet Book Holder: yard sale

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April 30th: Macy’s Spring in Style

I am thrilled, once again, to be hosting Macy’s Spring into Style. This event is filled with major fashion fun with a runway show featuring all the top trends, mini makeovers by Clinique, yummy treats, a DJ, and a DIY station to customize your own notebook. AND, I will co-hosting with local style blogger, Emma Walker of With a City Dream. I can’t think of a better way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Please join me on April 30th at 2pm at The Macy’s Park Meadows.

Park Meadows 4.30 Event Sign (1)

A hike with city and mountain views

Colorado is an amazing place to live. Last week, I took a couple of hours off of work for an afternoon hike to talk “shop” with Denver photographer and Super 8 extraordinaire Kevin Von Qualen. I love that just a few minutes from the city you can get enjoy gorgeous Colorado scenery and solitude.

We chose to hike Green Mountain. It is close to the city, easy to get to and let’s be honest it is not that hard of hike which allowed us to chit chat the whole way.

All of you have driven by this mountain when coming to and from the mountains on I-70. Green Mountain has a large network of trails. Great for a leisure hike, trail running and biking.

Three trailheads allow you access Green Mountain in Lakewood, CO. All of them are found on west Alameda Ave. on the southern side of the mountain.  

Directions to Trailhead: From I-25, take 6th Ave. west. Drive approximately 6 miles to Kipling. Take Kipling south for 2 miles before taking a right on Alameda. Stay on Alameda for 3 miles until you see a parking area on the right. This trail is part of William Frederick Hayden Park.

You will see great views of the city, mountains, and Red Rocks. Since this trail is located just 10 minutes from Denver, it tends to get crowded on the weekends.

photography by Laura Dombrowski

Check out more out more hiking reviews on COUTUREcolorado.

Ten Shoes Every Colorado Gal Should Own

1. Statement Heel – you would be surprised how many things you can pair with a good statement heel. Think bright colors, animal print

2. Ankle Bootie – this will be your go-to shoe for the fall-winter

3. Winter Boot – for those cold snowy days

4. Summer Wedge – a comfortable and stylish way to dress up your summer look

5. Casual Flip Flop – a summer “must-have”

6. Classic Nude Heel – you will have them forever and they go with everything

7. Cool Sneaker – for those casual walks in the park

8. Sexy Black Heel – date night

9. Chic Sandal – when your flip flops just won’t do

10. Fun Ballet Flat – comfort and style year round

ten-shoesManolo Blahnik cushioned shoes / Barneys New York brown ankle booties / Jimmy choo sandals / J.Crew thick high heel shoes, $315 / Madewell flat / New Balance sneaker, $115 / Tory Burch ballet flat shoes, $110 / SOREL high boots / Asos shoes, $44 / Rainbow flip flop shoes

True Blue

It is all about the hue of blue this summer. It is even a hot trend in weddings. Check out our wedding spotted feature on blue.



Saloni bohemian dress / MANGO flutter sleeve top, $26 / Miguelina blue shorts / Floor length skirt / Pointy-toe pumps / Roberto Cavalli blue purse, $1,860 / STELLA McCARTNEY blue purse, $1,550 / Rag bone blue backpack, $595 / Blue necklace / Alexis bittar jewelry / Maison Michel hat, $645 / Ray-Ban mirror glasses / Bungalow 5 tufted couch / Gus Modern gus modern chair / Normann Copenhagen clock, $45 / Blue accent pillow / ShoeDazzle platform shoes

Top Ten Spring Fashion Trends 2016

1. 70’s Inspired Suede. In all different hues, suede was seen on all the runways as dresses, skirts, shorts, purses…… Suede is most definitely “in”. And is absolutely perfect for our cool Colorado nights.

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image credit: free people spring lookbook

2. Retro Ruffles. Add a feminine flair to your wardrobe with ruffles.


image credit: j.w. anderson 

3. White Oxford 2.0. The classic white button up got a make over for Spring 2016. Designers taken this boring top and made it their own this year. Whether it is super girly or edgy cool, you will find a white button up to fit your style this year


image credit: fendi

4. Spanish Influences. Rejoice in deeps reds and flowing dresses


image credit: micheal kors 

5. Pretty in Pleats. Pleats turn pretty this spring with colorful playful skirts.


image credit: lela rose

6. Chic Crochet. Designers like Oscar de la Renta and Dolce and Gabbana turned this crafty knitting technique in to a very chic trend for Spring 2016.


image credi: oscar de la renta

7. Fringe. This trend is here to stay for the warm months trimming bags, shoes, and maxi dresses.

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image credit: dion lee

8. Lightweight Denim. Denim everywhere…….jumpers to dresses. 

Harley Viera-Newton, Dree Hemingway

image credit: stella mccartney

9. Orange is the New Black. Who knew the hit Netfilx TV show would influence spring fashion! Pops of orange appeared on the runaways for Spring 2016.


image credit: boss – rag and bone

10. Mad about Plaid. Plaid pops into Spring with a lightness and sophistication never before.


image credit: john galliano 

Retro Revival

Our friends over at my fav local magazine, 5280, recently expanded to include a second magazine exclusively dedicated to your HOME. Being completely obsessed with renovating homes (I have renovated two homes in the last 6 years and I am currently on my third), this is music to my ears. I love getting inspired every month by 5280 Home.

Since my last home I renovated was midcentury, I just had to share this article with you that is currently featured in 5280 Home.

A local designer takes a Lakewood house from Brady Bunch blah to midcentury chic.

When Lynn Coit walked into the open house for this ’60s-era raised ranch in Lakewood’s Meadowlark neighborhood, she saw endless possibilities. Sure, the brown shag carpet, green linoleum floors, and brick exterior felt more like a commercial storefront than a welcoming family residence. But as the founder and president of Denver commercial interior design firm Elsy Studios (her clients include law firm Merchant & Gould and the Federal Reserve Bank), Lynn looked past those eyesores to spy a dated but strong framework prime for a contemporary overhaul. Shortly after she bought the house in 2014, she and her husband, Andrew—a commercial real estate broker and DIYer—oversaw a comprehensive five-month renovation. The result: a masterful blend of modern convenience and stylish retro flair. We sat down with the design-savvy couple to get the inside scoop.



Andrew and Lynn Coit, with dogs Maggie (left) and Ollie, sit in the bright living room of their renovated midcentury home. Lynn, an interior designer, oversaw the makeover.

5280 Home: How did you know this midcentury house would work for you?

Lynn Coit: The two-story entrance looked different than most houses of that era. It had an elliptical iron staircase that was obviously original. So many of the houses we looked at were exactly the same; I wanted a space that wasn’t already redone. It was actually ugly, but I liked the feel of it.
Andrew Coit: It needed Lynn’s touch to make it into a home. She knew within five minutes it could work; her mind was already going
a mile a minute.

How much did you alter the original layout?

Lynn: Very little because it was designed by a structural engineer as his private residence. There was a really long hallway that was easy enough to shorten to make way for a master suite—with a new master bathroom. The upstairs flooring almost had a hollow feeling, like particleboard, so we changed that. But we didn’t want to move a lot of walls—except in the kitchen, where we created a pass-through.



Left: Fresh paint (brick, Valspar Sable Evening 5006-2C; entry doors, Valspar Pantone Beach Glass PN9030) breathes new life into the exterior.

Right: A Jonathan Adler Meurice chandelier and Nestor pendants (by Elk Lighting) are elegant counterpoints to the chic, midcentury butterfly drop-leaf table.

That kitchen got the biggest overhaul. Tell us how you did it.

Lynn: We took the wall out between the kitchen and living room, but we wanted to salvage some things, like the oak cabinets. We took them all out, lined them up, and kept the sizes we needed. Then we moved them around and painted them gray—to complement the dark gray walls and industrial-grade wallpaper. And the island is topped with Silestone; it looks like real Carrara marble, but with more texture.
Andrew: It’s where we congregate, do projects, and eat. Our children [ages 12 and 14] do homework there. We put a USB port and outlet right in the island, so when they need to plug in or charge, it’s built in. We put a hydraulic downdraft vent on the stove that operates on a button. The whole vent rises out of the countertop. Those are the things I came up with where I’m like…Is this really going to work? And it did.



An Eames lounge chair from Herman Miller contrasts nicely with the home’s original mahogany bookcase, which the Coits kept for its stylish functionality—key for displaying sentimental travel keepsakes.

What did you save from the original house?

Andrew: The bookcase [in the living room] is made out of mahogany. When the original owner built the house, every shelf was a different height to fit his books. We liked the spirit of that—he was so thoughtful about the way he built the bookcase. We travel, and a lot of our pieces are from Europe or have sentimental value. We’d never before had space like this in our house to display our things.

And you also brought over some key items from past residences.

Lynn: We used to live in a bungalow [in Highland]; the mission-style oak-finish rocking chair worked great in our old house but needed an update for this mid-mod home. I picked the paint and fabric, and Andrew took the entire chair apart, rebuilt it, sanded it, filled it, and painted it.
Andrew: Our [Heywood Wakefield] dining room table has beautiful lines—we’ve had that table for more than 20 years.



The Coits preserved some of the kitchen’s original honey oak cabinets by painting them gray and then adding Lucite and polished-chrome drawer pulls. The flooring is white oak (stained with a walnut finish).

Everyone has a favorite room in his or her home. What are yours?

Lynn: It’s funny that I love the kitchen because Andrew is the cook. What I liked about the original house was the big windows. The way the house is oriented, when you’re doing dishes, you get to look out onto the bright green landscape.
Andrew: I like the sunroom on the back of the house. It wraps around with a 270-degree view. I love to watch the transition of the sun throughout the day. It’s the whole idea of bringing the outside in; it’s a space where you can be in touch with the seasons. It’s a really good place to work.



Left: Turquoise Maharam Alphabet wallpaper brings fun to the master bathroom and is a playful juxtaposition to the ultra-sleek walnut Fresca Allier vanity.

Right: Dandelion Mobile wallpaper (from MissPrint) is a daring backdrop for a Veneto vanity and Minka Lavery wall sconces.

This renovation was really a joint effort. What’s the secret to playing nice with your spouse on a project like this?

Andrew: You only have a finite amount of energy. You have to choose how you use that energy: on joy or [laughs] on arguing.
Lynn: And if you really love a house—and your spouse—it’s best to pick your battles.

Any tips for choosing midcentury modern furniture?

Lynn: I don’t buy things I don’t love. I go for pieces that have good design—everything down to the picture frame, candlestick, and coffee table. Like the striped chartreuse chairs in the sunroom: Andrew was like, “Those are the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.” But I had a vision.
Andrew: Things like that become special. They kind of grow on you. It’s OK to take a risk every now and again.



George Kovacs Modern Regency wall sconces free up space on the nightstands, and the Walter Anderson watercolor block print over the bed adds a dramatic touch.

Photography by Emily Minton Redfield 

Hair Tutorial: French Fishtail

“This look combines a French fishtail with a more traditional braid, making it super versatile and easy to play around with, depending on your style,” explains Ariba Pervaiz, contributor for “For a more polished look, I smooth out the sides for a sleeker, refined finish. In this tutorial, I went with a more laid-back, messy look, by working with my flyaways – instead of concealing them!”
To begin:


Take a small section of hair from your hairline and split it into two equal halves. Cross the right section of hair over the left.



Take a new piece of hair from the left and cross it over to the right. Continue incorporating new pieces of hair and crossing them over in alternating sections until you reach the back of the crown.



Secure the braid with a bobby pin.



Gather the remaining hair in a ponytail and tie it off with an elastic band.



Take a small piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the band to hide the elastic. Secure it with bobby pins.



Split the ponytail into two equal sections to start the fishtail braid.



Take a small strand from the left section and cross it over to the right section.



Now take a small strand from the right section and cross it over to the left. Continue this pattern until you reach the end of the ponytail



Tie it off with elastic band. Gently pull each stitch and spread it to create fullness.Spray a firm hold hairspray to finish off the look.

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