Neighborhood Profile-Arapahoe Acres

I love this neighborhood it was recently profiled in Metropolitan Home as post war era collection of homes that have put on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is made up of only 124 homes that span from Marion to Franklin and Dartmouth to Bates just across the Englewood line south of Denver.  The lots are typically over 6000 square feet and the homes range from 1100-3000 square feet.  It is truly for the mid-century modern enthusiast.  (Which I’ve got on my list of home styles I would like to remodel)  It is so unique to the Metro area especially as you cross the line into the neighborhood out of the rambled ranch style a few blocks away.  It seems like it could be a real close-knit community.  Most of the renovations appear to come from a true appreciation of the time period and updated with restraint and respect.  If you are out and about this weekend check it out you will not be disappointed.  If  you are a mid-century mod fan grab your check book a FOR SALE sign is typically hard to find

Before and After

This cold weather and grey sky have left me wanting some color in my “P Diddy White Party” bedroom.  Typically I like a bedroom to be all white  because it’s quiet and serene and it a place for rest.  Too much color can be chaotic.  But I was determined to introduce a little spring.  So I challenged my self to give it a color make over for less than $250.  Off to Target as my first stop and found  a bright citrus colored comforter with shams to match by Dwell Studio.  I liked the color.  It was cheery but the comforter itself was a little flimsy although the shams were great.  For me it was a little too bold.  Second stop Home Goods.  I found a pretty coverlet and then I took the pillows from my living room to finish off the look.  I think quiet and serene but more traditional than I was thinking.  Third stop Anthropologie and I found a more modern and whimsical duvet and paired it with some pretty velvet pillows.  I think the latter is the keeper but now I feel I need to paint the walls maybe an almost white grey or pale pale pale violet. Guess I’ll get out the paint brushes!   Tip: If you are looking to update your bedroom right now everyone is making room for the spring merchandise.  I bought the duvet and pillows from Anthropologie more than 50% off and Target was selling bedding 30-50% off too!

Before....white white white!
After: Target Dwell Studio
After: Target Dwell Studio. I think I liked it better just folded at the end of the bed
After: Home Good coverlet
After: Home Goods coverlet/ detail of pillows
After Anthropologie duvet and pillows
After: Anthropologie duvet and pillows. The pictures don't do it justice

tuesday’s find

I have been eyeing this lamp for some time.  It’s at the Village Antique Mall at 8th and Corona which is a great place to find hidden treasures.   It’s on sale for $249.  It needs a great lamp shade in chocolate brown or jade green.  It think it would look perfect a top a round skirted table to anchor a large sofa or fill up a corner of the room.  There’s not doubt it would be a conversation piece as it says it from the Qing Dynasty which ruled China from 1644-1912.  I just find the detail unusual and the white makes it flexible for any color scheme.