I first moved to Stapleton in 2004, when I was thinking about relocating to Denver to be closer to family. While visiting, I came across a Stapleton brochure in a local supermarket. It didn’t take long for me to see that this might be the place for me.
When I first stopped by the Stapleton Visitors Center on 29th Avenue in the summer of 2004, I was hooked. I rented an apartment on The Green, and from my desk, tucked neatly under the stairs, I started my home staging, decorating & organizing business. I later purchased two different homes in Stapleton, and I’ve been in my current home in Central Park North neighborhood since 2007.
I’ve seen many, many neighborhoods over the years, and I have never wanted to live anywhere else.
Because I work so much (although I love what I do, so it’s not really “work”), my hobbies tend to keep me close to home. Of course, I often try decorating ideas in my own house, along with a little outdoor decorating – because having a peaceful space outside is often all the vacation I need. Plus, I love exploring all of the Stapleton parks with my dog, Barley. Some of the pocket parks are filled with activity, and some are quiet places to sit & gaze at those lovely pink clouds we often get at sunset. I’m just crafty enough to occasionally make something like curtains, or even a teddy bear, and I also like to cook & bake when the mood strikes.
My connection to Forest City began in 2011, when I volunteered to give tours at the HGTV Green Home, and I was very impressed with the Forest City group that organized the event. In 2012, I entered Barley into the Dogs of Stapleton Calendar and was thrilled when he won a spot on the back cover! The dog prizes and red carpet walk at Stapleton’s Winter Welcome event were such a fun surprise, that shortly thereafter, I decided to join the same team and work at the new Visitor Center in Conservatory Green neighborhood.
I still work full time running my home staging and organizing business, Abundantly Clear Design, and I’m grateful for this new link to the community. I love the fact that my connections here are through many different avenues – it makes it feel even more like home.
Now that I’ve been here for over 11 years, I marvel at the many changes, and I’m even more excited about all the new changes to come!