5 Ways to Make Your House Feel Like A Home

As real estate agents, it’s one thing for us to find our clients the perfect house, but the real goal, is making them finally feel at home

Here are 5 tricks for making your house truly feel your own. Enjoy!
1. Buy Fresh Flowers

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Check out The Modern Collector for vintage vases such as this one!

There is no greater option for bringing life into your house, like a bouquet of fresh flowers. A local florists, like our favorite, Bloom in Cherry Creek North, will make a monthly arrangement, special to every time of the year and will guarantee to bring a pop of color to any room. Bloom’s Holiday Arrangement, is the cherry on top of bringing warmth, and Christmas spirit into this already beautiful house. We cant wait to see what they have in store for January and the rest of the year!flo

Bloom Denver. Holiday Arrangement.
2. Hire A Photographer


One of our favorite ways of feeling at home, is seeing the faces of those we love in it. Family pictures aren’t just for Christmas cards anymore! Rather, hire a photographer like ours, Corey Anthony, who takes the time to understand your family dynamic and the things that are the most important to you, and then capture them in a photograph.


This picture is one of our favorites, capturing the generation of hands in our family, and will surely be framed in our home for many years to come.

3. Invest In An Oriental Rug


Like a good bottle of wine, an oriental rug only gets better with age. One way of bringing the “at home” feeling to a new house, is to lay down that oriental rug, that has been with you throughout the years, under your bed or coffee table. This timeless piece can be a momento from home to home, and will always be worth the initial investment.

4. Display A Statement Piece of Art


Whether you are renting or owning your home, one way of having pride of ownership is having one piece of artwork you are proud of to display. Both Katie and I invested in one painting or photograph, which we will always display in our homes. Check out some of our favorite pieces from Z Gallerie!

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5. Incorporate A Family Heirloom


Many people have that one special heirloom that their grandmother recently passed down to them. For Katie, it was this beautiful, antique, diamond broach. Rather than spending a pretty dime on another decorative pillow, we pinned the broach to a furry pillow. Every time someone compliments that artifact, its an opportunity for Katie to bring up our Grandmother, whom we love so much. Have an old frame that is meaningful to your or your family? Revamp the frame by painting it a new color, change out the picture, and put it back out on display.  _MG_6425

Check out The Modern Collector for vintage, collective, pieces!
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Visit Bloom in Denver at their Cherry Creek or Union Station location!
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Visit Corey Anthony Photography to book your family portraits!

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Is Modern The New Face Of Denver?

It’s hard not to recognize that there is a new trend in the Mile High City, and that trend is modern architecture. If you live in Denver, you might be like me and every time you drive through the streets of the Highlands, Sloan’s Lake, or Cherry Creek, another brick home has been demolished and yet another, ultra modern, box-like structure, has taken its place. With Denver’s current building trends, it might be a safe assumption that modern architecture is indeed the new face of Denver.

A Perfect Downsize for the Empty Nester!

Empty nester. Noun.

  1. A parent whose children have reached adulthood and left home


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For many parents, it’s the eighteen year (or so we hope) goal of returning to “just the two of us”. You have raise a beautiful family, in a beautiful home, and successfully sent all the minions off to school and into the real world. Empty nesting often means more financial freedom, more vacations, and finally downsizing from that 4-5 bedroom, finished basement, high maintenance, family house!

With a recent focus on Millennials, we thought it was time to change things up and turn our focus to searching for the perfect Empty Nester home. Doing our research, there were a few key components that stood out as the most important features to those wanting to downsize:

  1. Low Maintenance
  2. Two Bedrooms + an Office
  3. Open Floor-Plan
  4. Outdoor Living Space

In order to find the perfect house, we turned to our longtime friend and our family’s personal interior designer, Jane Freking of JF Designs. Jane, who has been in the business for over 20 years, has designed some of our absolute favorite and most memorable homes here in Denver. With a knack for helping her clients transform minimal space into the most desirable rooms, we knew Jane was just the person to turn to.

What we are now dubbing “The View House”, our Empty Nester featured home, with interior designs by Jane herself, will make any downsizer envious.

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Perfectly centered with an unobstructed view of Mt. Evans, this entire home has been designed to enjoy the spectacular setting. Using Nano doors which retract into the exterior walls, this home is a flawless transition from indoor to outdoor living. It begins with your first impression as you are greeted at the front door and immediately walk into the center Great Room, which is framed by the expansive, porcelain kitchen island, indoor/outdoor fireplace, and cozy living room… with NO WALLS SEPARATING ANY OF IT!

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The 2700 square foot, ranch home, has two guest bedrooms in addition to the master. Yet, there is no basement or unwanted bedrooms that only create more work for when the homeowners are ready to lock up and head for the Caribbean.

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With interior reclaimed, wood floors, Jane achieved the homeowner’s wishes of creating an organic, cozy, but incredibly chic living area. Then there are the details. The show stopping chandelier, lush couches finished with plaids and stripes, and effortlessly matching dining room chairs. The sleek, grey palette is inviting (watch out that those kids don’t try to move back home) and provides this couple with a living space for them to enjoy for many years.

Ready to downsize?! The McKenney Team and JF Designs are here to find you and your plus one the perfect, low maintenance, home to settle into!


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Photo Credit:

Stephen Glover @sgloverphotog


Redefining the Unfinished Basement

Some of you had the fortunate pleasure of seeing the beautiful crack den that Chase and I purchased in Platt Park. We bought with the intentions of either knocking it down, or doing a major remodel. But before we jumped through hoops to get construction loans, and archituecural plans, I took it upon myself to make the place “livable”.


Halloween Gets a Sexy, New Twist!

Halloween, the holiday once recognized for silly plastic ghosts, creepy jack-o-lantern faces, and pop up front yard witches has received a sexy facelift! We love this holiday Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 1.05.12 PMbecause its the one time each year, where you have full permission to transform the vibe of your home and even scare the pants off of your visitors.

But this year, we were looking to put a little twist on our decorating tradition. We decided to ditch the scandalous nurse costume and instead let our home speak to our slightly more sultry side. So in anticipation for trick-or -treaters or your own Halloween bash, here are a few ideas on how to transform your home.

Taking Design Collaborations To New Heights

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Corinne Ekle, a fellow classmate of Katie’s at Cherry Creek High School about her success as the owner and principle designer of
c2Design, an interior design firm based in Denver. It was so exciting to hear about her experiences as a young entrepreneur working DSC00051in the Denver market and watching her dreams of working as a designer and business owner take flight!

Corinne shared a story about a recent opportunity she had to be a part of the Denver Life Magazine 2015 Designer Showhome, where she was selected to design the basement bedroom. Immediately, Corinne recognized that the basement bedrooms is one of the more looked over rooms in the whole home, so in order for it be recognized, she would have to think of an aesthetic slightly outside the box. After seeing what she put together, we asked her if we could PLEASE showcase this beautiful room and more so, if she would show our viewers how to recreate this idea!

Bye Bye Dorm Room Twin Bed, Hello Nursery Crib!

Oh how the times have changed…

It feels like just yesterday that I was picking out my extra long sheets that only fit that special dorm room bed you sleep in that first, memorable year. Now, my time and money is spent picking out the latest and trendiest crib and bumper! Is it me or is everyone having babies right now!?

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The endless amount of stuff you need for a nursery can be so overwhelming and not to mention extremely expensive! Here are some ideas from my own nursery, as well as friends, for that special space for your little one to come home to that won’t break the bank.

Inspired Interior Design from the French Alps: How to Recreate this Room!

A week ago we posted a picture of this TO DIE FOR dining room at L’Alpage, Chalet Pelerin in France. Ellese’s boyfriend, Stephen Glover  traveled to the French Alps as the hired photographer for a First Descent’s excursion. Each photo was more breath taking then the next!


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While all of his pictures made us want to pack a bag and jump on the first flight over, the interior shots made us want to bring this cozy chic inspiration home!