Artist House Tour: Fine art photographers Mark and Kristen Sink thrive in their LoHi Bohemia

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Mark and Kristen Sink, www.gallerysink.com and www.kristenkatgi.com
Fine Art photographers Mark and Kristen Sink in their LoHi home.
Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, by taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

Husband-and-wife photographers Mark Sink and Kristen Sink are quite the artistic force in Denver, using their inspiring bohemian as a home base to launch massive community projects, to create special wet-plate photos and to collect books featuring historic family members who have impacted the field of photography. There are even some fabulous photographs of Mark's work with renowned Pop artist Andy Warhol from the 1980s.

See also: Artist House Tours: Featuring Eron Johnson's inspiring Valverde Loft.

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Cherry Creek Shopping Center welcomes a new four-story Restoration Hardware gallery store

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Aerial rendering of the new four-story Restoration Hardware, which will be called RH.
The empty space at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center once occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue is slated to become a four-story Restoration Hardware gallery store, officially rebranding as "RH." The 53,000 square- foot showroom will be four times the size of the current Restoration Hardware store and feature an atrium, outdoor garden and rooftop park, as well as the brand's product lines for living, dining, bed, bath, lighting, tableware and more. The original Saks will be demolished to make way for RH, along with 38,000 square feet of additional speciality merchants.

See also: Best of Denver 2013 - Best Indoor Mall: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

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Artist House Tours: Featuring Eron Johnson's inspiring Valverde loft

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Steve Hirsch Photography, www.stevehirschphoto.com
Johnson playing music in his loft home.

Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, by taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

When Eron Johnson isn't designing "drool worthy" accessories, lamps and sculptures out of finely crafted architectural antiques, he is simply a man who enjoys making things with his hands. His artistic creations range from wirework to pottery to stained glass -- and even music. You can find everything from a forklift to wire cutters in Johnson's creative toolbox and you can find every inch of inspiration in his Valverde Loft home.

See also: Artist House Tours: Andi Todaro takes inspiration from her home studio.


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Remembering All-V's All Variety and the small-town feel of a strip mall in the big city

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I used to have this recurring dream where I was walking along a strip mall in my grandparents' neighborhood of Mayfair/Hale. I was always heading to La Bola, a Mexican restaurant we used to go to when I was a kid. I would walk up to the door in broad daylight, pull on its oversized wrought-iron handle, and look into the dark and dank bar room beyond. But that was as far as I got -- I would always wake up before I could really see what the interior looked like.

About a decade ago, I made my roommate go with me to this strip mall to see if La Bola was still there and if it looked like that dream I couldn't seem to finish. It didn't: La Bola was gone, replaced by an Italian restaurant. I opened the door and there was no bar room, no mysterious dim and cool space to step into -- just a regular restaurant.

I was in that same neighborhood again yesterday, after I heard that All-V's All Variety had closed after almost half a century on East Eighth Avenue. As with La Bola, I wanted to go inside the sub shop one last time, but no such luck. It was done.

See also: New owner of Mayfair Center to renovate the mid-century modern shopping area

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema unveils plans for a second Colorado location on West Colfax

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Although the first Alamo Drafthouse opened less than a year ago, the Texas-based chain already has a second movie theater on West Colfax. The success of the location in Littleton prompted the company to extend its brand in metro Denver. The new Alamo will be part of the Sloans development plan, the project that is taking over the former home of St. Anthony's Hospital. That's a massive redevelopment that will take years to complete; the Alamo is targeting an opening for late 2015 or early 2016.

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Artist House Tours: Andi Todaro takes inspiration from her home studio

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Todaro, wearing one of her creations in her home studio.
Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, by taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

"Anything and everything" could be object of artist Andi Todaro's creative canvas. From Runway Model to Graphic Designer, she has got the gamut of creativity covered ten-fold, and maximizes her 900-square-foot home and studio to get to work. Keep reading to see how her inspirational space in the Old South Pearl Neighborhood helps her with round-the-clock bursts of creativity.

See also: Artist House Tour: Photographer Jill Mustoffa's Wheat Ridge haven

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Artist House Tours: Photographer Jill Mustoffa's Wheat Ridge haven

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Melissa Rich, www.melissarich.com
Artist Jill Mustoffa in her rural Wheat Ridge oasis.
Editor's note: Indie design blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes by taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

Wheat Ridge-based creative Jill Mustoffa combines holiday cheer and wall-to-wall inspiration at her museum-like mid-modern ranch home. A self-coined "phone photographer," she has a way of turning everyday things into extraordinary ones.

Turn the page to find out how.

See also: Artist House Tour Series: Dana Cain and Mark Putt

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New owner of Mayfair Center to renovate the mid-century modern shopping area

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A rendering of renovations to the Mayfair Center.
It's easy to pass by the Mayfair Center on East 14th Avenue and Krameria Street and not take a second look. Over the past several decades, the strip mall has fallen victim to disrepair, transient tenants and a crumbling parking lot -- all of which has left the space worse for wear. But beneath a layer of peeling paint, developer Jamie Harris saw a mid-century modern beauty.

See also: Mid-Century and Modern in Wheat Ridge Home Tour celebrates unique architecture

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Artist House Tour Series: Featuring Dana Cain and Mark Putt

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Steve Hirsch Photography, www.stevehirschphoto.com
Dana Cain and Mark Putt's art-filled home.
Editor's note: Home designer Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, by taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver.

Denver creatives Dana Cain and Mark Putt bring living with art and music to a new level at their mid-century modern home located in the Centennial Estates neighborhood. Keep reading to see how Cain, an art collector and event planner, and Putt, a musician, add the awesome sprinkles to the top of their "design explosion" called home.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Dana Cain

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Mary Voelz Chandler on Denver's demolition history and her updated architectural guide

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I.M. Pei's Hyperbolic Paraboloid, demolished in 1996.
Mary Voelz Chandler knows her structures. An art and design critic for the Rocky Mountain News until it folded in 2009, Chandler now works directly in the building field, as a communications specialist with G.H. Phipps Construction. She shared her knowledge in 2001's Guide to Denver Architecture; now she's back with a new and improved version that covers fresh architectural developments of the last decade as well as long-gone structures of the past.

Chandler is a master at surveying and assessing the changing Denver skyline. In advance of her speaking engagement at Tattered Cover LoDo tonight, we spoke with her about the city's booming development and the architectural marvels of Denver's past that have been lost to demolition.

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