Have A Seat

Have A Seat

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Among all the furniture and accessories that populate a room, chairs are among my least favorite to shop. For one thing, the sheer mass of options can be overwhelming, even for a pro. But the biggest impediment to chair shopping? The price.

With very few exceptions, upholstered chairs that are stylish and well-made retail for well over $1000 and with their popularity as pairs, that’s $2000 spent in the blink of an eye- not my favorite conversation to have with clients. Enter this super chic chair from Room & Board.

Room & Board is hardly the place you go to find great deals, but amazingly this swivel chair qualifies. At $699, it’s available in 14 custom solid fabrics and, with a low profile and simple design, works in any room and with any style which is, in a word, perfect. 

What Is An Image Consultant?

What Is An Image Consultant?

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When I started Mile High Style 4 years ago, I wanted to do things differently. At the time, ‘Image Consultant’ was the de facto umbrella term encapsulating personal stylists and personal shoppers (and an entire list of appearance-related professions) as well as anyone who affiliates with the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). Something about the word ‘image’ put me off and still puts me off, and since many of my clients are finding me though ‘Image Consultant’ searches, I thought I’d finally pay lip service to this issue.

As I see it, the term ‘image’ suggests a presentation that is inauthentic. Rather than embracing style holistically, from the inside out, image-based work seems fractured, too focused on the appearing to be rather than the actual being. My work is different. I aim to make you excited about fashion, to tap into and manifest your underlying preferences for certain styles, and, most importantly, to show you the value in expressing your identity through this one area.

Of course there will always be those who, rather than wanting to be stylish, only want to appear that way. But the goal of personal style should be the visual actualization of self, based on the totality of your experiences. To call that an ‘image’ is a disservice to you.

 

Custom For Your Cabinets

Custom For Your Cabinets

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Speaking of switch plates the other day, it should come as a surprise to no one that I believe in customization down to the smallest of details. Builder-grade materials are typically the cheapest and most unattractive and, over time, should be replaced with knobs, pulls, pendants, fans, and yes, switch plates of your choosing: like these agate cabinet handles from West Elm, perfect in a modern and minimalist kitchen or bathroom or added to an old chest of drawers that needs new life.

Doggy Style: Treat Jars

Doggy Style: Treat Jars

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This month’s issue of Boulder Lifestyle Magazine is dedicated to the dogs and features my article on stylish living with our canine companions, broken down by holy trinity of a pup’s existence- feeding, sleeping and playing. However, one area I wish I included, one that is most important to my dogs, is treating. Pop-kitsch poster boy Jonathan Adler has the best option of all: Puppy Uppers.

Save On The Side

Save On The Side

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I’m currently 3/4 finished with an incredible downtown Boulder office renovation that saw upgrades in everything: paint and flooring, windows and doors, furniture and accessories. While searching for the final pieces, I came across this side table from Target that will go perfectly with our higher-end picks from Room & Board and Restoration Hardware while sparing the budget.

I’ve always contended that side tables are one place you can save money without sacrificing style. While upholstered furniture (chairs, sofas) need quality construction to support the high amount of traffic and usage, side tables function simply to hold and display. Save your money with side-shopping at Target, West Elm, CB2, World Market, and Craigslist. Better yet, use that savings to upgrade the things that do matter: your switch plates.