Elizabeth & Jon's "Gathered" Style

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Name: Elizabeth and Jon
Location: Congress Park — Denver, Colorado

My husband and I like to call our aesthetic "Gathered" because we've collected bits and pieces from our travels, flea markets, thrift stores, and our family and friends. We put them into our home in a (hopefully) cohesive way. We are very careful about what comes into our home…

… we don't like useless or meaningless clutter but we are not afraid of a stuff here or there. When you move as often as we do the memories attached to your possessions help create an instant home!

We are lucky to have found a really beautiful old apartment here, which can be difficult to find in a city as new as Denver. The wood floors, high ceilings and arched doorways are rare here, and I was thrilled to see that they had redone the bathroom and kitchen in the late 1940's and hadn't touched it since - we still have the original stove from the kitchen redo. You have to light the oven with a match but it cooks better than anything else I've ever used!

We were also lucky that a lot of our things from our previous houses fit right in to this place though we are looking to upgrade our couch sometime this year.

Our inspiration is very eclectic - Jon, my husband, loves the great outdoors (the reason we moved here in the first place!) and my eye is drawn anything old and weathered. Between those two ideas we end up with a lot of tarnished metal, flaking windows, battered bookcases and sidewalk salvaged furniture. We are learning to work with color as well, and trips to places like Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Badlands are helping us figure out how to tackle that.

Thanks, Elizabeth !

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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