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Homes, Your Vail Valley Home

Welcome to the Ranch

The sign as you approach the cozy little cabin reads, “Welcome to the Ranch.” And a more welcoming, friendly place is hard to imagine. Whether you are a kid, or a kid at heart, Bill and Maggie Rey’s laid-back little ranch is an enchanting place to be come winter or summer. Every door, every turn holds yet another surprise, another treasure to uncover. And, each weaves another fascinating story. Although “the Ranch” may seem a bit of a grandiose moniker for this humble, yet charming, one-acre property, it is nonetheless apropos on many levels. The low lying home, with its wide, sunny deck, surrounded by rambling woods, truly is the proverbial log cabin. But don’t let the modest size, rustic exterior or gravel drive fool you. Here is a home filled with fine art, western heritage and thoughtfully accumulated collections fit for any ranch – not to mention many a […]

Homes, Your Vail Valley Home

Rugged Harmony

The stars aligned when the home high above Eagle Ranch was built, assures owner Kasia Karska. And, indeed it would seem that way. Outside, it is in harmony with the rugged Western terrain which embraces it. Inside, it is in beautiful harmony with the lifestyle and philosophy Kasia and husband, George McNeil, cherish. The siting of this high-perched home was intentionally aligned with the constellations and earth in mind. “It was the perfect lot to be able to apply Vaastu Shastra, the 6,000-year old knowledge of how to place a building so it reflects the very surroundings and can’t be alienated from the universe,” explains Kasia, a designer and president of KK Design & Build. The description of 360-degree views couldn’t be more apropos to this bird’s-eye setting. Only a short hop from Eagle Ranch, the town of Eagle and Highway 6, the couple’s home still seems in a world […]

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Homes in the Vail Valley: Reed Home, Bellyache Ridge

Artist and landscape architect Rosalind Reed cherishes the element of surprise and color, and uses both liberally and to arresting effect in her work. It is somehow fitting then, that her home, high on a ridge in Bellyache proves a wonderful surprise in itself.  The road up Bellyache winds and climbs until it reaches a summit high on the mountain.  But that is not where the journey ends. Off to the side, a dirt road takes over from there, meandering deeper through aspen and pine, seemingly bent on disappearing into ever thickening forests. Then, as you round a bend in the off-mainstream road, the trees suddenly fall away, and a treasure of a hidden, nearly untouched valley opens as if summoned like Brigadoon from nowhere. It’s hard to find a more picturesque landscape, where forests run deep, encircling open meadows, under the rocky skyscapes of the dramatic New York Range. […]

Colorado Neighborhoods, Your Vail Valley Home

Mason De Campagne Francaise

A stained glass ornament hangs from the window in Karin Lanham’s home office, shining enticingly in front of an astonishing view of the mid-portion of the Vail Valley. The ornament, titled, “Marburg” is etched underneath a picturesque view of a German city dating back to Medieval times. As Karin sits working, the trinket reminds her of her roots, and how far she has come. “I’ve had such an incredible life, and I don’t want to forget where it all started,” she says. Karin has fond memories of Marburg – despite being dragged almost daily into a bomb shelter as a small child. Perhaps it was the very ugliness of World War II that drew her irresistibly to the inherent beauty and artistic designs she found everywhere in the ancient city. Today, Karin’s office is filled with light and bright beginnings as she contemplates the latest purchase for her popular boutique […]

Culture in the Vail Valley, Focus Vail Valley, Giving Back, Your Vail Valley Home


There’s no sacrificing style for sustainability in Vail. Buying used, consignment and repurposed furniture and accessories keeps money in your pocket and waste out of the landfill. The lifecycle continues at Thrifty Shops When shoppers fail to scoop up those hidden gems at the valley’s local consignment store and Habitat ReStore, those items are usually donated to Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops in Edwards and Eagle, making it a hot spot for bargain and treasure hunters alike.   Proceeds from merchandise sold at the Thrifty Shops fund annual community grants that support Eagle Valley-based charitable organizations. Thanks to the efforts of donors and shoppers last year, the Thrifty Shops and Vail Valley Cares awarded 31 valley-based charitable organizations a total of $275,000 in contributions. Donated items that don’t make it to the Thrifty Shops sales floors are passed on to the ARC Thrift Stores, located along the Front Range, where their […]

Colorado Neighborhoods, Your Vail Valley Home

Neighborhoods of the Vail Valley

Shhhh, don’t give away one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets: we live in a state that sees more than 300 days of sunshine, 300 inches of snowfall annually, and add to that our world-class resorts and restaurants rival those found in large cities—we truly are in a paradise. Even in paradise, though, decisions need to be made… such as, what neighborhood to call home? From east to west, each neighborhood has a distinct feel to it, and prized reasons it’s called home. The Meadows More and more, there is little reason to leave Beaver Creek once you enter through its (hallowed) gates: The village, elevation 8100 feet, is home to art galleries, gourment restaurants, parks, festivals, events, not to mention miles of hiking and biking paths, and the Vilar Performing Arts Center where shows range from opera to flying dogs…. Oh and how about 1,832 acres of powder to explore? The […]

Colorado Neighborhoods, Your Vail Valley Home

A Vision of Their Own

The Azizes’ Signature Style Makes a Bold but Irresistible Statement Norma Aziz knew exactly what she wanted her new home in Vail to look like. When she spotted the home in a real estate ad, even her broker’s insistence she and husband Juan Carlos would hate the house in Potato Patch didn’t faze her. So vivid was Norma’s vision, she was able to see past the green beach siding, the pink limestone counters and dated finishes. Instead, she envisioned a clean, open environment of light, and striking black-and-white contrasts, where the gleam of stainless steel and the bright pop of red would enliven a sleek, contemporary space. After scouring some 40 homes, and having tried living in Buffehr Creek for a stint, the Azizes knew instinctively this house would be the perfect backdrop for family and friends. “I said, ‘this is the home I really want’, and I know what […]

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A Mountain State of Mind

Interior design in the Vail Valley is vibrant and alive! And the talent is flourishing with a wide palette of styles. Whether they prefer bold or subtle, contemporary or traditional, these eight designers share a common bond. They are all seasoned with a minimum of seven years under their professional belts, with some having 30 to 40 years of experience in the field. They love their work, the clients they meet and most of all the creativity and the next challenge. Julie Seracuse Trained in industrial design and influenced by her father, an architect, Julie Seracuse believes both have helped her to think out-of-the-box to design furniture pieces that suit her clients’ space and needs. She believes there has been a real trend in the mountains towards a more contemporary clean look and she expects that to continue for the foreseeable future. “The trick is to keep a design from […]

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The Importance of Lighting

A level of importance and thought with lighting gives art some serious punch. It can change the setting completely, creating an ambiance and mood. It can create soul and enhancement and change the emotion and aesthetic experience, as well. Hefty words, but nevertheless, they ring true. With proper lighting, the intent and strokes of the artist’s brush or palette knife are shown to full advantage. And lighting has far surpassed a mere cool bulb attached to the top of the frame. LED lights are changing the art world. Even track lighting has been usurped with state-of-the-art low voltage fixtures. Although low voltage has been a standard for quite awhile, these days, the best bulb highly recommended by art gallery owners is the Sylvia MR16 infrared bulb, which lasts three-times longer than any other source. Of course, the beam spread is crucial, as well. Bill Rey, owner of Claggett Rey Gallery […]