Tuesday, July 12, 2011



So you're asking "what do all three things have in common?", let me tell you and show you!! I'd love to share my journey with you, so if you have a minute, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and take a walk with me through the mountains of Colorado.

The mountains of Colorado are where people go to renew their souls, commune with nature and breathe the clean air.  I know that I love my time here, there doesn't seem to be enough time in a day but here's a day during my vacation that I know you all will enjoy.

Steve and I love our walks, the vistas are enough to take your breath away at every turn.  We start our walk from our home and meander through the hills, climbing the mountain along the way.  Here is where the path meets the clouds, where earth and sky collide and give us pause as we enjoy what Mother Nature has graced us with.

We continued along this path on our way to a friend's home, wanting to spend some time catching up with those that we haven't seen in a while.

I know you can all relate that sometimes life gets in the way of enjoying simple moments.  We're too busy dealing with our 'everyday' stresses that we forget to enjoy the journey.  Today was about enjoying those precious few moments. 

Our friends have a very beautiful home here in Colorado, as well as one in Tampa but the piece de resistance is what they have perched on a mountain top a little away from their main house.  This is not your typical home but it is unique and fabulous.  A place that both of them go to remember the simple things and enjoy the great outdoors. 

To watch the sun set and to visit with friends (like Steve and King Louie!) 

The girls were inside discussing 'design'.  I know I often tell you that my store, Robyn Story Designs and Boutique is not only a home accessory store but also a Full Service Design Center.  But, I've gotta tell you, I've NEVER been asked to decorate a TEPEE!!!  I LOVE that I can add this to my repetoire of work.

My mom, Betty and Steve's mom, Sweetie, enjoying the lush interiors of the tepee

So, after a quick tour (as you can imagine it was pretty quick!!) of the Tepee we got to talking about what it needs.  Color and a table.  But what table and what colors?  Ahh, the colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, that was the answer.  The pots of paint were at home just waiting to be put to use as were a pair of antlers that I had leftover from an old floral project.  Put a table, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and an old pair of faux antlers together and what do you get.....

A one of a kind creation, perfectly suited for the Colorado Mountains,
in a beautiful, rustic tepee!
We left, following a path through mountains and lakes and headed home to continue with our day of leisure.

Once we got back to the house we headed to town for the remainder of the day to see what was new and to check out some old favorites.  How sweet is this little store and the owners.

Just seeing how beautiful it was on the outside propelled me inside.  I just wanted to browse through the store and find a goody or two.  We spent a few minutes with the owners and their dog and continued down the road.

I love being greeted upon entering a store with such charm.  Anything with a dog always gets me, this stole my heart so I had to take a picture and share it with you.

Here's a little secret.  You know Chalk Paint has become an obsession when you start seeing things in color.  For instance, as we walked by this building all I could think of was Emile and Henrietta.  No those aren't names of characters in a childrens' book, rather two beautiful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors.  So, I guess it's official, I'm obsessed with all things Annie Sloan. 

I see a little Paris Grey and Old White in this building.  Just look at how beautiful the flower boxes are!!

Primer Red

Okay, one more example.....Primer Red and Aubusson!  ASCP colors surround me!!!!

Here are two more wonderful homes that we passed along the way.  So whimsical in it's design yet so sophisticated as well.  It looks like something out of a fairytale to me.  Just such a perfectly beautiful setting nestled amongst the trees.

I stumbled upon one treat after another today.  The bounty of beautiful views that surround me, the luxury of visiting with good friends, the inspiration of colors that abound and one thing that I will share with you later, in a separate post. 

I hope you enjoyed my journey, I loved sharing it with you.  My wish is that each one of you has an opportunity to enjoy those moments where we realize how little we are in this big world, where we can put our concerns aside and simply live in the moment and enjoy the little things in life.  I am heading home tomorrow and as excited and anxious as I am to see everyone and come back to my Tampa home.  Colorado will always own a huge piece of this girl's heart.


  1. Oh this is just marvelous! Love the colors - the table is amazing! How creative! We do need to take time to enjoy life and our memories are just moments in our lives - you've shared some beautiful moments - gorgeous photos!

  2. I hope you have a safe trip home! Loved all of he photos, absolutely beautiful. How nice that you had both of your mother's with you, that is a great holiday!

  3. Robyn, the table is fabulous!!! I can't wait to see it in place, but I'd like to have you along with it!!!

  4. Thanks for taking us along on your beautiful journey. The views are stunning there.
    Love the tee pee - cracked up about the 'quick tour'!! The table is perfect!

  5. Blogger won't let me comment......but I did!
    Linda S. in NE

  6. That table is breathtaking!! Thank you for the gorgeous pictures of your journey! Your posts are always so very inspiring :)

  7. Loved this post. Your time spent in beautiful Colorado sounds heavenly, and it must have been hard to leave. Thanks for the tour of those colorful homes. Love what you did with the table, perfect for a tepee:-)

  8. Such absolutely beautiful pictures, love the table pics.

  9. Hi Robyn,
    The table is gorgeous! I love the tour too, Colorado is one of our favorite destinations for vacations, specially Aspen, I have family there.
    XXX Ido