October 4th, 2011
Kirsten Brant is a bicoastal design phenom who recently planted roots in Denver. The longtime New York City resident, celebrity designer and former Rockette is taking the Mile High City by storm with her undeniable talent and fiery charm. Here, Kirsten shares her ingredients for a fabulous life, whether it’s in the heart of Manhattan or from the peaks of the Rockies.
- Color, especially in design. I think too many people are afraid of color, you can use color in so many ways in design, the most obvious being paint. I always use and recommend Benjamin Moore. I find their colors richer and more vibrant than other paints.
- Alpha Workshops wallpapers and furnishings. The Alpha Workshops is a not-for-profit that trains and employs people living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts. They make the most beautiful collections of hand painted wallpapers which can be customized for any room or color palette. I try to include something from Alpha workshops in every project I do.
- Fig Candle from Henri Bendl’s. It has just the right mix of masculine and feminine and it is light enough for summer but rich enough for winter. It also makes a great hostess or housewarming gift.
- YSL Downtown Bag. When my firm landed its first big design job several years ago, I got myself this bag as a celebration gift and I have not stopped loving it, especially the purple – it is a show stopper.
- My dog Uma. We recently adopted her through the Colorado Cell Dogs Program, where the Colorado Prison system saves dogs from shelters and brings them to the prison where current offenders train them. The dogs leave extremely well behaved and the trainers learn new skills, improve self-esteem, and earn a salary. It is a win-win-win for everyone.
- Good Weave Rug Label. Good Weave is an organization working to end child labor in the handmade carpet business as well as provide education and opportunities to rescued children. Any rug with a Good Weave Label ensures that no child labor was used in the making of the rug. Some of my favorite certified dealers are Odegard, Carini Lang and Company C.
- Town, Collection, Lee Alex and Profiles. It has been exciting to find new and interesting design sources in Denver. Some of my new favorites are Town at the Denver Design District, 9th Avenue Collection on Broadway and Lee Alex Décor on South Broadway. These three stops give you an eclectic mix of styles, periods and price points. And I never go to New York without shopping at the New York Design Center and Profiles.
- The beach. The sun, the sand the water the breeze. Any beach will do, the hotter the better.
- Exchange Brunch: Over a decade ago I started an annual brunch where all my girlfriends bring the clothes they no longer want, and swap for each other’s give aways then we donate the leftovers to charity. It is fun to see a friend looking great in a shirt that was at the back of your closet for years.
- Dance. As a former Radio City Rockette, I cannot do without a ballet class at the Denver Dance Center with Kris Kehl . DDC also has basic and beginner classes if you have never danced before or want to remember how. My husband and I also enjoy salsa lessons on Wednesday nights at the Denver Turnverein.
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