My house’s must-haves.

My childhood friend Shannon had the entire Barbie set-up: the dream house, the pink Corvette, at least a dozen Barbie dolls. And she used to play with them. I had Barbies, too, but they sat in my toy box. I remember wishing so hard that I'd want to play "House" with my Barbies as much as she did. Instead, I've…

Painting with a Purpose

It was a successful evening of painting and spreading some cheer all in the name of raising funds and increasing awareness for CASA of Missoula, a non-profit dedicated to providing independent, trained volunteers to advocate in the best interests of children in the judicial system who are at substantial risk of or have experienced abuse or neglect. Photography Painting with…

Color for a Cause

Missoula Brewing Company donated fifty cents for every pint sold to the Humane Society of Western Montana. Attendees enjoyed free coloring, great food options, and tasty beers while helping our neighborhood pets. Photography Chelsea Lyn Drake

Winter Break

The cold didn't stop the fun. In fact, it invited it! Community members frolicked in the snow and participated in winter games at The Ranch Club's annual Winter Fest, a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Meals on Wheels. 
Photography Charene Herrera and Cindi Willy

March 2017 Around Town

With spring right around the corner maybe it's time for some spring cleaning or redecorating. Maybe it's time to declutter and dress up your walls. The most innovative and user-friendly wall decor system ever created, Vänt wall panels are the leading trend in fine living. They're versatile and available in different sizes and styles to suit any need. Browse dozens…

The Magnolia Story

Just go home. You need you some home. Paired with the ever memorable tune these words are sung to is the familiar jingle of a Tuesday night in front of the television. We’ve come to know and love Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper, for their indisputable chemistry and innate, mesmerizing talent for creating…

Tiny Home under the Big Sky

A lot goes into a livable space—somewhere to sleep, somewhere to stow food, a place to cook that food, a bathroom, a place to play, and maybe somewhere to do laundry if we’re really living, but in truth, these are the essentials. As Americans, the size of the room in which we keep or do these things varies, often tipping…

Live. Work. Play.

More than a decade ago, in the heart of downtown, stood the remnants of a ghost. Today, the long-known “mill site,” which had been left vacant since the early 1990s and been an eyesore for Missoulians, is the Old Sawmill District, a community within a community comprised of all kinds of residences, businesses, and amenities—exactly like what you’d find in…

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without. Mevo: We have countless ways to document our lives—social…

Invest Early, Often, and Wisely

It’s no secret: 
With longer life spans and lower earnings on average, women often face unique financial challenges. What follows are a few tips women may want to consider as they create the financial cushion they need. Contribute to your employer-sponsored retirement plan. Contribute as much as you can possibly afford to your 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) retirement plan at…

Nesting

Nesting, by my definition, is the readying of one’s arrival—perhaps even my own. My mother, whom I’ve always considered a professional home decorator, nested when she was just a child, buying things for a home she didn’t yet have. My brothers and sisters nested for their children, collecting clothes, painting the little one’s room—making everything picture perfect to make up…

Less Is More

When he was a boy, Steve Loken spent many weekends taking apart buildings. He and his father would pack a lunch and drive out with two crowbars to the barns and houses slated to be razed in the path of I-90. “We built our farm and outbuildings out of materials that were going to be thrown away,” Loken recalled. What…