Behind the Story

Meet the Team Who Created This Month's Cover Feature

Kristy Smith

Designs by Kristy

I have 20 years of experience in Interior Design bringing bold colors and textures into my client's homes and most importantly, finding what brings each one joy! My clients become my friends and often share our joy of the outdoors whether skiing, hiking, sharing a good glass of wine or bottle! I am lucky to share my everyday love of life with my funny, adventurous 6 year old son, River and my husband, Bret who keeps me laughing and my heart full!
You can contact Designs By Kristy at (720) 635-7735. 

Leah Rosine

Owner, Abloom Florist

Abloom Florist

9325 Dorchester St. F-122 303-470-1700

Leah worked for ConAgra Foods for over 30 years in various management positions, when the opportunity arose to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a small business owner. Leah took over as the owner of Abloom Florist in Highlands Ranch January 2020. Much of the early days were spent in the height of the pandemic, she wouldn't trade those days for anything! Abloom became flexible and shifted to accommodate protocols to ensure safe deliveries to all customers. Leah and her team are extremely grateful to have the support of our local community!

Linda Glover

Head Event Planner, Abloom Florist

Linda has been in the floral design industry for 29 years. She attended floral design school at The Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University.  Linda was honored as a guest designer at the AIFD Symposium in Houston, Texas, and has worked in Breckenridge servicing many destination weddings. Since moving to Colorado 12 years ago she has tailored her skills to specialize in event work. "Event work is my passion. There is nothing better than seeing an entire vision come to life. Growing up the youngest of 8 in a large Italian family, everything was an event. So events have always been in my blood."

Sundial House at BackCountry

10989 Sundial Rim Road 


Nestled atop a dominant ridge, the Sundial House at BackCountry is a luxurious retreat offering panoramic views of everything from Downtown Denver, Longs Peak, Pikes Peak and the 8,200 acres of Backcountry Wilderness Area. Opened in 2010, residents of the BackCountry Community use the resort-style outdoor pool, catch up with friends in Pikes Pub and lounge areas. Also available are a demonstration kitchen, community rooms, fitness and movement studios, and spa treatment rooms. Whenever adventure calls, the Sundial House guides you out into the Backcountry Wilderness Area, and leads you back home at day’s end.

Jeannine Freeman

JFree Photography

Hey there, I’m Jeannine! I’ve been a professional photographer for five years. I specialize in high school senior portraits and branding, however, I’m always open to new projects. I’m a native of Colorado, growing up all over the Denver area.  When I’m not behind the camera, I enjoy traveling, drinking wine and exploring new places to eat! In addition to the work I've done at Highlands Ranch Lifestyle Magazine,  you can see my work at

Sonja Nix

Editor, Highlands Ranch Lifestyle Magazine

If you are a regular reader of Highlands Ranch Lifestyle Magazine, you've likely seen Sonja's name and maybe face in the pages of previous issues. After a career in commercial interiors, and then full time mommin', Sonja started writing as a technical writer, then a freelance writer for nearby Lifestyle Publications. She has been with Highlands Ranch Lifestyle for one and half years. When she isn't tracking down stories or cramming before a deadline, you might find her hiking or watching her children play soccer and perform in musicals.  

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