I have three new members of my Barn team!  They live in the back of the property.  The deal between us is that I provide food and water (no shelter) and they provide music to my ears on a windy day, shade during the low lying sun in the afternoon and a place to hang holiday lights and gather for beautiful photo opportunities.

The Barn has three new trees and they are spectacular!

I have always loved trees.  It is hard to describe the strong emotional reaction I had watching these trees placed on my property.   My Mother loved trees and I am sure I got this from her.

As with a lot of decisions in my life, this was spontaneous.  The reason for the trees is simple:  I wanted to put something on the property that would enhance the overall shopping experience at The Barn.  I knew that, at the very least, they would be an immense attention getter.  Unfortunately, Castle Rock seems to have very few full grown trees in the downtown area….these trees draw your eye and beckon a closer look.

Once I had made up my mind to do this, I visited to the Town of Castle Rock to see if I needed any special permits (See?  I learned my lesson from years ago!).  A smiling woman met me at the Building Department counter and I asked her if I needed any special permits to plant some trees on my commercial property.  She eyed me closely and asked if what I meant was a permit to remove some trees.  I patiently corrected her and told her that I was planting trees…several full grown trees.  She looked confused.  I quickly gathered from her reaction that more trees are felled in Castle Rock than are planted.  I assured her that I was planning on bringing in some healthy full grown 18 foot trees and planting them on the property where The Barn was located.  She smiled again and asked if the trees would hamper driving visibility on Perry Street or interfere with walking on any sidewalk.  No, I said.  She then grinned and told me to “knock myself out!”

Next, find the trees.  Through a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend, I finally found a great guy to help me with this project.  My new tree-guy friend came to the Barn to get a visual on what I wanted to do.  I got LOTS of smiles and support for my plan and he invited me to visit a tree farm in Elbert County that had just the type of trees I was looking for.  We left immediately and drove and drove and drove and drove and my cell phone eventually lost signal….I was completely cut off from civilization…not something I am used to.  Fortunately, it was well worth the drive.  Way out in the middle of no-man’s land was an old grove of trees…spectacular trees…and I wanted ALL of them!

Well, to make a short story short, I finally settled on three gorgeous trees.

The night before the trees were to arrive, I woke up in a sweat around 1:00 AM….I realized that I had forgotten to check a survey of the property to make sure I wasn’t encroaching on my neighbor’s turf.  I spent the next hour looking through my files for a recent survey.  I finally found one and it worried me.  I got up around 5:00 AM, drove down to the Barn and, in the dark with a flashlight, I crawled on the sidewalk in search of an elusive “X” that supposedly had been marked in the concrete when the sidewalk was originally poured.  This “X” would be marking my property line.  Eureka!  Not only was the “X” there, but I had also under estimated the amount of property I could use to put in these trees!  I went home and slept like a baby for another few hours.

Around noon I met my tree-guy friend for some last minute tree positioning strategy.  It was during this conversation that I found out that this was his first job transplanting trees in over 2 years (he had suffered a medical issue that required his long term recovery).  OMG!  These were huge trees!  I kept my worries to myself and quickly left town for the night (again, I am such a wimp).


Still trying to keep a short story short.…I came back to Castle Rock the next day to see a lovely tree positioned safely on my property.  The remaining two trees came shortly thereafter.  The trees were precisely placed as planned.  The trees will get their new ‘drip system’ in the next few days to keep them alive over the upcoming crucial year.

Yesterday afternoon a small breeze came up and the trees started making their magical music.  So beautiful.

My crazy landlord would be very pleased.

Yours,   Catherine


Soluxe Decor

We have traveled to the far corners in search of fun, affordable gift ware, artwork, home accents, and one-of-a-kinds – then added a splash of furniture, seasonal items and jewelry. We love the simple things in life mixed with the excitement of exploration, an organic blend of Colorado’s freshness and the exotic world beyond. Please join us as we share our treasures

Paw Paws

The white buffalo

Welcome to The White Buffalo.  Thanks for taking the time to check it out.  It is a store unlike any other, specializing in refurbishing furniture, antique finds, and handmade gifts for you and those you love.

I love the antique look with a splash of color.  We are proud to bring you shabby chic with a twist of unique.

The Gate

Welcome to The Gate! Come on in! Look around and soak it in!  If you have any questions or need help finding what you are looking for, just let me know!

You will find unique and interesting products to suit your cabin and lodge home. Perhaps you are interested in western decor, with a cowboy theme, or farming, even. You can find old tools and implements to compliment a primitive decor. 

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon in your garden, amoungst vintage or new furniture and decor. 

CeCe & Rose

Cece & Rose is as darling and sweet as it sounds! Located in historic downtown Castle Rock inside The Barn, it is truly one of a kind!  You will find some of the latest baby trends in clothing, hair accessories, nursery decor, as well as soft plush, swaddlers, baby booties, children’s jewelry and fun growth development toys.  Our boutique clothing is quality brands and some are locally handmade.  Owner, Kristin Pawlak, is an Interior Designer formally from Chicago.  Her knack for display and merchandising makes it easy to see how items can be paired together, whether it is for baby nursery decor, lighting or clothing accessories.You might run into her twin daughters at The Barn, Cecily & Chloe Rose, in which her shop is named for. 

Bohemian Rags-N-Bags

Bohemian Rags-n-Bags offers:
Unique Bohemian Style Clothing & Accessories, Artisan jewelry, Bags, Hippie clothing, Day dresses, Boho blouses, Tunic tops, Kimono style tops, Gypsy skirts, Yoga wear, Gently used designer jeans & other Boho chic clothing fashions.

Looking for the perfect gift? We also offer a variety of Incense, Scented oils and Candles. 

Take a moment to preview our unique selection…

Shop Bohemian Rags-N-Bags for curious and unique items and gifts for the home!
(Many items handcrafted in India)

The Bee's Knees Antiques & Interiors

The Bee’s Knees Antiques & Interiors specializes in beautiful, hand-picked items that will help turn your house into a haven.  We offer a fresh mix of charming antiques and repurposed furniture, along with vintage accents and home accessories in many styles – from rustic, to French Country, to modern cottage.

Our one-of-a-kind, hand-painted furniture pieces are a labor of love, and will add warmth and personality to your home.

Our inventory is always changing, so stop by often to experience our fun and affordable selection of furniture and home décor!

Coming Home

Coming Home A French and Nature Inspired Mélange. “It’s the way you feel the moment you step in the door, you know…that warm fuzzy feeling…it’s like coming home!”

The Nut Tree

Shirley’s Treasures provides sterling silver, 10K and 14K gold jewelry with genuine stones. This business started 20 years ago and has always been known for providing high quality jewelry at low prices.

French Farm

At French Farm you’ll find beautiful, unusual and very healthy house plants, some big, some small.

We also have a great selection of accessories and tiny plants for your fairy garden or terrarium.

French Farm offers a variety of garden goods. On our front porch you’ll find some great spinners, yard stakes, even some pottery and cement statuaries and garden tools.

Please stop by for a breath of fresh air!

The Nut Tree

All the Comforts of Home – The Feel, The Smell, The Look…

Home Decor & Antiques

Unique Gift Items

The Book Nook

The Book Nook is a unique and fun shopping experience We offer a variety of items to engage both young and not-so-young minds.  Our products include standard bookstore items:  books, journals, stationery, notepads, pens, etc. as well as new and novel products that are constantly being added. 

We carry the largest selection of Jellycat plush toys and books in Castle Rock.  The Book Nook has items to tickle your imagination and challenge your brain.  We think we have a lot to offer so stop by and check us out.  Customers frequently comment that The Book Nook is one of their favorite shops to visit.

I bought The Book Nook to bring new ideas and imagination to The Barn.

The Antique Buffalo

The Antique Buffalo scours the best markets to bring unique and special items to our wonderful town of Castle Rock. We are the go to shop for a one of a kind antique bench, or a high end solid wood dining table. We have stunning artwork ranging from wild horses on framed canvas to framed antique American Flags. We love to travel the country looking for one of a kind dining tables and European accessories. Our shop also carries beautiful botanical candles made locally as well as Joanna Gaines’ very exclusive line of candles and home fragrances. Looking to redecorate your home?  We offer furniture, artwork, lighting, home decor, pillows and accessories in addition to clothing and specialty jewelry. We are known as a luxury, specialty shop with one of a kind finds.

We love our loyal and amazing clients. We have had clients come in for a table and end up furnishing an entire room from our shop. Some of our clients have become great friends of ours and nothing makes us happier than seeing them pop in just to say hello. We are beyond grateful for the loyalty of our wonderful supporters.

Sassy Chic Mamas Boutique

Sassy Chic Mamas brings boutique items made for the Colorado lifestyle directly to you! Our products are handcrafted, locally sourced, and created with love by two Colorado Moms. We offer one-of-a-kind Colorado finds with exclusive designs, including custom, hand-painted elevation signs and boutique items.

Created with locally-sourced reclaimed wood, our signs can be tailored specifically to your needs by a local artist, or you can choose a piece of unique Colorado décor from our collection. We also offer a wide selection of gifts, jewelry, and sassy fashion!

Much Ado Boutique

Much Ado Boutique is for the romantic dreamer in all of us. Our feminine, well curated pieces are created to make our customers feel beautiful each and every day. We hand pick pieces with touches of lace, ruffles and intricate details with the highest quality. Our whimsical clothing can take you from day to evening, or from brunch with the girls to date night on the town.

We carry women’s clothing and accessories; including shoes, jewelry, belts, and bags. We are always adding beautiful new items, so stop in and see us often.

love harper

Here at Love Harper we believe you should embrace your alter ego without feeling the need to alter her. We encourage this through our products with purpose, clothing + accessories that highlight your beauty and uplifting messaging strung throughout. Including supporting fellow small businesses and makers as we are makers ourselves! You will find our own handmade jewelry collection sprinkled throughout the shop! We also offer an extensive do-it-yourself charm bar encouraging you to make your own personalized necklace or bracelet with our handcrafted stamped charms.

We hope to see you soon!

Love Harper 

Our mission is simple- to enable you to feel good. Whether it is a comfy sweater, purchasing that perfect present for a loved one, uplifting messaging with our signs or jewelry, items that make you LOL, beautifully unique home decor or finding something special that speaks to you from other small businesses and makers! 


Welcome to Whitewash home & lifestyle boutique! Where we believe you should surround yourself with beautiful things that make you happy. We are inspired by a diverse mix old and new finds in a rustic and romantic setting of neutral colors and soft textures. Here you will find a unique array of hand painted furniture, lighting, home décor, gifts, fashion, and jewelry. Be sure to reach out and ask about our custom painting services, design services and flat rate furniture delivery.