Take I-25 to Exit 192 (Ridgegate Pkwy), then proceed 2.5 miles east. Stepping Stone is on the south side of the roadway. View Map

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‘Tis the season to gather. Which means it’s the season to get your home ready for its closeup. One of the many good things about Stepping Stone is its location, not far from either I-25 or C-470, each of which will whisk you to all the resources you need for holiday entertaining.

Need the big stuff, like dining room tables and chairs, bar stools, and sofas? Head over to the nearby American Furniture Warehouse—and we’re not talking about any old AFW, but the megastore. A mere 4.9 miles and 8 minutes away, this vast collection of every type of furniture will give you lots of options at very reasonable prices. Save your steps with a little previewing on their website and on this dining room board on their Pinterest page. American Furniture Warehouse: 8820 American Way, Englewood, CO 80112, (303) 799-9044.

For a very different vibe, try HW Home, 10 miles and 15 minutes away. This is a more curated experience, with high-end collections that lean toward the sophisticated, the unusual, and, often, the less traditional. You can customize your fabrics and even request in-home custom design. Besides furniture for the whole house, HW Home also carries pillows, throws, and tabletop items, such as these cool emerald tumblers and bottle stoppers. HW Home: 5375 Landmark Place, #101, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, (303) 779-9500.

Of course you can always zip over to IKEA (7 miles, 12 minutes away), that blue and yellow icon of flat-pack bargains for every room of the house. Fortified by the cafeteria’s Swedish meatballs, you can roam the aisles for hours, snatching up deals on ready-to-assemble furniture and home accessories. (Fun/freaky fact: IKEA uses approximately 1% of the world’s wood supply.) IKEA is the perfect place to grab kitchen basics like these green plaid dishtowels and bright cutting boards, or perhaps a cute apron for tucking into the stocking of your favorite budding chef. IKEA: 9800 E. IKEA Way, Centennial, CO 80112, (888) 888-4532.

Napkins, candles, dinnerware, and more for the tabletop are available at Pier 1 near Park Meadows (6.9 miles, 11 minutes away). Check out their hostess gift board on Pinterest for ideas like light-hearted sticky notes, cordial glasses, and penguin wineglass charms. Pier 1: 8360 South Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124, (303) 768-0171.

World Market (6.6 miles, 11 minutes away) offers global-themed offerings. Visit their Pinterest board for goodies like these baking bowls and cookie cutters and this cherry red dutch oven. World Market: 9559 East County Line Road, Englewood, CO 80112, (303) 662-1221.

Last but not least, be sure to stop by Stepping Stone’s very own Pinterest page for holiday recipes to try in your newly outfitted kitchen—like Cheddar Apple Muffins, Chai Brined Roast Turkey, and Sunset Magazine’s All-Time Favorite 25 Pies. And maybe most important of all, a handy pre-entertaining quick-cleanup checklist.

December 10, 2014

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