Upon opening Homebody–Cherry Creek North’s newest lifestyle boutique–former stay-at-home mom Dory Pratt became a rising star in Denver’s design scene. Pratt gathers the work of some of Europe and America’s most talented makers to create her shop’s texture-rich vignettes of furnishings, fashion, textiles, art and vintage finds–“things that no one has ever seen,” she promises. We paid a visit and asked Pratt about the things that inspire her most. Here, she shares her favorites.
Tell us about your all-time favorite book.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I love the imagery of Cartagena and Colombian society around the turn of the 20th century.
The artist I’m most inspired by is…
Photographer Marilyn Minter. I love the scale, subject matter (fashion and women), lush colors and up-close imagery of her work.
What’s one destination you always tell your friends to add to their bucket list?
Brazil, hands down. I’ve been there several times, and despite the problems, it is a physically beautiful country full of jovial, friendly people. I love the music, food and diverse culture.
What’s the story behind the best gift you’ve ever received?
My engagement ring. It was passed down through several generations of my husband’s family, but originally belonged to a great, great aunt who was known as “Diamond Flo,” the diamond lady in New York City.
Tell us about a favored piece in your shop.
A vintage piece of art I found at the Paris Flea Market, made by an unknown artist in 1970. It’s a black-and-white oil painting and looks like a jellyfish to me, but a scientist customer commented that it looks just like cells under a microscope.
Best piece of advice:
Don’t sweat the small stuff.