David Johnston Architects honored by home-design site

Houzz, an Internet site focusing on home remodeling and design, has given architecture firm David Johnston Architects a Best of 2014 award.

It was the second year in a row that Houzz awarded the firm’s work in the design category.

“Each year, our community of homeowners and home-design enthusiasts recognizes the home building, remodeling and design professionals delivering the best customer experience and the most inspiring and innovative designs,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community at Houzz.

“We are honored to receive this award, and are continually impressed with the exposure and positive feedback we get from individuals on Houzz,” Johnston said in a statement “We are glad to be part of the creative community that gives inspiration to folks designing and building their dream homes.”

David Johnston Architects provides architecture, interior design and planning and development services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The company was founded by Johnston in the summer of 1997. Its projects range in scope and style, from commercial to mixed-use projects, multi-family to planning projects and single family, award-winning homes.

Nonprofit to present financial empowerment series

Response, a nonprofit designed to support, educate and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, will be presenting a four-part Women’s Financial Empowerment Series.

It is open to all women and will be held on all Tuesdays in April from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the El Jebel Community Center. The classes are intended for the general public. Total cost for the 4 sessions is $50 and scholarships are available.

The course — created and facilitated by Danielle Howard of Wealth By Design and sponsored by the Embrey Family Foundation — seeks to provide insight, instruction and inspiration into how women can receive, give, grow, protect and spend financial resources. To register, call 970-920-5357 or visit

“It is extremely important for all women, no matter their age, relationship status or socio-economic level, to have insight and understanding into their finances and the tools and skills necessary to achieve their financial goals,” said Jill Gruenberg, program coordinator for Response, in a statement. “If a woman is armed with financial knowledge and confidence, she is in a much better position to make sound decisions about her life.”