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Welcome to Taupe & Ike!

We are a small team of passionate individuals who are dedicated to providing the best services to our clients. Our mission is to make a positive impact on the world and help businesses and individuals achieve their goals.

The Beginning

Our story began with our founder, Nanci Garnand, who strongly desired to stay connected with people and businesses. She says,” I need the attention of cats! And, I need people too. There, I said it. I need a way to stay connected. I have even been called a collector of people.”

The Need

With a background as a banker and loan officer (a long time ago), Nanci understood the importance of marketing and staying in touch with her clients. but did not understand how much work it takes to reach out, connect, stay in touch, and ask for repeat business. After years of using Rolodex and eventually online systems, she realized that she needed a way to have access to her office from wherever she happened to be. It had to be easier than herding cats!

Once in Real Estate, Nanci learned about CRMs—she could create flyers, keep track of clients, send emails, recognize birthdays, map addresses, make notes, set up calendars, and follow up on projects. As a real estate agent, it would keep track of deals or contracts, any notes about the transaction, dates, and each of the parties involved. That’s when Taupe & Ike was born.

Our Namesakes


The name Taupe comes from Nanci's white paw Siamese cat that she adopted from the NoCo Humane Society (formerly Larimer County Humane Society). Five-year-old Taupe and her five kittens had been turned in to find a good home. She had asthma, but Nanci and their vet found an inhaler that she could use.

Taupe helped Nanci take care of Ike, a 5-week-old kitten she found on Eisenhower Blvd, in Loveland Colorado. Together, Taupe and Ike played and took care of each other, although Taupe thought Ike was a pest at times. They led a happy and spoiled life.


Sadly, Ike was diagnosed with cancer and passed away at a young age. Taupe developed a heart condition and passed while Nanci was in Africa petting an elephant.

At Taupe & Ike, we are committed to providing the best services to our clients while honoring the memory of our furry friends. We believe that by helping businesses and individuals achieve their goals, we can make a positive impact on the world. Thank you for choosing Taupe & Ike.