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hosting the perfect bbq!

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by

reprint from the home and lifestyle section of the neighborhood gazette, wheat ridge by jeanne nichols:

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it looks as if summer has finally arrived and all the rain has given us lush backyards.  it appears to be a good time for an outdoor BBQ!  actually the term used should be “cook out”  as many barbeque aficionado’s would only use the word barbeque if in fact that’s what one would be doing – slow cooking with more smoke than flame contact, but BBQ just seems more festive than a cook out.  anyway, I digress, let’s review a few ideas that will help produce the perfect outdoor party.

the number one secret in a successful party is in the planning; who’s coming, menu preparation, how are you going to eat it and what are you going to do when you aren’t eating.

WHO’S COMING

although it seems simple enough the mix of your crowd helps determine the success of your party.  i know, it’s your party and you can invite whomever you want.  however, certain groups and people should not be locked up in the backyard together for an afternoon or evening.  also, some children should definitely not be around certain adults at a barbeque.   So, choose your guests wisely.

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FOOD 

it’s important that you include a bit of food for everyone.  throwing meat on the grill doesn’t always work these days so adding a piece or two of fish, chicken and/or portabello mushrooms to the menu is always a good idea.

desert is an easy one for outdoor gatherings; watermelon, pre-made ice cream cones and “kick the can” homemade ice creams are classic favorites.

drinks are also important, hopefully it’s a glorious colorado day so keeping everyone hydrated is important.  plenty of water, coolers and juices are a great way to do this, particularly if you decorate them and keep them cold. buckets of ice with drinks and fruit slices and berries added to the water dispenser can make them especially refreshing.

SERVING

plenty of seating is a good idea and a quick and easy way is to add hay bales which can serve not only as seating but side tables for your friends to set their drinks and plates of food on.

 

don’t skimp on paper plates, the thin ones are inexpensive but I’ve found they can get soggy and floppy so you end up using a lot more than necessary – so invest in either a stronger paper, bamboo or even the new fashionable melamine pieces can be found at your local thrift stores.

make sure you have a good place for trash and recycles preferably away from the gathering area.

ENTERTAINMENT

having plenty of activities before and after the food serving that will keep everyone interacting.   some of the favorites are pinata’s, croquet, baci ball, frisbees or even a karaoke machine.  our family enjoys playing a good game of kickball too.

enjoy your summer and particularly those outdoor parties, with just a bit of planning you can have a great BBQ!

for the love of pencils

Posted on Sunday, March 30th, 2014 by

i was so excited to know that there is a national pencil day, march 30th.  actually it is an “unofficial” holiday,  it isn’t known for sure who started the holiday but on this day in 1958 the u s patent office issued the first patent for a pencil with an eraser attached to it.

a rabid fan of the pencil – my purse, briefcase and/or bag is always loaded with them. i’m not quite sure why i have such a love for pencils, but deep in my memory there seems to be a faint recall of a kindergarden class, the lined paper (with the dotted lines between) and trying so hard to form the letters within that space.

i also remember chewing the end of my pencil…yes, i was an eraser eater (along with a nail biter, if you must know).  i would have to put one of those cap erasers on top of my pencil to cover up my dastardly deed.

but there is something about a pencil that is so settling for me.  in looking at it in the here and now i think it may have to do with the ability to change things once written, unlike with an ink pen.  it may also be the ability to write with a pencil in any position, underwater and even in zero gravity (something i’ve never experienced…but you can be sure if i ever do i’ll have my pencils with me).

of course there are other things other than writing with a pencil that comes with the territory, the type and style of pencil, the pencil sharpener of which i have many and also the many things one can do with a pencil if needed.

in honor of pencil day, lets find all your pencils and sharpen them, arrange them neatly in the drawer and give them the honor they deserve.  if it hadn’t been for pencils you wouldn’t know how to write!

 

 

p.s. did you know you can’t get lead poisoning from pencils?  they are actually made of carbon…all those threats in elementary school were bluffs!

 

 

 

speaking of color!

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 by

last time i wrote i talked about the pantone color of the year radiant orchid.  i thought it would be good to take a look at benjamin moore’s 2014 color of the year “breath of fresh air” #806

i’ve really been in love with this color, even before i new it was trending, it has such a peaceful quality to it.  quite a few of our accessory and fabric companies have been touting this fabulous fresh color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

i’m also loving the other colors in benjamin moore’s 2014 neutral pallet.  i love sn ever-changing color pallet.  it’s keeps fashion – whether clothing, accessories, graphics or interiors fun and interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as we begin refreshing our homes this spring, keep these great colors in mind, painting your bathroom, a wall in your living room or using these colors in new throw pillows can update your space making you feel different about your surroundings.

Radiant Orchid from Pantone

Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by

it’s 2014 and a time when the color of the year from pantone is announced.  it is always fun for us because it’s just before the winter market  in las vegas and we are able see a lot of the new color.   i’ll be sure and share some of those ideas when we are there, but in the meantime i thought you might a sneak peak at what some of our vendors have already introduced.

when using color it is the color that you use along side which will totally change the perception of the color.  i recently read something the catalan artist Joan Moro said, “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”  i see the combination of the colors determining whether you have something fantastic or a disaster.

although there is a lot of study about color and the biological reaction to it, our emotional responses are far less predicatable and vary from one person to another.    “No two humans view and react to a single color the exact same way.” – Feras Irikat

so what do you think? we’d love for you to put some color combinations together and share with us on facebook. 

happy holidays!

Posted on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by

 

christmas somehow becomes a time for reminescing.  this photo was a photo taken on my first holiday in colorado with my new husband, his children, mine and my parents.

needless to say time has flown, my two are married with a total of 5 grand children.  pat’s children are grown, graduated from college and on their career paths.

my parents are gone!  dad several years ago and mother just this summer.  life is always changing, which is sometimes good and sometimes heart breaking…this was one of those heartbreaking years.

but…i also can’t help but remember all the great christmas’ i had growing up and continue to have because of my mom and dad’s excitement and enthusiasm for this holiday.

we traveled and moved around because of my father’s work.  we were usually far away from family so christmas became all about our immediate family (the 4 of us).  i must say it was never lonely.  we were always busy, doing activities, cooking, shopping, seeing the lights on christmas eve, eating split pea soup and grilled cheese sandwiches…santa clause was very real (i was told as long as you believe in santa he will come on christmas eve).  i’m probably the only 60 year old that still believes.

so as we scurry around this holiday carrying on our activities i wanted to take a moment and thank mom and dad for giving me so many great christmas holidays.

 

much to be thankful for!!!

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by

Thanksgiving Stroll

tomorrow is thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday sans black friday.  it’s a holiday that crosses all religions and is a true national holiday.  hopefully, everyone can get on board to be thankful…

we at modmood have so much for which to be thankful. we are in our fourth year and have been fortunate enough to have great customers, clients, vendors and consignors.

we live in a great area of metro denver which is growing and prospering.  we have the advantage of living in an area of town that is full of the past and moving toward a great new future.

pat and i are fortunate to have all of our children and grand children within a few miles and right now all are healthy and happy.

i wanted to take time out of this busy day and tell those of you who have been in our store, those that have spread the word, those that have supported this true small business how much we appreciate and value you.

we hope that thanksgiving brings a lot of food, fun and family (whether by blood or by choice) into your life!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

to leaf or not to leaf, dining for all!

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by

dining tables are ever evolving in my house.  fortunately being in the design, staging, and vintage collectibles i have a vast resource of tables to pull from.  unfortunately my husband isn’t beyond taking clients into our home and selling the table right out from under me…oh well, taking care of the clients is number one!

this time of the year in particular, if we’re having friends or family to you home during the holidays, how we will accommodate them – sitting or standing – becomes a challenge.

i thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the latest in table designs from a few of our manufacturers and some of our great retro/vintage pieces.  have fun and i hope you get inspired!

 

…and just for fun i had to throw in this swing table from duffy london. makes vacuuming a breeze.

ms suzie’s cottage

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013 by

one of the things about our business that we really enjoy is being invited into peoples homes.  often it’s to buy vintage finds or special pieces that they no longer have room for, review for an estate sale or to help with the design.

we never really know what to expect, sometimes it’s a hoarders nightmare, sometimes a step back into the 50′s era or that fabulous 70′s hippie house, sometimes simple, sometimes elaborate.

recently we received a call from a lady who had some things to sell and wanted us to take a look.  so, after work one day pat and i headed out.  there to meet us at the door was ms. susie…

 …what a sweetheart she turned out to be and what a surprise we had in store for us.

of course we mostly are on the prowl for vintage 50′s and 60′s but this house was such a cute surprise.  the house was only about 900 square feet but it was full or wonderful antique pieces (the majority she had painted white).  each turn and doorway opened up into another wonderland.

i only have pictures of the front and inside of her home but in her back yard there was a shed she had turned into a guest room (absolutely darling…potty and all) and her large antique filled garage was painted all white except for the turqoise painted floors.

ms. suzie thanks for inviting us into your home and allowing me to snap a few photos!

p.s. i did abscond with a few pieces because even though not thoroughly modern it was just to beautiful to resist.

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wheat ridge mid-century and modern home tour

Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013 by

don’t miss the wheat ridge mid-century and modern home tour, saturday september 7th 1-5 and the after party at modmood from 4-8 pm featuring live music, food and libations.  presenters of the tour: wheatridge 2020 organization and sponsor include not only modmood and RETRO Consignment but Live Urban Realtors and First Bank.  tickets are limited so buy yours now!   (p.s. btw ticket includes a coupon for $20 off a $50 purchase at modmood….shhhhhh)

this column recently ran in the neighborhood gazette talking a bit about some of the gems found within the wheat ridge community.  (written by the new home, garden and lifestyle columnist for the gazzette…me!)

wheat ridge homes showcase the modern movement

as one who enjoys design, home styling, art and architecture i’ve found wheat ridge to be a hidden gem of fun and funky mid-century and modern design.

wheat Ridge enjoys the prestige of having developed as a suburban community in the 1950’s and 60’s.  This growth paralleled the modernism movement and is represented by many of the mid-century modern and california ranch style homes that dot our community.

many of these homes are still occupied by the original home owner, which make this even more intriguing.  over the course of time the initial intent of the architecture may be hidden, understandably after 50 plus years of style change.  now with mid-century and modern design making a huge come back, how do we capitalize on this era of homes and bring them back to their original intended design esthetic or take them forward to a more modern style while still capturing the great nuances?

simplify:  mid-century and modern homes have clean, crisp lines both inside and out.

neutralize:  the canvas of the home should be uncomplicated (neutral) allowing the furnishings to pop.

go green:  organic elements are welcome in these environments and bring a warmth to the clean, crisp lines and neutral canvas.

furnish and accessorize:  furniture of the era is generally simple, smaller in scale but a few exceptional pieces here and there are always great additions.

through the renovation of the 1950‘s Davis home, wheat ridge residents monte and carla mead have  captured perfectly the mid-century modern era.

 

india has influence on modern design

Posted on Saturday, May 25th, 2013 by

norwalk furniture has one of the best fabric selections in their upholstery line and they do quite a bit of research to make sure they are on the money with the latest trends.  recently norwalk identified some great style trends for their fabric launch for 2013 and as i mentioned in my last blog they have categorized them into five style trends. in the post i’d like to take a look at the gem palace trend and add some of our own staff ideas of modern furniture and furnishings that capture the essence.

gem palace:   of course we at modmood love the gem palace look and think it definitely has a place in modern design.  if you have any doubt take a look at this photo of the miller house, in columbus indiana.  the seating pit with pillows surely is reminiscent don’t you think?

photography by leslie williamson

gem palace is characterized by exuberant colors and mixed patterns. fabric colors feature deep amethyst, peridot and pearl hues.  have you heard of blue-cast berry tones?  well you have now and norwalk says you also find these tones not only in home fashion but on the runways of milan, paris and new york.  norwalk says their gem palace collection of fabrics “have a reflective and lustrous quality emulative of their rajasthani inspiration”.

the fabrics of the gem palace style trend are lively and vibrant with a mix of patterns.  reflective, and lustrous qualities, emulative of their rajasthani inspiration also are seen throughout. look for elegant references to traditional indian paisley, ikat and silk patterns.  add some effervescence to your home with gem palace style!

modmood’s favorites on the  gem palace trend…

while enjoying a taj mahal (one of india’s finest beers)  catch our pinterest gem palace board or enjoy one of my favorite movies the best exotic marigold hotel!