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january – new beginnings

Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by

article written by jeanne nichols/owner of modmood for the neighborhood gazette:

 

and just like that everything is new again! a new year is a great opportunity to make some changes. normally i’m not a person to make resolutions, generally because i’m not very good at keeping those resolutions due to a short attention span (easily bored) and being a strong creature of habit.

last year i decided to try to attempt to set some resolutions, but rather than creating the list of specifics in business, personal, emotion and spiritual as i’ve tried in the past, i just made one word my mantra for the year which was to DOWNSIZE. i was successful in doing this in several areas of my life. so, this year i’m creating a few single words that i hope to accomplish in 2015.

hugs, water, organize, fruits and veggies – keeping these words in front of mind i can just be aware when opportunities to do these things become an opportunity.

HUGS – there is an abundance of research that hugs have many positive effects, so as this new year begins i am committed to be a hugger, 10 per day at least. one of our staff members brought this to my attention and after a bit of research i decided this is a valid action to add to my repertoire of activities. so, husband, staff, customers, clients, children and grandchildren beware!

 

 

WATER – again much research shows that adequate hydration can increase clearer thinking, concentration, increases transportation of nutrients in the body, food digestion, muscle fuel, clearer skin and the list goes one. i’ve already found that drinking a glass of water can be very refreshing. if i strive for 10 glasses, maybe i’ll get in at least 5-8.

 

 

ORGANIZE – i understand that success in goal setting (resolutions) is to be specific but i’ve found that if i try to be to specific i become overwhelmed and get discouraged. so, i’m hopeful that this year i am striving to be more organized. just by being aware of any opportunity to get organized i’m confident i will be in a better place at the end of 2015.

 

 

FRUITS AND VEGGIES – rather than limiting my eating and drinking habits i’ve decided in 2015 to just ADD some things to my diet with the hopes that my body will cooperate and recognize the benefits of these healthy foods and switch from craving the unhealthy to the things that bring positive benefits. the thought of eliminating certain things is just to much stress for me, so adding visible containers of raw carrots, sliced red peppers, celery, apples, grapes etc to my refrigerator within my sightline i can consume great food that i am happy to eat if they are convenient.

that’s it, i’m not going to crazy or make the list to long or complicated just a few words to raise my awareness of opportunities to improve in 2015. what are your few words?

 

your home is a mirror

Posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 by

as seen in the december issue of the neighborhood gazette.

yes, it is december and for both the christian and jewish cultures this is a time of great celebration. but I’ve been thinking as I look around at the homes and their holiday decorations, which generally reflect one’s spiritual beliefs: does our everyday home – the one we live in all the other times of the year – reflect our lifestyle and who we are today?

my job requires spending time in people’s homes. it’s fascinating the vast array of environments I have the opportunity to explore. As a home stylist I believe that a glimpse into your home should reveal a lot about you, your lifestyle, attitudes, feelings and values.

take a moment and look at your home. does it reflect who you and/or your family is or have you gotten stuck?

wheat ridge real estate has been the beneficiary of professionals who loved living in lofts, high-rises or single-family homes with small yards and now have one or two children and need a home to accommodate that change of lifestyle.

you could be one of those guys, gals or even couples who have continued to live as though you are still in college with a hodgepodge of hand-me-down furniture and would like to revamp your space from a frat house to a home that reflects your new station in life.

maybe you are an empty nester that has given your life and home to your children and now can make some changes and return your home back into an adult living space.

something that seems peculiar to me is the value that people put on their home furnishings.  keep in mind, I believe that quality is important and investments into essential pieces are important. i’ve seen those who do not bat an eye to spend tens of thousand on a car or thousands on a television. but they do not want to spend more than what it would cost to eat out at a fast food restaurant once a week for a year when it comes to buying a sofa, on which they will sit every day, snuggle with loved ones, entertain friends and spend quality time with their family.

i read once that what one has on their bookshelf is a reflection of who they are. ssince that time I’ve stopped at times to review my bookshelves to make sure that I am being true to myself.  let’s take the time as we move into 2015 to look at our homes as a mirror to see if it is true reflection of our lifestyle, attitudes, feelings and values, and if not make changes as needed.

need help? there are professionals that can get your home cleaned, organized, decorated and furnished. professionals that can help you haul away that excess baggage that is cramping you and not allowing you to live daily in an environment that reflects who you want to be.

let 2015 be the year that your home becomes a true reflection of you!

thankful for…

Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by

i love this day of reflection!   it’s always fun to take time to be thankful for all that we have, being a driven person it’s easy to take so much for granted, but not today.

here are my top 5 things for which i’m thankful…

 

#5     customers that have become friends

#4    that gold accents for the home are back

 

 

#3     guilty pleasures

 

#2     those many moments that bring pleasure that are taken for granted 

 

 

#1     a healthy life, marriage, children, and business

 

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.

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!

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.

 

inside/out

Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 by

 

we are looking forward to our event on tuesday evening (may 21st, 2013) inside/out.  it is our first design event here at the store and we have invited norwalk furniture and lucas paint our local benjamin moore supplier to be available to share some of the industry trends in textiles and paint color.

i’ve always been a big fan of benjamin moore but lucas paint (specifically shane) helps us specify the right color and type of paint for our clients.  ever had a white that ended up being to “pink”, to “gray” or two “yellow”?  not any more!  shane’s eye is great and helps us get it right the first time.

25 years ago i was trying to pick a chinese red paint for the front door of a client and we painted the door 3 times before getting it right.  the door would barely close!  thank goodness my client was a good sport!  those days are gone, experience has been a great teacher and with a little help from shane at lucas our team gets it right every time.

recently i went to the norwalk furniture factory for a pre-market event.  during our time there we were able to see some of the great new fabric and style trends in the furnishings industry.  i’ve asked sally simerson our rep to come and show these fabrics that have come from around the world and she will also be able to provide some insight into some of the style trends emerging in design.  just to whet your appetite here’s the trends:

urban studio, velvet reverie, the kasbah, gem palace and monogram….if you’re in the neighborhood come by, talk with the experts and enjoy some libations!

oh and don’t forget to spin the carnival wheel for a discount on your next purchase or design service.

tuesday, may 21st, 2013   7700 w. 44th avenue wheat ridge, co

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color, are you afraid?

Posted on Sunday, August 5th, 2012 by

recently while traveling i was reading house beautiful.  this particular issue focussed on color and the articles reminded me how much i love color.  our store is full of color; teal sofa’s, orange chairs, vibrant rugs, tons of fabric, even the outside of our store is a great reddish orange.  as i often tell our customers it doesn’t take much to imagine a beige sofa but seeing an orange one…well sometimes you just have to touch and feel it to know it’s magic.

so many people love color and yet when it comes to buying furniture, painting their walls or actually using a color other than something very muted they shy away.

if you love color but are concerned about how to use it or whether you may tire of the color, here are a few ideas you can try:

paint – the nice thing about paint is that it isn’t crazy expensive and even less so if you do it yourself.  don’t be afraid to paint a wall, a ceiling, a half-bath or even a piece of furniture in a great vibrant color…you can always change it.

pillows – a great back drop for color is white.  paint a room white, the furniture white and then add some great colorful pillows to the bed.  if you tire of the color/colors you just have to change pillows.  you can also have a pillow and throw collection for all 4 seasons!

wall decor – posters, fine art and even your own painted canvases can add huge amounts of drama and color to your room without breaking the bank.  spray painting mirror frames and wall accessories are also a great way to add a punch of color.

rugscompany c is one of the rug lines that we carry and let me tell you they aren’t afraid to use color.  indoor outdoor rugs by company c and  loloi are a great way to add color in your kitchen and back entrance.  these rugs can take the abuse and bring you joy as you walk into your home.

note: when using color it is good to have some visual rest (areas that are “quiet” between the color) is important.

don’t be afraid to use color and  feel free to chat with me about it next time your in “the mood”.   there are so many colors to work with and ways to incorporate it.  i like what the artist melissa barbieri said when asked what was her favorite color:

…“why choose just one color when you can enjoy them all”