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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!

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!

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.

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.

 

modern twist to classic styles

Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 by

the modmood design studio is a sweet surprise.  when we first began working on our business plan and the floor place for the store there was a little area in the back that seemed to accommodate perfectly a small design area.  having had a design studio in knoxville, tn prior to joining the corporate life i was anxious to get back to my passion.

i can remember standing in the middle of this little space, once the fabrics, tile, rugs, paints and pillows starting coming in, and telling pat, “i don’t care if i ever do any business back here i just love being surrounded by all these things”.

needless to say, what is going on back in that little area is far above and beyond my expectations.  i guess it goes back to doing what you love and the success will follow.

the growth in our studio has required us to take a leap and that is to purchase another building (if you can believe we don’t have enough room in this one!) and expand our studio even further.  so…we have a place under contract and if all our zoning issues are resolved you will see further expansion of the modmood studio later this year.

most of the work we do in the studio comes from those who walk into the store.  you would think that since we have a lot of contemporary, vintage and mid-century modern in the store that the design opportunities would follow those styles.  however, much of our work encompasses MANY styles.  i was recently discussing this with one of our modmood fans and he said he thinks it is because there are so may people that want to get outside their style box but are nervous about it.  they feel comfortable with you and your team because your experience is in many styles and you can bring that modern edge to the more classic looks…hence our new tag line: modmood a modern twist to the classic styles.

check out our design page and see some of the things we’re doing.  there are a few photos of some of our work posted.  we will soon have a before and after segment but in the meantime have fun browsing at some of the photographed staged units.

the dream design client

Posted on Sunday, April 15th, 2012 by

i have been very fortunate to have worked with great design clients in the course of my design career.  just prior to making a career change 20 years ago from design to the corporate world of italian tile, i had a client that was pure heaven to work with and i chalked it up to my lucky stars never expecting to have another like her.

fortunately in those 20 years i didn’t get too far from my love and passion since part of my job was working with some of the great designers, architects and developers across the united states.  after 20 years in the corporate world, i’m back doing design work.

working with people, helping to define their space – whether it’s their home or office – is really fun!  it also has it’s challenges, as you can well imagine.  when we opened modmood i was able to take a small space in the back of the store and surround myself with fabrics, tile, textile, rugs, wallcoverings, etc.  the hope was that i would be able to once again work with people in selecting products for their space.  fortunately this segment of our business has really grown.

i find myself with not only one but multiple dream clients.  what makes a dream client for me?

one who actually listens to you suggestions: deborah and rusty are perfect examples.  i went to their home for a consult and we walked through and around their house looking at the things they had done.  as i made suggestions here and there she made her notes.  about a week later we spoke and she said she was ready to move to the next level as she had done everything on the list…i about choked.  how many times do people ask your opinion and then actually follow your advice?  this was so refreshing!

another instance – a client and i were talking about doing some things a bit outside her comfort zone.  i was listening to her as she was explaining to me why she wasn’t comfortable doing something different.  she stopped, looked at me and said “let’s do it!  why would i hire you if i’m not going to make changes?”  to which i say…if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten!

one who doesn’t breath down your neck: i’m currently working on a very large project in boulder.  this woman is very high powered, owning her own business with about 10,000 employees.  she is a dream client because she let’s me do what i do…design and decorate.  in the beginning she was more hands on, but once she felt more confident that i understood her needs and i had her best interest at heart, all she needed was a clear understanding of the concept.  ”what is the design concept?  what are the fabrics and colors?  what is the estimated cost?” then she would leave me alone to work out the details trusting in my abilities and expertise.  does it matter if the bedspread drops 14″ or 15″?  to me, yes.  to her….?

you are trusted to make it right: as much as i hate to admit it, not all jobs go perfectly.  there may be upholstery, drapery, rug, or production issues. the perfect client doesn’t go crazy and make your life a living hell.  you are given time to make it right.  have you ever heard the term “snake bit”?  it’s used when a job just seems to be destined for trouble.  no matter what you do to make sure everything is done correctly,  it just doesn’t matter – the fabrics out of stock, the manufacturers customer service entered the order incorrectly, the heartland is flooded.  a dream client understands that no one wants the installation to go more smoothly than the designer.  believe it or not, we care MORE than you. our name and reputation are on the job, not to mention our desire to please!

these are just a few characteristics of the dream design client, but i think you get the gist of it.  are you really going to do anything suggested?  do you really want something different than what you have? can you trust someone who does this day in and day out to do their job? and can you give them space to make it right when and if something goes wrong?

of course it goes without saying that all designers and decorators are not created equal.  it’s important to do your due diligence and make sure you and the designer connect, that they do in fact have integrity, and really care about your project.  once this is established, if you can say yes to at least 3 of the above questions, you can be someones dream design client!