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!

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.


fashion and furniture

Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by

to introduce myself a bit, one of my personal interests is fashion.  i have a few favorite fashion designers that i follow very closely, i am always excited in the spring and fall for fashion week to see the new designs and trends for the upcoming seasons. and most importantly i find it fascinating that fashion repeats itself and i love the way fashion has changed and evolved over the generations. working at modmood for the last few months i have been able to translate my interest in fashion designs and trends to the great furniture pieces and accessories we select for our showroom. i was unaware how much fashion and furniture trends have in common. mercedes benz fashion week occurred a few months ago and after the event many analyzed the similarities between the numerous designers that presented collections during the week, one similarity that was found in this past show was an aquatic inspiration from many of the designers. numerous dresses and designs were made with beautiful shades of blue and green that relate to water and the designers manipulated fabrics to show movement and fluidity.  shown below are two designs with this inspiration, the one on the left is by zac posen and the one on the right was designed by diane von furstenberg.









in a new accessory line we carry, arteriors, i was recently exploring new products for the upcoming season and found the lamps displayed below. the lamps were obviously designed with the same aquatic inspiration as the fashion designers.

another trend that was projected from fashion week was stripes. big, bold, graphic stripes.  pictured below are two designs michael kors sent down the runway showing this trend.









these corresponding vases are made by global views, which is one of modmood’s favorite vendors for accessories. the stripes on these vases are practically identical to michael kors’ designs!


as you can see the similarities between the products are apparent. i have had fun putting my interest of fashion trends to use here in the store, and i hope no matter your interests, fashion or furniture, you come in and check out the new innovative designs by all of the vendors we carry here at modmood!




2012 is here!

Posted on Sunday, January 8th, 2012 by

2012 is here and we have all made our resolutions, right?  was one of yours to do something with the space you live in?

mine was…you would think since i do a lot of the designing and merchandising for the store that my own home would be a showplace.  but in fact the old adage, “the cobblers children have no shoes” is alive and well at my home. hopefully this year i can get a few more things done and practice what i preach.

sermon #1 – layering

it doesn’t have to happen all at once.  just as in nature, layer by layer we can build our space and environment.  we can do a few things first, live with it, then add the next, and the next, and so on.  often, when we try doing too much too fast, we can end up with an overly decorated space AND furnishings and accessories that don’t really speak to us or about us.

i had one client recently tell me that his impatience is probably due to the fact that he watches too much HGTV and wants to have it done in a weekend like all those home makeover shows.  i say, go away for a weekend, leave your credit card and we could do just that.

but, do you really want to have it decorated and done or would you rather have something that is an extension of you?

my husband and i were talking this morning about how much we enjoy working with the folks that come into our store…  our customers and clients are very connected to their homes and each piece and thing purchased is a treasure.  they aren’t just filling their homes with truckloads of furniture but are deliberately selecting and examining each piece to make sure it’s the right one.  a far cry from those who fill up there homes with pieces, designs and colors only to impress or worse just to get it done (mark it off their list).

so, let us help you jump start your resolution and come into modmood and RETRO Consignment and enjoy our

design services and design department

beautiful new and used furnishings and accessories

our vintage collectibles (also can be seen on v and m)

great collection of consignment furnishings

register on our contacts page for our monthly promotions.

and….if you keep us busy enough i won’t have to feel guilty come 2013 when i haven’t completed by home make-over!

happy thanksgiving!

Posted on Saturday, November 19th, 2011 by

the push is on to get the store decorated for the “holidays”.  since when did the holidays mean christmas and it starts before halloween?

it’s very difficult to mix  halloween, thanksgiving and christmas decorations, don’t you think?

anyway before i get started on the holiday decorations i wanted to take a little time to talk about my favorite holiday… thanksgiving.

why have i always liked thanksgiving?

  • first it is in some form or another a 4 day holiday
  • there are no gifts associated with it – except maybe bringing some food to someones house
  • there are relatively little or no decorations
  • as a single mom it was one of the holidays that was not devastating if it wasn’t my turn to have the kids.

even though i am no longer able to enjoy the 4 day holiday (since friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and we ARE retail) it’s still a favorite.  our oldest daughter now hosts our thanksgiving celebrations, accepting and assigning contributions from all for our favorite dishes.   she enjoys having a lot of people around on the holidays so needless to say the crowd usually involves not only our immediate family (13) but various grand parents, in-laws and other friends and we’re never quite sure who “those friends” might be.  i recently overheard a conversation she was having with a visitor to our store:

customer: “are you open on thanksgiving”

samantha: “no, we take that as a holiday, won’t you be with family and or friends?”

customer: “no, i don’t have any family here”

samantha: “come and have lunch with us”

i held my breath (as i’m not as generous as she is)

customer: “no, no, no, i don’t like all that family stuff, just thought i’d like somewhere to go during the day!”

whew!!!  but i have to love her heart and intentions…right?

thanksgiving for our family is fun for all…we go bowling first thing, yep that’s right bowling on thanksgiving.  then for all who are interested there is brunch around 11:00.

"papa pat" with the 2 oldest grand children cyrus and eli, bowling!

after brunch/lunch, we lay around, watch football and/or do some planned activities (usually some form of arts and crafts). then the feeding frenzy begins!

the craft this year was making pilgrim hats, aren't we a handsome crowd??

it’s interesting how each person holds their own idea of what one should eat for thanksgiving.  there’s the turkey bunch…the ham bunch…the healthy bunch… and the vegetarians and all the side dishes that go with each.

but somehow it all comes together beautifully and we have a great dinner, watch a little  MORE football, nap and then the deserts begin – what are your favorite thanksgiving day deserts?  some of my favorites are pumpkin pie, pecan pie, hershey delight

happy thanksgiving!

before i leave the thanksgiving celebration and go take care of my decorating, i wanted to tell you one of things we are thankful for… our friends.  you have made this little retirement project absolutely delightful, thanks for being a part of our modmood family.

i’ve put together a few things in modmood and RETRO Consignment that remind me of colorado’s  beautiful fall weather and also of thanksgiving.  enjoy…and when you’re out and about on “black friday” come visit “the mood”!

modmood’s birthday

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 by

it’s hard to believe that over a year has past since we opened our store/consignment/design center!  we want to thank all our wonderful customers and faithful followers for supporting this local business…YOU ARE THE BEST!

we purchased the building in january of 2010 and officially opened in the fall of 2010, in the midst of an economic crisis.  probably not the smartest thing –  in most peoples minds (even flashed through ours at times), but in hindsight we were brilliant!

it has been a great experience.  the city of wheat ridge has been fabulous to work with and wheat ridge 2020 worked very closely with us and helped us receive a federal grant for the renovation of this historic piece of our little city.  i love the wheat ridge tag line, “deep roots and a short commute”, and that’s the truth.  a lot of the work we do is downtown and guess what, it’s a 10 minute shot down 38th or 44th.  so those of you holding off because you think wheat ridge is in “east egypt” come on over!

when we first looked at the building (photos below) pat asked me, “are we too old for this?”  we may be,  but it’s keeping us young and we’re learning a lot.



in case you’re wondering we are very diverse:  staging, design, retail, consignment, estate sales/liquidations…look for more in 2012 (it’s already in the works)

share the art

Posted on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 by

i love art!  i’m not an art snob for sure…i buy what i like, how about you?  we’ve come across several great products that we have at modmood and wanted to make you aware of these as it could be a great addition to your home or business without breaking the bank.

we stumbled across the denver neighborhood artist kirsten bingham through our “de-staging” business and sold the piece very quickly.  kirsten heard we had a piece of hers and contacted us…and are we glad she did.  her work is great and custom pieces are easily and quickly done for our customers.  here are a few of her items, you can also find her work on etsy and our pricing is the same.  we have several of her canvases (starting at $119 for a 24×24) in the store at any one time along with many of the 8×10 and 14×16 prints ($12 – $26). we’ll be happy to work with you to customize your piece.

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another great art product that affords original art at a great prices is from artists guild of america, how they manage to do this is really interesting.  they find artists work they like or has been submitted to them and then have it hand painted in california using blank canvas, genuine paints and the like, each piece varies a bit as each piece is hand painted, they limit the number or pieces produced.  they pay a royalty to the original artists.

we’ve worked with the guild for a year now and have found their pieces really beautiful and affordable.  the top few rows of the below photos and scattered throughout the rest of the images are some of these great pieces.  come by and see them in person.  we’ve received a great shipment of 16 pieces and the prices range from $249 to $399. click here to see even more…

are you in the mood for style?

Posted on Sunday, August 14th, 2011 by

it’s been a while since i’ve posted anything but that’s only because a lot of good things are happening at modmood and RETRO Consignment.

did you see our profile in both the denver post your hub and the wheat ridge transcript?  it was totally ironic (or someone is bugging our office) that we were approached within days of each other by both publications and they were published on the same day….hmmmmm.  we have also been nominated Business of the Year in Wheat Ridge, keep your fingers crossed for us!

world furniture market las vegas

we recently took to the road and visited the world market in las vegas.it’s our twice a year “vacation” , sort of like this little “retirement project” or ours (modmood and RETRO Consignment).

it was fun and inspiring to see what’s new in the furniture and home decorating industry.  although it’s not the largest furniture market the show offers a lot to those of us who like modern and contemporary.  we purchased many new things which will start receiving in the store in the next few weeks and into late fall.

las vegas tiki

neither pat nor i like gambling and have found other entertainment after spending time in  the buildings and showrooms at the market.

we came across this fabulous little place called frankie’s tiki room…omg it was crazy, like stepping back in time. the decor was fabulous, the bartender had lots of dreads and was totally “rasta” looking and they were playing old casa blanca type movies on the tv’s.

the drink menu was a treat in itself, you may want to bring a flashlight if your not accustomed to reading in the dark.  definitely a must see next time your in vegas!

we hope you are following us as a fan on facebook.  samantha has the difficult and daunting task of posting the new and vintage items as they come into the store.  the only thing is that often the items can go out as quickly as they come in, that’s good news for us but not necessarily for those of your looking for these pieces.  also as a friend of modmood we post our estate sales and you are invited to come to the properties the day before the sale goes public to get early pickin’s.

…if you’re following us on facebook then you know that not only did we purchase NEW modern and contemporary, we also did the “clampett” thing and brought back a lot of vintage pieces.  las vegas is loaded with the 50′s and 60′s furnishings and we always take advantage of our little excursion to bring some home to share with our modmood and RETRO friends.

...and we didn't lose a thing!

here are a few of my favorite vintage pieces that are hidden in the truck!

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i also want to show you a few of my favorite NEW things we have coming in:

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and best of all pat went crazy over the modern kid’s furniture…coming soon!

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there’s so much to share, but going to run.    the next two weeks will be busy with another estate sale and getting ready for the denver modernism show, we’ll have a nice representation of our products at the show.  get your tickets soon and don’t miss the vip party on friday, august 26th.

don’t miss these events!

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 by


RETRO Consignment is hosting another estate sale on june 16th , 17th and 18th at 7980 melrose drive, wheat ridge, co 80033.   the sale is open for pre-sale to our modmood and retro friends on june 16th and will become a public sale on the 17th and 18th.  hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm all three days.  hope to see you there!  click here for photos and more info…

arvada center for the arts and humanities partners with kirkland museum of fine & decorative art presenting “Time Travel”, june 9-august 28, 2011 in the main gallery.

“Time Travel” – will feature works from the kirkland’s international decorative art collection of over 15,000 objects.  presented in salon settings the exhibition will show representation of the Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstatte, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern and Contemporary eras.  a must see!


june 20th – new issue of modern in denver arrives at modmood

july 1st-4th - modmood and RETR Consignment’s sidewalk sale and 4th of july celebration (more details to come)

august 26th, 27th and 28thdenver modernism show , western complex

september 24thwheat ridge modern home tour:  for more information on june 17th the www.tourmodernwheatridge.com website will be live!


furniture locavore

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011 by

i know, i know, locavore is a term given to those who eat foods locally produced but i couldn’t find a term for those of us who find great pleasure in buying modern and contemporary furniture that is locally made.  we are proud to show some of these great craftsman at modmood/RETRO Consignment.  some of the work is  contemporary, but a lot of it has a vintage feel for that mid-century modern era.

if we are looking for an upturn in our local economy (that of the denver metro area) it would make sense for us to support our local craftsmen…don’t you think?  i’ve read many articles about the positive impact “buying local” has on the economies of an area, one by sustainable connections had some good information.  although modmood/RETRO Consignment is a locally owned business this post is to create awareness for our local craftsmen and some of the work that we are privileged to showcase.

when you visit our showroom you will find a small card on each piece done by local craftsmen. we have a special area for our colorado vendors in our vendor listing and we also have a special page set-up under our products menu for the colorado craftsman.

colorado is honored to have so many talented furniture craftsmen, come by and see some of these great pieces or visit their websites!

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