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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.

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.

 

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”

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!

pat announces MVP Award

Posted on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by

by pat gooch…

since we’ve  just completed our first full year of business i want to recognize those players whose contributions made us so successful.  the nominees for our MVP AWARD are:

samantha b.– she tags/prices most of our merchandise, enters purchase orders into our cumbersome system, greets everyone who comes into our store, keeps our store clean and tidy despite every attempt by me to bring more clutter and inventory whenever and wherever i can, oversees our advertising including craig’s list postings, twitter tweets and facebook frequencies.  she makes vendors accountable for shipping issues and defective products, merchandises our vignettes, makes contributions to our future e-commerce presence and does such mundane tasks as making sure our restrooms are suitable for shoppers and our furniture is spic and span.  she is a friendly multi-tasker who balances her responsibilities at work with the demands of our 3 grandsons.  high five for samantha!!

tim tebow – if you haven’t been tebowing lately we’ll forgive you “non-believers”.  it was a storybook year in broncoland until the clock struck midnight last saturday in new england.  was it just coincidence that during the broncos great turnaround and improbable victories we were setting sales records to match?  that first play of overtime against the steelers was one of the most exciting in colorado sports history.  the tebow to d.t. catch and touchdown created more euphoria in denver than i’ve seen in years and it contributed to a supercharged , spirited and uplifted business climate as well. thank you tim!!

will bobo – transitioning from ameristar chef to our star “schlepper” was our best trade. pound for pound he is one of the strongest men I know.  he’s upbeat even when handling the most difficult tasks, he has a terrific sense of humor, is super smart, deals with my ever changing priorities, has mastered the trailer maneuvering course, shovels snow, empties trash, recycles our cardboard, balances the end of day reports in record time, fixes lamps, legs, leaks and loads.  he’s an up and coming salesperson, “no” is not in his vocabulary and he is our consignor’s best friend. he’s a wonderful dad, cook and hip-hopper and maintains a year round vigil for his beloved washington redskins. GOBoBo!!

jeanne – she is our heart and soul.  she has the gifted ability to connect with all customer types, a networker supreme, handles our IT,  she creatively merchandises our  windows and showroom (our push, pull and drag queen), heads up marketing, has outstanding personal and professional virtues, is a gifted designer who satisfies customer styles from post-modern to traditional and everything in between, she closes virtually every deal, never complains (unless she is tired or hungry), has 20/20 business vision, always prompt to our 5:00 am sales meetings, a risk taker but a methodical decision maker, she is responsible for our incredible vendor relationships, she            purchases inventory creatively and correctly, enjoys color, texture, style, her new lifestyle and fast cars. slow down GiGi!

connor g. – he is the best bookkeeper that never took an accounting course.  ambitious, diligent who can balance college curriculum and business responsibilities.  he’s easy going, a long distance commuter, art work display specialist and conscientious.  he is loyal, a math maven, dependable, flexible, tech savvy, carries a lofty GPA, keeps me abreast of the sport’s world, installed our security system and has never had a complaint from a customer.  he has a mr. universe bod and mucho karma to match.

give me a C-O-N-N-O-R!!!

…the envelope please…the winner of the modmood/RETRO Consignment MVP AWARD is (drumroll please)…OUR CUSTOMERS!!!!!!  Yeah! Yeah!

you win and it’s absolutely true.  you have made it all possible for us.  without you we could not buy great inventory, have done the outstanding remodel project just completed (for which we won a big award and now we share with you), every other improvement we made and every upgrade we did, all the groceries we purchased, our health insurance, our retirement fund contributions, the utility bills, all of our mortgage payments, the lines of credit, going out to dinner, paying the kid’s tuition, the car payments and every damn thing we have we owe to you.

so it is my honor to present this award to each of you who have and are making our business possible, successful and fun. cheers and thanks!  as a token of our appreciation and as a reward for whomever read this, my first BLOG, please take an additional 5% off any purchase without restrictions until the end of january 2012 by simply saying during the transaction “i’m the MVP!”.