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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

 

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.

 

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.

 

color in COLORado

Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by

in a recent survey i read, can you guess what the favorite color for living rooms in the mountain west region was?

brown (beige to be exact)… are you kidding me? it made me wonder who they polled to come to this conclusion. i’ve found that brown can absolutely suck the life out of any room. i like to keep it fresh and white is a great go to color for that…yes, white is a color too!

as an accent or more these colors can add so much to your space:

blue is a great color and can be safely used in so many areas of the home. usually classified as a cool color, it is generally relaxing and serene and is great in colorado as it blends nicely with our wonderful blue skies.

 

purple can range from a soft lavender to eggplant and is a great accent color whether used in an analogous palette, with blues or pinks or a complimentary one with yellows and golds.

 

red is one of those colors that either you go full blown, all the way, “katy bar the door” with OR you use just a touch. it can be overpowering quickly if used as an accent or vibrant and delicious if carried to the limit.

orange seems to be an all around favorite with the modern style and also the vintage and retro – it can add excitement to any space. of course you want to be careful; having lived in both tennessee and colorado (think tennessee vols and denver broncos) it can take on a unsophisticated turn very quickly if used with the wrong color or accent.

yellow can be fabulous or disastrous. due to the huge amount of sunlight we get in colorado it’s important to spend time selecting just the right yellow for your space. keep in mind the amount of direct sunlight to which your room may be exposed. one of my favorites is a butter cream yellow as it adds brightness yet is soothing to the strong bright light we are lucky to have here. another yellow that i love is what i refer to as the “aspen” yellow. you can’t live in colorado and not know the wonder of that beautiful color contrasting our snow covered mountains.

green is one of those colors that has a great organic quality. whether you are using a fresh bright yellow – green or running to the opposite side of the green range with blue – greens you can’t go wrong. green is a favorite for dining rooms and front doors and foyers.

 

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, contemporary or just plain kitsch!

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by

since modmood and RETRO Consignment has modern, contemporary and vintage 50′s and 60′s furniture, we are often asked to explain the difference between the styles. also, we will get a design client that will say they like or want modern furniture, when it is really a contemporary look they want.  so…i thought i would talk today about the various differences in those three styles of furniture, furnishings and accessories.

modern furniture is generally described as a style of furniture that originated in the post-war era (mid 1900′s; 50′s, 60′s and some 70′s).  these pieces have a very distinct look and design.  this style was greatly influenced by the scandinavian contemporary and bauhaus movements.  many of the pieces were designed by architects of the time.  there are many iconic pieces from the modern era.

some examples of modern furniture:

contemporary furniture, on the other hand, is exactly what it states;  current and new furnishings…what is happening now.

contemporary style (design, art, and furnishings) changes, it is dynamic with fewer rules and more open-ended applications than modern.  these fewer rules and open-ended applications allow for incorporation of new and innovative materials.  what was contemporary in a certain time period (such as the yellow and orange photo below) may not be contemporary in the future (photo 2). another factor that is often attributed to contemporary design but not necessarily correct is that it is very “cold”.   while in some instances it can be (a lot of contemporary work in the 90′s and early 00′s might have been) it is not necessarily a perquisite for a contemporary look.

currently contemporary design may incorporate organic or even mid century modern elements as seen below:

50’s and 60’s vintage can incorporate many looks.

if you like the mcm (mid-century modern) style then you are going to be drawn specifically to the iconic pieces of modernism developed in this time period.  if you are more into the atomic style then you are going to be drawn to those items we all remember from “george jetson” era.  and if you are just plain vintage you will be attracted to all those items that your grandma had in the basement…you know those things that made you wonder what grandma and grandpa did on friday night with that old bar with the great bar stools, the record player and the mountains of martini’s sets.  oh yeah, let’s not forget that formica dinette table now in their garage.

modern furniture and vintage kitsch is static, the pieces are what the pieces are…where contemporary furniture is very dynamic and is constantly changing.  you may find 70′s contemporary but it will look entirely different from 2010 contemporary.

does this explanation work?  i would love to have your feed back.

new to modmood!

Posted on Sunday, March 4th, 2012 by

as customer first to modmood and RETRO Consignment, i became passionate about this place! green, modern, vintage, stellar design team, outstanding customer relations, this place was dynamite! now…i am so exited to be a part of the team.

before I get ahead of my self, my name is michelle and i am working with pat (one of the owners) handling the vintage collectibles and  also with jeanne (the other owner) and the design team in developing our “style” profile and interning in the design department.

our collectible vintage collection continues to grow. we are partnering with a very reputable company vandm.com (vintage and modern) based out of new york. v and m is an online marketplace for vintage and modern designer furnishings and other pieces. this partnership has expanded our customer base by reaching many customers outside of colorado. just recently, we shipped a laverne & estelle chair to paris- even though I haven’t been YET, I couldn’t help but get excited with the notion.   we  also shipped some fab barstools to arizona, and while working with the customer, learned her sister was a wonderful regular to the store. check us out

after majoring in psychology,  i’m having so much fun working with the style profile  (not sure if that is really the word to be used…still working on that) it’s  a great tool to help people identify their style.  we understand people can’t be easily categorized, especially if you are like me and your style  is constantly changing but we are developing a fun and unique tool that helps you understand your likes and dislikes in your living environment. We developed a formula that combines (your root )where your heart is (your mood) what mood your in right now and your own personal edge (that thing that makes you unique).

this tool will enables us to understand you and your style better so that we can work with you to create a space that reflects the uniquely wonderful you. it is still in development but should be completed by mid-month and we look forward to sharing more with you.

everyday is a new day here. the customers/clients, consignors and artists are all so intriguing and i love to listen to the dialogue, especially “my mom had one of these!” people get excited and are having fun! right now, as I type, we are being serenaded by a customer and he is spelling mississippi and many other words backwards—i love it.

i’m excited to be a part of the team and look forward to you meeting you on your next excursion to “the mood”.

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!”.

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!

2012 fast approaching!

Posted on Monday, December 26th, 2011 by

hopefully you are surviving phase one of the holiday season!  are you looking forward to the new year?
we are!  2012 looks very exciting for modmood and RETRO Consignment.  can i give you a few hints?

expansion

modmood studio

modern shed

custom furniture

buy it on-line

auctions

fabulous sculpted wall panels

you’ll be hearing more about each of these in the coming months.  our goal is to  offer the friends of modmood and RETRO Consignment unique experiences and products.  we know the economy  and the stresses of our daily lives can take it’s toll and we want to make your home and businesses special, exciting and fun.

we are so appreciative to all of you who have faithfully supported our new business this year.  2011 was a very successful year for us, not only have we exceeded our overall sales goals, developed some wonderful vendor relationships, met some of colorado’s great local artists, but we have met so many new friends who have become a regular part of our lives.

it is an added bonus for all our hard work when you spread the word to your friends and it is especially exciting when you bring your out of town guests, friends and family to experience modmood and RETRO Consignment.

thanks so much for making 2011 a good year and we are wishing you and your all the very best in 2012!