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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?

 

bring the flowers in!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by

there is no better way to brighten your home in the summer but with florals.  i’m not talking about flowers from your garden, although they are always a nice addition, but using the latest design trends found in wall decor, pillows, rugs, wall coverings/wallpaper, and art.

these wall plaques/plates from global views can be easily hung on any wall.  they are ceramic so bathrooms and wet areas are not an issues, easily cleaned you can remove and rinsed.  you can buy one or multitudes depending on your budget.

great wall decor from global views

i particularly love adding pillow and these from company c can easily do the trick.  the colors, fabrics and the great construction make a great investment in your home.  one trick i often use is to change out my pillows and rugs twice a year, one set for the fall and winter months and one set for spring and summer.  this gives your room a whole new look for the season.

some of these beautiful florals in rugs can bring brightness into your living space.  indoor outdoor, looped and hooked rugs or short pile wools all have there place in your home.

i’m in love with floral wall coverings, from the vintage to the most modern.  if you’ve moved into an older home that has wallpaper on the walls don’t automatically think you have to take it off.  take a cue from an article written by domino.com in which the homeowners choose to update the paint color and add paintings to existing floral wallpaper to create a more modern feel.

there are some beautiful wall coverings out there that can really update, brighten and bring the summer inside, if wall coverings or wallpaper don’t work try appliqués.  i’ve googled a few that i really like.

art is easy and a great way to bring flowers into the home.  this wall art can come in the form of painted canvases in water colors or oils, prints or photography.

Wendover Art

don’t let the summer get away from you without bringing some of it inside!

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!

 

 

 

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.