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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!

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

much to be thankful for!!!

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by

Thanksgiving Stroll

tomorrow is thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday sans black friday.  it’s a holiday that crosses all religions and is a true national holiday.  hopefully, everyone can get on board to be thankful…

we at modmood have so much for which to be thankful. we are in our fourth year and have been fortunate enough to have great customers, clients, vendors and consignors.

we live in a great area of metro denver which is growing and prospering.  we have the advantage of living in an area of town that is full of the past and moving toward a great new future.

pat and i are fortunate to have all of our children and grand children within a few miles and right now all are healthy and happy.

i wanted to take time out of this busy day and tell those of you who have been in our store, those that have spread the word, those that have supported this true small business how much we appreciate and value you.

we hope that thanksgiving brings a lot of food, fun and family (whether by blood or by choice) into your life!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

to leaf or not to leaf, dining for all!

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by

dining tables are ever evolving in my house.  fortunately being in the design, staging, and vintage collectibles i have a vast resource of tables to pull from.  unfortunately my husband isn’t beyond taking clients into our home and selling the table right out from under me…oh well, taking care of the clients is number one!

this time of the year in particular, if we’re having friends or family to you home during the holidays, how we will accommodate them – sitting or standing – becomes a challenge.

i thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the latest in table designs from a few of our manufacturers and some of our great retro/vintage pieces.  have fun and i hope you get inspired!

 

…and just for fun i had to throw in this swing table from duffy london. makes vacuuming a breeze.

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.

 

modmood on film!

Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by

check out this great video by local film student, travis hubbard!

travis was looking for a local business to feature in a recent project of his and we were so glad when he chose modmood, it was a fun project to be a part of!

modmood: a modern fix

 

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!

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”.