We spend so much of our life pulling together elements that create a beautiful, comfortable living space—the right paint color, that gorgeous, statement-making sofa (um…we have those!) and lighting that makes everything look and feel good, to name a few. But what about that one design element that can completely change the air and energy of a room?
Your nose knows.
We believe living a “mod life” means looking at design in a holistic way and that includes how a room appeals to your sense of smell.
Incorporating your favorite scents can help support the energetic feeling of a home. Lucky for us, aromatherapy has become increasingly more accepted and talked about over the years.
So we’re going to talk about it! Let’s break out the incense sticks and fragrant candles!
Want to know more about what scents can do for us? Take a look at the list below….
We are big fans of lavender in the living room and bedrooms and lemon/lemon grass in the kitchen or office, when you need a bit of a perk up.
For a full list of aromatherapy descriptions, go to https://www.auracacia.com/auracacia/aclearn/ar_directory.html
One of our long-time favorite incense brands is called MORNING STAR INCENSE.
It is one of the most popular brands of Japanese incense, crafted from pure floral essences and rare aromatic woods. Each box comes with a ceramic tile incense burner. The average price is between $3-$4 per box so it's not hard on the wallet.
By Kiersten Parsons
We asked three of our favorite interior designers what trends they're seeing in 2016. Check out what they have to say below!
Good as Gold
"High Point's Spring Furniture Show is always a great place to find out what is on trend for the coming year and this year was no different.
Gold finishes were everywhere; from lamps and chandeliers to furniture and plumbing fixtures. Crystals accents were big this year. You will find them on lamps, accessories and even as furniture hardware.
The biggest surprise was the use of color. Lots of vibrant color everywhere. Blue is still very strong this year but watch out for pink in soft hues and fuchsia."
- Liza Jones from Liza Jane Interiors
"The industrial movement in design is still trending strong. As we all move toward the need for minimizing our living environments and lives.
The crisp modern lines are paired with urban reclamation of vintage woods and punctuated with accents of bling and glam.
This eclectic movement has gained significant interest in the world of Interior Design and has been labeled INDUSTRIAL GLAM or URBAN MODERNISM."
- Kennon Springer of Interior Perfection
Color Me Happy
"One of the worst things I hate to see (in kitchens) is everything lined up in a row and all the same boring color, a.k.a builder grade set up. Use a couple colors and styles if you want!
Bring a little personality in the space! Mix it up a little! No one said you have to have all the same brand kitchen appliances either! I have my favorites: Sub Zero for the fridge, Thermador for ovens, and Bertazonni for ranges. It's also OK to have a different counter top on your island or prep area than the rest of the kitchen. Not everything has to be shiny and perfect, marble is OK. Don't worry about spilling some wine. It gives it character—they have been using marble for centuries! Live!"
- Randolph James of Magnolia Emporium
By Kiersten Parsons
The beautiful state of North Carolina is not the only state with similar legislation to the HB2 that recently passed. Because of our 30 plus years of amazing cooperation with great people of North Carolina, we are focusing and reaching out to you. Please repeal HB2.
We value, respect and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and views that make each individual person who they are. We also believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities. It is our aim that our partners, strategies and investments reflect these core values. Mod Life Collection will always strive to be a model of diversity and inclusion.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mod Life and Mod Mom Take HB2 Stand—Pull Out of High Point Market
Mod Brands—Mod Life Collection and Mod Mom Furniture—Cancel Plans to Exhibit in April
PHILADELPHIA, March 29, 2016 – Mod Life Collection, co-founded by 30-year industry veteran, Robert Petril, and Kiersten Hathcock, ABC’s Shark Tank survivor and founder of sister company, Mod Mom Furniture, made the decision to withdraw from exhibiting at the upcoming High Point Market trade show in April.
“Like so many of our friends and colleagues in the industry, we were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of HB2,” said Petril, CEO and co-founder of Mod Life Collection. “Both Kiersten and I are people who greatly value diversity and inclusion and feel strongly, given the position we are in, we need to take a stand.”
Mod Life Collection has exhibited at High Point Market since April 2015 and prior to HB2, planned to showcase new designs as well as launch Mod Mom branded sofas next month at the spring exhibition. The Mod Mom Furniture upholstery launch will now debut after Market.
“As entrepreneurs who have struggled to support our families in the past, we thought long and hard about the ramifications of standing up for equality in this way—not just for our own brands, but for the many families in North Carolina who depend on Market traffic to feed their families,” Hathcock said. “We ultimately decided that we cannot support discrimination. It is our hope that our industry, which greatly impacts North Carolina’s economy, will join together in various ways to support diversity, inclusion and human compassion.”
Mod Life Collection and Mod Mom Furniture are solely manufactured in the U.S. Production for both modern furniture brands is bi-coastal, with factories in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California.
“From the time I was 19-years-old working in a North Carolina upholstery factory, until now, I have seen progress on many fronts,” added Petril. “But HB2 is a serious step in the wrong direction not only for the state and the furniture industry, but for every single one of us. I’m personally hoping North Carolina will get on the right side of history. Until then, we at Mod Life and Mod Mom, will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate our plans for future exhibitions in High Point.”
About Mod Life Collection
Mod Life Collection was founded by industry veteran, Robert Petril, and self-made furniture designer, Kiersten Hathcock, on a search for furniture that people would truly love. After three decades of success in furniture manufacturing, retailing and sales, Petril stripped off his tie and followed his passion for creating things. Shortly after he joined forces with Hathcock, founder of internationally known juvenile furniture line, Mod Mom Furniture. As CEO of Mod Life Collection, Petril spearheads bringing to life his vision that incorporates multiple design perspectives to create furnishings that are fun, exciting and desirable. For more information visit www.modlifecollection.com, or connect through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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When you're little, you announce your favorite color like it's a badge of honor. But science has shown us color isn't just child's play; it effects our daily lives in ways we may not even recognize.
The study of the psychology of color is shedding light on just how much we are affected viscerally by color. Just as we are energy, so are colors—and they affect our moods and our thoughts.
Wellesely College researchers, among others, have studied the effect of color on the brain and found we are hardwired to react on a neural level to varying hues.
Naturally, if our state of mind can be affected by color, it stands to reason that designing a room with mood-altering hues in mind just makes good sense.
Our own Robert Petril, who is known for not being shy about color in product and interior design concepts, believes that we are moving into a new era where color is concerned.
"Today, we call them accent walls; tomorrow they will take the lead," Petril said. "We know so much more about how color affects us on an emotional level that it only makes sense to incorporate more of that understanding in our design plans. And personally, I would like to see it become less rigid and more fluid—tailored to the specific individual's response to color."
If you're looking to add color to a room or design concept, consider the following from FRESH HOME, depending on the energy of the room you'd like to create.
Color can also be looked at from more of a spiritual angle relating to the chakras of the body, as well. Different colors are associated with specific energy centers of the body and many times, they coincide with existing psychological research.
Additional resources for information on the psychology of color:
Robert Petril talks all things interior design, hardship, and garbage man aspirations in this candid question & answer session...
Q. Tell us about your interior design background.
My background as an interior designer can only be explained by talking about all the other things I’ve done in my life, first. As a kid, I was as far as you could get from design. I loved cars, construction sites, handmade firework launchers, and my dream was to be a garbage man so I could ride on the side of the truck. I was not necessarily interior design material.
Little did I know the road to garbage truck man would be foiled by furniture. Bernhardt furniture, to be exact. At 18, I moved to Lenoir, NC and worked in the factory through every department and ended up as an upholsterer. About a year later, I went into retail furniture sales in Philadelphia and landed several 'rep' jobs including one for Natuzzi Italia.
During my ‘rep' days, I used to hear reps say at sales meetings “This sofa is really gonna sell.” I thought to myself, how do they know? And I started to look closer at design on all fronts. I looked at the details of what makes something beautiful, i.e. symmetry and scale. I traveled the world in VP positions, living in China and Italy, and fell into a design role, helping an Italian furniture company called Incanto sell furniture in the US. I started designing pieces for their line and caught the bug. Later in China, I designed and developed over 50 designs for a Danish company called Simon Li. Sales rose from two million dollars to 20 million dollars over two years.
Right before the recession hit in 2008, I quit my job and set out to build my own company. A year later I chose to move back to the US with my family and become a freelance furniture designer. Bad timing, indeed! To make ends meet, I sold furniture designs, ran a pizza shop, delivered pizzas, built custom furniture, and in general, did whatever was needed to survive. This led me to interior design work.
Over the years, I had been approached by friends, family, and strangers to take on interior design gigs because they liked what I did with my own house, or what they saw online. Now that I was back in the US and building my freelance career, I reluctantly agreed to a few of interior design requests. I was surprised to discover a love for designing everything in a room, not just furniture. While I'm not a degreed interior designer—and many times I wish I was—I operate from the place of trusting my artistic vision for a space. And yes, I still wanna ride on the side of a garbage truck!
Sofas - Sectionals - Chairs - Ottomans - Tables - Custom - 3to5 Weeks - C.O.M
Q. Why do you feel Mod Life is a good option for interior design firms/interior designers?
There are many reasons I feel an interior designer will appreciate the way we do business. As someone who has done interior design work and understands product development from a factory perspective, we’re unique in that we have a real life perspective on what it takes to make an interior design project run smoothly. In a nutshell, here’s what we offer interior designers:
A Little Bit About The Journey
By Robert Petril
When I was a kid, I dreamed about growing up and flying rockets or at least some job where I would get to push all kinds of cool lighted buttons. Well, you know what happens - the real world and destiny reveal themselves. At least I get to push all kinds of buttons on my smart phone now!
My father was a sales rep in the furniture business. As a child of the industry who was writing messages on the chalkboard in the kitchen for my father from retail salespeople, my destiny was set very early.
My professional path started in the factories. I worked in every department from the lumberyard to the loading dock, then went onto floor sales in a furniture store. From there, I eventually became a sub-rep, a lead-rep, and finally a top ranked VP for the largest leather furniture manufacturer in the world.
I had found financial success and a really cool title. I traveled the world and learned more about the industry than I could ever imagine. There were two problems I discovered within all that I was learning: 1) People hate buying furniture; 2) None of my work had much to do at all with my real passion in life.
People in just about every financial bracket clamor for the latest new technology, automobile, or new gear, but not furniture! Sorry but the truth is we as an industry do a terrible job of exciting people. It’s been my passion for many years now to do my little part to change that. Now, I actually get to do that!
Over ten years ago when I ripped off my tie and left the world of sales to follow my true passion in creating things, the journey to the Mod Life Collection began. Now, the mission is very simple: to break every paradigm that makes sense to break. To follow a new vision of fun and exciting new products that people will clamor for. We live on our couches. And yes…we call them couches! So now the long wondrous journey has brought me to the beginning of a whole new one. One that I now treasure with all my passion!