Color Me Mod: Mod Livin’

Blu Dot Red Fun, fresh and functional is how one would describe Mod Livin’.  A combination of contemporary and modern furniture designs and mid-century furniture and accessories, makes Mod Livin’ Denver’s premier outlet for all your indoor and outdoor furniture needs.  Join The Scout Guide Denver as we journey into the wonderful world of Mod Livin’…//Hot Mesh Chair and Skiff Rectangle Outdoor Table by BLU DOT

Indoor Mod

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Both a dash of finesse and a shot of whimsy, The Heller Kiss Lounge Couch gives new meaning to a big kiss.  The soft curves and sculpted body of the Kiss suggest timeless sophistication and functionality. Paired with HELLER Gehry Easy Chairs in bright yellow, the perfect burst of color to complement the red lounge, guests cannot help but be drawn to this colorful, welcoming seating area.   AREAWARE’s Banana Bowl  is an additional nod to Surrealism and a “sculpture for your tabletop” certain to spark conversation.  

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Sleek and classic, with a shot of pop is Mod Livin’s latest collection from GUS MODERN. The versatility of the Bolton Multi-Sectional knows no limits.  The sectional alone has 19 possible configurations! The upholstery’s French seams soften the edges while the seat and back blend into the frame for a “streamlined, modern look”.  The dining area is an ideal place to add a touch of eye-popping contrast to the neutral color scheme.  The Church Chair, a functional, stackable chair trimmed in yellow with a retro feel, does the trick. Couple the Drake Coffee Table with GUS MODERN’s Fruit Trough for a touch of greenery and your modern retreat is complete! 

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Mod Livin’s large selection of outdoor furniture and accessories is functional, elegant and perfect for both relaxing and entertaining. Whether you are enjoying the sun or under an umbrella, BLU DOT’s Skiff Outdoor Sun Lounger’s clean and crisp design lets you do it in style. Made from Batyline mesh, the lounge is not only comfortable but mildew and tear resistant, ideal for braving the outdoor elements.

Outdoor Duo

The SERRALUNGA Kubrick Chair is an “elegant and sporty armchair” that conforms to any environment.  This comfortable chair is great for guests or unwinding in your own hidden haven.  Pair with one of SERRALUNGLA’s unique illuminated planters such as the Kabin High Planter with Light that also doubles as an ice bucket for refreshing beverages. Now, that’s what we call functional elegance!

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A modern oasis in your own backyard, we love the seamless blend of modern furniture and nature inspired by the photo above. Let white be your accent as it pops against the lush green grass. To achieve this look, we suggest SERRALUGA’s Canisse Armchair and Sofa along with their LouLou Side Tables.   The addition of MODERNICA’s Case Study Ceramic Bowls is a great fun to either fill with plants or leave empty as pure yard décor.

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Twenty-five styles in over twenty-five colors, the Fiberglass Shell Chair is “easily one of the most important and recognizable designs of the twentieth century”.  Initially designed by Charles Eames in 1948 as an admission in The Museum of Modern Art’s International Design Competition and invigorated by Modernica in 2000, the menagerie of colors and styles can be mix and matched and used for in and outdoors.  The simply sleek design works with any décor, ideal for large group gatherings, parties or around the kitchen table.  

In addition to representing contemporary manufacturers such as TrueModern, BensenModernica, BluDot, GUS MODERN and Mash Studios, Mod Livin’ offers designs of such prevailing icons as Vernor Panton, Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson. Complete with a showroom of over 10,000 square feet and a team to help you find and design your mod needs, Mod Livin’s passion for modern design united with their unequalled commitment to service, makes the Mod Livin’ experience an unparalleled one.

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Mod Livin’ Modern Furniture   5327 E. Colfax Ave.   Denver, CO 80220


July Loves

Summer is in full swing and Denver is enjoying every minute of it!  As we celebrate our country’s birthday and nobly display our red, white and blue, relish the memories we make and enjoy local activities, The Scout Guide Denver proudly presents the Seven Things We Love About July.


1. Summertime is filled with memories – picnics, camping, family vacations or just hanging out with friends.  This simple, classic distressed wooden painted picture frame is ready to hold your favorite memory (or at least one of them)!//Mud Pie Picture Frame available at Nest

2. This stainless steel bird feeder adds a classic touch to your patio or front yard.  Whether your style is traditional or a bit more modern, this addition will fit right in.//BLOMUS Bird Feeder available at Mod Livin’

3. Celebrate The 4th of July in style! America’s birthday is the perfect reason to buy a bright, fun, colorful bikini.  We love Andres Sarda’s Lily patriotic suit complete with stripes in red and white with blue embroidery.//Available at Sol Lingerie

4.  Not your average watermelon!  This all-time summer favorite, wrapped up in watermelon flavored gummy bears from Sugarlicious, are great to take with you to a Rockies game, on a road trip or just to have around for a quick treat to quench your summer taste buds.

5.  The Woods Fine Jewelry Eagle Necklace, adorned with pave diamonds, is a complete work of art and the perfect July necklace to show your patriotism. A trendsetter must!

6. Bright accessories are hot!  Summer is the time to bring out all the colors – especially red. Chic and elegant, yet understated, Jerome Dreyfuss’ Popoche Clutch namesake handbag collection is perfect for everyday wear.//Available at Goldyn

7. The quintessential summer dress, can be worn as a beach cover-up, running errands or dressed up for a night out on the town.  Comfortable and effortless, it is sure to be a summer staple.//Slack Jersey Tank Dress by Helmut Lang available at A Line Boutique

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Nest Children’s Boutique

Nest Kiss Denver’s premier neighborhood boutique for children, Nest, could not have chosen a more appropriate name.  A nest, defined as “a snug retreat or a home”, perfectly describes the experience both children and parents alike will discover at the Nest Children’s Boutique. Whimsical (yet practical) clothing, unique gifts and an extraordinary community outreach, Nest helps “nurture your child from crib to classroom.”

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Nest is a home for brands inspired by kids who like to “express, explore and create” and for parents who are seeking novel yet practical clothing and gifts. Offering clothing and gifts for children ages 0-12 years for girls and 0-8 years for boys, Nest is about “kids being kids”.  Nest’s charming assortment answers the need for everyday clothing that kids can actually wear – comfortable and stylish.


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Caroline Evascu-Holena, Wall Street banker turned kids fashion guru says, “When I had my first child and was living in New York, I literally spent hours searching for a very specific Liberty of London print shirt for my daughter.  I realized that I had a latent passion.  When our family moved to Denver, I got really clear on how important it was for me to do something each and every day that I loved.  I love this industry and the people I have gotten to meet as a result of my involvement in it.  I love the relationships I have developed with customers and other small business owners in the community.”

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Close relationships with customers, local businesses and the community only enhance the Nest experience.  Nest is the city’s only locally-owned source for the Tea Collection. Every Tuesday, Nest holds a “Tea Tuesday Give-Away” when you have the chance to win free piece of the Daily Tea Collection via Facebook contest.  Visit Nest’s Facebook page for your chance to win!//Clothing by Tea Collection

Community outreach is an important piece of the Nest experience.  Nest participates in WeeCycle, an organization that accepts new and very gently used clothing for infants and toddlers ages 0-3 and distributes the donations to families located throughout the Denver Metro area.

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“Caroline’s passion really shows,” adds Betsy McPherson, Nest’s new head of marketing.  ”I have always been impressed by her fabulous eye.  She knows how to offer her customers the newest, most innovative products, balancing that with a knowledge of what REAL kids wear (read: well made, but comfortable and definitely washable!) and providing the customer with a fun experience.”

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Continually spreading the Nest experience, this month Nest Children’s Boutique celebrated the opening of their third store located in Boulder. Happy shopping!


And let's not forget, Nest Children's Boutique Semi-Annual Blue Dot Sale is officially underway! 

Where:  2808 East 6th Avenue (6th Ave. and Detroit St. in Central Denver). Look for the black and white awning and we have free street parking!

When:  June 21st-27th: 40% off of all Spring/Summer 2014 merchandise and June 28th-July 6th: 50% off of all Spring/Summer 2014 merchandise.

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Outdoor Entertaining: Denver Style

Outdoor Dining with Fireplace Denverites love the great outdoors. With the unofficial start of summer behind us, we are in full swing – enjoying festivals, concerts, the farmer’s market and of course, dining al fresco.  The Scout Guide Denver has the ultimate finds to make your outdoor entertaining a breeze.


Nothing quenches your taste for summer like a cool beverage. Sangria anyone? Perhaps a Mojito or an Iced Tea? These colorful ceramic pitchers are ideal for any cool drink.  Perfect for holding your fresh beverage are Boatman Geller’s monogrammed cups.  Dishwasher safe, shatterproof and reusable, these were made for outdoor entertaining.//Two’s Company Ceramic Pitchers and Boatman Geller’s Cups available from The Paper Lady

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Make an impression! Personalized Lucite Serving Tray and Ice Bucket are necessities for outdoor entertaining (and make lovely hostess gifts). The pineapple traditionally symbolizes warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. Here it does double duty, as a welcome to your guests and as décor on Mariposa’s sculpted, sandcast Bamboo Napkin Box available at Hutch & Fig. //Boatman Geller’s Personalized Lucite Tray and Ice Bucket available from The Paper Lady


Bring elegance to outdoor dining. Le Cadeux, a collection of dinnerware in a triple weight melamine, is available in a range of vibrant, exotic patterns. Durable and dishwasher safe, you won’t believe it’s not pottery! This exquisite blue and yellow motif is evocative of hand painted pottery from Benidorm, Spain. As a finishing touch, stop by Flower Power for some fresh flowers to add to your table.//Le Cadeux Collection available at The Lark


What is better than a delicious dessert and a good card game? We love John Derian’s Chocolate Oval Pastry Dish.  Handmade from handblown glass and decorated with decoupage and vintage imagery, it is almost a shame to cover with dessert! After dessert, pull out the “Ultimate Book of Card Games” from HW Home.  A comprehensive  guide with over 350 card games, try and find the one you and your guests have yet to play!//John Derian’s Chocolate Oval Pastry Dish available at Hutch & Fig


There is no need for guests to go home just because the sun goes down.  Candles are ideal for outdoor evening entertaining. For a more romantic atmosphere, Onyx Votive Holders provide the perfect amount of light.  Place them in a row down the center of a table or scattered about. Or try the Traviata Vesuvius Candle, a unique blend of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes remindful of lightly exotic mountain greens. Housed in a large jar made from recycled glass, this all-natural soy wax candle burns for 100+ hours and beautifully illuminates your outdoor area.//Onyx Votive Holders available at HW Home//Traviata Vesuvius Candle available at The Brass Bed

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Summer Lovin’

Fashion stylist and personal shopper Liz Finkelstein of Mile High Style shares seven ways to welcome in summer!!

liz loves.001 liz loves.002 1.  Outdoor Decor - This rocker is porch perfect.

2.  Milk Glass Tealights – If you’re entertaining this season and burned out on Mercury Glass, try this light and lovely alternative.

3.  Bold Bags – This season is always a return to color, and a ‘Big Girl Bag’ in a bold color doesn’t just enhance your outfits, it makes them.

4.  Out of the Bridal Box – If traditional bride is not your style or you’re looking for different,  consider a high-fashion frock, like this incredible Chloe playsuit.

5.  Peonies – The loveliest of all flowers have an incredibly short window of availability, so buy them in bunches and put them everywhere!

6.  Statement Sandals – Theoretically, it’s easiest to splurge on a flat sandal because they are totally comfortable, highly wearable.  These beauties by Alaia go with everything.

7.  Doggy Accessories - While you’re building your Spring and Summer wardrobe, remember to provide your pooch with stylish seasonal accoutrement.

You can also follow Liz on Facebook and and on her Fashion Blog



Maps & Marvels: The Old Map Gallery Denver

Entering The Old Map Gallery in historic LoDo is akin to entering into a well-lit, rather picturesque cartographic treasure-house. Avid collectors and curious customers alike are bound to discover gems among the inspiring, well-curated collection of maps and marvels.

Curtis Bird and his wife, Alanna, have stood at the helm of The Old Map Gallery for the past 12 years. The Gallery itself has been a part of the downtown Denver community for 25 years, being housed in various locations from a Blake street storefront to a spot right near the Tattered Cover. Their most recent location is in one of Denver’s most recognizable historic buildings (particularly with the recent reimagining of Union Station), the Ice House. Finding a comfortable home here, Curtis and Alanna have filled The Old Map Gallery with an entirely impressive selection of maps, guides and novelties that date from as far in the past as the late 1500s to modern day, each cartographically capturing a snapshot of history.

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Any of the maps in The Old Map Gallery are inclined to become conversation-sparking, central pieces in a living room, dining room or home library. It’s easily to imagine one of the many food and wine maps from the Gallery, which include colorful depictions of notable wine regions (such as Enjoy Life Through French Wine, pictured below) as an inviting piece at the door of the wine cellar, or one of the many route maps for the Tour de France (such as the Carte Pratique from 1958, also below) adorning the study of an avid cyclist. There are certainly a number of particularly well-kept selections that would add antique or vintage appeal to the walls of any home.

Enjoy Life Wine Map: Old Map Gallery Enjoy Life Through French Wines (Anonymous. 1930)

Tour de France Map: Old Map Gallery Carte Pratique du Tour De France (Nouvelle Republic, 1958)

Yet there are far more than decorative delights in the store, and the Gallery attracts more than just the fascinated sightseer. Curtis and Alanna count collectors, historians and art enthusiasts among their cadre of frequent clients, although customers are certainly not limited to these spheres. Clientele include lively globetrotters, along with anthropologically and sociologically-minded individuals who find their way to the Gallery from all parts of the world, each with unique reasoning behind their requests (An expert on aqueducts searching for very specific accounts of Turkey from the mid-20th century. An archaeologist seeking rare maps of Africa). Some visitors are following the paths of their lineage, using maps to pave a genealogical trail. Mountaineers come looking for topographical maps of far-off locales such as Nepal and Tajikistan. Native Coloradans come asking after historic accounts of property lines. The Gallery also entertains the occasional outlier whose interest in maps lies beyond appreciation and study, such as UK-based artist Ed Fairburn, for whom vintage maps become canvases for exquisite portraiture.

carte-egypt Carte De L’Egypte Ancienne et Moderne (Janvier, 1762)

Predominantly built from estate sales, auctions and the like, the Gallery’s catalogue is filled not only with maps, but also an eclectic array of guides and emblems. There are early 19th century nautical charts, landmark triptychs, reference guides for oil and gas pipelines from the 1950s, attractive 18th-century diagrams of the solar system, antique prints, reproduction armillary spheres and historic national banners.

Celestial Maps: Old Map Gallery Denver (Celestial) Untitled Solar System (Smith, 1848) and Astronomie (Diderot, 1770)

The main draw, however, is the maps themselves: visual representations of our homelands, broken down by countries, states, territories, regions and counties, lined with roads and dotted by cities and towns.

In a world of perpetually shifting allegiances, the lines on the maps of The Old Map Gallery tell stories of political transformation, ideological rearrangement and developments in economies, industries and science. Nations emerge and disappear from one map to the next, borders shift, and entire countries assume a new identity. Portrayed so neatly and aesthetically by fine lines on paper, it can be deceptively easy to forget that the maps reflect a world all too real: one of cyclical, vacillating and often fickle political predilections that have steered the destinies of civilizations. Even the current demand for maps reflects fluctuations in interests among the general United States populace: 20 years ago, maps of Southeast Asia could hardly be given away, now the same maps can barely be fought for at auction.

The specific region a map depicts impacts its value, which is also determined based on the size of the map, the condition it is in, how old and rare it is, and its aesthetic qualities.

asia Asie (Jacques Liozu, 1951)

What sets The Old Map Gallery aside from other dealers, is that Curtis and Alanna take what they deem a more unorthodox approach. While most dealers chase after only the old, odd and eccentric, The Old Map Gallery has opened its doors to the more “kitschy and funky” maps of the 20th century: maps that pop with color and play to a more thematic aesthetic. Engaging and artistic, and at once vibrant and illuminating, these pictorial pieces have proved particularly attractive to customers, especially those of younger generations.

argentine Argentine (J.P. Pinchon, 1948)

Aside from this multitude of maps and marvels, The Old Map Gallery offers an equally as intriguing asset to visitors: Curtis and Alanna. Curtis arrived in Colorado via an art gallery on the East Coast, and was given the opportunity to work at The Old Map Gallery when the Gallery’s previous owner noticed Curtis’s particular passion and knack for the business. Well-versed, perceptive and personable, both Curtis and Alanna draw on an extensive knowledge of world geography, history, politics and art to inform and excite customers. With fluid intellect and in-depth insight into the Gallery’s product, they easily navigate visitors to both sought out and unexpected discoveries.

Whether you’re seeking an out-of-the-ordinary piece of artwork for your home or a gift for an avid enthusiast (Father’s Day is just around the corner!) stop into The Old Map Gallery and see what gems you may find.

Visit The Old Map Gallery in the Ice House (1801 Wynkoop Street) during the week and on Saturdays until 5pm, or online at

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