MODA Floors & Interiors Plays Role in Burgeoning Film Industry

Georgia has it all! Beaches, mountains, talented actors and crews, an international airport and (best of all) attractive financial incentives. The state has more than 800 film and television projects under its belt since 1972. The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia in 2016 represented $2.02 billion in direct spending in the “Hollywood of the South.”

What’s it like being involved in the kitchen and bath installations for some of these productions?

Since MODA Floors & Interiors received the initial call a few months ago, Tyler Hieber, a project consultant/designer, has worked with multiple locally-based production companies. Requests can be as simple as providing materials or as complex as a full installation.

Response time is important. “You need to call in, get the information and place the order quickly,” Tyler said.

“The interesting thing is being able to go into the sets before filming begins. While the set designers and art directors usually have a good concept of what they want to install, we’re often able to work with them to explore other options to achieve the look they want,” he explained.

Set designers and art directors move from one project or production company to another, presenting MODA with a valuable sales outreach opportunity.

Filming can take place behind the studio gates or on location. A recent project in Roswell involved installations in four homes that will eventually be torn down because they were built for “looks.”

Luckily the production companies retain another company to recycle the materials.

Holiday Tours Provide Design Inspiration

Want design ideas for your home? Look no further than one of the home tours being held across metro Atlanta during November and December.

Home for the Holidays Showhouse (Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 10)

Presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, this showhouse benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Twenty of Atlanta’s top interior designers will transform a newly built Buckhead estate. The 8,800-square-foot home integrates structured, classical design with more modern, casual living space. www.AtlantaHolidayHome.com

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3)

Virginia-Highland is known for its historic residences, unique shops and local restaurants.

Eight homes are included on this tour. They include an English country-style home decorated with original pieces of art, a recently renovated American Foursquare built in 1916, a 1925 Cape Dutch with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, a restored 1916 bungalow with a multitude of original features and an historic building that is used as a combination art gallery and residence.

Local restaurants will provide food tastings in John Howell Park and at each of the tour homes. https://VaHiTourofHomes.org

Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour (Saturday and Sunday, Dec 2-3)

Get a glimpse inside six private homes that are located in the Whitlock Avenue district of Marietta. Each home has been lovingly restored and will be decorated for the holiday season. www.MariettaPilgrimage.com

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10)

This tour offers attendees an intimate and charming way to experience both the past and present of the historic Grant Park neighborhood. Be enchanted by the warm glow of candles and holiday lights at every stop. www.CandlelightTourofHomes.com

Have you attended one of these tours before?

Partnering for a Cause

What began as the sponsorship of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway has evolved into a multi-faceted program for St. Jude and Shaw Floors and its dealer network. Now, Shaw’s Carpet Cushion for St. Jude raises money with every purchase.

St. Jude works to find cures for children fighting childhood cancer around the world. Watch this brief video to learn more about Shaw’s involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital today.

Home and Garden Tours Offer Design Inspiration

Spring is one of our favorite seasons for a variety of reasons! It’s the perfect time to check out one of the many home and garden tours sprouting around metro Atlanta. Here are a few of our favorite tours.

Inman ParkInman Park Tour of Homes (April 29-30 and May 1)

The tour will feature 10 homes and points of interest, including an American Foursquare, Victorians, lofts, and bungalows. The tour hours are noon-4 p.m. on Friday and noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are $15. www.InmanParkFestival.org

Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour (May 7-8)

This tour, which benefits the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will showcase 10 private gardens in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Midtown. The tour will feature a range of styles and sizes. Advance tickets for the self-guided tour are $28 in advance (Garden members-$22). www.AtlantaBG.org

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Maker’s Market (April 22-24)

“History Happens Here” at this tour, sponsored by the Druid Hills Civic Association. The $25 advance ticket gives you access to six homes, a garden, a plant sale, live music, and an artists’ market. www.DruidHillsTour.org

Home and garden tours are a great resource for design ideas for your home. Are there other tours we should add to this list?

Holiday Home Tours Showcase Neighborhoods

Are you as big a fan of home tours as we are? If so, you’ll want to check out one or more of the home tours scheduled in the coming weeks throughout metro Atlanta. Here’s a small sample:

Buckhead:

Home for the Holidays continues through Dec. 13 at Millwood Manor, located at 1150 Garmon Road. The tour benefits the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Garden and Farms.

Perfectly suited for entertaining, the house boasts plentiful windows, which afford views to both the front and rear of the property. The private master suite features an office, vestibule, and sitting space. The lower level has ample casual entertaining areas as well as a private guest or teen suite.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

840_Clemont_webVirginia-Highland:

Virginia-Highland, one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods, will welcome visitors Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 5-6) to its 21st Annual Tour of Homes. Local restaurants will provide food tastings at each tour house.

Six beautiful properties will be featured. Although different in style and design, they are all equally representative of the Neighborhood’s character.

Tickets are $25.

Funds raised by the tour will go to support various projects around Virginia-Highland, including park improvements, safety, sidewalk and traffic concerns, planning and preservation, and other community efforts.

dartmouthAvondale Estates:

The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market will take place Sunday, Dec. 13. The tour features homes that have been sensitively restored or renovated to preserve the character of the historic city.

This year’s tour spans almost 90 years beginning with an Avondale “original” built when the city was established in 1926, a recently renovated 1950s bungalow, three of the newest homes in town, and a new “Back Porch” that was added to one of the 1940s bungalows.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour.

Are there other must-see home tours you gain design inspiration from?

MODA Floors & Interiors Participates in Extreme Bedroom Makeover Project

MODA TeamMODA Floors & Interiors and Agape Youth & Family Center, a non-profit organization, continued their “Extreme Bedroom Makeover” partnership this year. During the one-day event, MODA team members remodeled two bedrooms for four children in the Bolton Road community in Northwest Atlanta.

MODA team members accessorized the rooms with new comforters, pillows, accessories, and wall decals to reflect the children’s interests. Rooms To Go provided new beds, and Rosing Paint Center donated paint and supplies.

Nearly 125 children have received a bedroom makeover since the program began in 2010. The “Extreme Bedroom Makeover” is the recipient of the Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Partnership from Georgia State University.

Bedroom“This is a highlight for our team members each year,” said Dean Howell, president of MODA Floors & Interiors, a floor and window coverings resource with showrooms in the West Midtown Design District and Town Brookhaven. “The kids are always appreciative of the work contributed by all the volunteer teams.”

“The kids and families were beyond amazed and truly grateful,” said Chaz Chapman, Agape’s event coordinator. “The many ‘Wows,’ ‘Oohs,’ ‘Aahs,’ bright smiles and even some joyful tears made this all the more memorable.”

Agape Youth & Family Center provides afterschool programs and family services that focus on academic achievement, character development, reading proficiency by third grade, high school graduation and post-graduation planning and placement.

ReStore Sales Support Habitat for Humanity Mission

ReStore DonationMODA Floors & Interiors recently donated 10 pallets of tile, hardwood and laminate to the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement outlet store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a discounted rate.

Net proceeds from ReStore sales support Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building quality, affordable, green homes in partnership with working families. Since December 2001, the ReStore has diverted more than 7,700 tons of materials from landfills by offering them to others for purchase and reuse.

By donating to the ReStore, individuals, companies and organizations support affordable homeownership and community revitalization in Atlanta. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

To make a donation, contact the ReStore at 404.525.2114 (Extension 155). They have a pick-up service for large items that you can’t easily transport.

The Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 271 Chester Ave. S.E. Additional information is also available at www.atlantahabitat.org/restore.