Say Farewell to 2020

2020 has been an interesting year (to say the least). Our homes have become our refuge. They are places where we live, work and learn digitally. But they also are places where we can dream of the future. A time when hugs will be exchanged, entertaining our friends will become possible and travel will begin anew.

We have compiled a list of 15 ideas to help inspire you as you look forward to welcoming the new year and new possibilities.

  1. Think about where you would like to go next. Make a Pinterest board to gather inspiration for the trip.
  2. Visit your favorite U.S. National Parks on Google Earth.
  3. Consider an epic train trip and start plotting your route.
  4. Watch walking tours of place you haven’t been yet or want to revisit.
  5. Hone your photography skills or learn a new language.
  6.  Enjoy some of the world’s greatest museums, symphonies and operas from your couch.
  7. Donate to your favorite non-profit organization.
  8. Crack open that bottle of wine you have been saving for a special occasion.
  9. Take a virtual cooking lesson.
  10. Order take-out from that restaurant you never managed to get a table at before.
  11. Look for shows filmed right in your home city or state, and remember how lucky you are to be where you are.
  12. Start planning your menu and guest list for your next big gathering.  
  13. Prepare your home for winter weather. Start planning your spring garden.
  14. Keep in touch with your friends and family via phone, online or a quick note.
  15. Shop for new flooring during MODA Floors and Interiors “Farewell to 2020 Sale.”


20 Ways to Help Fight Boredom

Has cabin fever set in yet for you? Are you struggling to find things to do for you and your family? Here are 20 suggestions.

  1. Take a virtual tour of five historic homes.
  2. Enjoy virtual tours of botanical gardens throughout the South.
  3. Catch up on your reading.
  4. FaceTime with family and friends.
  5. Change up your décor scheme.
  6. Take a power nap.
  7. Complete a crossword puzzle.
  8. Call an old friend.
  9. Teach your children how to cook.
  10. Plant an indoor herb garden.
  11. Make lists (work lists, home lists and even your life goals).
  12. Look through your old photos and share them digitally with family members.
  13. Learn a new language.
  14. Support your local restaurants by buying gift cards for future use.
  15. Organize your computer files.
  16. Clean out your closets.
  17. Go on a walk while practicing social distancing.
  18. Plan a future trip or party.
  19. Check out the exercise videos on YouTube.
  20. Sit back, relax and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

What other ideas do you have?


Looking for a Volunteer Opportunity in Atlanta?

Great Backpack GiveawayAgape Youth & Family Center was founded in 1997 by the Trinity Presbyterian Church. Located at 2353 Bolton Road N.W. in Atlanta, the organization serves the needs of families in the surrounding under-served neighborhoods.

Some of the center’s current programs include academic-based after-school programs for elementary and middle school students; The Ginger Kaney Mentoring Institute for high school students; Ragtime, which is a day program for seniors and adults with disabilities; the Great Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway; Camp JumpStart, which is an early reading initiative for rising first and second graders; and emergency assistance for families.

MODA Floors & Interiors has partnered with Agape for the past four years on their Extreme Bedroom Makeover project. Last year MODA team members remodeled two bedrooms for three boys in the Bolton Road community in Northwest Atlanta. MODA also has served as a drop-off location for the center’s Great Backpack Giveaway.

For information on volunteering at either of these events, check out the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization’s website at The 2015 Great Backpack Giveaway is scheduled July 31. Bedroom makeovers will take place in October.

Add Coastal Vibes to Your Home

Video: Whether you have a beach house or an urban loft, you can add a “coastal” feeling to your home. Here are some tips from Shaw Floors on how to keep your decor looking light, airy and fresh.



Explore the West Midtown Design District

MODA's West Midtown Design District LocationThe MODA Floors & Interiors’ showroom at 1417 Chattahoochee Ave. is located in the West Midtown Design District, which is directly west of Midtown Atlanta.

Much of Atlanta’s Civil War history took place in West Midtown. Several buildings still in use today parallel the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks. General Sherman used these tracks when he invaded Atlanta in 1864.

Blandtown, located along Huff Road, was one of the first Black settlements around Atlanta after the Civil War.

In the 1950s the community went into decline. The Huff House, the oldest standing house in the city, was demolished in 1954.

By the 1960s, the once-residential community had been rezoned for industrial usage.

In the 1990s, several adaptive reuse projects started, signaling the rebirth of the area. These included Hastings Seed Company, The Carriage Works, King Plow Arts Center and the Allied Warehouse.

West Midtown now has an eclectic mix of lofts, shops, farm-to-table restaurants, salons, art galleries and professional firms. The loft-style industrial feel of the neighborhood has been kept, and many new developments are restorations of factories or warehouses that date back to the 1880s.

You will find furnishings, fabrics and fabricators of everything from wrought iron to custom seating throughout the district.

Come visit MODA Floors & Interiors West Midtown Design District location and pencil in some time to explore the area.


Shaw Floors Introduces Color of the Year

Lady in Grey, Shaw Floors’ 2015 Color of the Year, is a great addition to any interior space. Both classic and chic, it has a level of sophistication that transcends annual color trends. See this color in action.

Spring Colors Bring Fresh Design Ideas

Spring ColorsWith a change in season comes a shift in weather, refreshed attire, and most importantly – a new color palette. Each season has its own feeling, its own smell, and its own colors. Whether through fashion or decor, the persona of Spring is represented every year through the hues that we choose to emphasize.

What makes Spring colors? Well, look around. As the temperature gets warmer, “cold” colors funnel in. It’s the lighter blue of the sky, the sweeter orange of the tropics, the romantic purple of the violet flowers in bloom. It’s the pastel yellow, zesty lime green, and blossom rose with a pop of magenta!

Spring colors represent revival and rejuvenation. As ambassadors of style and design, we camouflage ourselves by highlighting mother nature’s greatest shades (of color). These colors can be used creatively to brighten any room.

Visit the MODA Floors & Interiors website for products inspired by the uplifting feeling of Spring.

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Luxury Vinyl Tile Offers Design Options

Tarkett DisplayLuxury Vinyl Tile floors are a durable, affordable and attractive alternative to ceramic tile, natural stone and hardwood.

The advantages to these floors include:

  • Ease on joints
  • More quiet underfoot than most hard surfaces
  • Easy to maintain
  • Available in a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes
  • Commercial and residential use
  • Real wood, tile and stone looks
  • Easier installation than ceramic or stone

Luxury Vinyl Tile comes in a variety of styles, shapes and colors. The different types of styles include:

  • Planks
  • Tiles
  • Wood looks
  • Decorative borders
  • Geometrics
  • Tile and stone looks
  • Grout option or no grout option
  • Overall patterns

An advantage to Luxury Vinyl Flooring is the ability to install modular patterns. Different tiles can be combined, different planks can be combined as well as tiles and planks can be combined.

MODA Floors & Interiors Celebrates 10 Successful Years


Left to right: Larry Ellison, Lisa Franks, Theresa Minkoff, Dave Wimbiscus, Rebecca Raffield, Rob Ahrens, Janice Howell, Dean Howell, Jerry Parks, Tasha Elrod, Pete Lutz, Jill Cobb, Jeff Hawkins, Haley Morgan and Jessica Kreunen.

MODA Floors & Interiors, a flooring and window coverings resource and Atlanta’s first Shaw Design Center, recently celebrated its 10th year in business. The company has showrooms in the West Midtown Design District and at Town Brookhaven.

“MODA” is the Italian word for fashion. Owners Dean and Janice Howell selected the company name to reflect cutting-edge style and European flair.

Started initially as a three-person home-based business, MODA Floors & Interiors currently employs 15 people and partners with 10 installation crews to complete approximately 1,300 projects each year. The diversified client base includes residential remodelers, custom home builders, designers, insurance contractors, and consumers. The company also does light commercial jobs.

“We quickly realized that working from home wasn’t an ideal situation,” said Dean Howell. So the couple rented a small space off Windy Hill Road before moving three years later to a 5,000-square-foot facility on Collier Road. MODA opened its current 20,000-square-foot showroom on Chattahoochee Avenue three years ago. The Town Brookhaven location opened this month.

“The franchiser went out of business during our fifth year in business,” Howell said. “While it was unfortunate for the franchiser, it was one of the best things that could have happened for us because we were able to go independent and create the MODA brand.”

The typical MODA client’s core needs have remained the same over the last 10 years. According to Howell, they still want a beautiful end product and an engaging experience with a high level of customer service throughout the process.

What has changed most during his time in business has been the explosion of digital media / tools that give clients and the MODA staff multiple ways to exchange information and communicate, he said.

What’s the biggest business lesson he has learned over the years? “Externally. it’s all about customer satisfaction and ‘always doing the right thing’ in terms of treating our customers. Ensuring our customers’ total satisfaction is the one thing that will sustain our business over the long haul. Internally, we focus on developing our team members and business processes. We still come to work every day thinking about how to do it better,” Howell said.


Going to New York for the Holidays?

Holiday FairGrand Central Terminal’s Holiday Fair, sponsored by Shaw Floors, is the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors. The Fair runs through Dec. 24 in Vanderbilt Hall, which was once the waiting-room for long-distance travelers.

The 76 vendors, who are primarily from the Greater New York area, each offer a wide variety of holiday gifts, including art, clothing, home goods, collectible toys, jewelry and gifts for pets.

Holiday FairShaw Floors selected each piece of flooring they installed throughout Vanderbilt Hall and at Terminal entrances to complement the iconic architecture of the historic building. One million people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day during the holiday season.

Is the flooring in your home capable of standing up to this durability test?

Photos Courtesy: MTA