Mad for Mod


October 12, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

If all the furniture and accessories decorating the new Gaithersburg store Mod Decor are changed the next time you visit, don't be surprised. That's just owner Nidhi Gupta experimenting.

A fresh perspective is key to Gupta, who delights in helping her customers select contemporary objects for their own space. It was a love of interior design that inspired Gupta to open her modern-furniture store a year ago, after having worked years in the corporate business world.

Mod Decor features an extensive line of home furnishings, including sofas, chairs, tables, wall units and rugs from German designer Rolf Benz, as well as minimalist, sleek sectionals, chaises and coffee tables from Montreal-based Periphere. The store also offers futuristic lighting options (below, left) and an array of home accents, such as vases, clocks and CD racks. Sale artworks by Tom Everhart, Isaac Maimon and other well-known artists colorfully adorn the walls.

Mod Decor is located in the Kentlands Shopping Center, 122 Market St., Gaithersburg, and is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 301-948-0968 or visit

Thinking small

We don't all live in sprawling mansions. Many of us dwell in compact houses, in small studio apartments, in rented rowhouses. Space is at a premium. Here are some tips from the new book Small Spaces for Modern Living -- Making the Most of Your Indoor Space (Sterling Publishing, 2003, $24.95) by Caroline Atkins, available at

* Be selective about decorative items. Just because you own it doesn't mean you need to show it.

* Install lots of hooks and pegs for hanging storage.

* Get circular or oval tables, which seat more people in a smaller area, as there are no corners.

* Fit drawers into the lower risers of your staircase.

Target has your Pulse

Target is indeed one of the more hip retail outlets, with its cool clothes, cool product designers and cool ads. And now you can add cool electronics to that list. In a new partnership with Virgin (yes, as in the airline and music stores), Target is launching Virgin Pulse, a new line of personal electronics which features ergonomic buttons, dual headphone jacks for sharing and adjustable armbands. Included are 15 stylish and technologically innovative items, like a pair of two-way radios, a portable TV / DVD player with 11-inch viewable screen and a desktop CD clock radio (pictured, $69.99).

Call 800-440-0680 or visit


* Looking to update your home, enhance your garden or find some crafty decorations for the holidays? Head to the Maryland Home and Garden Show and Maryland Holiday Craft Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Friday-Oct. 19. Browse more than 300 exhibitor tables, meet Barney the highly-trained mold-detecting dog from Mold Trackers LLC, see Chesapeake-inspired birdfeeders (pictured) and learn about the Cameo System for jewelry storage. See wood-carvings by the Maryland-based Carroll Carvers, an exhibit of cleverly decorated Christmas trees and more. Home show tickets are $2-$7; under 6 free, and include admission to the craft show. Call 410-863-1180 or visit

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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