One Gus* Sofa, Three Ways: Bohemian, Moody Modern, and Plant Lady Style

The Spencer Sofa From Gus* Modern: Proof That Basic Does Not Equal Boring

The Spencer Sofa from Gus* Modern is live, living proof that basic absolutely does not have to equal boring. With lean, classic lines and beautiful, hard-working upholstery, this piece from the Gus* line is ready to handle anything you throw its way—including your personal, unique, beautiful style that is all your own.

How to Style A Sofa That Fits You Perfectly

With just a few key pieces and a thoughtful touch here and there, a classic like The Spencer can take on a totally different look that is suited exactly to you, your personality, and your style.

We decided to have a little fun with this idea. So, for your viewing pleasure, is The Spencer Sofa from Gus* Modern, styled in three, gotta-have-it-now ways: Bohemian style, Moody Modern, and decor that any plant lady would love.

Show Us Your Boho: Gus Modern Does Bohemian Style

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Check out how The Spencer grounds this classic boho look of layered textiles, warm woods, brass, and woven rattan accents. Bravo, Spencer!

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Mad Men: Gus Modern Does Moody Modern Style

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Add a few notable midcentury pieces and deep hues and The Spencer takes on a whole new life as the centerpiece of a dramatic, modern space.

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Attention, Plant Moms: Gus Modern Does Plant Lady Style

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Yes, really. The Spencer does it again. Throw all your favorite houseplants in the mix, combine with plenty of macrame, warm woods, and textiles that pop, and you have a haven where any plant mom would love to store her watering can.

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We would love to know how you would style a classic like The Spencer. Let us know in the comments! And definitely give your unique style a name. It’s the most fun, for you AND for us.

DEAR DIARY: Things We Love About Gus* Modern

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Retro Den is a proud retailer of Gus* Modern furniture.

So proud, in fact, that we made a list of 24 reasons in our diary about it (and dotted all our i’s with hearts):

  1. Gus* is a furniture design and manufacturing company based in Toronto—available right here in our storefront in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hey, anything we can do to save you from a couple thousand miles’ worth of wandering in search of superior furnishings is worth it to us.

  2. Gus* makes beautiful, high quality pieces using responsible green practices. Very important to us #plantmoms.

  3. Gus* is fresh and new for your home, inspired by modern design from decades past.

  4. When you shop Gus*, you can support small business in your community AND score beautiful, high quality furnishings, all at the same time.

  5. Gus* furniture complements the aesthetic and history of vintage pieces, resulting in the optimal balance of old and new. We aren’t fans of hard-and-fast design rules, but we stick hard-and-fast to this one.

  6. Believe it: Industrial Modern can look clean and cozy. The Gus* Atwood sofa, with its tufted back and tapered walnut legs that bring about a tailored, sophisticated feel, can get you there.

  7. Gus* offers furnishings ranging from sofas and sleepers to workspace and lighting. There’s something for everyone.

  8. Feel the need to add a crisp, clean feel to a scene? This beautiful, plush Gus* Margot sofa in blue velvet is our star for polished spaces.

  9. We have a selection of floor models for you to see and a catalogue of the full line of Gus* Modern all available to order from our shop—and we pay the shipping to the store. It’s thrilling to us to be able to do that.

  10. All upholstered pieces can be custom ordered in a range of delicious fabrics and leathers, each of which you will want to rub on your face until you fall into a deep, sweet slumber.

  11. Want a Rustic Modern look for your office? There’s a Gus* for that.

  12. If you don't mix old and new, your home can look one dimensional. By mixing in vintage, you inject personality and character. The new pieces from our line of Gus* will add a shine and crispness to the vintage pieces, and the vintage pieces will bring soul and unity to your space. #soul #unity #yes

  13. You can use Gus* to build a Bohemian Modern look for your favorite space.

  14. Gus* can give you the comfort of a large sectional while still offering a smaller, lighter footprint—thus opening up your favorite space. #winning

  15. This: The classic, mid-century modern inspired Gus* Modern Adelaide sofa in velvet rust. Enough said.

  16. Colorful, playful bohemian elements (wicker, rattan, wall weavings) contrast nicely with the modern Gus* Jane sofa. Trust.

  17. Our Gus* Atwood sofa floor model played a major role in a recent Alliday Show. She is forever part of dozens of Tulsa families’ treasured family photos. Imagine!

  18. The Gus* Modern Carmichael Bed is as comfy as it is handsome. That tall upholstered headboard is so nice to lean against when watching Forensic Files.

  19. The modern, simple Gus* Modern desk paired with a vintage orange Herman Miller chair is a dream com true for anyone who would like to enjoy a peaceful work area.

  20. It’s fun to make bi-sectional jokes. (Sorry.)

  21. Gus* upholstery has held up to lots of tough stains in our personal and customers’ lives—spaghetti sauce, raspberry-blue sucker, and even potty-training toddlers.

  22. Retro Den Creative Manager Holly says the velvet on her Margot sofa is extremely easy to clean. She uses a lint roller to swoosh away cat and dog hair.

  23. Gus* sofas come in a large variety of firmness levels for folks who love squish or those who like a stiff cushion.

  24. Gus* offers a full decade-long warranty on their frames. 10 years!

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Summer Patio Update: One Simple Tip to Make The Entry of Your Home Welcoming, Plus Tulsa Garden and Patio Supplies Sources

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Patio Aspirations (and Dreams Deferred)

I struggle with making the front of my house look attractive.

I admit, my curb appeal game is not very strong. In fact, the list of things I’d like to update and change is the same list from last year.

And I quote:

1. beautiful landscaping (?!)
2. a circle drive (?!?!)
3. repairing the sidewalk with the giant crack
4. replacing and repainting the siding
5. removing the Astroturf from the front step
6. replacing the supports with simple wooden ones

The list, it goes on and on.

One Simple Tip To Update and Refresh Your Patio (with Tulsa Garden and Patio Sources)

Though I have accomplished nothing from my wishlist (yet), I did remember one thing from last year about easily improving my curb appeal for the summer:

Add flowers!

So I did.

I went to Rancho Flores here in Tulsa, Okla., a garden center and landscape haven, and perused until I saw yellow flowers that tickled my fancy.

I’m going to have my fancy tickled always when I drive up to my home this summer! And that’s nice, right?

Patio Dining, Patio Playdates, Patioscapes (!!!), and other Patio Dreams

So, how’s your patio game? Did you make a list of patio aspirations (that may or may not have been realistic)? Or are you more down to earth about your patio dreams and desires? Does anyone else dream of entertaining on your patio and, if so, what’s your to-do list around that? How about patio playdates?

What’s your favorite one-simple-patio-refresh-trick? We’re dying to know. Tell us your secrets in the comments.

(Daly wanted me to mention that you should be sure to see my patio from last year in a post that features me watering my plants.)

Winning! #plantmom #crazyplantlady

Tulsa Garden and Patio Supply Sources

Rancho Flores for hanging plants and large white pot on porch // small porch pot from Retro Den // Dried Bridal Bush Wreath from Daly’s in-laws yard // One lantana in the large pot from Tulsa Farmer’s Market, another extremely romantic business partner gift from Daly //

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Succulent Sara

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Two Sundays ago, Sara Sherman, best known at our shop as Succulent Sara, suffered a stroke. She passed away this afternoon surrounded by loved ones.

We met Sara almost a year into our Retro Den story at the Tulsa Flea Market. We purchased her plants to brighten up our vintage pottery. She eventually asked us what we were doing with her plants and wanted to come check out our store. We felt nervous and hoped we would be approved for her plants. At that visit, she proposed our business partnership which spanned the next five years of our lives. Seriously, the internet reminded us while sitting at Sara’s hospital bedside that on April 2nd of last week it had been exactly five years since we announced having Sara’s plants available for purchase.

I doubt a day has gone by in five years that we haven’t told Sara’s story to someone...mostly while potting up her succulents at the shop or just in passing. At check out, we always ask succulent purchasers if they’ve bought succulents before. We quickly offer the Succulent 101 basics–don’t water too much and get them lots of light. Then we tell folks, “A woman named Sara from Independence, Kansas, grew these. She lives at her greenhouse and puts her entire heart into caring for each plant. You cannot have a better plant or more powerful positive energy in your home. They radiate the passion of someone doing what they love.”

We are heartbroken, we are glad she’s in the safe, bright beyond, we are missing our friend...She’d eerily told Palmer the day before her stroke that she wasn’t afraid to die. She’d told Daly once that everyone lives on through the love they offer others and the ways a person invests their heart–Sara lives on in us, in you, in her plants, in anyone she protected or championed. Sara is our beloved friend. She had a way of collecting beautiful people and offering her strength and encouragement to us all, and we couldn’t be prouder to have been a permanent spot on her Tulsa route.

The past days have brought to light some really nice things we didn’t know about our kind, joyful, funny friend. We want to share those insights and a few others with you below. Then if you would, please tell us more. Tell us anything about Sara. Everything. We cannot hear enough. And share photos of her plants that you own.

Things about Sara:

  • She lived in her greenhouse and slept on bags of dirt, all by choice, to be closer to her plants and the life she loved.

  • She told us she would never want to fight the person who made our macrame wall in the front of the shop...so do not ever fight Natasha Ball, because Succulent Sara thinks she has incredibly strong hands worth fearing.

  • She left behind a dog named Chico and cat named Peanut.

  • The day before she had a stroke, Palmer told her about my daughter Harriet pooping in Palmer’s backyard and thought that was hilarious.

  • Two Saturdays before, I (Daly) showed her a video of Caroline and Harriet getting soaked and muddy, dipping their bottoms into the bird bath on Palmer’s patio. And Sara laughed and laughed with pride.

  • She had a college scholarship for vocal performance.

  • She had red hair before she went gray.

  • Once when she was young, she fell off a horse with her dear cousin Patsy and cushioned Patsy’s fall.

  • She loved eating at White River Fish Market.

  • She drove a beaten blue green Bronco that had dents from buffalos leaning upon it (“Buffalo Gal”), then more recently sported a large red van.

  • She always added avocado to her sandwiches we ordered at the shop.

  • Sara was known for taking in and giving people a place to live when they had nowhere to go.

  • Sara collected rare mutated succulents.

  • She’d been setting up at the Tulsa Flea Market for decades.

  • She once desegregated a YMCA in the midwest.

  • I (Daly) was once very down, and Sara, to cheer me up, told me a VERY gory story about the time she almost had to get her leg amputated. While listening, I feared she was telling me that shit could always be worse than just being a person with depression...but instead she ended her story putting her arm around me and said, “Things can always get better, Ashley.”

If you loved Sara or love her plants, the best way to honor her is to offer love and acceptance, dig in the dirt, and do what brings you peace with passion.

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