Trig Modern

Trig: adj. [British dialect] Smart and trim, as in lifestyle, neat. Stylishly fashionable, up-to-date, modish.

Today, people live with a mix of furnishings: Grandma’s antique dresser, a mid-century lamp found on eBay, a leather sofa you actually splurged on. It’s a metaphor of our lives -- an expression of personal style and experiences. 

Trig Modern’s showroom provides a portrait for sensible living -- an antidote to excess, formality and convention. Classic modern furniture rests comfortably beside new modern accessories and iconic items from the mid-20th century. A wide array of modern light fixtures and ceiling fans hang from the ceiling. A wall of colorful pillows, many designed by Trig’s owner, Bob Drake, gazes down upon modern area rugs on the floor.

Our Design Center serves up samples of Trig Modern’s delightfully modern wall coverings and upholstery choices, including a line specifically for apartment dwellers.

At Trig Modern, we believe in a thoughtful approach to modern interiors and furnishings that emphasizes the imagination and comfort of real people living real lives. Drop in sometime. We look forward to meeting you!

“LOL” Your Way To Fun, Functional Outdoor Furnishings This Summer

The warm weather and abundance of flowers are making us giddy these days, which may explain this LOL post. No, not LOL as in “laughing out loud.” LOL as in the first three letters of two clever, innovative, modern home furnishings manufacturers we can’t get enough of:

Loll Designs and Loloi Rugs

Are you ready to introduce some “LOL” fun and function into your outdoor living space this summer?

Lollygag -- lol·ly·gag

Verb; present participle: lollygagging

Spend time aimlessly; idle: "She goes to the beach to lollygag in the sun."

Dawdle: "We're lollygagging along."

 An Loll Designs lounge chair -- in orange!

An Loll Designs lounge chair -- in orange!

Loll Designs of Duluth, MN, designs and manufacturers “outdoor furniture for the modern lollygagger.” The company also makes the modern environmentalist pretty happy.

Loll Designs’ durable, all-weather loungers, Adirondack chairs, and other products are made with recycled, post-consumer plastic – mostly single-use milk jugs.

Here’s a Fun Fact: Around 400 recycled milk jugs go into producing one Loll Adirondack chair. That’s a lot of milk jugs!

The folks behind Loll didn’t always make furniture, you know. They started in 1997 as TrueRide, a contracting company that custom-designed, built, and installed municipal skate parks across the country and abroad.  But in 2007, they sold TrueRide to a friendly competitor so they could focus on “lollygagging” and on developing a green company.

Loll Design’s chairs, tables, loungers, and planters are fun, high-quality pieces. And they’re available in both bright and more subtle colors.

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Eleven years ago, Loloi Rugs had a small office in Dallas, a small staff of four, and a big idea.

“We believed that innovative design, an eye for detail, and a commitment to craft could produce truly distinctive rugs. Loloi didn’t set out to become just another rug company, not even the biggest. Instead, we wanted to be pioneers—to design and handcraft the world’s most original rugs.” 

Today, Loloi has hundreds of employees, multiple warehouses, and thousands of products. And the company’s steadfast commitment to craft has earned the trust of furniture dealers worldwide – including Trig Modern.

From the broad stripes of color in the Garrett Collection to the deep blues of Venice Beach and soft greens of the Isle Collection, Loloi’s lovely indoor/outdoor rugs are enlivening al fresco living spaces everywhere. 

Come by our showroom in Dock 1053 soon to see what both “LOL” companies – Loll and Loloi – can do for your modern, stylish, and eco-friendly outdoor living space.

 An Loloi Outdoor Rug is the perfect complement to a modern outdoor living space.

An Loloi Outdoor Rug is the perfect complement to a modern outdoor living space.

Dining Room Table

These days the kitchen is the center of the home but at the holidays our dining room tables take center stage. It's where we all gather with family and friends to celebrate and share our love.  Growing up in Virginia my grandmother was always with us for the holidays, and once the meal was cleared away, my mother set up a spread of homemade cookies and treats so our friends could visit to eat and drink. 

As I got older and moved into my first place, my table got smaller as my family was spread across several states. Like a lot of us, I participated in a few "orphan" Thanksgivings for those of us too far away to make it back to our parent's house. We’d gather with friends around tables cobbled together with mismatched plates and reminisce and laugh and maybe shed a tear or two for our memories of long ago. 

As I settled down with a career and a life partner, I started hosting our own family holiday dinners. Our tables got a little larger as we fit in children and siblings and parents and we joined hands to give thanks before enjoying our meals. As the years progressed my ex and I would set up multiple tables at Thanksgiving to host as many as 35 from our extended families. 

This year's Christmas dinner was with my immediate family, seated around my parents' second-hand farm table in their homey kitchen. My father's voice choked as he gave a blessing that we were there together sharing a meal, and I squeezed his hand a little tighter at that moment. 

We change our dining tables and other furniture over the years as our situations changes, whether we're moving to a larger house to accommodate a growing family or we're downsizing as our children move on. Our holiday celebrations change along with our changing living arrangements, but the dining room table is still the place we gather with family and friends to share, to laugh, to love and to give thanks.

I hope the time you spent with family and friends around your dining room table this holiday season was a wonderful time filled with love and hope.


I generally find time to read two publications, Elle Decor and The Economist; I enjoy both for totally different reasons.  In the December 13th issue of The Economist  there is a special report on the luxury market....a topic that fascinates me.  The definition of luxury is completely subjective and personal.  Luxury purchases for some may be everyday items to others.  In the global luxury market two thirds of the spending goes for luxury cars and luxury personal goods, ie, fashion, perfume and jewelry.  Thank goodness furniture is part of the luxury market!  It seems luxury items can be completely superfluous and yet there are items that can make one's life feel a little richer.  Luxury items for me are items for my home; fashion, cars and travelling are not that important to me.  With that said I owned a 1947 Cadillac two-door fastback that was very luxurious and a joy to drive.  I have invested in nice furniture, original artwork and lighting that make coming home enjoyable.  I have always extolled buying the best of anything that you can afford.  I enjoy selling a better product;  I get just as much joy selling a luxurious 2000.00 sofa as much as a luxurious 5000.00 one.  Whatever your definition of luxury is here's hoping 2015 brings you lots of it!


I am a self confessed art nerd.  I many people do you know that scan the Sotheby's and Christie's web pages to see what's coming up for auctions and what has sold??  In my fantasy world I tell myself that I could have so afforded that Giacometti sculpture or that Paul Klee painting.  And why didn' that Leger sell; the estimate was only 500,000.00!  As with anything I think you should buy the best you can afford; that includes artwork.  Buying original artwork brings me joy.  If you establish a rapport with a gallery owner it is easier to purchase quality, original artwork that can be affordable.  Most will offer time to pay for it.  Artwork adds personality and individualism to a home.  All artwork does not have to be purchased from a gallery.  Some of my favorite pieces were purchased at flea markets or ebay. Should I have invested the money into an IRA instead of artwork....absolutely.  Would that be as  I have made some good investments in my art added bonus. I am aware that the appreciation of art is completely subjective...but it sure makes coming home from work a little more enjoyable.

Holiday Decorations

I have decided that i really like when people decorate their homes for the holidays.  I never used to; living by myself, I really could not be bothered.  I bought a 1960 split level from the original owners.  In cleaning out the workroom I found some homemade Halloween decorations the previous owner had made; he was an amateur wood worker.  They had three children, two boys and a girl.  He made two boy ghosts, one girl ghost and a black cat.  I love them!  The girl ghost is distinguished by long eyelashes and a red bow in her "hair"!  Somehow this changed my mind about decorating for the holidays.  These are out and the end of my driveway.  There seems to be a sense of community created with holiday decorations.  I also appreciate the amount of effort some homeowners exert in decorating.  Of course all decorations should be taken down after the holiday is over... although leaving Christmas decorations up all year is the epitome of efficiency!