Part of what made AMC’s critically-acclaimed drama “Mad Men” such a resounding success was the attention to capturing the aesthetic detail of the 1960s and early 1970s. The fashion, the furniture, the music — creator Matthew Weiner paid respect to and re-created a glamorous era in American history. To this day, mid-century modern furniture remains desirable by collectors and decorators.
Mood Furniture in Gig Harbor, which opened earlier in the month, aims to deliver its clientele with some of these unique pieces. The store, located at 5125 Olympic Drive NW, is co-owned by Debra Secor and her daughter, Nikki Brook, an artist.
“There’s a tradition of loving home and beauty in our family,” Brook said. “We combined our love for home and beauty and art and thought of something the Gig Harbor community didn’t have. There’s not a Gig Harbor store that offers this kind of furniture.”
The owners search far and wide for unique and aesthetically pleasing pieces.
“We try to get things that are restored or in their original condition, mostly,” Brook said. “We want it to have a modern look; it’s kind of a collage of the old and the new. We love taking something, trying to pay homage to its original look and incorporating a new aesthetic.”
While Mood offers a few reproductions, such as wall clocks, most of the pieces are original. The owners are targeting an audience with a keen eye for appreciating art and vintage pieces.
“We’re catering to people who are decorating their homes really thoughtfully, putting energy into it, and want to find some unique pieces, some conversation starters,” Brook said.
Prior to Mood’s opening, to find a mid-century furniture store, people had to travel to Seattle. Now, there’s a closer option.
“It’s furniture that remains stylish today,” Secor said. “It’s like a vintage car that was great in its day, and still is.”
Secor and Brook hope the Gig Harbor community will embrace the store and its passion for art and furniture.
“We’re excited about sharing our love for this stuff with others who like it and appreciate it,” Brook said. “It’s a niche. We want to share with the community; we wanted to make it convenient for people in Gig Harbor. We always had to travel to Seattle for stuff like this. It’s more of an urban niche. We feel like Gig Harbor is evolving and maturing. I think they’re ready for it.”
Secor is happy to be in business with her daughter.
“Having a family business in Gig Harbor again — I’m really proud of that,” Secor said. “I think all of our family would be.”
Brook plans to host workshops and meet-ups for local and aspiring artists. Mood’s current hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.