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Thanksgiving Table Settings

This Thanksgiving, allow The Goode Touch Interiors to take the guess-work out of setting your dining table.  We’ve provided you with a helpful diagram that illustrates the Informal place setting and the Formal place setting.  Which one best suits you?


Looking for more inspiration?  Update your Thanksgiving table setting with these easy ideas from REAL SIMPLE:

If You Have White Dishes…

Think light, cheery, and mostly monochrome—with pops of one quirky, energizing color. Layer a white patterned runner over a plain tablecloth. Place a low white pumpkin in the center of the table and flank it with loose bunches of fresh sage in footed glass vases (the scent will complement rather than compete with the complex fragrances of dinner). Chartreuse napkins are the surprise hit here (magenta or turquoise would also work); classic in detail but edgy in color, they marry the folksy and sleek aspects of the table.

If You Have Gilded China…

Go dark and moody, with an undone autumnal centerpiece and a liberal dose of gold. Almost everything on this table begs to be touched, down to the rich cotton-velvet tablecloth. Velvet may seem impractical as a dining surface, but cotton velvet is quite resilient—you can throw it in the washer and dryer. At the fabric store, ask for a piece 20 inches longer and 20 inches wider than your table; leave the edges raw or have them finished. To create the “spilled-out” (harmless) cornucopia here, cluster like vegetables in threes and fours and place a small pillar candle, safely behind glass, at either end of the display. Any fork looks dramatic against a black napkin, but brushed-gold flatware has an undeniable shock-and-awe effect. Gold-trimmed water glasses are a subtle touch by day, but once the candles are lit, they add significant sparkle. You can use white gilded china for this setting, too; the result will be brighter but still luxe.

If You Have a Vintage Mishmash…

Roll with it, using every beautiful pattern at once. The trick is to clarify the chaos (and turn down the granny factor) with a neat, crisp canvas: Plain white linens let you indulge your eclectic tendencies and show off all your favorites. If you happen to have a collection of mismatched goblets, throw them in, too—they look logical if the shapes and sizes are similar. For decoration, try a row of tiny cabbages in small glasses down the middle of the table. Add a personal item (here, a jade bust) to play up the found-treasures charm of the scene.

If You Have Earthy Ceramics…

Layer organic elements to conjure a warmed-up Scandinavian minimalism. Take advantage of the natural richness of a wood table by leaving it naked, and mix two sets of neutral dishes—alternating dinner plates and salad plates—to create a subtle ebb and flow of texture. Choose ethnic-graphic napkins, and invent your own fold for a bit of origami elegance. In the center of the table, place metallic-lined bowls filled with tiny pears (what’s prettier this time of year?) and candles wrapped in birch bark. Dark blown-glass cups add depth.

If You Have Blue-and-White China…

Create French-country enchantment, pairing casual glasses with fancy dishes around a glitzy centerpiece. Alternating two complementary china patterns promotes a loose but still pulled-together vibe. A nubby linen cloth in chocolate brown is unexpected against fine china and feels relaxed—no one has to worry about spilling gravy. Soft napkins (they almost look like chambray) host everyday stainless flatware. Goblets are chunky and homey, making this setup sweet and inviting, and not the least bit intimidating. And gold-leaf fruit inspires oohs and aahs.



Littleton Colorado Custom Window Treatments

Our client had original wood shutters on all of her guest bedroom windows from when the home was built. Although they were a nice quality, they didn’t provide the softness desired or complimented the furnishings and window trim detail. She wanted to bring another decorative element to the room and still provide shade and privacy.

The first guest bedroom has 2 beautiful antique Twin beds with wood inlay and intricate carving. The bedding is in antique style quilts with a soft blue/green paisley pattern. We wanted to compliment the bedding by using a similar motif but scaling down the size of the pattern.

The custom romans were designed to bring a more traditional, historic style to the windows to compliment the antique furnishings. The style of these romans is called Stagecoach Soft Roman – appropriate for the period of the beds.

Because the beds in this room are both Twins, taking its guests in mind, we wanted to bring a playful element to the window treatments but keep a refined detail using Ribbon bows with a metallic thread stitching.

The second guest bedroom has a more masculine feel to the furnishings but we wanted to still bring a softness and interest to the windows. Because the placement of the windows was set in the corner of the room, creating custom inset romans was a better solution to drapery panels with an angled drapery rod.

The bedding in this room is more simple in nature, so we chose to bring movement and interest through pattern to the windows. To maintain a more masculine feel, we chose a flat style roman to with simple valance. This style lets the pattern be the prominent feature of the custom window treatment.

The bedding also has a subtle grey/blue bordered pattern to the duvet. We incorporated a border detail to the custom romans by adding a contrasting fabric to the edges of the roman and the valance.  This detail tied all of the soft furnishings in the room beautifully.


Flow is just as important as function and storage when it comes to a kitchen’s design.  The challenge for our client was that her kitchen felt, “closed off from the rest of the home,” which has a modern open layout.  The cabinets, countertops and backsplash were standard builder selections and fell short of adding any excitement to the space.  Our client’s number one wish was to open up the kitchen to the rest of her home.  Adding color and selecting rich finishes would give way to a dynamic personality for her kitchen.  She didn’t have the budget to overhaul the cabinets but knew it needed some life and light. These photos are of the original Kitchen…

We removed a section of cabinets that separated the kitchen from the living room in order to achieve the open-flow design our client was intent on.  A beautiful granite slab replaced the original tile countertops.  Task lighting was an issue so additional ceiling cans and under cabinet lights were added to improve the light quality throughout the space.

The taupe glass tile brings movement and pattern to the backsplash and is highlighted by the under-cabinet lighting.

The upper cabinet doors were replaced with frosted glass panels to give a more open, light feel.

The finishing touches to the renovation: a rich Benjamin Moore paint color selected for the kitchen and hallway, and a fabulous Laura Weitzner wall covering applied to the floating wall…color and texture are easy ways to bring attention to an architectural element.

In the end, the room was transformed from an ordinary kitchen to a space the client absolutely loves!!!

Working With Existing Pieces

Many people are faced with the challenge of how they can update a room using existing furniture and incorporating new.  As designers, we are mindful of the emotional attachments people have with their furnishings and are focused on the seamless integration of “old” and “new” items.  Recently, our client asked us to rejuvenate her master bedroom.  She requested a colorful environment with a soft, feminine flair that would breathe life into the space.

Our first priority for this project was to improve the scale of the furnishings within her bedroom.  One of the solutions was to select appropriate table lamps for the two nightstands and antique occasional table.


Below, are the lamp options we presented to our client:

In the end, our client selected the lamp on the left for her two nightstands.  Their appropriate scale, graceful shape and warm metal tones mix beautifully with the accent hardware on her existing case goods.

She selected the tall floral lamp for the antique occasional table.  This fanciful lamp will be a statement piece in the room and provide a delicate feminine touch to the ornate table.


Stay tuned for the room’s transformation with the installation of the three new table lamps, the refinished bed and nightstands, new bedding as well as new window treatments…

Downtown Denver Custom Wine Cabinet

It all started with the knowledge that our client loves wine.   We assessed the space, addressed building restrictions, and determined the best use and function for this blank wall – a custom built wine cabinet.



Conceptual drawings were produced to show the functional and beautiful piece of furniture that was to be built for the Client’s bar area.



The granite that was selected conveys movement while the appropriate tone of color added character to this custom piece.  Incorporating an antiqued mirror behind the floating shelves gives the room a sense of spaciousness in a subtle manner.

A grommet was cut into the top of the granite to accommodate an electric wine bottle opener and lights were hardwired and recessed into the hutch in order to highlight the glassware and art.  Alder wood with a custom ash finish was selected for a timeless appearance to suit the home and our Client’s taste.

Designer Marjie Goode featured in Nov-Dec issue of Denver Life

Denver-based interior designer Marjie Goode, of The Goode Touch Interiors, LLC, is featured in the latest issue of Denver Life magazine, in an article called “Bridging the Gap,” written by Heather Shoning, featuring the transformation of a mountain home.

Excerpt: “Once the Clarks owned the home, they called on designer Marjie Goode, with The Goode Touch Interiors, to help them redecorate the home to reflect their personal style. ‘I can’t visualize the whole house finished the way she can,’ Kathy says. The couple longed for a casual style with a touch of elegance. Goode brought to life a design that bridges mountain style with elegant Tuscan touches.” To read the entire article, click View More.