Welcome to Berthoud, the Garden Spot of Colorado! There are over 300 days of sun annually and the town is home to just over 5,000 people. The town of Berthoud sits conveniently between Denver and Ft. Collins in Northern Colorado, 4 miles west of I-25 on Highway 56. The town has been in its current location for more than 125 years. It was originally built on the Little Thompson River and railroad route. However, after the rail company complained of the difficulties of the locomotives to climb out of the riverbed, the tracks and town were moved approximately 1 mile north from the river and this is where Berthoud currently sits today.
Berthoud is a quaint small town with wide tree lined streets, and dozens of original Victorian homes up and down the many blocks that make up the downtown. Berthoud has several parks, a public swimming pool, and a local farmers market during the summer. Berthoud Day, the first Saturday in June, kicks off the summer with a parade down main street, as well as activities and events all day throughout the town for young and old alike. Community events take place during the year and are a big draw for the whole town to participate in and enjoy.
Berthoud boasts some of the best small town shopping to be had. Fun, original shops with something for everyone. Wishful Living, an eclectic selection of merchandise from all over the world. Simply Shabulous, a antique store with a Shabby Chic flare. Indigo Sky carries local artisan made items and antiques. Berthoud has a quilt shop, an antique and imported rug shop, a clothing boutique, and much more. When you are tired from shopping, you can stop in at the award winning City Star Brewing for a pint of their gold medal micro brews. How about a frosty mug of A&W Root Beer at the local drive up? Berthoud is also home to a world class day spa, Brookside Gardens, offering a full menu of spa and salon services. At the end of a fun and relaxing day you can stay at the Berthoud Inn, the local bed and breakfast. The rooms are all unique, comfortable, and the breakfast consistently get rave reviews by their guests. Did we mention food? How about Nonna Bella for Italian? Titos or Mi Cocina for Mexican? Brick Oven is an excellent small pizzeria, and the Whistle Stop, Derby Grille, and Grandpa's Cafe offer great all-American food choices. Come, relax and spend the day in Berthoud with friendly, small town hospitality, you will be glad you did.
Mix it up! The term “eclectic” has come to mean many different things to different people. Eclectic style is not a random mix of furniture, patterns and accessories. Rather, true eclecticism in interior design is largely intentional with a bit of instinct and heart thrown in for good measure. Eclectic style comes together when different time periods and influences work together to create an unconventional whole. Eclectic decor allows you to avoid choosing only one time period or regional theme for your house and instead experiment with a variety of pieces. It might look free and easy, but a room looks “eclectic” and not cluttered when a balance of design styles is used.
Look around your home and see what style of furniture predominates, see what style you gravitate toward most, you might find two equally appealing but contrasting styles. You can use both as part of your eclectic mix. Also, walk through your home and take pictures of all your favorite decorative items: pictures, mirrors, vases, etc. Group the pictures by similar themes, such as modern, Victorian, nature, and the list goes on forever! This will highlight at least one design style to use in your own personal eclectic mix. There is no right or wrong way to decorate in an eclectic style, use what you like and keep a healthy balance.
Why such a name?! "Mardi" is French for "Fat" and "Gras" is French for "Tuesday". This holiday has some fun history too!
Mardi Gras originated with pagan Roman Carnival celebrations that took place in mid-February and celebrated the end of winter. It was extended from the Twelfth night after Christmas (January 6) to the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The day before Ash Wednesday, known as Fat Tuesday, is traditionally seen as a last day of revelry before Lent. Mardi Gras has been celebrated in Paris since the Middle Ages with parades and masked balls. The Mardi Gras tradition was exported to America in 1699, when French explorers settled at the mouth of the Mississippi River and established the city of New Orleans. New Orleans remained under French rule for much of the next century.
Since the 1870s, many objects have been tossed from floats. In the 1880s, the King of Carnival (Rex) began throwing inexpensive glass beads on strings to parade goers instead of medallions, the start of a tradition. These beautiful glass beads were grouped with almonds and coated in sugar and thrown along with other confections into the peasant crowds that begged for them on the side of the road. The beads were an instant hit and were soon adopted by all krewes (parade organizers during Carnival) to throw in their parades. Early glass beads were imported from Czechoslovakia or Japan. The first beads were all purple, green, and gold. The meaning of the colors was important: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. However, today you can find beads in all colors and featuring almost anything you can imagine: sports teams, food, flowers, rainbows, animals, smiley faces. Some beads even have flashing lights.
Happy Mardi Gras everyone!
While they're not made from Mardi Gras beads, these colorful beaded rings are fun and fancy and available at Wishful Living, located in Berthoud, Colorado.