Thank you for all the love and well wishes for our new house last week! It’s exciting to have a whole new space to make our own and I can’t wait to share more of it. It’s slowly but surely starting to feel like home.
As with any interior design project, the first thing I did when we moved in was start collecting inspirational images to create a home mood board. The idea with a mood board is not to specifically look for projects you want to do or pieces of furniture you want to buy. Instead, the images should help evoke the mood, the color palette, and the feeling you want to create in your home or space. In the past, I’ve created room-specific mood boards, but as I think about this house, I want to ensure we have some consistency throughout the first floor since it flows pretty organically from room to room. Hence, the whole home mood board.
When moving into a new space, necessity usually requires that you get some furniture in place or at least unpack and get somewhat settled. But one of the hardest parts of designing a new space is the patience it takes to carefully and thoughtfully design spaces one by one. This is where the mood board comes in.
Designing, refining, and then constantly referring back to this image helps keep me focused on the end goal. There are days when I wish I could wave a magic wand and have every room tidied up and freshly painted with all furniture in place. Then I could get on to the fun part of styling and putting our finishing touch on each room. And of course, living and using a beautifully designed space, which is really what we all want in the end.
Instead, we’re spending weeks — and probably months — with things out of place, not quite functioning correctly but knowing that taking our time is the right approach. The home mood board inspires us and reminds us that things will come together.
As you can see in the mood board, our style is clean and classic with some modern twists. I like texture and something unique in each room without going overboard. We lean towards a mostly neutral color palette with plenty of deep teal and blues. We love pale gray walls and pops of gold and brass. The mood board is also a reminder to bring in some black details to help ground our otherwise airy spaces. And greenery. I sometimes forget the greenery because I have a terrible track record of keeping plants alive. But what a difference a few well-placed potted plants can make! I may just have to suck it up and try faux plants…
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