Mood Boards


My love for mood boards started when I took my first Desktop Publishing class in the 10th grade. I enjoyed putting together boards for party ideas, my future house, and outfits. These days, I make them before any major purchases or if I’m just trying to get a feel for where we’re going with the decor (like here, here, and here). I also make them “just because”. Even though I’m not a professional interior designer by any means, I really enjoy putting furniture pieces and accessories together to make a cool, fun-to-live-in rooms. I guess you could say I’m an “interior design enthusiast”. Now that I have this blog as a creative outlet, I thought it would be fun to share some of my “just because” mood boards from time to time. Ones like this one for instance…

I put this mood board together after watching an episode of That Girl. Marlo Thomas was wearing a very cute and tailored navy and kelly green dress. The “interior design enthusiast” in me thought, “That’d make a cool living room”. So a living room it became…

1. The Color Palette – Navy, kelly green, cobblestone gray and white are the colors that bring this look together. I think a light, modern, barely there gray would look really good on the walls along with classic bright white trim. Navy and kelly green are the main accent colors (pillows, art, etc) that give it the playful and modern vibe my “just because” design is going for.

2. Design Books + Tickets Wall Art – These wall art pieces are great for a room with a lot of neutrals (like the sofa and the wall color). The bright white mats along with the simple dark frames really help the simple artwork make a statement. Also, the small hints of green and blue will help bring together the overall color palette.

3. The Shelter Sofa – I. love. this. sofa! The high backs and arms make it the perfect sofa for curling up and reading a book or watching a movie. It’s 70’s inspired design is iconic, modern, and vintage – all at the same time. It also comes in a sleeper version – which is a plus if you you want your living room to double as a guest room.

4. Array Silver Bookcase – By layering books with similar colors (greens, blues, oranges, yellows, and reds), the bookcase becomes sort of like an art instillation. If you can’t find books in the same color family, just cover them with scrapbook paper!

5. Haley Table Lamp – This lamp has been one of my favorite Crate & Barrel finds for a while (it looks even better in person!). The base is coated with silver nitrate, giving it an awesome mirrored, mercury glass effect.

6. Kitted Camo Pouf – This knitted pouf is perfect for extra lounging in a family room or bonus area. The kelly green color really brings out the slight touches of green in the artwork (#2).

7. Ceramic Basset Hound – I love this little guy. Isn’t he cute? With the bright colors from the books and the artwork, he really stands out in the crowd.

8. Fallon Zig Zag Federal Blue Woven Wool Rug – I’m obsessed with this rug. It’s graphic pattern makes a major statement and packs a big modern punch. I wish it came in other colors! Otherwise, I’d be snatching one up for our living room in a split second.

So there you have it. My 70’s-navy-and-kelly-green-dress-inspired living room. Anyone have any favorite pieces?

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    March 16, 2012 at 9:41 am

    That room would be gorgeous!
    I really love that rug, too.

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    March 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

    That rug is amazing! And I am dying for that ceramic basset hound – so cute!

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    March 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I love the lamps! Do you own them?

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      March 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Nope, but I’ve seen them in C&B a bazillion times. If I only had a place to use them!

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    March 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Great mood board! I love the preppy playful colors and the pieces are fab too!

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    March 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I love these colors. We used them in our wedding…that rug is to die for!

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    March 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Love that lamp and the pouf!

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    March 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Very cute! I’m madly in love with the C&B lamp. I’ve been stalking it for about 2 years, hoping one would show up on eBay. And I love the horizontal bookshelf–Pinterest has some good DIY tutorials using L-brackets.

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    Jenny @ House Full of Pretty
    March 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I am diggin that sofa!!!

    Can I ask what you use to create your digital mood boards? Are there tools out there that you recommend? I use Polyvore, but always looking for alternatives πŸ™‚

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      March 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      I use a mixture of Photoshop (to edit the images if needed) and Illustrator (to lay it all out). As far as online options, I really like OlioBoard and MyDeco is pretty cool too. We actually posted about our favorite online design tools here. Hope that helps!

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    March 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you for this! I love the entire thing, but the kicker was that ceramic basset hound. We have two beagles, but my husband and I go nuts over bassets. We joke that we want one of those too. I just ordered one as a gift for my husband so we can have both the beagles and a basset without crowding ourselves out of our condo. πŸ™‚

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    March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Love these collages. So inpspiring! Dibs on the couch! πŸ™‚

    Mia, Stockholm

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