Mood Boards


For this week’s mood board, I wanted to do something a little different than past mood boards and go with an overall masculine vibe. It’s not too masculine though – add some flowers and a tray of “pretty things” and you’ve got a pretty good gender-balanced room. That aim, along with all of the back-to-school ads on TV, caused me to end up going with “masculine schoolhouse chic”. So, after some fun online window-shopping and asking Greg “Is this too girly?” about a hundred times, here’s what I came up with…

1. Finishes – In this room, I see taupe/gray walls like Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone, white trim and lots of old, worn, wood accent furniture. As for metals, I see this room having a mixture of it all – brass, nickel, oil-rubbed bronze–the whole family. This, along with the reclaimed wood, will bring home the vintage collected feel. When it comes to accent colors, I think a punch of red here and there would really do the trick. Not Crayola red or burgundy (ugh, I shuddered just typing that), but an old-fashioned, vintage red.

2. Schoolhouse Pendant – Nothing says “Schoolhouse” like a vintage-inspired Schoolhouse pendant. We originally planned on doing something like these down our hallway, but ended up deciding differently. But they are still one of my all-time favorite lighting options.

3. USA Wall Map – Is this not the coolest? It looks like a giant chalkboard map. It also has a lot of weathered accents, which go really well in this room. In the product reviews on Urban Outfitter’s website, someone mentioned their friend using it as a headboard. Definitely an interesting idea!

4. Quad Clock – I love this clock for so many reasons. The square shape, exposed screws and chunky hands make it really unique. It’s 15 and 3/4 inches square, but I wish it was a little bigger. It’s just that cool.

5. Augustus Library Shelf – This is a great place to put lots of vintage books and odds and ends. I especially love the little bookplate labels on the front of each shelf. If you want to splurge a little, Restoration Hardware’s Dutch Shipyard Tower would look uhhmazing in this room. Just saying.

6. AndrΓ© Sofa – This sofa really works in this room because it’s clean, simple and doesn’t demand a lot of attention. It’s also really tailored-looking, which helps bring along the masculine vibe. The navy fabric would go really well with the taupe/gray walls.

7. Open Vintage Book Instillation – Did you see the first episode of Design Star Allstars on HGTV? If not you can catch a recap here. Kellie did a really cool wall art installation with opened books. She opened them all the way, attached the covers to the wall (so they looked like the book on the mood board) and staggered 4 rows (10 total, 2 rows of 3 and 2 rows of 2) of them on the wall. You can get a little glimpse of them in this photo. She ended up going home that episode and totally shouldn’t have. But I’m not bitter. Moving on…

8. Library Flat File Coffee Table – I’m totally teasing you with this ultra-amazing coffee table… it’s not available anymore. I know, I know! I think we need to get together a petition for Pottery Barn to bring it back, along with the Rare Prints sign. Click through to the link and check it out in all it’s glory. If you luck out and find a similar flat file unit at an antique/thrift store, add some casters and a wood top, and you’ve got yourself a really great DIY project.

9. Vintage Globes – A collection of vintage globes along a sideboard or even a high bookcase would look pretty awesome. It would give the room a really collected feel, and also tie in with the large map art.

So, what’s the verdict? Failing grade or too cool for school? Yeah, I went there ; )

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    Lori H
    September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I love every bit of it! As a matter of fact, I pinned the map and the clock. But all of it is great!! You have inspired me as I plan my husband’s office. Thanks!

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    September 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Love this room! It looks like a place a handsome history teacher would live lol

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    Tina W
    September 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I just have to say, I always love your moodboards! They are really well thought out and practical. Once again, great job!

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    Sarah M
    September 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Seriously? That coffee table is incredible! Pottery Barn needs to get it together!

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    Staci @ My Friend Staci
    September 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I’m in love!!! Checking out that bookshelf on World Market right now!!

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    Absolute Condos
    September 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Coffee table is just incredible.

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    Melody K
    September 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    You always have the cutest names for your mood boards:)

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    Toria S
    September 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I love everything on this board. I especially love the sofa, map and the schoolhouse pendant. Great look!

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