Not sure if anyone out there is like me, but I do a lot better with a plan. Being a visual person, having a visual plan is the best. Spending countless hours on interior design blogs while simultaneously watching HGTV and DIY interior design shows, as well as having a background at internet design agencies, the "moodboard" is my standard in visual planning. Traditionally room moodboards would have an interior designer's rendering of a particular view in a room surrounded by swatches of fabric choices and tile options all tacked onto tag board. Those are kind of hard to share in the blogosphere. Thank god for internet technology because I can't draw worth a damn!
There are two really cool online moodboard tools that are so fun to play with room planning. Olioboard and MyDeco are two such sites that team up with retailers and allow users to create a moodboard with photos of the retailers' products. It's an ingenious partnership because it saves the consumer a ton of time researching and collecting products and then sourcing them. I simply search or browse and pull furniture, lighting and accessories together and voila I have a master shopping list as well as a pretty moodboard!
Olioboard is the one I use most often. I just find it easier to use plus they throw out challenges to users to create a moodboard around a theme they provide and everyone votes. (Vote for my "Martinis @ 12 AM here!)
Since we Harpole's are in financial lockdown at the moment and can't spend a dime on anything while we are about to get our mortgage set up, and it's a bit cold for me to build in the garage, I have passed a few day's time dreaming of my dream-den, our master bedroom. Remember how it was in December? And even worse last January? Well, it hasn't changed much, but here is where I am making it go!
|Master bedroom moodboard|
- Mirrored accent tables from Urban Barn $379 ea
- $780 West Elm rug
- Ochre Arctic Pear Chandelier $11,125 choke!
- You get the point, spendy stuff that adds up WAY too quickly
So my personal challenge is how to make some of this stuff myself. I think the mirrored tables might be very doable. I am sure I can find an old vanity table on craigslist and spiffy it up a bit. For the rugs, we may have to bite the bullet (NO idea how to make them and I am a little weirded out by buying used rugs - who knows what people stepped in???). The chandelier is the biggest challenge. The metal circles are straightforward enough, I am just trying to track down wholesalers of glass drops. Not easy!
Let me know what you think or if you have a glass drop source or a tutorial on mirrored night stands! Also, if you get hooked on the online moodboards too, send your challenge and I will vote for you!