I’m not a big fan of overly designed or decorated rooms. But I’m equally not a fan of under designed or decorated rooms either (you know the ones, mish-mashed rooms full of scattered castoffs; we all have one or two of these.). So I’m in the throes of a master bedroom makeover which is long overdue (let me just say that I’m using the term “master” rather lightly here because our room is only slightly bigger than the others, has no en suite or walk-in closet. Its best features are a French door that leads out to a roof deck which we thought we would spend hours on but have found that we do not, original honey colored hardwood floors, and a pretty casement window that looks over the front walkway).
I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard and fell in love with this vibrant Richmond Green fabric from Ballard Design, so that fabric was the starting point. I’ve had a bed skirt made in the same fabric. At first I thought I’d accent with black (black check mainly), but quickly decided that I liked it with a touch of blue, like the photograph of the grape hyacinth and ferns that my husband took in our backyard (so many different kinds of things influence a mood board and thus a room). As an accent fabric that incorporates this touch of blue, I am on the hunt for this Colefax and Fowler print (hard to find here), but may substitute with a Manor House by P. Kaufman. As another nice compliment fabric, one that keeps everything down to earth, I’m using a basic green ticking.
Instead of drapes, I put up white linen soft Roman shades (here I was inspired by the lovely vignette and aesthetic of Giannetti Home in the lead photograph above). In keeping with this lighter look, I hope to update the furniture with some antique Swedish pieces, an armoire and dresser. I’m accenting with blue and white chinoiserie, gold elements, and vintage Florentine pieces, like the elegant stacking tables above. I knew I wanted pastoral paintings framed in gold, and when I found this gorgeous image of a French country village painted in 1878 by Camille Pissarro, I love how it really pulls everything together—the palette and the mood that I want to create in this room.
As we know, mood boards are a starting point, a checkpoint, and should be changing as we move thru the creative process. I’d love to hear how you use mood boards in your creative life!
Holly (Brooke is off working in the real world for a bit!)