No. We still haven't sold our house yet. Our house has been up on the market for almost a year, so in the meantime we have looked at many, many a home. We've liked several that have since sold, but in case ours does sell, we want to keep looking so we have a prospect in mind. With that, I still have a vision for how I want our future house to look, thus mood boards are created! With the experience of living in and decorating two different homes in the last 5 years, it has helped me to tune into what my decorating style really is. I definitely want our next home to have a little more of a focus, and dare I say, more of a theme even? I don't like that word for houses because when I think of a "theme" room or home I think of Trading Spaces and the beach room with sand floors or that SNL mother's day skit, "bathrooms are oceans, but the kitchen is a farm" (click on the link and have a laugh!). However, if your bathroom is an ocean and your kitchen is a farm, that's perfectly alright with me! I just want my home to feel more cohesive throughout. I don't know much about feng shui, but there is definitely something calming about being in a space that flows well together.
If I had to give my "style" a direction it would be a little travely with a touch of whimsey. Also lots of color, but mostly greens, blues and greys. I'm really trying to tone it down a bit on the color because with my first house I just knew I wanted bold colors and I painted my kitchen orange. ORANGE. There's probably a right way and a wrong way to paint a room orange, and my kitchen was definitely the wrong way. If you read many blogs, white walls with colorful accents are a big trend, but I can't commit. I'm a vampire when it comes to bright things, and although I truly do think a sunny day is beautiful, it also gives me a headache. I think it's all the squinting I have to do. I buy blackout curtains and always sit in my house with all of the lights off, so white walls intimidate me in that way.
Two of the main rooms I have been focusing in on are our master bedroom and the living room. Our master bedroom because we have been needing a new bedspread since we got our King sized mattress (one of the best decisions, EVER). Ever since I saw this room on Anthropologie to display this lovely bedding, I have been in love with that color of green, and therefore have decided that shall be the color of our bedroom. If you are a white/beige wall type of person you are probably thinking, from orange to bright green? Yeah, I know, but it's so pretty and serene, and perfect for my vampire ways.
I have gone back and forth between wanting to buy that exact bedding, but our last bedspread was from Anthropologie and though it was beautiful, it was expensive and did not hold up well. Here is the vision I have for our room thus far.
With our new king sized mattress we are also needing a new king sized bed frame. I love this one from Wayfair, it is well priced and I like the extra storage it has. I'm finding that in my home owning experiences it seems easier to keep your house picked up if you have lots of storage to shove things in when guests come over. Maybe it's also easier if you have less things? As well as being a vampire I'm also a hoarder. As far as bedding, I think you spend basically half of your time in your bed, it needs to be comfy! I like this layered bedding trend which is what I'm hoping to shoot for with this comforter also from Wayfair and this quilt from World Market. I currently have a suitcase shelf in our bedroom, but I feel I need a wall of them, you know, to pull in the travelness. But I guess if I put up a closet barn door, my bedroom will be travely and farmy? As long as I carry the barn doors throughout my next home it should be fine, because, you know, cohesion. And then 20 years from now people will have the same reaction we have when we see more popcorn ceilings, "what were they thinking with all of these barn doors?" (Also, that mirror is from World Market).
I love our current living room, but one of my wish list items for our next home is to have a much larger living room. I mean it's the LIVING room. If it feels crowded with more than two people in it, you can't do much living in it, can you? So I anticipate possibly needing a larger coach, or adding a love seat to our furniture collection if we do get to have a bigger space. Unfortunately the love seat that matched our current couch is no longer available.
Hey, look at that! Another barn door! AND it has chalkboard paint on it! "Why were these people so obsessed with chalkboards and barn doors? That vintage popcorn ceiling is super rad, though." Our kids will say in 20 years. We also splurged on a new TV last year (it was a big year for us! hah!) so we are needing a new entertainment center and I think this one from World Market (no they are not paying me to advertise for them, although I think they should!) is really cool. "Why were these people so obsessed with chevron patterns on everything?"
We got a few embroidered pillows when we bought our current home from, you guessed it, WORLD MARKET. And I love them. And because I love color, I think having several, mismatched ones across my couch are the perfect place to tie in lots of color without having orange walls, don't you? Those pillows are actually from Modcloth (they actually will pay me if you click on the ad to the side of the page and buy something from them, just thought I would throw that in there). Because along with having awesome clothes, they also have awesome home decor. That couch is the kind of style I'm looking for. It's similar to the style of ours now, but obvs bigger (and ours was a lot cheaper). I love me some tufting! Finally, I found those wall sconces on Zulily and just thought they were very unique and interesting, but I have not seen them for sale again.
In conclusion, barn door, barn door, chalkboard, chevron, succulents, grey walls, whimsey, barn door, tufting.
I like to make mood boards because it allows you to actually visualize a mixture of items together for a space to see if it works together. Also, it's kind of like that first part when you are playing Sims and you spend like two hours building and decorating their house and then maybe 30 minutes with your sim before they die or pee on the floor because you put the plant to close to the toilet. If you are a mood board type of person like me, I make mine with this app on my phone called, Morpholio Board. Check it out and make some mood boards of your own!