What is a “mood board” and why would I want one?
A mood board is simply a board (or two or three) that gives a clear visual sense of direction to the look, feel, color and “mood” you want to create in a space. I create them electronically, but they can also be done with actual samples and textiles for really in-depth remodel projects (created upon request).
Creating a feeling of continuity throughout a space, without making it overly “matchy matchy” is something that is sometimes easier said than done. A mood board will give you a clear vision of the new direction you want in the space, while still reflecting your personal taste and style. When renovating a space, mood boards are extremely handy to keep you focused on the end goal, and to help you not get too bogged down in the mountain of options and selections that are available. They also create a great visual reference for when you are out looking for new decor and need to be reminded of color schemes patterns and finishes. Definitely worth the time and investment to get that gorgeous space you’re dreaming of!
Why do I need to hire and interior designer to help me with my space?
Technically, this isn’t a “frequently asked question”, but I know a lot of people wonder it. With the amount of resources available to people and the world of HGTV remodeling spaces in a 30 min TV show, people are definitely questioning “why hire an interior designer to help with their space?”. And, the simple answer is… you don’t have to hire and interior designer. But, let me tell you just a few of the pros that come with hiring one.
As with any profession, it greatly helps to have someone who has been educated and exposed to different situations and dilemmas to help you through issues that could potentially arise in your remodel or new build. There is so much more that happens behind the scenes than just picking out some paint and new pillows. Fun issues, like HVAC, plumbing, electrical, or structural issues. Although we aren’t the professionals in these areas, we will know when to raise a red flag to have those items checked out. Having an understanding of what potential issues could arise, will save you a bottle of Tylenol for your headache. This isn’t to say, that every issue will be caught before hand, but a good designer will help you navigate through those problems.
A designer will offer you advice and direction to help the vision that you have in your mind, come to fruition. Sometimes this may seem like an easy thing to do, but organizing and planning out a direction can be overwhelming with the amount of options that are available to people now. A designer will also be able to help with suggestions and ideas that you may not have thought about that would make your space unique and functional. Sometimes it takes that outside person looking in, to spark ideas and creativity that will help to create a room that you really love!
Lastly, as a designer, I am here to HELP you create an environment that you want to come home to every night. Often times people are worried that a designer will come in and design a space that is more about modern trends, then what the owner actually wants. This does happen, but a good designer will sit down and listen to your needs, wants, preferences, dislikes, and take it all into consideration when designing a space. My passion is to design rooms that YOU will love and reflect your taste and personality.
Where are your favorite places to shop for interior decor?
I love this question – but probably because I love shopping. Here is a quick breakdown of my favorite places to score great stuff for interiors!
Tables/Side Tables/Coffee Tables / Book Cases/Floating Shelves: Overstock.com, Ikea (best floating shelves!), Home Goods, Etsy, JC Penny, Ebay, Craigslist and World Market
Couches / Loveseats / Bedframes / Chairs: Scandinavian Designs, Home Goods, West Elm and Restoration Hardware
Dressers / Armours / Benches / Ottomans: Target, West Elm, Ikea, JC Penney, Overstock, World Market, Craigslist, thrift stores.
Accessories (pillows, vases, baskets, funky artwork, etc)
Home Goods, West Elm, Target, Etsy, Ikea, Pottery Barn, World Market, Urban Outfitters
Sherwin Williams, Home Depot and Lowes
Rugs and Curtains
Overstock.com (tons of affordable options), Ikea, West Elm, HomeGoods, Target and WalMart (Canopy Line), Etsy, Urban Outfitters
Lighting: Floor Lamps, table lamps and pendant lights
Shades of Light, Lamps Plus, Overstock, World Market, Home Goods, Home Depot, Lowes
West Elm, Target, Walmart (Canopy Line), Anthropology, Pottery Barn, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel
Tile / Flooring / Countertops / Backsplashes:
Floor and Decor, Arizona Tile, Capco Tile, Home Depot, Lowes, Ikea (affordable laminate flooring options!)
Blankets, Bedding, and other cozy things:
Bed Bath and Beyond (good clearance section!), West Elm, Target, Ikea, JC Penney, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, The Company Store, Overstock, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s.
There ya have it! These are my favorite places for finding affordable and fun things for homes!