Archives For Mood Boards

Lindsay emailed me a few months ago asking me to help her with some kitchen ideas.  Here was what she emailed me:

“Wondering if you would be willing to help me decide on ideas for my kitchen. I just got black appliances (rid the white) and now feel like back splash and a floor change would make the world of difference. Maybe new hardware for the cupboards too. The hood range is also coming in black soon I hope. So: if you have time and any thoughts could you tell me what you think would look nice in the way of backsplash/flooring and hardware? Thanks a million.”

After asking her tons of questions about her style, colors that she likes, and any thoughts that they had they emailed me and told me that they had just bought black appliances and that they had one idea for the backsplash:

“Also, we have thoughts about the backsplash. My husband works in he glass industry and installed this kitchen a few years ago that he really wants to replicate. It is one solid piece of glass used for backsplash which is painted on the backside (any colour).  So the glass is transparent but coloured from the painted side. Not sure if you can imagine that or if you have seen anything like it?”

I was pumped!  I love it when a reader gives me something that they have in mind.  The glass backsplash was genius and it would brighten that entire place up and make it so fresh.  I am so glad they thought of it and it was the inspiration for the entire mood board.  Here is her kitchen.


What Lindsay wanted:

  • Find a place for the microwave
  • Add a dishwasher either on the wall the microwave is currently on or add an apartment sized DW by the sink.
  • Wanted fun color.

My Strategy:


I wanted the floors to compliment the black appliances, but still look good if they sold the house and someone bought another style.  I love the classic look of black and white floors.  Here is an example.  I thought, what if you tiled in a stripe pattern.  It would make the room look bigger and make the roo stand out.  I googled it and found this and this.  I was sold.  If they wanted to do it on the cheap, they could do the peel and stick linoleum tiles.  If they wanted to spend a little more they could do the ceramic tiles.


The glass of course and I am counting on Lindsay and her husband to teach me how to do it!  You won”t see the backsplash in the mood board, but imagine the wall color behind it!


Keep the dark wood. I love dark wood.

The Mood Board:

Source List with Links:

Fabric: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy (For the window shade); Pendant:  (For over the sink); Flooring: Home Depot  (these are vinyl tiles which would cost them about $50, you could do ceramic tiles);  Cabinets: Ebay (these are just for show, this is a color similar to hers);  Hardware Pulls:  Lowes   (for the doors)   Hardware pulls: Amazon (For drawers); Countertop: Lowes (This is a laminate countertop)  Door: Pinterest   (this is a screen door from a blog that was not linked in Pinterest…boo, You could replace the screen with wood and put a chalkboard or add more of the fun fabric to the back of the screen); Light: Shades of Light; Cart: Ikea  (for the microwave wall…see the sketches below); Wall Shelves: Ikea (for the microwave wall);  Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Waterscape

Here were my ideas in amateur sketches for the microwave wall.  My first thought was a pantry but her pantry is in her laundry room, which is the doorway you see in the picture

Option #1

This would be how they can use the space if they removed the drawers by the sink and added a apartment sized dishwasher.

Option #2

This option is if they decide to move the dishwasher over to the wall where the microwave is currently.   Its the most costly option because you have to move plumbing but not that bad because the washer is on the other side of the wall.


Here are all my ideas I gave her on how to DIY or other options.  Its kind of long, but if you want to read them here they are.

Thank you Lindsay for thinking of me to help you.  I hope this inspired your own ideas and I can”t wait to see what you do!


My good friend Mary is a Photographer.  She does wedding, portraits, family portraits and all sort of good stuff.  If you remember, In December, she gave me a free printable for you to download.   Mary is busy expanding her business and she decided to do a stylized shoot.  A stylized shoot is where a photographer sets up parts of a wedding reception and ceremony and stages in order to photograph elements of a wedding.  It allows customers to see what she can do as she showcases a wedding.

 Many of the photographs you see in a wedding magazines are staged weddings. There are some that are actual weddings, but advertisements and some features are staged wedding with models.  What does all this have to do with me?  Well, part of setting up a stylized shoot is you recruit vendor’s to help you.  It is an opportunity for a vendor to get to showcase their talents and gain more customers.  I am not a vendor, but I have decorated a few weddings so Mary asked me to do the staging.  Mary knew what theme she wanted and she is relying on me to create that vision for her.  For about a month I started putting together mood boards and pinning things to a private mood board.  I gave Mary a few options and once she decided on one it was “Ready, Set, Go” to find all of things that we needed to make it happen.  Once the style board was in place we were able to go to the vendors to present the theme.  The fun thing, is they get to use their creativity to fit our plan!

The Theme:  1920′s Great Gatsby-Esque Wedding

I am not going to tell you which one we are doing, but here are the three options I send to Mary:, great gatsby 1920's wedding Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background) (background); Dinner Plates:; Camera’s: Lack Luster; Gold Votive’s: Candle Select; Crystal votive:; Trumpet Vase:; Feathers:; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy  Napkin:; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design Etsy  (recolored by me); Flowers:  Ruffled Blog  Chair: Pinterest, great gatsby 1920's wedding Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background); Dinner Plates:; Camera’s: Lack Luster   Gold Votive’s: Koyal Wholesale Crystal votive:; Trumpet Vase:; Feathers:; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy  Napkin:; Menu:  Purple Sapphire Design Etsy (recolored by me)  Flower:  Ruffled Blog  Chair:  Pinterest, great gatsby 1920's wedding

Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background) (background); Dinner; Camera’s: Lack Luster   Gold Votive’s: Candle Select  Crystal votive:; Trumpet;; Vintage Glasses:  Machomachisimovintagephotostream  Napkin:; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design, Etsy (recolored by me); Flower: Red Dahlia; Chair: Pinterest (re-colored by me)

She was really excited about one of them so I am running with it.  Here is a hint:

Stylized Shoot

You probably think you know which one we picked, but I may be having these re-upholstered or painting the upholstery them to fit the grey option.  I still can’t believe I found these 1920′s appropriate fan chairs.

Here is what I am in charge of getting ready:

  • Reception Table – I will do everything but the flowers.  We shared with them what we wanted and there is a vendor providing those.
  • Entry Table
  • Dessert Table – I do everything but the food.  We have a vendor providing a cake and other goodies
  • Odds and ends for props of certain shots

I don’t want to share too much but here are a few things to look for:

  • We are shooting at a train station
  • We are shooting at a massive lakeside estate
  • We are shooting during the day
  • We are shooting at night
  • A bridal shop is allowing us to borrow a vintage wedding dress
  • We have models
  • We are looking for a hair dresser.  (If you are in the Branson Area and you want to show off your talent…hopefully to be published in Wedding Online and Print Publications…email me)

What does this mean for you?

I have learned stylized shoots you go all out to create a theme.  I shows what you can do, elements of and it inspires elements for readers.  Of course, I am the DIY queen so I will have some DIY tutorials for all of you who are looking for wedding centerpieces.  These could be used for weddings, showers, or even fun party events. Soon after the reveal post, I will share how you can create the look we have on a budget.  Are you excited?  Okay, you don’t have to be, but I am.

The 1920s…they are coming back in style almost 100 years later.  Isn’t that crazy?  Thinking of how everything comes back around, I feel the need to get on my knees and pray. Soon the 1980′s wedding with tinsel backdrops and poofy wedding dress sleeves will return.  Hopefully, we will all have the creativity to rehab it.

Have a Great Monday,



Today we are skipping back to my guest bathroom progress.  I shared with you here that one of the main problems with the bathroom was the light fixture hung too low for a mirror to be hung high enough for someone to see their head.

I wanted to face the mirror lengthwise and yet I didn’t want an electrician to have to come to move the wiring so my goal was to find something that did either of the following:

  1. Was short enough to allow a mirror to hang lengthwise
  2. Or the light hung out far enough that the framed mirror could go behind the mirror.

The second option was harder to find than I expected.  If you see here in this post I had a plan for this bathroom.  It included stripes that I found in a This Old House Magazine.  I loved how the white and light tan stripes looked with the brown which totally matched my existing cabinet.

via this old house

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