Mood Board Monday

Monday, November 22, 2010

Today I am trying something new.  I am joining Sarah from the blog Pewter and Sage, along with several others for a mood board challenge.  Making mood boards is something I love to do and could spend hours and hours doing, because I enjoy it so much.  Just ask my husband ;)  This one, however, came to me quickly.  You might have to use your imagination - a lot.

The challenge:

Your job is to design a room based on one of these photographs. Maybe its the color palette of the photo that inspires you, or one of its patterns. Maybe you create a room that embodies the feeling you get when you look at that picture. Or maybe you step back and put together a room that this photo could have been taken in. Whatever it is, I'm hoping one of these moments captured on camera captures your imagination:)

We were given a choice of three photos and this is the one that I chose.  It spoke to me the most probably because I am drawn to vintage things, architecture, and brass.  I can't tell if these are postcards or what, but it also had a bit of a romantic feel for some reason.

So here is what I came up with.  Call me crazy, but this is pretty much how I saw it.  Even though the photo has a very strong vintage feel, I wanted the room to have a good balance of old and new.

Here are the details:

1. Architectural influence.  I am always a fan of art groupings and this collection of architectural prints to set the tone for the room.  Also, these prints just seemed to call for a black four poster bed.

2. Brass. Because of the brass handle on the magnifying glass in the image, I wanted to bring yellow into the room and happened to find these panels from Anthro.  The yellow was repeated by adding both modern and vintage looking pillows.

3.  Gray.  The wall color is Benjamin Moore - Gray Owl, one of the best grays in my opinion, to recapture that sort of moody background from the image and as we have seen in the blogs lately, yellow and gray are gorgeous together. 

OK so if you are like my husband, you are probably wondering about the hatbox.  When I showed him my mood board, he asked, "What's up with the Louis Vuitton hat box?"

When we first began dating, Mr. and I lived in different cities during the school year and different states during the summer.  Brace yourselves young people, but this was before we had email and texting.  We sent each other cards every chance we got and I still have them all in a box on the shelf.  It's just not an LV hat box.  I'm just supposing that in the photo, the person is reading postcards from her honey and that she needs a pretty box to keep them in.  And what better box than this one.  So there.


Ordinal Dresser; Anthro
Hat Box; Louis Vuitton
Safari Rug; West Elm
Aidan Gray Arm Chair; Layla Grace
Stamp Pillow; Home Decorators
Architecture Art; Interior Mall
Dwell Studio Gate Pillow; Design Public
Dwell Rosette Pillow; Target
Curtains; Anthro
1920's Post Master Lamp; Factory 20
Four Poster Bed; Martha Stewart with Bernhardt

If you would like to see more mood boards, visit  Pewter and Sage.


  1. What a pretty, soothing room, and I love the pops of yellow. I think the hat box with letters is a perfect accessory. Yes - I remember when there was no texting or e-mail too. :-)

  2. Bravo! I certainly could sleep in that bedroom....I am a huge fan of those anthro curtains.

    --Gretchen O.

  3. PK, as much as I love the convenience now, it is nice to have those old cards and letters from when we were dating.


  4. I love what you chose. Looks like fun and I still haven't tried this yet.

  5. Love the romatic side and the hat box! I have Tony's letters from collage in a cardboard box, going to have to get a hat box to put them in!
    I love how you keep some pieces that remind one of history, but added modern touches that link them to today! Fun post.

  6. Rene- you combined the perfect elements.
    What an interesting challenge-
    I am off to check it out.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving,

    White Spray Paint

  7. I love it! It is so vintage romantic with some flair! The hat box is great and adds a personal touch. I always wanted to be able to read love letters from my hubby, course that would require him writing some, but it is a great thought! :)

  8. Rene, I love the mood board! Gray and yellow are such a winning combination anyway. Very nice selections. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hey! Im your newest follower! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your blog! DREAMY!!! I could just move right in to that room! I have an interior design buss and doing 14 days of xmas trees and would BEYOND ADORE you to come visit! I have a GIVEAWAY too

    *ENTER CUSTOM FLORAL Give-Away Here *


  10. Rene it's great. I love the mix of old and new. And how cute that you sent each other letters. That is so special. Sometimes I wish we could all go back to the written letter. Have a great day.

  11. oh rene, i love it! it is the perfect blend of rustic, modern, chic.... everything i love all in one! great job!

  12. What a warm, soulful room! I love how you've brought a modern feel to vintage style. So great! I love mood boards too. Totally going to check out Pewter & Sage now...

  13. LOve that room! The black bed is is a stunner....and I like the wooden chest because it adds warmth in the room. Well done!

  14. What a soothing room. LIke the 1st image.

    happy new week

  15. Love all the elements you chose! I'm impressed your husband knew it was a Louis Vuitton hat box! :)

  16. Love that chest! It gives a hip feel to your room yet totally ties into the mood you are going for. The Louis Vuitton hat box is a nice touch too, great moodboard!

  17. Rene - great mood board! I really like the touches of yellow - it brings a touch of youthfulness to the bedroom!!

  18. Wow, its gorgeous, Rene! I love that we both used the same photo and took away a lot of the same thing from it but both went in slightly different directions. Love that you brought in the yellow! The sentimentality behind the hat box is the best part:) And I really like those architectural prints - its funny, I kinda wanted something like this in my room and I ended up with maps. Thanks so much for joining the party!

  19. The warm touches of gold from the brass and fabric are wonderful!! Just found your blog, love it!

  20. I LOVE this room, especially how you mixed, especially how you mixed more traditional elements like the bed and chair with unexpected things like the pops of yellow and of course that rug. I'm a's in my baby's nursery :)

  21. Love your translation
    of the photo....It's
    definitely got that
    same vibe!! And, I, too,
    met my hubs in college
    and had a summer apart,
    which resulted in my
    own little packet of
    letters....And the
    sweetest thing? He
    saved his, too : ) !!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: How do you create
    these mood boards on
    your blog??

  22. Beautiful!!! I am just now getting around to checking everyone's out but I love yours! I picked out the same picture!! Seems like a lot of us were just drawn to that image! Love that bed!!

  23. I love what you have created for this image. So serene, so peaceful. The mixing of old and new is perfect. Lovely.


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