Monday, October 12, 2009

Mood Board Monday... the pressure's on!

Two weeks ago, PK at Room Remix put forth a friendly challenge: design a room using one or both of the items you see above. On the left is a curtain panel from the very affordable collection at Pier 1. On the right, a medium weight trellis pattern fabric from

These are PK's "guidelines" (not "rules") of participation, paraphrased :
1) This is not a competition, but a fun way to see how many different results come from the same inspiration.
2) Use at least one of the inspiration items she has chosen.
3) Include sources and a brief description of the room.

So you see, the "pressure" I allude to in this post's title is not from PK, but entirely self-imposed. Not pressure to be the best or most creative, mind you, but pressure to simply show up. Making mood boards or presentation boards in a digital, virtual world is a skill I had not yet acquired when I accepted PK's challenge. I've made bunches of actual mood boards—for classes, for clients, for my own projects and just for fun—and knew that eventually, especially after I started my blog, I would need to know how to make this kind of board too. So I jumped feet first into Polyvore and after some fits and starts and a couple of shout outs for help from fellow bloggers, I present to you my first ever digital mood board (click on the board to get a bigger view) :

k's living room

College Girl Goes to Grad School is what I'm calling this project. My client is a young woman who has graduated college and moved into her first "grown up" apartment as she continues on to grad school and takes on her first post-degree, real world job. Yes, she's a hard-working adult now, but she's still very young and loves bright colors, fun patterns and a little bit of trendy mixed in with classics and investments. I chose to use both the curtain panels and the trellis fabric in College Girl's small living room. Around these inspiration items, the room has been furnished with affordable pieces that might be acquired all at once or a piece at a time over a period of many months.

Delilah Window Panel in Spring from Pier 1, $34.95 x 4 panels, $139.80
Linden Street Window Hardware in Black from JCPenney, $62.99
Trellis Fabric in Lime from will be used to slipcover the pair of slipper chairs, $8.98/yd x 8 yds, $71.84 (+ sewing labor)
Deco Slipper Chair from The included lumbar pillows will look great across the back of the sofa, $200.00 x 2, $400.00
Kramforss 2-Seater Sofa in White Leather from Ikea will serve our girl well for years to come, $879.00
Pharmacy Floor Lamp from Lamps Plus in black is a classic, $260.00
Gum Drop Table Lamp in Hot Pink from Walmart, $30.00
Damask Black Pedestal Coffee Table from Target stands in for the eventual purchase of an affordable Saarinen reproduction, $60.00
Trollsta Side Table from Ikea, $80.00
Island Sisal Rug from Crate and Barrel is basic and hard-wearing, a more colorful, even patterned, area rug can be layered on top if College Girl decides to go really crazy!, $399.00
Bird on a Wire Pillow in Spring Green from brightens the sofa, $24.00
Mongolian Sheepskin Pillow in Gray from is a splurge and will look great on one of the slipper chairs as a way to "unmatch" them, $100.00
Floor Mirror with ornate Antique Gold Frame will stand behind the slipper chairs, inherited from Grandma. Yay for "free"!
Bouquet on coffee table from The Boyfriend. Yay for generous boyfriends!
Art to hang over the fireplace mantel is a 30x40 photo enlargement on heavy-weight paper from The original art is a black and white print from a book of old engravings. Finished print will be mounted onto a blank canvas. Approximate price $100.00
Adrien Leather Ottoman in Fuchsia from Pierre Deux is the big splurge at $895.00. But it's so great looking and comes from a company that I love and, extra bonus, Pierre Deux (and their little sister company which calls this piece Klismos on their website) will make a donation from each purchase in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here's what they say: "Make a style statement in support of a cause—$50 of each purchase of the Adrien (or Klismos) Ottoman in fuchsia will be donated to the American Cancer Society. A piece with extraordinary personality, it's the epitome of casual comfort to pull up for occasional seating, as a footrest or an extra surface. Artfully distressed semi-aniline leather upholsters a wood finish frame traced with natural brass nailheads and fitted with 8-way hand-tied springs." Who knows how many of these pricey little numbers they'll actually sell, but it's a nice gesture and a decent per-item donation. And it's a pretty fancy purchase for a girl who just graduated, I know. However, its classic styling and punchy color combined with multi-functional practicality makes it a nice investment piece for a young person just beginning to acquire fine furnishings.

The Grand Total: $3,500.00 and change plus some installation and sewing labor. Spread out over a bit of time and partially funded with graduation gift checks (!), it's an affordable, pretty room in which College Girl can continue to plan her bright future.

Questions? Comments? Critiques? Bring 'em on!
And be sure to go to Room Remix to see who else is playing "Mood Board Monday" today! Just click on the button below.

Credit should be given to Lauren of Pure Style Home for the photo enlargement source. See hers in her home tour here.
And BIG THANKS to PK for helping me get past my bout of blog funk with this fun challenge!


Anonymous said...

Tracy! You rock! I'm so proud of you (and actually jealous because I haven't learned Polyvore yet). You outdid yourself on this post. Love the room and I bet "k" loves it too. Can't believe all the detail you went into. Very helpful for anyone wanting to duplicate the look. Thanks for partying with me!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I can only imagine, way back when, having such a chic & stylist first place! I would have nearly died from joy! Beautiful, colorful, young and sophisticated. Great job!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is great Tracy! I'm still figuring the Polyvore thing out, too. It will be very helpful for my econsults {rather than having to mail an actual board}. Love the idea to use the trellis fabric to slipcover the slipper chairs. I love how the lamp picks up the pink in the floral panels. Very fresh, young and current!

The DIY Show Off said...

Hi Tracy, your design board is fun and so sophisticated. I can imagine your client forgetting her 'grown up professionalism' for a second to jump up and down for joy. I love every detail. The furniture, the tables and the art is beautiful.


Cote de Texas said...

you did a great job - i love those fabrics, esp the trellis in that color= so cute!!!!

Struggler said...

What a fun room! I love that you did some detailed imagining of who your client is. I will be checking out some of these sources, especially Wizard Prints for the lovely art!

Colour me Happy said...

Gorgeous! Love what you put together!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Wow! You put a lot of time and effort into your first mood board and I think it's incredible. A success by anyone's measure! And, to boot, you added all the fine details for anyone interested. Again, Wow!

KayEllen said...

I love it!

Thanks for stopping by...took me forever to load all the pics from my sparkle day!

Great Mood Board:)))


Annie@A View On Design said...

great ottoman!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Tracy, that is great! I am loving Polyvore too, but sometimes it doesn't save the pics I want to save. your board is beautiful. I'll have to check out PK's challenge, I haven't gotten acquainted with her yet.

Melanie said...

You did a great job! Your first digi board and you hit it out of the park.

Loving every thing on the board I need to do one for my bedroom. We are moving in a few weeks and I would love to redo our master bedroom but having so many ideas in my head keeps me confused. Maybe this will inspired me to do one.

Cristin said...

Fun room! Love the Klismos bench in raspberry. It's fab.


Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You get a (A), wonderful job!!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Fabulous design! I love the little bird pillow and pink ottoman for pops of color.


Sarah said...

I could never do what you just did! I love every thing!

Tammy@InStitches said...

What a fun and stylish room ! I didn't give myself enough time to learn polyvore to get in on this one. You did great.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I am crazy about that stool! I also like your choice of neutral pieces for your high ticket items.

Anonymous said...

I want the fuchsia foot stool in VELVET, rather than leather. I could build a room around it.
Rh in the mountains.

Anonymous said...

The stripes and flower print stitched together make a great statement.
Rh in the mountains

Janet said...

Love Love Love your Polyvore. It is fab...

soodie :: said...

Great choices of colors and textures. Most appropriate for your client. This was a great, well-thought out design (and post!)and also fun to read.

Paige said...

Wow - I love your board (and your whole blog)! Thanks so much for stopping by my board as well. :)