Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Feeling Moody

Today - my first mood board.  In an attempt to be a real blogger, I'm doing what real bloggers do.  I've made a mood board.  As a virgin mood boarder, I did a little research to determine exactly what I was doing.  According to my beloved UrbanDictionary, a mood board is:

1) A collage or collation of images and text expressing a certain topic or subject, often used to generate ideas or for project work.  Getting past the "mood board" stage of a project is often a big step for anyone who thinks they are soled.
OR 
2) An idiot's idea of hard work


I'm not sure which definition is more funny - the first for its complete disregard of the English language or the second for its substance.  Either way, turns out I didn't make a mood board.  I made more of a "stuff I think is great" board.  

My inspiration is a tiny, urban nursery.  I read a couple of nursery decor blogs like Chic Cheap Nursery and Project Nursery.  I love to see the design ideas and now that I'm a pseudo baby blogger it's good to keep up with other baby blogging peeps.  But, there's a huge assumption made by these nursery decor blogs (my favs included): the parents-to-be have a whole room that they can dedicate to a nursery.  Some of us...ahem...live in one bedroom apartments.  This means that one room will serve as the bedroom for the parents and the newborn.  And who wants to turn their bedroom into a Winnie the Pooh meets Lemonade and Sunshine nursery?   

So, my "mood" is neutral colored (white, beige and grey) decor that works in a bedroom and a nursery.

It's my first shot at this, so be easy.




  1. 8 x 10 Heart Print from Aidari - The simplicity of the design is mature and the message is fitting without being cheesy.  Though sometimes acceptable in nurseries, cheesy doesn't fly in the bedroom-nursery uni-room.
  2. Benjamin Moore Natura Paint in Hot Spring Stone - It's the Switzerland of colors, so very neutral.  The grey undertone is soothing and there's something striking about it, though it feels akin to a blank canvas.
  3. Herringbone Throw by Serena & Lily - It's hand woven in Maine, comes in a five gorgeous colors and would be perfect draped over a rocking chair or wrapped around an exhausted mother and sleeping baby.
  4. Owl Pillow from Classic By Nature - The owl applique is made of faux white leather and the background is made of grey twill cotton.  It's modern and grown up, but the owl image still brings in a playful vibe that is apropos for a nursery.
  5. White Chandelier Mobile from Lil Sprout Creations - Pretty.  So pretty.  This mobile has the whimsy suitable for nursery and the elegance suitable for a bedroom.
  6. Owl Table Lamp from West Elm - It comes in white (above) or gunmetal.  The owl decor thing is trendy right now in nurseries and non-nurseries alike, for good reason.  It's simultaneously non-serious and serious - a fun contradiction in terms. 


6 comments:

WW said...

Love all of these ideas! I love nurseries in warm gender neutral colors.

Anonymous said...

I love these ideas too! especially the herringbone throw.....just wish it was more like $25 & the owl lamp. Since we're renters, I will not paint my nursery, so most of our stuff will be neutral as well, so this post gives me some great ideas! I will attempt to take some of my old, crappy furniture and repaint/distress it to use in the nursery and to add some color. If they turn out okay, I'll share some photos of the pieces once it's done.

~Kate (aka...WW's friend)

Gypsy Lane Designs said...

I think you did a great job!! Even if you do have a room to designate as a nursery, I dont think everyone buys into a "Winnie The Pooh Meets Lemonade and Sunshine Nursery."

I have a blog where I also discuss nursery decor and my friend just directed me to a site where you can create your own inspiration boards. I havent tried it out yet but it looks really cool! Its called Polyvore.com

By the way, I am a new follower and found you on Top Baby Blogs!

http://gypsylanedesign.blogspot.com/

Classic by Nature said...

Beautiful list, I really like the concept! You've manage to inspire an elegant, modern and natural decor.

Leah (it's me) said...

Thanks everyone! I chose items that I would want for my own nursery/bedroom, so it's a very authentic collection. And I totally agree that even those who can dedicate an entire room for a nursery aren't necessarily interested in going uber colorful and playful.

Kate (aka friend of WW) - You've totally inspired another post with some similar but less expensive options for the throw and lamp. I've already collected a few! Stay tuned.

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