Mood Boards

The days seem to be getting away from me lately. I think it might have something to do with my new sewing machine. Over the weekend I made this cushion cover using our new pattern – Wobbly drop (I really need to come up with a better name). The ink we used is the most stunning grey and almost looks silver in certain light.

I am so in love with this new cushion that I had to decorate a whole room around it using furniture from Coco Republic and a painting from A Little Painter.

I spotted this rug over on Will’s blog Bright Bazaar which then lead to trawling the Heal’s website.

To make it easier on myself (and you) I decided to narrow down my wish list to the lounge area.

I think we are all guilty of holding on to some stuff we really should throw out.

My mission this year is rid myself of crap I don’t use or stuff that is lying in boxes which never sees the light of day.

When looking for spare plastic folders I found my old mood boards from the interior design course I did a few years back. Now I know some people might want to hold onto old school work for their portfolio but do you need to hold onto all of it?

No! And people we live in a digital world so why not scan it?

Here is one I made earlier – (much much earlier)

I am still digging that green and blue combo.

Well I am suppose to be organising paperwork for my tax return so I thought I would check online to see if there are any tips. I didn’t find any tips but instead found De La Espada.

If I had office furniture like this I think I would be able to concentrate on paperwork for longer than 10 minutes.

Marie is an interior stylist from the UK and is currently setting up home in my old town, Sydney. Since she is only staying for a year she is very wisely keeping costs to a minimum. I should clarify that the majority of rental properties in Australia come unfurnished. You even have to provide your own fridge and washing machine! This never bothered me when I lived there but it is a problem if you are only stopping for a year or two.

Anyway Marie’s bedroom is simply gorgeous and its no wonder she has found work as a stylist already.

Here is her moodboard for the bedroom makeover –

and the budget bedroom!

Simply stunning! I love the cushions she made from silk scarves and the colours she chose for the bed and the otherwise drab Ikea wardrobe.

Another mood board. This time for the second bedroom/office. Both bedrooms in the apartment have blue carpet – the landlord’s budget didn’t stretch far enough to re-carpet. That said I rather like the colour scheme for this room. We purchased the galant desk and malm chest of drawers on the weekend (Ikea) and I had the purple curtains already. The sofa-bed is from Proform Shop. The lamp, pendant light and filing cabinet on wheels is Ikea.

I can’t believe I am ready to head back to Ikea after the last trip – but I am! Boy will I be glad when the Dublin store opens. Anyway I need a dining table and a couple of chairs. D has just confessed he hates white furniture!!!!!!! But i think he just needs to see it in the right environment. I think I would have all the main furniture white if were left up to me. I already own two lovely white tulip chairs so the table and other chairs need to match

Here is my latest mood board.

Ogla black dining chair – 19 stg / Norvald red chair – 35stg / Melltorp dining table – 29stg / Bergsbo red cabinet – 169 stg / Persisk Rug – 54stg

If you have the basics right, a bathroom can be transformed for very little cost. Below are pictures of a bathroom that needs a bit of a lift.


My suggestion – add some bright colours through a new shower curtain, bath towels, plants and bright coloured cabinets. Here is a mood board to brighten up the above bathroom which won’t break the bank.

Black and red Atran cabinets from Ikea. 11.99 – 18.99 stg / Wooden Bath mat – habitat / For similar toilet brush holder and toilet roll holder – Dunnes – 10 -12 euros / Shower curtains – Ikea 2.99 stg / Potted plants – local nursery range from 5 – 20 euros / Green hand towel – Dunnes or Ikea 7 – 10 euros

Here are two sexy waiting room ideas. Click on the image to see the mood boards in more detail. I think the pink is winning my vote.


White mirror, white chair, chandelier and white chaise lounge from Sweetpea and Willow.

Pink wallpaper from Sandersons.

Black screen and coat hook from Graham and Green.

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