All posts filed under: Mood Board

How to: The Mood Board

Since my last post, a lot of you have asked what program or site I use to create my room edits and interiors mood boards. So I thought it would be useful to some of you out there if I spilled the beans. Anchorman does Danish Design I don’t use anything fancy. I’ve never dabbled with photoshop and haven’t downloaded anything onto my laptop. I have a Macbook Pro and a penchant for Google image. Oh and one more thing…. Mood board for the Office Refit …..Pages. Pages is a word processing application, similar to Word for Windows I guess. It came pre-loaded onto my Mac as a freebie, so I would never have thought a simple word processing app would have helped me to create mood boards. But it seems Pages has everything(ish) I need in order to give it a bloody good go. Dark and Moody Gentlemen’s Study Here’s how: Open Pages. And open a new blank, landscape document. This is now your canvas on which to begin creating your new room edit. What …

Mood board One room two ways

The Mood Board. One Room, Two Ways

I’ve been working remotely with a client for a while now. She’s completely overhauling several rooms of her home but needed to sort some pretty boring stuff first, like running a new damp proof course and plasterwork. Which is now all done. Phew! Back room now damp proofed and re-plastered The front room, which is the secondary living space in this 1930’s three bed semi has finally been stripped of its years of textured wallpaper. The unwanted pieces of furniture have been eBayed and the room is sitting empty, barring the white painted floorboards, a 1950’s school desk and a black upright piano (which may or may not stay.) It’s literally a blank canvas waiting for its new look. Here’s what the room needs in terms of function: Open and closed storage A focal point. The room has a chimney breast but no fire or fireplace Two seater sofa and an armchair Room for the desk Possibly a space for the piano Room for record player and perhaps TV But how the room looks has been a real …

Cast Iron Fireplace

The Upper Brook Street Bedroom – Pre-Reveal

I can’t actually speak right now. I drove over to my Upper Brook Street project this morning, first time i’ve seen it since it’s been wallpapered. I always knew it was going to be a special room, but I never quite expected it to look this good. After measuring up for some final pieces, I was given free reign to start styling the space and take some pics. I’ve just uploaded about 56 photos to my Mac and spent the last hour almost flipping crying (happy tears, don’t worry). I’m overwhelmed by how this room has turned out so far.  So forgive me, i’m just going to post pictures and some details about what’s from where and then i’m going to go and buy a bottle of something cold and fizzy to celebrate this evening. Goa Four Poster Bed from Maisons Du Monde This picture makes me soooo happy. Upper Brook Street Minuit wallpaper from Little Greene This room really wouldn’t be the same without it. Hemnes Bedside Tables from Ikea updated with Brass Drawer Pulls Futurist …

New project. New wallpaper

I’m back! After a well deserved week off from all things blog, i’ve caught up with things like cleaning the house, finishing off oodles of painting at home, having conversations with my husband about things that weren’t loft related and washing my hair. Feels so good to have our home back. And a teency bit of normal life, whatever that means. So now felt about the right time to introduce a new project i’ve been working on since December. Yes, another one. If you guys remember the Drawing Room project, then you’ll know why i’m excited to introduce it… … as it’s the bedroom above this very room. So you already know these guys are going to be up for something pretty special in their “soon to be” new guest bedroom. Here’s is the room before these guys moved in. In fact, these are the estate agent piccies… “Just shove it under the bed, John. No, all of it under the bed. No, you can’t see it. No it’s fine. Honestly.” It’s a very masculine room …

The elusive black tap

As you may have twigged by now, we’re currently in the middle of our loft conversion. The design of the two new spaces are a mix of Scandinavian and industrial design. Simple, raw materials, paired back with mainly a monochrome scheme. It was easy to add black to the bedroom. Sliding timber doors, furniture, window frames, bedsides… but it was more difficult to add it to the bathroom. Bathrooms by their very nature have a lot white in, what with 99% of ceramic sinks, loos, shower trays and baths being white (why is that?). Pair that with the chrome finish of nearly all taps, bottle traps, wastes, showers etc. and you’ve got a pretty restrictive palette to work around. I knew I wanted a black bathroom tap, but man, they’re not an easy find. And the more difficult it was for me to find one, it just made me want one more. I WILL FIND A BLACK TAP (and waste, and bottle trap). Around the same time as I was on Tap Hunt, one of my …

The Edwardian Bedroom(s)

The last time I wrote about this project, we were round about here: The entire room had been ripped out, wallpaper stripped, carpets ripped up, radiator removed, floorboards being repaired. Technically a building site. The room was about to be skimmed from head to toe in preparation for its new look. What I didn’t tell you, is that the homeowner, in her excitement to see her own bedroom transform, also began ripping out another two bedrooms. In for a penny… This the the second double bedroom after prising off years of wallpaper and flooring . Alas, I didn’t get proper before photos of the room, as this and the third bedroom were originally planned for 2017. Every square inch of wall, floor and ceiling needed work. Not to mention new radiators, sockets and switches. Here is the same room after it’d been skimmed with its new matt black radiator (from Screwfix of all places) leaning precariously against its new home. The magic of freshly plastered walls never fails to fill me with joy and happiness. And I say …

Paint pots and brushes

The Office Refit

Remember me introducing you to the office refit project i’m working on? Yes, that’s the one. Well things are moving forward rather nicely now. And i’ve got stuff to show you. I’m working with Visibilis, an Integrated Digital Marketing Agency. It’s my first dip into working in a commercial premises, but it’s good and am enjoying the experience of scaling up! The team of staff has reached capacity at their current office space prompting the move to a new, larger purpose-built office space in a swanky part of Leeds City Centre. So swanky in fact, you need a small bank loan to be able to afford the parking outside. Anyway, enough about me and my parking issues… My brief: Personalise the space. Solve layout. Plan an office that can hold 12 desk spaces. Use two existing Ikea desks and office chairs Include space for wall monitor. Add colour. But something light. Scandinavian style seemed to be ticking the boxes. Source affordable lighting that didn’t take up desk space or need wiring in. Add a break out …

You’ll never guess….

Believe it or not, some people don’t like shopping for furniture or home decor. I know! What’s wrong with them? The more I’ve worked with clients on projects, I’ve learned a little more about why. Time – Peeps, I know you work hard all week, maybe sort the kids out when you get home, eat dinner, hang the washing out…. and then collapse on the sofa (which needs replacing). The last thing you want to do is spend hours online searching for a new one. I get it. Info – If you do have the time… then where do you go? Not everyone spends yonks online finding new hot ass designers, retailers and brands like I do. Of course you don’t. So you stick to the few retailers you know and trust. If you can’t find what you want there, you’re inclined to give up and wait until something you like pops up. Energy – Imagine wanting to update your entire living room… think about all the shops you’d have to go to. Now add into the …

What made the cut?

Just a quickie tonight giving you a mini preview of what exactly made it up the two flights of stairs to The Blue Room. After my enormous three hour sesh at Ikea yesterday, here’s what’s staying. Along with a gorgeous Storage Basket ordered from Habitat today and the last bagged Sydney Stool from Swoon Editions last week. Enjoy The Blue Room’s “Room Edit”. All being well this Friday should be FAB FIZZ FLIPPIN FINISHED FRIDAY!!!