the mood board process..

today we will look at the process of e decor.

it starts with something like this:

"my baby is no longer a baby and he needs his big boy room.

i need some direction."

"ok", i say.

"let me design up some boards for you."

i usually do 3 but sometimes bc i am extra inspired i'll do 4.

but don't expect it!


in this day and age err'body got a pinterest obsession so i tell clients to start pinning (they are usually ahead of me here) inspiration.  then i start a board and we share pins and it's totally gay and awesome.

and it HELPS!

easy for me to see what client wants.

easy for client to say, yuck, i don't like that!

shitty part is everyone sees your shit and possibly buys said shit and copies you.

not cool pinterest. 

let's start being able to privatize boards, mmkay?




here are the 4 i came up with:


#1- earthy modern..



#2- graphic mid mod:




#3- graphic pop aka badass crime fighter:





at this point the client will tell me her favorite.

in this case she was torn between graphic mid mod and crime fighter.


she said she mostly liked the crimefighter and about 20% mid mod.


so this one was born:


she didn't like it but couldn't put her finger on why.

luckily i could.

i told her that it didn't work as much bc the upholstered bed in the crime fighter board was gone and so was the balance of hard and soft.  now it was all hard.

and all the texture from the mid mod was now gone and so combined it looked a

plus she was weary of the dark navy walls since every room upstairs was dark..

so i said ok, how about just navy on one wall, warm white on the rest?

which i am usually not a fan of.

accent wall?

barf my face off.

but in this case bc of the poppy nature of the space it would work.

i mentioned bringing in an upholstered headboard to soften it up instead of the day bed.

so things wouldn't be SO upholstered and fancy.


and i mashed it up again:

she liked it.

but i could tell she still wasn't totally convinced.

at this point i am usually kinda certain that the client is just relatively bad at making decisions.

and i get it, i am too.


i tell her that all of this is just a feel.

anything and everything can change once the paint is up.

once fabric is purchased etc..

a lamp can change the whole feel blah blah blah..


she then told me that she REALLY liked the graphic mid mod room and just the crime fighter posters.

very different from her first declaration of mostly crime fighter and about 20% mid mod.

and that happens time and time again.

i don't get bugged out.

bc i get it.

i really do.


so i said, ok then let's go with the original graphic mid mod and just add the crime fighter series.





so now what happens is it becomes a reality.

 i will get with the program in terms of getting to know the room's measurements.

at which point things can, and most likely WILL change.

but this is a start.

and this is where mom can rest easy bc she has a plan.

and that is priceless.



if you want help with a nursery or big kid space...

holler at your girl.


i am here to be your decorator/psychiatrist.




it's a giveaway you tramps!

the other day i posted about some cute vintage bags from bomode and all youz snatched em up!

including the one i wanted.

all i can say is it better be on it's way to my house.



and as a thank you for all of you that visited her shop...

peggy of bomode is offering one of you a free bag!


KATANA french vintage black leather (genuine!!) satchel/shoulder bag.

everyone needs a basic black everyday bag and now one of you will have one.

and it's french and vintage,

which will make you prettier and skinnier and gayer!


all you have to do is leave a comment here.

and visit bomode's facebook page and click 'like'.


but THAT'S NOT ALL!!!!!!! 

bomode is offering 15% off anything in her shop!


just enter the coupon code: myfavoriteandmybest


so for the lazy readers...

1. free bag

2. leave comment

3. facebook/like

4. 15% off


thank you peggy.

thank you world.




jonathan adler opened a store in atlanta and i bought a candle


i met up with my blog and life pals susie and nelya yesterday for coffee and then we popped into jonathan adler's new atlanta store.

and then he popped in quickly before leaving for the airport.

he is super cute and wee.


the store is happy.





when i got back home i was struck at how dullsville my own house is.

she told me she felt inferior.

she is the sylvia plath to all that "happy chic".

and then she stuck her head in the oven.

and so did i.


she smells happy though.

thanks to my southampton candle.


happy saturday!


lithium farts,

nicole= nicole "sketch 42" cohen and her magic bracelets