Monday Mood Board: Traditional Dining Room

If you saw the Traditional Living Room Mood Board I posted last Monday then you probably noticed that this one looks pretty similar.  That’s because both mood boards are for the same client.  The house features an open floor plan with a clear sight line from entryway to living room to dining room.  To make each room feel connected yet unique, I increased the depth of color from one room to the next.  The basic color palette remains the same, but the dining room hues are more rich and saturated.  The result is a dining room with a hint of drama befitting the home’s classic Victorian architecture.

traditional dining room mood board

As mentioned in my recent post, The Importance of Mood Boards in E-Design, a Mood Board is a collage of images that represent the interior designer’s vision for a particular space.  Mood boards often combine photos of rooms from design magazines and blogs, abstract images, and photos of furniture or decor that may eventually be used in the design.  The designer’s vision is based upon the client’s initial description of their style, needs, and goals for their room.  By gathering images together in a mood board, a designer can paint a clear picture to convey style, mood, color scheme, and more.  I like to add text to my mood boards to ensure that the client can easily understand the reason I chose each photo.

To find out more about E-Interiors by Heather Zerah, visit my website:

http://heatherzerah.com/HZI/E-Interiors_by_Heather_Zerah,_offering_convenient_and_affordable_e-design_to_clients_nationwide.html

 

Monday Mood Board: Traditional Living Room

This E-Design Mood Board was created for a client who wanted to highlight her traditional taste without compromising the practical needs of an active young family, all in a classic Victorian home.  Toddlers (yes, the tiny people, not some architectural detail you’ve never heard of), high ceilings, dropped molding, and a wide, open flow from one room to the next were just a few of the details taken into consideration when developing a concept for this space.

Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah
Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah

As mentioned in my recent post, The Importance of Mood Boards in E-Design, a Mood Board is a collage of images that represent the interior designer’s vision for a particular space.  Mood boards often combine photos of rooms from design magazines and blogs, abstract images, and photos of furniture or decor that may eventually be used in the design.  The designer’s vision is based upon the client’s initial description of their style, needs, and goals for their room.  By gathering images together in a mood board, a designer can paint a clear picture to convey style, mood, color scheme, and more.  I like to add text to my mood boards to ensure that the client can easily understand the reason I chose each photo.

To find out more about E-Interiors by Heather Zerah, visit my website:

http://heatherzerah.com/HZI/E-Interiors_by_Heather_Zerah,_offering_convenient_and_affordable_e-design_to_clients_nationwide.html

The Importance of Mood Boards in E-Design

If you who haven’t heard, E-Design (also known as E-Decorating) is a new way of providing design-savvy DIY clients with professionally designed interiors at an affordable price.  Because the clients do some of the work themselves and the designer never actually meets the client or sees their space in person, interior designers are able to offer e-design services at just a fraction of the cost of traditional full-service design.  The designer saves time by focusing only on the design portion of the project, and the client saves money.

Mood Board Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah
Mood Board Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah

As a relatively new concept, the e-design process is still evolving.  Through trial and error, designers and clients are discovering what works, what doesn’t, and how best to handle long-distance communication effectively.  Through my own business, E-Interiors by Heather Zerah, as well as through my work with the e-decorating website Tastemaker, I have found one element to be essential in the communication process: Mood Boards.

Mood Board Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah
Mood Board Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah

A Mood Board is a collage of images that represent the interior designer’s vision for a particular space.  Mood boards often combine photos of rooms from design magazines and blogs, abstract images, and photos of furniture or decor that may eventually be used in the design.  The designer’s vision is based upon the client’s initial description of their style, needs, and goals for their room.  Usually presented in the early stages of the design process, the mood board is essential to ensure that the designer and client understand the direction a design is headed.  Words can mean different things to different people.  For example, a client and designer might have completely different perceptions of what the word “traditional” means, or what the color “green” actually looks like.  By gathering images together in a mood board, a designer can paint a clear picture to convey style, mood, color scheme, and more.  The client and designer can then discuss specific details of the mood board, whether good or bad, to make sure that all parties are in agreement.  The end result is a hassle-free process where the designer knows what the client wants, and the client doesn’t receive any unwelcome surprises in the final design box.

Mood Board Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah
Mood Board Completed for Tastemaker, Inc. by Heather Zerah

Due to the creative nature of interior design, you will find that mood board styles vary widely from one designer to the next.  Personally, I like to incorporate a lot of text among my images.  Just as the word “traditional” can mean different things to different people, images can be perceived differently.  While I might include an image because I love the shade of blue paint on the walls, a client might only see an unattractive coffee table, thus missing the point of the image.  By incorporating text I can call out specific details to help the client understand which elements of an image pertain to their room.  Because every new room design is unique and personalized, it can be challenging to find images that truly capture a designer’s goal for a particular project.  However, by incorporating verbal and visual information into a mood board and then listening closely to the client’s feedback, a designer can produce a one-of-a-kind look that fits the client perfectly.

To find out more about E-Interiors by Heather Zerah, visit my website:

http://heatherzerah.com/HZI/E-Interiors_by_Heather_Zerah,_offering_convenient_and_affordable_e-design_to_clients_nationwide.html

Inspiration: Gold

Interior Design Inspiration Gold
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What’s inspiring me right now?  Gold!  This precious metal has been used and admired in decor for thousands of years, but if you think it is too fancy or traditional for a contemporary home, then you haven’t seen the assortment of gold furnishings on the market.  Luxe, minimal, or exotic, old-world or new, there is something for everyone.  Don’t feel like you have to splurge on the real thing in order to achieve high style.  Regardless of the material – brass, silk, marble, paint, etc.  – the warm tone and soft luster of gold-hued items will enhance a wide range of styles.  Just keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way.  Maintain a fresh, modern feel by mixing a few carefully selected gold items with a variety of other colors and textures. Included in this inspiration board: Artistic Tile’s Eden Polished Stone Water Jet Mosaic tile, 12″ x 12″ x 3/8″, http://artistictile.com/itemdetails.aspx?Pid=1099&Cid=126&Mname=Eden%20Thassos Jonathan Adler’s Ulu Convex Table, $1200.00, http://www.jonathanadler.com/Brass-Ulu-Convex/ Jonathan Adler’s Ulu Concave Table, $1200.00, http://www.jonathanadler.com/Brass-Ulu-Concave/ Tom Dixon’s Beat Light – Fat White, 9.5″ diameter x 11.8″ high, approximately $535.00, available from multiple retailers including: http://www.ylighting.com/tom-dixon-beat-light-fat-white.html Crate & Barrel’s Alston Ivory/Gold 50″x84″ Curtain Panel, $89.95, http://www.crateandbarrel.com/alston-ivory-gold-50×84-curtain-panel/s271551 (also available in 96″ length) Stephanie Odegard’s Reflection rug in silver/gold, http://www.stephanieodegard.com Artecnica’s Tangle Globe Pendant, 9.5″ diameter, $327.00, http://www.allmodern.com/Artecnica-Tangle-1-Light-Globe-Pendant-AIC1078.html Misha Handmade Wallpaper’s 3-Door Screen in Bamboo Forest, 3 x 50 x 150 cm, http://www.mi-sha.net/collezioni.php?c=3&s=3 See other recent inspirations on my website: http://heatherzerah.com/HZI/Interior_Design_Inspiration.html

Inspiration: Emerald Green

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What’s inspiring me right now?  Emerald Green!  Pantone, the master of all colors, declared Emerald (specifically, Pantone 17-5641 Emerald) to be the 2013 Color of the Year back in early December.  Despite being the “it” color for more than three months now, emerald green home decor remains difficult to find.  The brighter shades of green, such as lime, apple, grass, and avocado, have long dominated the home furnishings market.  Nonetheless, a thorough search can lead you to some gorgeous items.  Hovering between green and blue, emerald is an enchanting and unexpected hue.  Add some simple emerald accents to your existing decor, or go full impact (wallpaper, paint, lacquered woodwork, etc.) for a genuinely bold room.

Included in this inspiration board:

Christian Fischbacher’s Spectrum sheer fabric #14237-701, http://fischbacher-catalogue.com/products/detail.php?product_id=427

JC Penney’s Pantone Universe Emerald Ombre Square Pillow, $37, http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/bed-bath/brands/pantone-universe/cat.jump?id=cat1002300041

Restoration Hardware’s Traditional Green Glass Hook, $28-$32.50, http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1298001

Restoration Hardware’s Traditional Green Glass Knob, $13-$15, http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1283017&categoryId=search

Zimmer-Rohde’s Colibri silk fabric in color #1010392600, http://www.zimmer-rohde.com/#/item/1010392600

Serena & Lily’s Emerald Crab Sheet Set, available in sizes twin, full and queen, $110-$170, http://www.serenaandlily.com/New/New-Bedding-Emerald-Crab-Sheet-Set

Bungalow 5’s Romano Wall Mirror in green, http://www.bungalow5.com/products-romano-wall-mirror-green-mirror-8–ROM-670-77.php

Lamps Plus’ Emerald Narrow Zig Zag Ovo Table Lamp, $149.99, http://www.lampsplus.com/products/s_Y5334/

Deco Dreams’ Mid-Century Mazzega Custom Emerald Green Chandelier, http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/chandeliers-pendant-lights/mid-century-mazzega-custom-emerald-green-chandelier/id-f_545166/

See other recent inspirations on my website:

http://heatherzerah.com/HZI/Interior_Design_Inspiration.html