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Mood board for a dream house

October 17, 2010

Good morning, friends! How did you sleep?

For an early riser, my weekend morning routine just gets lazier and lazier. While I admire people who hop out of bed and immediately head out for a 20-mile run, I hop out of bed (filled with energy) and immediately head into the kitchen for coffee, grab The Washington Post and plop myself down on the couch for an hour or two of pure laziness.

It’s glorious. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Of course, that’s only when I don’t have early activities planned — offer me an early morning adventure and I’m the first one ready to go! ๐Ÿ˜€

Flipping through the Post this morning, a review of Bill Bryson’s new book, ‘At Home: A Short History of Private Life,’ caught my eye. I love Bill Bryson and you know I love envisioning my future home.

I want a gorgeous drop leaf table with plenty of room for friends and family to gather around and a huge bouquet of seasonal flowers in the middle.

I want to see my own travel photos on the walls, reminding me of all the places I’ve been.

I want a kitchen with enough counter space to use a cutting board and have room to spare — the current kitchen counter is approximately 1.5-feet wide and a foot deep.

I want a balcony. It doesn’t have to be big, just roomy enough for a couple of chairs and a small table so my lazy Sunday morning routine can take place outside in nice weather.

I want a fireplace that keeps the house warm and cozy in the winter.

I want floor-to-ceiling bookshelves packed with everything from classics to the latest paperbacks. No e-reader for me!

I want a personal pie chef but since I doubt that comes standard in any home, I’ll just keep pie-baking friends around. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It seems like vision/mood boards are all the range these days and while I don’t necessarily believe in the ‘if you put it on a board, it will come true’ mentality that The Secret popularized, I like the idea of putting onto paper images that reflect the mood and style I want in a home: warm colors but no pastels, plush couches, sleek appliances, lots of natural light and house that’s the perfect blend of modern lines and French country.

Or I could just buy The Barefoot Contessa’s home because it’s pretty awesome. Her kitchen has its own building!

These days, you don’t even need to clip photos from magazines to create a mood board — it’s all online! I’m planning to create my own — just for fun — and will share it. It will be fun to use as I buy more furniture and decorate a home, and will hopefully help everything in the house look like it belongs together and not be just a mish-mash of furniture, tchotchkes and odds-and-ends.

How would you sum up your home decorating style? Chic and modern? Country casual? Urban grunge?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristin permalink
    October 17, 2010 10:02 am

    Freakin love Bill Bryson and can’t wait to read that book, too! Did it get a good review?

    • October 17, 2010 10:16 am

      Yes, the Post liked it. Reviewer was amazed by all the trivia Bryson uncovers — I have a reserve on it at the library and will post my thoughts after reading. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Bryson love!

  2. October 17, 2010 2:27 pm

    When I finally someday get to decorate again (it’s been 3 years since the last time) I have no idea which way I’m going to go. At least the kitchen will be well equipped for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 17, 2010 5:13 pm

      The kitchen is the most important room in the house, of course! ๐Ÿ˜€


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