Today I’ll share a real-world example of an eDesign / mood board project that I created for a client. She was seeking shelf styling ideas for her newly remodeled living area and kitchen. No matter where you live, I can help you style your home. Yes! Even virtually! Creating mood boards is my go-to solution for restyling my own spaces and is an easy way to visualize a space before you redecorate. I’ve done this for our laundry room makeover and family room remodel, which helped me tremendously to “stay the course” and saved us lots of money.
Sometimes clients have already remodeled their homes — they aren’t seeking color advice. They already found a decorating style that they love and just want help with an existing space. Knowing what to buy is often a challenge. That’s exactly what my friend Julie needed. She and her husband recently updated their fireplace and kitchen. They had chosen very modern, masculine elements throughout and they needed to shop for decor to suit their newly remodeled space. It was important that anything I chose met their approval since they had already worked so hard on the rest of their home. They also had some heirloom items that they wanted to incorporate into their vignettes.
client shelf styling ideas
On the left is the “before” photo. A “must keep” were the glass shelves, so making those look pretty was my sole job. Because I like to start with an empty space, I used Photoshop to do the clean up job. This makes any virtual services I provide much easier. It’s also much faster and less expensive for you (I charge for any extra time for graphic design services).
Below, my concept. I adapted to suit their style which consisted of more modern, masculine elements throughout their home. A detailed shopping list that serves as a purchasing guide is part of the package. And they are free to bargain shop off of the list, so if they happen to find something that is less expensive or something they like better, they are free to do so.
The Kitchen, Before:
My job in the kitchen was similar. They loved the glass shelves and wanted styling help. I also noticed there are modern elements (a brushed nickel stove) and they were keeping the existing cabinets. They also invested in some fairly pricey folk artwork by a local artist that they somehow wanted to incorporate into this modern space. So I worked within those parameters.
I picked up on the tile colors and added old crocks to match and brighten up this area. Mixing wood tones helped to balance out the chestnut cabinets and the greytones of the floor. They liked the idea of a clock, so I linked them to numerous Etsy shops where they could order one in the exact wood colors they wanted. And glass canisters to keep with the glass theme for storage. The folk art could easily be placed back into the vignettes or hung on the side of the cabinets on the empty wall.
Before, Above Cabinets:
If you have a gap above your cabinets, so many of us struggle with how to decorate this space. My view is to not get too cluttered and to brighten it up.
After, above: As I put together this concept, I sourced a photo of a kitchen that looked almost exactly like Julie’s (bottom left). It perfectly illustrated my idea to add a custom crown molding piece above her refrigerator. Adding warm LED rope lighting on top of her cabinets is a great way to “decorate” without cluttering the space. If you read my suggested shopping list, I noted that ivy is a bit outdated and to choose less trailing, more compact greenery for the top of cabinets.
Why “not” being a trained decorator helps
I want to help people love the spaces they’re in, without suggesting they rip and replace their lifelong collection of things. I come at this from a real-world perspective. I respect people and their budgets, or where they are in their DIY and home improvement journey. My approach creates an easy-to-follow roadmap for people who want to learn how to make smarter decisions when updating their homes. I also love to incorporate heirloom pieces into their design plans while modernizing their spaces.
I will keep you posted as Julie progresses. She is purchasing all of her decor and I’m excited to see her spaces once they are transformed!