When we moved into our current home, Mini was only 9 months old. I was particularly excited about her new room, but that was about all I put effort into decorating. I was happy to simply get everything moved!
When my husband suggested that we use the formal dining room as a Zen space. I was in complete agreement. However, I didn’t do any decorating like I did in the home we used to live in. I finally stopped feeling guilty about it because sometimes you get used to how things look and don’t think about them. Until company is scheduled to come over!
We actively use ‘the Zen room’ every evening for reading. When Minted asked if there was a space I’d like to decorate, I knew this room could use the attention and would be a small enough project to not feel daunting.
My skill level at interior design is as about as powerful as as my brown thumb. See what I did there? Green thumb…brown…ok, moving on. Anyway, I’ve watched enough HGTV to know a design board or mood board is a good idea. With all of the choices on minted.com, creating a board was a great place to start. If you’re unfamiliar, Minted has art, textiles, invitations and other stationary goods, e.g. these custom labels are everything! Great for back-to-school.
I absolutely need to be able to feel and intuit my way through things. I was pleased that Minted was very easy for me to navigate and narrow down my choices. I would put in a keyword and was surprised that I got options in the return. For example, I wanted something that represented jumping, a la Steve Harvey (tell me you’ve seen the clip). And this is the one I selected: Jump limited edition print by Mande.
When approaching the mood board, I first thought about how I want us to feel in the space: calm and relaxed, among natural elements. Water and wood are easily used to accomplish these things, but I also didn’t want it to look like a typical wanna-be ocean theme. I love blue and water, specifically, so that was definitely in there. Instead of going tan with drapes as I usually would choose to be safe, I chose red.
Here’s my inspiration board. Here’s the exact Sammy Davis, Jr. postcard I owned years ago. It’s from a gorgeous series photographed by Phil Stern. I bought the one you see below. Gotta love Ebay for being able to find the lost:
Here’s the delivery of my art pieces! I’ll show you the reveal in the next post. My striped doormat was purchasd this spring from Target. More striped doormat options.
How are you with decorating your living space(s)?
NOTE: This post was sponsored by Minted.com.