Don’t Skip the Mood Board

We’ll be renovating our master bathroom this year after spending nearly all last year planning it.

So to make sure everything works together I needed to visualize all the elements in one place. That place is a mood board.

I spent a bit of time researching options for online mood board builders but evaluating and then learning those programs didn’t fit my timeline…nor my tactile preference. So instead I painted a cheap craft store canvas the dominant wall color of the new bathroom (SW Light French Gray), printed and cut out the products I’m planning to use, and laid them out and labeled them on the canvas. It’s very simple and brings everything to life.

Most important the mood board will quickly tell you if you and your partner are really aligned on the same idea!

In some cases my mood boards have gone through several iterations, but once I land on the final I can share that visualization with everyone who will be part of the renovation process.

Don’t skip the mood board! You’ll get the most out of all your planning and will ensure that you like everything you see before renovation begins.



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Master Bedroom Simplicity

I’ve never liked fussy interiors. They’re too busy for my tastes and too loud to be relaxing. Simplicity is key for me!

But I do like well-styled rooms with thoughtful high-impact touches. Today I showcase a basic builder boxy master bedroom, but with some added detail to make it pop:

- Molding work (inexpensive and just took paint, a saw and a nail gun to install) to define one of its big blank walls. Molding is painted the same color as the wall (SW Comfort Gray) to emphasize the texture of the wall without the “noise” of a contrasting color

- Interior doors painted a soft contrasting gray to highlight the entrance to the next room in a gentler way than a stark white door

- Windows that were replaced with a French door to maximize natural lighting and extend the perception of more space in the room

- Texture in the bedding but no loud patterns or high-contrast colors

- Dark walnut dresser (best Craigslist makeover ever) to warm up the gray walls (Check out the makeover post here.)

- Plain white queen sized sheets that I made into curtains (Read about how I did that here.)

- A textural chair with low profile and simple lines

I call this room “Simplicity”…

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Reimagining Your House

Sometimes the house you’re in, works. It works for the way you live and the way your family spends its time. But maybe the exterior just needs some updating and you want to make it look more like…you.

I reimagined my house from the way it is now…


to the modern craftsman I know it could be!




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Christmas on the Inside

More than anything this blog is my own journaling of home projects and changes over the years. I visit here to remember the color paint I used in a room, or the way I decorated for Christmas some particular year. So in that spirit of not wanting to forget the pretty Christmas we made inside our Soulful House of 2016, here are some photos.

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