I love our London terrace. We’ve invested so much of our of time and money renovating it over the years but it’s lacking any personality and distinctive style. I’m definitely stuck and need to find my ‘creative mojo’ to just get rooms finished. I’m embarrassed to admit we’ve only managed to put a couple of pictures up in the sitting room! Then by chance I spotted a workshop on Instagram, ‘Life Mood boarding and how to make interior design work for you’. Perfect. I signed up and a few weeks ago set off on a road trip from London to Little Bentley in Essex to try and find my interior design inspiration.
Create a Life Mood Board
I think the hardest part of styling for me is working out how interior design can reflect my life and personality. A bit of a cliche but how do I make my house a home with its own unique look? I’d love every room to be an uplifting space that can the I can relax, play, work and dream in. Instead at the moment I just see a ‘to do list’.
Zoe from Thrive Training a Life and Mindfulness coach explained how vision / mood boarding can help express your sub-conscious desires and thoughts. Pictures are a great way of visualising the life you want to create and express your creative personality. Collecting together pictures that you like and are drawn to act as a visual reminder of what makes you happy.
So getting cutting! Collect all your glossy magazines, newspapers, postcards and pictures get yourself a cuppa and start ripping! Don’t restrict yourself to fabulous interiors but look for quotes, words, fashion and style that your eye is drawn to.
I’m making progress on my ‘Life Mood Board’ but it is still a work in progress. It’s on my office desk and it does remind me everyday to look up from the details of life appreciate what I have and contemplate my dreams and aspirations.
How to make your house a home
So how does a Life Mood Board help you to find your interior ‘mojo’ Well for me the process of putting together my board settled my mind and reminded me of what I like and what makes me feel good. Now to the practicalities of reflecting this in your own home. The lovely Kay from Kinship Creative came up with some keys areas to focus on to kick start your interior styling. And don’t think you have to go out a spend a small fortune or think big to achieve your place of calm. Make a start by simply re-looking and appreciating the ornaments, souvenirs and pictures you already have.
I loved the idea of creating corners of your home either a shelf, a gallery wall, a table or a sideboard that reflects a vignette of your life. It has to be happy memory though of holidays, day trips, your favourite vase or book. It can either be a gallery wall, a collection of ornaments and vases on a shelf, postcards and photo’s on a blackboard.
Wellbeing and Positivity
The morning flew by and ended with a very yummy lunch from Duck Duck Goose. Our final task was to paint our own ‘inspiration stones’ with two words that inspire and ground us. I chose ‘Confidence’ & ‘Happiness’ but they are not in the photograph I’m afraid as my painting skills haven’t progressed since I was five year olds so these are Kay’s.
It was energising to spend a few hours in a creative bubble and remind myself what inspires me. I think our homes and interiors are so closely linked with our feelings of wellbeing and positivity and creating your own style in your home should be above all an enjoyable experience that doesn’t involve spending a fortune and putting pressure on yourself to create perfection.
So it’s been a month since the workshop and what I have done? Well I’ve pretty much completed my ‘Life Mood Board’; enjoyed a fab trip to Venice over half term; been supervising our decorator to get our front door and porch renovated which is proving a very long winded process; working on my next magazine commissions but I haven’t got around to my first vignette yet?? Ahh…..but I’m definitely thinking about it. I’ve been wanting to create a gallery wall in our kitchen/diner for a long time now so that’s the first on my list? Well I’ve said it now so I’ve have to get on with it. I’ll keep you posted. Watch this space as they say…..
I hope this post has given you a tiny bit of inspiration to make just one corner of your home a peaceful and uplifting place to be. I’d love to know how you get on?