I love decorating. I like to think I have a knack for it. I guess it would make sense – I am an artistic person, a creative person. I also have this thing where I need, NEED, to feel comfortable in my home. If something is off, whether it be a pillow the wrong color, a table in the wrong place, a chair in the wrong position, I literally cannot relax and get comfortable. I also have a thing with color. See, I have commitment issues with color. Big time. Go ahead and say and think whatever you want because I am most likely never going to change this about me. I prefer for all of my walls to be white. Yep. Stark ass white. Why? It is more than just not being able to commit. It has a lot to do with how much I love how white walls look. They are clean and crisp, they make my home feel larger and brighter. And I LOVE how pieces, pictures and art stand out on white walls. Just like a gallery. Nothing takes your attention away from your wall decor when your walls are white, just how I like them. It is actually not even the white walls in my life that are a problem right now. It is a bigger issue than that. Homegirl needs to actually hang some sh!t on those white walls. Here is the deal. I have been planning to put together a mood board, a mood board for my life. What’s a mood board? Sh!t girl.
mood board: noun: mood board; plural noun: mood boards; noun: moodboard; plural noun: moodboards
an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.”we put together a mood board with key images and words that best convey the essence of the brand
Now, mood boards are typically used by designers (interior/fashion) and artists of all sorts. The rest of us can use them as well to become inspired or to conjure up some creativity. Here are a couple examples:
My plan was to have a mood board in my home, somewhere it would be constantly visible, so I could be inspired daily and constantly reminded of how lucky I am. I want to be reminded to be grateful, everyday. Sometimes when things are out of sight you forget, and I don’t always realize how incredibly beautiful my family/friends/life is. I mean, I do know but when things are out of sight they are out of mind. I think having pictures together, of everyone and everything I love will constantly remind me and inspire me. It will make me smile and reflect. My mood board idea has evolved into a mood wall, though. My mood wall is similar to a gallery wall, I guess. A mood board meets gallery wall. I have decided I want my wall to embody my life and my everything. I want it to embody everything that inspires me and represent every(one)thing I love. I want it to exhibit things I want in my life, images of places I want to go to one day. I want to have pieces on my mood wall that provoke my personal positivity and inspiration. It will have pictures of me as a baby, pictures of my grandparents, siblings, loved ones, friends. Pictures of my babies as babies. My favorite art of theirs will be framed and hung, not every piece, just the ones which have resonated with my mind and heart. I want to display my favorite photographs. Pictures I have taken and love. I have prolific moments and tangible things I need to display on this wall. I want to use this wall as a tool to invoke the feelings and thoughts I need in order to thrive and become the person I need to be in my heart, body, and mind. I want to see who I am and what makes up my life’s beauty all in one place. You need to see it to believe it, no? Yes.
I haven’t begun anything other than gather ideas and images for inspiration. Here are some gallery walls that have caught my attention. I have concluded I do not like perfectly organized lay outs. I love an eclectic design and the feeling its somewhat chaotic order gives me. My ADD goes bonkers with perfectly measured and organized designs. Chaos brings me peace sometimes.
Now, I mentioned I have things I want to hang on this wall other than pictures. I have been given cards and letters that mean more to me than the most expensive possessions I own. I want to honor them on my wall. I have objects from my childhood that produce beautiful nostalgia. Some of those items will be hung, like my sun hat which I wore everyday as a little girl because of a sun allergy I have. I wore it all summer long while we as a family escaped to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Fond memories of that place with my little hat. Favorite quotes. Favorite book covers. Favorite possessions I plan to creatively display. I want to hang things like this on my wall.
For some reason it is easier for my mind to remember bad things sometimes. The good things, the good memories and times outweigh the bad by a million, but my mind doesn’t always recall it this way. This wall has a very serious purpose for me, a therapeutic purpose. I want to remember my mom the way she was, not the way she is, but I want to learn to accept the way she is now because it is real. I want to display her in all of her beautiful ways. I want to remember my marriage as a time once filled with love, enough love to produce two beautiful babies. I want my children to be able to see this wall and know their dad and I, no longer together, once shared love and laughs so they know they were made out of love. I want to accept and admire my life from the outside looking in. Lastly, I believe by putting thoughts, desires and positive energy out into the universe I will attract precisely those things. What better way to put those positive, happy, wishful vibes out into the universe than with a mood wall? Basically, I want this wall to tell a story. A story of what was, a story of what is, and a story of what will be.
I cannot wait to begin and complete this project so I can share it with TSP. I have chosen the wall and will begin designing and decorating in a couple of days. I hope I have inspired you to create a mood wall in your home! What are some things you are going to put on it? Do you have any cool ideas of things I can add to my wall? Let me know in the comments, TSPeeps! Mad love.
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