I’ve found a new toy. Another fun way to
waste spend hours on the internet. It’s Polyvore. Polyvore is a digital mood board creating tool, suitable for use by those with no real talent for online graphics or design. I’ve tried a few other free mood board programs before but either found them difficult (yes, no real talent), or severely limited by the products you can plonk onto your boards. While Polyvore is American, it is loaded up with products from Ikea, Freedom, West Elm, etc….. all found in Australia. You can even find some Australian-made items loaded up by “yours truly”. Using the “cutting tool” you can clip images from other websites, or if you feel lazy, you can simply choose a similar item to the one you have in mind, for the purposes of the mood board. They also have plenty of background images to mimic your choice of wall paint colour, floor boards, or even empty rooms. You can add text, but I’m still working up to that.
Here are my first couple of mood boards:
My first board – trying to get a feel for how the kitchen, dining and living rooms are going to work together. It’s open plan. These are not exact selections just a rough end goal, to help me avoid any incongruent decisions or purchases.
This room is for our little artist. She’ll be 9 when we move in. We already have the bed, chair, art and bunting. I’ll paint an existing bedside table.The rug is from Anthropologie, my favourite shop.
I decided to try and get more specific for my son’s room – using only what we already own or I know that we can buy in Australia. I needed some inspiration first, to focus my plans, so I turned to my Pinterest files and picked my top 3 boyish bedrooms. The 3rd little pig will be 5 when we move into House By The Water – so I’m trying to find a happy medium between babyish and dull. Tricky.
Here’s what I came up with using an existing bed, chair, boat and chest:
I might need to learn to use Ebay for the lockers and do a bit of a makeover for the old chest we collected from a sidewalk. This room might satisfy my love of “industrial style” home decoration, which so far I’ve restrained from in planning for other rooms.
If you get keen and try some of your own mood boards, share them with me on Polyvore. If you like something I’ve used here, you can find it on my Polyvore boards and “like it” to use it on your own. After just a short play on Polyvore, I already find this tool better suited to mood board creation than PowerPoint which I was using previously. Have fun!