For those of you that don’t know, I’m a sucker for mood boards. Seriously, the invention of Polyvore has totally changed my life particularly in conjunction with my slight obsession with Houzz. I can waste HOURS sifting through different parts of the home and creating different little vignettes about how I would redecorate my boyfriend’s apartment if I had an unlimited budget.
Yes, you absolutely read that correctly. My boyfriend’s apartment, not mine.
Trust me though, that doesn’t stop me from going hog wild in the decor section of Target, and god forbid I’m within a five mile radius of a Homegoods…I lose my shit over that store every single time. It drives Hector nuts, but he’s totally a good sport about my decorating obsession and honestly, I tend to keep it mostly to paper these days considering my lack of funds to be throwing around on stuff like a vase….or a new desk…. or a couch….or something.
Anyway, my dreams of redecorating in real life finally came true the other night when Hector casually asked me what I thought of our guest room/ office. Now, let me explain exactly how loaded of a question that is. I definitely didn’t want to scare him away from letting me flex real quick in the decor section, so I had to tread carefully with my response. I equally casually said,
“Oh, I don’t know…it’s a little bachelor pad-y don’tcha think?” and TRIED to leave it at that. But before he could even respond, the words came tumbling out of my mouth before I could stop them,
“Babe, that office is terrible. I mean the two wood pieces you have in there don’t even match! One is Cherry and the other is Blonde!! How can we really live like this? What I was thinking is that we sell the huge desk and downsize a little, you know, to open up the space a little bit.”
I was off and running.
He just sat there shaking his head, laughing. At least he’s a good sport about it, right? Needless to say, with the green light to start doing research I pulled out all of the stops to creating a kick ass mood board with the help of Polyvore, Houzz, and the Shopular App.
1. Search through interiors on Pinterest and pick a couple of fully furnished rooms that really vibe with what you’re trying to recreate in your own home. My inspo piece is in the top left of my collage, it looks NOTHING like my (read, Hector’s) apartment in real life but I’d love to kind of copy that overall vibe into the place if I could.
2. Surf through the products on Houzz to pick out pieces that you like or inspire you and use the “Clip to Polyvore” button to save them to your Polyvore account. I snip everything from the desk that I really want (or at least something similar to what I really want) to pieces like floor vases, decorative trays, and even floating shelves. It’s all about using little pieces to create a full vibe within a room.
3. Use Shopular to help you figure out what pieces are on sale where. I personally LOVE checking the weekly sales fliers for places like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond because you never know what kind of cute throw pillows or decor are going to be marked down. Shopular is constantly updating with the best sales out there, and it can be used to find deals not just for clothing but in other departments (like food and decor) as well. You can search for pieces that you like on sale, then visit the store’s website to clip those pieces to your Polyvore account. Then, you can use the discounted pieces to design your room! Brilliant and a great way to save money. Download the app for free via the iTunes App store.
4. Now that you have all of the pieces together, head over to Polyvore and create a new Set. From there, you should be able to access “Your Items” that you’ve clipped from other websites. I like to start with my inspiration picture first then build out from around that. I didn’t include any text in this one, but you can definitely get creative and add maybe a description to each piece about where they’re from and the price. If you’re repainting your walls, maybe even consider clipping in paint chips of colors you’re kicking around. Let your imagination run wild!
When you’re done, publish it. Then from that screen you can print it out and have a physical mood board of items you’re looking to purchase. Just carry that around with you while you’re scanning the Shopular ads and who knows? Your room will come together in no time!