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23 November 2011

8 Design Tips to Create a Moodboard

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Last week I told you about my mood board that I created for the contest on Apartment Therapy. What I did NOT tell you was that it was my first official mood board. Really. I've never made one before. I have made countless drawings of spaces and designed countless garden layouts, but craft a real mood board - not so much. My friend Darlene is the queen of mood boards...hers are beautiful and amazing and people pay her to make them for them.

Lucky for me, there is a site that helps you build your own board quickly and easily called Olioboard. I'm not going to give you any tips on how to grab items from various places online and craft a moodboard (that is Darlene's forte - ask her!!!) However, I wanted to give you a few simple design tips when you are crafting a mood board or any design brainstorm for a new space.  Whether you use a program like Olioboard or start from scratch in photoshop, these 8 tips will give you an outline of where to start!

1. Start with one bold color, 2 neutrals, a pattern and a pop. In my board I chose orange (bold color), grey and white (neutrals), the Cottonelle Cover (pattern) and yellow (pop). The percentages should be about 25% bold, 65% neutrals and 10% pop and pattern give or take a little bit. Each color needs to be repeating some way in at least 3 ways, even if they are small.

2. Start with an inspiration piece. For me, it was the toilet roll cover that Cottonelle was promoting. For you, it could be a patterned fabric, a gorgeous mid-century modern couch or a large scale piece of artwork. Whatever it is, you should take inspiration from not only the colors of the piece, but also the shapes, lines and tones of the inspiration item.

3. Start with 3 large pieces that make a statement and map the course for the room. In my design, the first thing I chose was the awesome circular lounging chair. The second item I chose was the elephant curtain and the third item was the curtain rings. All three items reference the shapes in the pattern of the roll cover. The first two piece are also two of the larger pieces in the room, so I have a good base to start from.

4. After decided on a major color and shape theme, I then searched for items that reinforced the ideas of the room. For example, the elephant design is repeated literally and figuratively in the shapes of various items in the room as well as literally in one printed accessory. The colors are brought in based on their percentages (see#1).

5. When bringing in additional pieces, you want to makes sure that you don't put two items that are pulling from the same inspiration right next to each other. For example, notice how the two literal elephant references are placed on opposite sides of the board. Also notice

6. If you want an item to have strength on your board, you repeat the item just as you would in a space. In my board, I repeated the river rock artwork 3 times and the lights are also repeated to give them visual weight on the board. This gives the board a complete feeling without being overwhelmed by too many diverse items.

7. There are different styles of moodboards. The first is a white space board where items are arranged in straight grids and there is a lot of space surrounding each item. You can also make a mood board that reflects the actual design of the completed room (like Darlene's!). If you are making a mood board like mine where all of the items weave and touch each other without literally creating a room space, you need to make sure that the space is full, but not cluttered.

8.  Once you have completed your mood board, make sure you KNOW YOUR SOURCES.  Olio makes this easy because all of the sources are listed when you click on the photo while editing, but if you are pulling images from elsewhere on the web, make sure to get the manufacturer and link to them!

If you complete a moodboard, I'd love to see it!  Go ahead and upload it to the Nest for All Seasons facebook page or shoot me an email!   ...and hey - would you guys like to get Darlene over here to teach you how to make a completed room mood board??  {hint, hint Dar!}

8 Design Tips to Create a Moodboard

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Last week I told you about my mood board that I created for the contest on Apartment Therapy. What I did NOT tell you was that it was my first official mood board. Really. I've never made one before. I have made countless drawings of spaces and designed countless garden layouts, but craft a real mood board - not so much. My friend Darlene is the queen of mood boards...hers are beautiful and amazing and people pay her to make them for them.

Lucky for me, there is a site that helps you build your own board quickly and easily called Olioboard. I'm not going to give you any tips on how to grab items from various places online and craft a moodboard (that is Darlene's forte - ask her!!!) However, I wanted to give you a few simple design tips when you are crafting a mood board or any design brainstorm for a new space.  Whether you use a program like Olioboard or start from scratch in photoshop, these 8 tips will give you an outline of where to start!

1. Start with one bold color, 2 neutrals, a pattern and a pop. In my board I chose orange (bold color), grey and white (neutrals), the Cottonelle Cover (pattern) and yellow (pop). The percentages should be about 25% bold, 65% neutrals and 10% pop and pattern give or take a little bit. Each color needs to be repeating some way in at least 3 ways, even if they are small.

2. Start with an inspiration piece. For me, it was the toilet roll cover that Cottonelle was promoting. For you, it could be a patterned fabric, a gorgeous mid-century modern couch or a large scale piece of artwork. Whatever it is, you should take inspiration from not only the colors of the piece, but also the shapes, lines and tones of the inspiration item.

3. Start with 3 large pieces that make a statement and map the course for the room. In my design, the first thing I chose was the awesome circular lounging chair. The second item I chose was the elephant curtain and the third item was the curtain rings. All three items reference the shapes in the pattern of the roll cover. The first two piece are also two of the larger pieces in the room, so I have a good base to start from.

4. After decided on a major color and shape theme, I then searched for items that reinforced the ideas of the room. For example, the elephant design is repeated literally and figuratively in the shapes of various items in the room as well as literally in one printed accessory. The colors are brought in based on their percentages (see#1).

5. When bringing in additional pieces, you want to makes sure that you don't put two items that are pulling from the same inspiration right next to each other. For example, notice how the two literal elephant references are placed on opposite sides of the board. Also notice

6. If you want an item to have strength on your board, you repeat the item just as you would in a space. In my board, I repeated the river rock artwork 3 times and the lights are also repeated to give them visual weight on the board. This gives the board a complete feeling without being overwhelmed by too many diverse items.

7. There are different styles of moodboards. The first is a white space board where items are arranged in straight grids and there is a lot of space surrounding each item. You can also make a mood board that reflects the actual design of the completed room (like Darlene's!). If you are making a mood board like mine where all of the items weave and touch each other without literally creating a room space, you need to make sure that the space is full, but not cluttered.

8.  Once you have completed your mood board, make sure you KNOW YOUR SOURCES.  Olio makes this easy because all of the sources are listed when you click on the photo while editing, but if you are pulling images from elsewhere on the web, make sure to get the manufacturer and link to them!

If you complete a moodboard, I'd love to see it!  Go ahead and upload it to the Nest for All Seasons facebook page or shoot me an email!   ...and hey - would you guys like to get Darlene over here to teach you how to make a completed room mood board??  {hint, hint Dar!}

Baked Pears with Ginger Nutmeg Rice Pudding

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Do you want a simple way to use up leftover rice and ripe fruit?
Make a very simple savory rice pudding stuffing!

Usually fruit is eaten up very quickly in our house and does not have the chance to get overripe, but once in awhile, a few pears or apples will start to get slightly overripe.  That is when they are PERFECT for baking.  Simply core the fruit and set aside until your rice is ready.


Take your leftover (cooked)rice, mix with any extra veggies on hand, one egg and a little cheese if you have any.  If not, no biggie.  Stuff the rice into the fruit and top with a dab of flavored butter.  I used ginger nutmeg butter for this dish.


Bake at 350 degrees until your kitchen smalls heavenly and the fruit is easily pierced with a toothpick. 
Your kiddos will gobble up this savory meal in a heartbeat!  Mine did!


Baked Pears with Ginger Nutmeg Rice Pudding

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Do you want a simple way to use up leftover rice and ripe fruit?
Make a very simple savory rice pudding stuffing!

Usually fruit is eaten up very quickly in our house and does not have the chance to get overripe, but once in awhile, a few pears or apples will start to get slightly overripe.  That is when they are PERFECT for baking.  Simply core the fruit and set aside until your rice is ready.


Take your leftover (cooked)rice, mix with any extra veggies on hand, one egg and a little cheese if you have any.  If not, no biggie.  Stuff the rice into the fruit and top with a dab of flavored butter.  I used ginger nutmeg butter for this dish.


Bake at 350 degrees until your kitchen smalls heavenly and the fruit is easily pierced with a toothpick. 
Your kiddos will gobble up this savory meal in a heartbeat!  Mine did!


Let's Make Biscuit Pops!

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So you want to make a couple biscuit pops? Join me today for a super simple method! 
These little pops are a MILLION times easier than cake pops and they disappear just as quickly!


First things first, mix up a traditional biscuit dough.  I admit it - I just used Bisquick!

Then comes the fun part where you get to feel like a "Cold Stone Creation Designer Ice Cream Person".
Choose your mix ins and go to town!
My first combination was paprika (1T), ginger(1T) and a tiny bit of cayenne.
Second, fresh lavender(1T) and allspice(1T) ground up almost to powder.
The third combo is a spicy white pepper(1/2 T) and ginger(2 T) mix.

I used 2-3 Tablespoons spice mix per 2 cups of biscuit dough, but you can go spicier or tone it down a bit
depending on your taste levels.  I would start with less and work your way up!

You might see in the back that I threw in a traditional cheddar cheese biscuit as well...ode to the Red Lobster...


Roll the dough into little balls, cook on a pizza stone or cookie sheet dusted with cornmeal and let them bake @ 350 degrees until lightly browned (about 4 minutes).  Let them cool completely!

After they are totally cool, take a pop stick (I found mine @ Michaels for $1.99) and gently push it halfway through the biscuit - easy does it!


Have you been baking anything lately?  Have you ever made cake pops or biscuit pops??  Share your secrets!

Let's Make Biscuit Pops!

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So you want to make a couple biscuit pops? Join me today for a super simple method! 
These little pops are a MILLION times easier than cake pops and they disappear just as quickly!


First things first, mix up a traditional biscuit dough.  I admit it - I just used Bisquick!

Then comes the fun part where you get to feel like a "Cold Stone Creation Designer Ice Cream Person".
Choose your mix ins and go to town!
My first combination was paprika (1T), ginger(1T) and a tiny bit of cayenne.
Second, fresh lavender(1T) and allspice(1T) ground up almost to powder.
The third combo is a spicy white pepper(1/2 T) and ginger(2 T) mix.

I used 2-3 Tablespoons spice mix per 2 cups of biscuit dough, but you can go spicier or tone it down a bit
depending on your taste levels.  I would start with less and work your way up!

You might see in the back that I threw in a traditional cheddar cheese biscuit as well...ode to the Red Lobster...


Roll the dough into little balls, cook on a pizza stone or cookie sheet dusted with cornmeal and let them bake @ 350 degrees until lightly browned (about 4 minutes).  Let them cool completely!

After they are totally cool, take a pop stick (I found mine @ Michaels for $1.99) and gently push it halfway through the biscuit - easy does it!


Have you been baking anything lately?  Have you ever made cake pops or biscuit pops??  Share your secrets!

22 November 2011

Create Flavored Butters | Ginger, Cayenne and Lavender

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So you wanna turn your ordinary sticks of butter into delicious, custom butters?
It is so super easy - as easy as picking your mix ins at Cold Stone.


If your babies are helping you out, watch out that your spice piles don't get eaten into too soon...(see the fingerprints above?!)

So, the only real trick is making sure the butter is the right consistency.  If you have time, the easiest way to get it just right is to leave it out on the counter at room temperature.  If you don't, you can easily thaw the butter in the microwave - just don't overdo it!  If your sticks are frozen, start with 10 seconds.  Then nuke for 5 seconds each time until you can make small indents in the butter by lightly pressing your fingers into the bar.


Then, chop up the butter into little pieces and nuke for 5 seconds at a time.

Once it reaches this consistency, STOP!  If you overheat the butter, it will start to separate and the taste will suffer.  
Once you have soft lumps (in your butter, not your hips...though the two are often connected...), you are ready to mix in your mix ins! 


You can mix in just about whatever you want to taste, but I tend to go heavy on the spice and then use the butter sparingly. 
Here are the general breakdowns:

Paprika and Cayenne --  Paprika - 2 Tablespoons, pinch of cayenne (it is HOT!), 1 stick of butter
Ginger Nutmeg -- Ginger (ground) - 2-3 Tablespoons, Nutmeg - 1 tsp (ground), 1 stick of butter
Lavender Allspice -- Lavender (fresh powdered) - 1 Tablespoon,  Allspice - 1 tsp (ground), 1 stick of butter



Let's Eat!

Create Flavored Butters | Ginger, Cayenne and Lavender

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So you wanna turn your ordinary sticks of butter into delicious, custom butters?
It is so super easy - as easy as picking your mix ins at Cold Stone.


If your babies are helping you out, watch out that your spice piles don't get eaten into too soon...(see the fingerprints above?!)

So, the only real trick is making sure the butter is the right consistency.  If you have time, the easiest way to get it just right is to leave it out on the counter at room temperature.  If you don't, you can easily thaw the butter in the microwave - just don't overdo it!  If your sticks are frozen, start with 10 seconds.  Then nuke for 5 seconds each time until you can make small indents in the butter by lightly pressing your fingers into the bar.


Then, chop up the butter into little pieces and nuke for 5 seconds at a time.

Once it reaches this consistency, STOP!  If you overheat the butter, it will start to separate and the taste will suffer.  
Once you have soft lumps (in your butter, not your hips...though the two are often connected...), you are ready to mix in your mix ins! 


You can mix in just about whatever you want to taste, but I tend to go heavy on the spice and then use the butter sparingly. 
Here are the general breakdowns:

Paprika and Cayenne --  Paprika - 2 Tablespoons, pinch of cayenne (it is HOT!), 1 stick of butter
Ginger Nutmeg -- Ginger (ground) - 2-3 Tablespoons, Nutmeg - 1 tsp (ground), 1 stick of butter
Lavender Allspice -- Lavender (fresh powdered) - 1 Tablespoon,  Allspice - 1 tsp (ground), 1 stick of butter



Let's Eat!

21 November 2011

Cottonelle "Respect the Roll" Design Contest

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If you have been following along on my facebook page, you might have noticed my super uber excitement over the last couple of days.  Excitement over what?  Well, it is kind of a HUGE deal for me.  I created a mood board as part of the design contest for Cottonelle's "Respect the Roll" campaign and actually won the whole shebang.  $5,000, a pat on the back and a wee bit of validation, especially after last week's beating over on Apartment Therapy from the commenters.  Now, the task is to not get greedy, right?


Here is my board and the description follows!

I created this mood board to celebrate not only the color revival of the greys, oranges and golden tones of mid-century design, but also to celebrate the shapes of the Cottonelle designed roll cover.  The shape remind me of the fluidity of curved and polished rock, and with the extended skinny, pointed end, also reminded me of the shape of an elephant's head and trunk.  I used that shape inspiration to pick out the classic curtain hooks, the rounded pebbles in the flooring and artwork, the custom flower drying rack crafted from a firewood holder and the indoor/outdoor seating.  You will see literal references to the elephant shape and color choices such as the shower curtain and pops of orange, but also subtle  choices to reinforce the theme such as the knitted vases referencing the bumpy elephant skin texture and the graphic rug and fabric choices.

You can see my creativity in the items I added to the room from my own collection of work, including the creative towel rack crafted from the back of a chair, the towel rack and/or flower drying rack repurposed from a firewood holder, the slightly muted colors of the daffodils, and the cardboard wall crafted from fabric tubes that reference the purchased rock artwork.

Notice that the Cottonelle roll covers mix seamlessly with each and every item in the room, and can be used not only for toilet paper, but for tissues, to cover lotions with pump tops, as light covers for small pendants (pictured) , for towel storage (when mounted on their sides with the bottom facing out) and as side table legs (when stacked, pictured at top left).  The ideas are endless when the design is right!   {Moodboard crafted with Olioboard and Original Designs from Amy Renea}


Cottonelle "Respect the Roll" Design Contest

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If you have been following along on my facebook page, you might have noticed my super uber excitement over the last couple of days.  Excitement over what?  Well, it is kind of a HUGE deal for me.  I created a mood board as part of the design contest for Cottonelle's "Respect the Roll" campaign and actually won the whole shebang.  $5,000, a pat on the back and a wee bit of validation, especially after last week's beating over on Apartment Therapy from the commenters.  Now, the task is to not get greedy, right?


Here is my board and the description follows!

I created this mood board to celebrate not only the color revival of the greys, oranges and golden tones of mid-century design, but also to celebrate the shapes of the Cottonelle designed roll cover.  The shape remind me of the fluidity of curved and polished rock, and with the extended skinny, pointed end, also reminded me of the shape of an elephant's head and trunk.  I used that shape inspiration to pick out the classic curtain hooks, the rounded pebbles in the flooring and artwork, the custom flower drying rack crafted from a firewood holder and the indoor/outdoor seating.  You will see literal references to the elephant shape and color choices such as the shower curtain and pops of orange, but also subtle  choices to reinforce the theme such as the knitted vases referencing the bumpy elephant skin texture and the graphic rug and fabric choices.

You can see my creativity in the items I added to the room from my own collection of work, including the creative towel rack crafted from the back of a chair, the towel rack and/or flower drying rack repurposed from a firewood holder, the slightly muted colors of the daffodils, and the cardboard wall crafted from fabric tubes that reference the purchased rock artwork.

Notice that the Cottonelle roll covers mix seamlessly with each and every item in the room, and can be used not only for toilet paper, but for tissues, to cover lotions with pump tops, as light covers for small pendants (pictured) , for towel storage (when mounted on their sides with the bottom facing out) and as side table legs (when stacked, pictured at top left).  The ideas are endless when the design is right!   {Moodboard crafted with Olioboard and Original Designs from Amy Renea}


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