Archive for the ‘Mood Boards’ Category

A Mid-Week Mood Board | Pretty as a Peacock

November 4th, 2009

I love peacock feathers. When I look at a peacock feather, it simply boggles my mind at the endless gorgeous color combinations that exist in one single lovely little thing. Just look at a few images below. My eyes get drunk with delight! Don’t yours?!

Collage of peacock feathers

from left: steve spraggon | nancy rose | insashi

Being inspired by my love of peacock feathers, I’ve created a palette based around this theme. However, the combination I’ve made is a departure from the brilliant hues you often see used. In my palette, I’ve toned down some of the quintessential colors  you usually find in a peacock combinations – emerald, topaz, and amethyst.  I’ve also added two colors that you often don’t see – jadeite and bronze.

What transpires is a very fun and quirky color combination. It’s lively, yet earthy and warm. It’s rich without being stuffy. You get peacock colors that are inspired, yet are not a literal translation. I think it makes for a much more interesting and dynamic combination of unusual colors. I hope you all like it!

Mood board based updated peacock colors, amethyst, jade, bronze, emerald, topaz.

 clockwise, from top left: lovewant magazine | amy nieto | debi treloar | jose villa | *

* i’ve lost track of the photographer – please let me know who this is so i can credit!

Mood Board for a Monday | For the Love of Lilac

November 2nd, 2009

After the dark images from last week’s mood boards, I’m ready to give you all something light and romantic to feast your eyes on again.

Fall is now in full swing and Winter isn’t even here yet, but I find myself wishing for spring when I see photos as gorgeous as the ones I used in today’s mood board. I decided to live in seasonal denial (which is easy when I live in Los Angeles!) and create a theme dedicated to an old fashioned flower favorite from spring, the lilac.

Lilac is one of those colors that people either love or hate. It was very much in vogue in our grandmothers’ generation and for this reason, it can be looked at as a color that is out of date. In fashion, it is a difficult color to sell as it doesn’t always lend itself well to a wide range of skin tones.

However, I find lilac to be such a romantic color. When combined with the right dramatic accents such as teal and an almost-black grey, it becomes very fresh. A soft base color such as cream gives it a very feminine feeling.  Altogether, this is a palette that will evoke a nostalgic mood while staying current and stylish.

Try this palette on a small decor object in your home, such as an accent pillow. You will be surprised at how well you like the combination!

Mood based on violet, lavender, black & teal.

 clockwise, from top left: linda naranjo | via we heart it | reem acra* |  therese aldgard | via we heart it

* if anyone knows the photographer of this photo, please let me know so i can credit it!

Mid Week Mood Board | Night Magic

October 28th, 2009

Continuing on some Halloween inspiration, here is a mood board full of dramatic color and dark imagery.

The top left image by fashion photographer Yelena Yemchuk inspired me to create this mood board. As with many of Yelena’s other images, it’s brooding and mysterious. I decided to create a board around colors that were dark and rich, using a deep, almost-black navy as a base color. A light and medium hue of periwinkle adds layering to the navy base color. Red and medium pink add color contrast and highlight.

How perfect is this palette for not only a Halloween occasion, but also for any other event to evoke a dramatic, rich, and moody feel.

Mood board based on red, midnight blue, and pink.

clockwise, from top left: yelena yemchuk | chris everard | thomas couderc & clement vauchez via booooooom | 77dmj | pygmeestyle via weheartit

A Mood Board for a Monday | The Freaky, The Scary and The Hairy

October 26th, 2009

Is everybody ready for Halloween? I am!

To celebrate Halloween this week, here is a scary, hairy, frightful and delightful inspiration board for you.

Even though these images are an unusual departure from my otherwise pretty and girlicious boards, I wanted to demonstrate that you can find beauty, gorgeous color combinations, and inspiration anywhere. In the freakish, in the frightening, and in the unusual.

Miuccia Prada made a name for herself with high fashion label Prada in part due to her offbeat mixing of colors and textures. She combined colors such as mustard yellows, grey browns and navy blues in ways that were eye catching and ultimately ground breaking. She gave new definition to what people could look for in color palettes and opened up a whole range of colors that would otherwise be ignored.

Beautiful images are always easy to look at because they’re appealing to the eyes. But take some time to look at things that you may otherwise not find initially appealing. You never know what may inspire you when you take the time to look.

Mood board based on unusual colors and images for Halloween.

 from top left: bloom magazine | wgsn | juan antonio capo | vincent alvarez | nicolas moulin

A Mid-Week Mood Board | Flesh & Skin

October 21st, 2009

I’m having so much fun creating these mood boards that I’ve decided to do another one this week.

Today’s mood board is all about sheer colors in apricots and aquas. Colors that you would see in chiffon or organdy fabric. A light grey acts as a neutral base color while a dark almost-black grey makes a great accent color.

Try this combination in your next painting or the next time you need color inspiration for a craft project – you will love how pretty and delicate it is!

Mood board based on The Lake and Stars lingerie, sheer color.

from top left:  ralf pullmans | garance dore | alexandra grablewski | the lake and stars via some notes on napkins | pigorotti | bella 185

A Mood Board for a Monday | Fall-ing into Color

October 19th, 2009

Just because the Fall season is upon us doesn’t mean that colors have to be drab and boring. I think that Fall is the perfect time to bring more color into our wardrobes, living spaces, or  parties. Color cheers us up on otherwise overcast and rainy days.

Here is a mood board that I’m excited to share: pale shades of butter and lavender that get brightened with a pop of tangerine. Warm coffee tones serve not only as neutrals, but also to keep the brights from feeling too much like spring and summer.

It’s a lively and fun palette that gives a nod to Fall in the brown color family, but takes a light skipping step away from the traditional sunflowers and pumpkins. I like my color palettes to be unusual and interesting – I hope you’ll find that they are, as well.

By the way – I must have been craving sweets when I named the colors. They’re all named after desserts!

Mood board based on orange, mauve, butter & mocha colors

clockwise, from top left:  ingehg |isharya at net-a-porter | dusan reljin | antonella arismendi | andrea hearts

Mood Board for a Monday | Port Wine & Cognac Afternoons

October 12th, 2009

Mondays can be so dreary. Revelries from Saturday night and carefree Sunday brunches recede into memory. And now that fall is here, the morning light shows only a somber cast of grey.

To help remedy a melancholy October Monday, I’m starting a weekly recurring post called “A Mood Board for Monday” to start your week off with some eye candy.

Serge Lutens’ ads for Shiseido were the first I remember being enamored of when I started looking through fashion magazines. It’s fitting that my first mood board for this blog be centered around an image that he styled. Serge Lutens was best known for his photography, makeup artistry, and art direction for his ad campaigns for Shiseido in the 1980′s.

Mood board based on Serge Lutens image.

clockwise from top left: serge lutens via peter gabor | diana frey | duet weddings | ceci new york | the image is found