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Creating a Mood Board

Even if you don’t have the money to create your dream home right now, there’s nothing stopping you from creating a mood board for when the time is right.

A mood board helps you to build a design story and express a vision for what you would like to create in your home. It also helps you decide what’s right for the space, and what may not work. You can create a mood board for each room in your home, putting together a collection of ideas, textures and colours for each space. Think about how each room in your home is used, the amount of natural lighting it receives and the mood you would like to create in each room. Do you prefer minimal and uncluttered with clean lines and soft tones, or would you prefer to embrace the bold lines and opulence of the Art Deco style? While you can look to trends for inspiration, the most successful mood boards are the ones that reflect your personality and your own personal style.

A mood board can either be digital or physical, it’s up to you. There’s plenty of places you can look for inspiration, from interior design books and magazines, to online sources like Pinterest and Instagram, as well as online homeware stores.

A good way to start a mood board is by selecting your favourite image. What do you like about this particular image? A piece of furniture? The colour? The style? The texture? Once you work out the key theme, then you can build your mood board from there, considering all aspects of a room; including the floor, furnishings, wall colour, art work, fixtures, fabrics, textures, lighting, patterns and finishes. Editing and refining a mood board is also an important part of the process, taking away items that may not work with your vision, and adding elements that may be lacking.

Thanks to COVID-19 we’ve got time to create and recreate a mood board until it works to support your vision. So get creating, your dream home awaits.

How to clean and re-organise your kitchen according to Marie Kondo

As we hunker down at home, never has there been a better time to spruce up your kitchen. From decluttering your pots and pans to deep cleaning the entire kitchen, giving the hub of your home a once over is a great way to kill time.

While not everyone subscribes to organizational expert Mary Kondo’s somewhat ruthless approach to tidying, there’s no denying that the author of two bestselling books and the brains behind the Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, knows a thing or two about living clutter-free.

Having shown that she’s an expert at organising bedrooms and living areas, she too has turned her hand to kitchens, and actually trailed chefs and examined their behaviors when developing her own techniques for tidying up kitchens. Suffice it to say that combining the two sets of expertise has once again given Kondo the edge when it comes to organisation, and by following just a few of her kitchen tips you’ll be ready to transform your kitchen into a space you’ll love.

Get rid of unnecessary kitchen appliances

One of the first steps to take to declutter your kitchen is to get rid of any appliances you no longer use, or ones that have seen better days. “Do you have small cooking appliances that you bought when they were a fad and have tired of or haven’t used for years? It is time to thank them for the role they have played in your life, and bid them farewell,” says Kondo.

Keep your counters clear

“Put nothing on the counters or around the sink and stove top,” writes Kondo. “You will be amazed at how easy your kitchen is to use if you design your storage with this aim in mind.” You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the effect empty counter tops can have when it comes to preparing food, and it’s a habit you can uphold way beyond the festive period.

Eliminate unwanted tableware

“Take a fresh look at every dish you own and see if it sparks joy,” writes Kondo. “Make the dishes you love the ones you use every day.” We often hold on to old crockery for any number of reasons – from nostalgia to sentimental factors, and getting rid of tableware you no longer use can be a vital step in having a clutter free kitchen.

Organise your drawers

“Kitchens tend to have a bunch of tiny things that take up space and don’t really fit together,” explained Kondo in an interview with Elle Decor. “The best thing I can advise, especially for drawers, is to use them to their maximum potential. Keep things categorized, so they aren’t just in a messy pile in a drawer.”