The Blue Library Moodboard

25 Aug 2015
I was recently contacted by Farrow & Ball about a campaign they have going on, and though I rarely do anything like this, I thought this one was worth it because I looooove Farrow & Ball and the reward for the contest (5 gallons of paint!!) was too good not to share!!  To enter the contest, create a moodboard including a Farrow & Ball paint or paper, hashtag it with #myfabmoodboard and then post it on Instagram tagging and following @farrowandball. The moodboard I created is of one of my favorite rooms I've ever done...  A small blue library for a super sweet client of ours.  I thought it would be fun to show you a little sneak peek of the room as pictured in my book (coming out in a month and a half-eeeek!!!) along with a photo of how the room looked "before."   Here's the moodboard which features "Dix Blue" paint:

Moodboards that show main elements of what will be included in a space- like fabrics, furnishings, lighting, and paint- are a great way to get an idea of how a room will feel when it's finished.  The moodboard above doesn't have the exact same pieces we ultimately selected for the library, but it's very similar in feeling to the finished space.  

The library was a tiny office in its previous life and my client was looking for a library that she could work, read and relax in.  Here's what it looked like before:



We knew we would have books on every wall and we decided to paint the shelves and walls in a sort of Robin's Egg Blue- a color we'd used throughout the house in the fabrics and accents, We were after a truly saturated blue that was both deep and bright, so we knew we had to use a Farrow & Ball paint, which always have so much depth and richness.  To keep the space feeling natural and collected, we proposed bringing in an antique oak table, a washed-out vintage rug, rush chairs for texture and a mix of fabrics including our LL Textiles "Boho Stripe" fabric and an intense gold velvet pillow.  I can't share the entire space yet but here's a little snippet of the library taken from my book:


{photo by Helen Norman for my book, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, Abrams 2015.  The library was also recently featured on the cover of Country Living... they used a shot of the secret door we had made into another room.  

I really love how it turned out!!  The room has instant atmosphere when you visit in person and although there's so much color, it's got a sort of mellow subdued vibe when you're in there...  The perfect place to snuggle up and read.  

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little peek and if you're working on any projects and would like the chance to enter the contest to win 5 gallons of Farrow & Ball paint, share a moodboard on Instagram featuring a Farrow & Ball paint or paper, hashtag it #myfabmoodboard , tag it with @farrowandball and follow them by August 31st. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!!



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