Get in the Mood for Mood Boards!

Designing a new space can be so much fun (did someone say shopping?), but it can also be daunting and overwhelming to say the least. ‘Where do I start!?’ is often the first of many questions that can fill your mind. Mood boards are an easy way to break it down and figure out what exactly you might need in the space and how it will all tie together. Let us walk you through the process of creating a mood board using my daughter’s nursery as an example.

Where to start:

  1. Establish a ‘jumping off point’ first to base the board around, whether it be a specific item, a look, or a colour that you know you love. In Emmy’s nursery I just knew I had to keep the pink Moroccan-style rug that was formerly used in my office. That rug was my jumping off point.
  2. Next, make a list of what big items you’ll need in that space, ie. furniture, window coverings and artwork, as those items can be trickier to find. Once you know what you’ll need, it’s time to source the items and put those refined online shopping skills to work 😉 I knew Emmy’s big items would be: a crib, a dresser and a rocking chair. If you’re worried you don’t know where to find what you’re looking for, just type ‘white dresser’ into your search bar and let Google do the hard work for you.
  3. Lastly, find the smaller detail items that make the room fun! These items can really help bring a room together and establish a theme. Once I saw the swan on Emmy’s wall I knew it would help guide my theme for her room; I then found cute swan knobs for her dresser on Etsy!
Photos by Julia Brown Photography


  • Take to Pinterest or Instagram to get inspiration! 
  • Don’t be afraid to order online (it can always be returned if it’s not perfect).
  • Try to arrange your mood board to the layout of the space more or less.
  • The items on your mood board don’t have to be exactly what you buy – it’s a MOOD board, not a replica board.
  • Use some of your bigger items as inspo for your details. The walnut crib was inspiration for her walnut ‘Emmy’ sign, and I pulled out the pink tones in her rug for her lamp, mirror and toss cushion.
  • Don’t be afraid to shop your own home!
  • Keep your space and theme in mind next time you’re out and about – you never know what you’ll stumble upon! I found Emmy’s swan pillow and heart garland while I wasn’t even shopping for the room.
  • Some of our favourite shops to brows in person and online are: Signature Lane, Bella Case Design Centre, Park Furniture, Homesense/Winners, IKEA, Structube, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Pottery Barn, F2 (EQ3) Furnishings. Online: Wayfair, Etsy, Design Within Reach, Industry West, Gus Modern, Rove Concepts, RH baby and Teen, Urban Walls, and Rocky Mountain Decals.

Get more inspiration at the Edmonton Renovation Show where Jennifer Hughes of Turquoise Chair is creating 3D mood boards at the In The Mood feature. 

Does your bedroom seem anxious lately? Is your dining room a little lonely? If your home is in a mood – and not a cheerful one, look no further for the inspiration you need to turn that frown upside down! Get In the Mood with some of the newest trends in home design with vignettes by Turquoise Chair and add the pick-me-up your space desperately needs!

The Edmonton Renovation Show runs from January 24-26th, 2020 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre and will feature industry experts like A&E’s Holly Baker, Vancouver’s Jamie Banfield and Helen Youn, the only certified KonMari consultant in the Prairies alongside more than 225 exhibitors and a slew of exciting new features. Visit for more details.

This post is in partnership with The Adams Agency and the Edmonton Renovation Show.

Happy Mood Boarding! And of course, if you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy!

❤ Jessica & Elysia

Published by G.S. Studios

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