The right mood

There are some images that perfectly embody a style that you love, beyond the individual objects or furnishings, beyond the paint colour or the architecture. It's that ineffable thing: mood. When it's right, you just know it. And when you see a room that's got it, you want to step inside and make it your home. Some people try way too hard to capture it. And maybe I'm wrong, but I think if you love your space and go slow, it will come to you. You'll get there.


This office space was featured House & Garden (Dec 2009) and I instantly had that visceral reaction to it. I just love everything about it. Photography by Sarah Hogan.

11 comments:

  1. very well said. exactly what i hope to do with my place. am kind of just waiting it out and trying not to jump into decisions. also having a tiny budget helps with that:)

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  2. I agree Chelsea! I think it's one of the upsides of having a small budget to work with. It forces that slowness.

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  3. Yep. I'm finally starting to feel that way about little corners of my house. Slowly but surely.

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  4. So true - you have to live in a place for a while. My problem is that I tend to get frustrated from having things not "put away" or having artwork on the floor instead of the walls or ledges, but I'm working on being a bit more patient and allowing a room to come together naturally.

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  5. I can see why you had that reaction, this nook is so homey and welcoming... not overdone, not trying too hard, just simple loveliness!

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  6. Wow. I'm so crazy about this image...Utterly stunning!
    I completely agree - some people do try too hard to capture that feeling, but the feeling of home only comes from the people who love it :)

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  7. Perfection! I have the very same telephone, but sadly that's where the similarities between that space and mine end. Oh to have an office with a view!

    xx Kit

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  8. You are so right. When it's right, you just feel it. I constantly have to fight the tendency to just get this room or that room "done." I've gotten much better about it and I've been much happier with the results.

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  9. That is quite a refreshing room--looks real and lived in. I'm getting bored by a lot of the rooms I'm seeing on blogs, and the concept of the "mood board" and the "big reveal" of room makeovers. Those rooms always look staged and commercialized. They photograph well, but I wouldn't want to live in them. They lack that certain mood you are talking about.

    It just makes sense that rooms that evolve over time have that warm, timeless feel... And I agree that having a small budget helps!

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  10. I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to write a post just like that. I have never been able to put into words what you have so succinctly and eloquently just stated. I find those images often and I just feel it in my gut. Thanks for putting that ineffable thing into words for me. I may very well quote you, word-for-brillaint-word very, very soon.

    And yes lovely Jane, that space is you.

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