Updated: May 18
Hello, friends. How are you on this beautiful Friday? I have just come from a client meeting and checked up on some drywall and I'm so excited to come with you and start my afternoon with you. I'm looking forward to taking my daughter out on a date this afternoon. I just really find those daughter and mommy dates really important. So, looking forward to that. Kicking off my weekend right. I hope you have some really fun plans as well. Today, we are going to start to look at how to create an intention and then mood board for a space in your home. Yesterday, we went over the why intention is important. Today, we're going to start getting into the how. I am Becky Bonnell, owner of Lykke Haven Design which is a purpose-driven interior design company here in Grand Rapids. Looking forward to spending this time with you. So, how do we now create an intention for a room in our house. We understand the why but how do we actually do it and I thought the best way to start this training was to give you an example from a client. I had a client that as a family, they loved to travel. They loved to be together. They loved to create connections with people in their neighborhoods and that was a little bit about who they were. So, when we looked at that family mission or family intentions as you will, we started to say, okay, which room in the home had the greatest gap? They were building a new house, so their kitchen was pretty well set. Most of the time when we invite people over, it's for food as we build relationship with them and their kitchen was really pretty set in not having a gap with who their family was. So, the next room we dove into was the family room and this is where we started. We said, yes, the biggest gap is with the family room. So, let's now dive into specifically this room. What are the intentions? What are the moods? What are the things we want to do in this space so that we can create what I call an intention statement. When we dove into this further right this is the middle of the home this is where guests come guest can relax and they really wanted it to be focused on their travels and sharing the stories and coming together with food in the of the room and bringing people and helping them just feel relaxed. They wanted to not only bring in their travels but just this world feel of some of their favorite places that they've been to. So I took those into consideration. I just listened to each of them and what they wanted. And then I came up with this intention statement for their living room specifically and I'm going to just read it here. We called it The Gathering Place.
"A refuge filled with joyful gathering, authenticity, and warmth is a place to fall into a good book or cultivate connection with family and friends. Stories are told of worldly adventures as the smell of a new dish into the living room from the kitchen. You are surrounded with natural elements, colors and textures that create interest but there's a simplicity and calm to the room that breathes restfulness"
This is where we started with the living room. I really find a lot of power in words and so this is why I start with an intention statement rather than diving into a mood mood board first. I find these statements are really important. So, once I have that intention statement, that's when I start to say, okay, what pictures bring these words to life for this room and that's when I turn to Google to Pinterest to magazines. What are those images that bring this to life? So, I start to look up terms like travel aesthetic. Aesthetics a big word to use if you want to see how it comes together in a space or I even just simply typed in travel to see what images came up. They also really like the transitional décor style which is perfect for them because it combines those worldly textures more modern simple lines and bringing those two together. The world views with the simplicity is exactly what they were looking for.
So, I started looking up transitional décor. When I found an image I liked I would compare it back to that intention statement and I start to fill in this mood board. There's not a lot of images, probably anywhere between 5 to8 images that I'm selecting to bring these words to life because we have to remember the mood board for Lykke Haven is not your selection board, it's not the specific furniture that's going to go in the room quite yet. We are just simply picking images of what we want the room to feel like, bring the words of the intention statement to life and that's our ultimate goal. From this intention statement, I pulled together the mood board. The mood board is actually on my social feed today. So, take a look at that. Let me know what you think about the Gathering Space Mood Board. I put the intention statement on the top and then the images below it. Let me know what you think. Did the words come to life? Are there enhancements I could have made? I would love to just hear your real and raw feedback on that. Once we have this mood board and this intention statement set, we're able to choose which which furniture, which art pieces can then will then feed into the space. I want you to think of the mood board and intention statement as a guidance. This is your map of where you want the room to go in the end and not every piece will necessarily fit exactly perfectly. That's not the beauty in pulling together a room. This is your North Star. The wind may take you in one direction and then the next and how you get there is Beautiful. The path is just amazing. You can take the things you will find, compare it to the the mood board and to the intention statement to make sure that you're still headed in the right direction even though a couple pieces that you select maybe on the outskirts of the direct path and that is what I love about design. That there is no clear direction. I know it kind of like fights with the other logic side of my brain, but I love to be able to satisfy the logic side by having that ultimate goal and then the creative side by just how we get there. It can be beautiful in itself. So what did this room turn into? What are some of the things I selected from this mood board? Some of the things that came together were they had this big wall and we made it a beautiful gallery wall filled with eight photos that they have taken on their travels of architectural lines, of just beautiful waterfalls, of their adventures that they had and so now they're framed and on this gallery wall and they're able to share their adventures by pointing to a picture. "Tell me about that..." and sharing with their guests. We chose a blue sectional. The sectional so that people can feel like they're gathered together and not so separate with two couches, and blue for the tranquility and calmness that water can bring and honestly, when you travel, you think a lot about water, right? Whether it's beaches or crossing the ocean to a new world, there's always seemingly water involved in all those aspects. So, we selected a blue color palette with that and then, another selection we had a round coffee table. This round kind of global effect of round and the materials selected for that coffee table of bringing old with new just so beautiful and how it came together and they're able to spread out all those fun dishes. People are able to grab and taste and experience their travels. These are just a couple things that we selected for this room based off of the mood board which then came from the intention statement. So, as I've shared before, all starting with that intention of who your family is, helping you understand what room in your house can support that the best and then, specifically what are the intentions for the space? What do you want to do in the space? Putting words to that first, I find it easier. Then pairing that with images. So, what is your next action step? Like I said before I love to drive actions. I don't want to just talk at you and have it just go into this cloud of all these things in our head I want to drive you to action. Yesterday when we talked about why intention is important the action step was to create that mission statement or those intentional words for your family. Now, the next step is another simple one. Just take a look at those words. What room in your house has the biggest gap? Which room would support you the most in that family mission that you have and then start there. Then for that room, I want you to create the intention statement. No mood board quite yet. Just create that intention statement. What words do you want to feel and what things do you want to do? What is the summary paragraph, if you will, for that room that you want to create? That's it. That's all that you need to do for today's video. I would love to answer any questions you may have. If you're stuck in any way, message me and I would love to help as we're pulling together this design process for you. As always, please share with a friend that you would think would find these videos interesting or helpful. I would love to grow the community so that we can all have our own Lykke Havens. I'm excited to come back tomorrow, same time one o'clock on Facebook here and I will be sharing more another example of how we did this in our own home and where we started, what room we started with, what our intention statement was for it and the progress that we're having. So, come back tomorrow. Love to chat with you. Otherwise, have a great weekend.
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