nousDECOR: Mood boards and a $14,000 giveaway!

I love to make mood boards, both for for my clients and myself, as it helps to visualize what the room will ultimately look like. While on BlogTourNYC, we had the pleasure of meeting the talent (Mark Cutler) and faces (Dorothee Fisher) behind a brand new company called nousDecor. More than just another mood board website, nousDECOR was born out of a notion that great design should be accessible to all budgets and all interiors.

The site is filled with links to plenty of products as you would expect, but also features design advice, a blog and some very unique resources to help you build your dream room. Looking for advice on what style of chairs will look best with your mid century sofa? Simply click on “Seeking Advice”. You can upload a photo of your room, ask a question and get advice from the other users as well as an expert.

Another unique feature of the site is called Real/Deal/Steal. Let’s say you see a designer inspiration room on the site like this one from Jonathon Adler that you would like to recreate in your own home.

Jonathan Adler on nousDECOR

Jonathan Adler on nousDECOR

The REAL price tag for this room? $11,190.00. A bit pricey for you? Simply click on DEAL and the site automatically readjusts to give you furniture and accessory options at a lower price point (while still maintaining the look  the inspiration room). On an even tighter budget? Just click Steal and this room can be recreated for as low as $1,500.00.

Now to the $14,000 “style it to win it” give away. To welcome you to the nousDECOR community, nousDECOR is giving one lucky winner this $14,000 sofa from Bespoke Furniture.


 One-of-a-kind sofa from Bespoke Furniture Inc.

  • Mid-century inspired custom-made sofa
  • Custom linen burlap fabric
  • Cast oil-rubbed bronze legs
  • Walnut burlwood detailing
  • Valued at $14,000
  • Dimensions: 84″W x 25″D x 32.5″H

To enter the contest you simply log on to nousDECOR. Attach an image of an inspiration room and create your mood board using this Bespoke sofa in your room. Publish your board on the site, ask your network of friends and family to “like” your board and the board with the most “likes” wins the sofa. Even easier, simply  Click on this link  to go directly to the contest. Better hurry though, this contest ends soon!

Here is the contest board my BlogtourNYC  friend Ann Porter of KitchANN Style made. I love her Africa inspired mood board and would love to see her win the sofa. If you get a chance please show her some love and vote for her board.

KitchAnn moodboard for nousDECOR

KitchAnn moodboard for nousDECOR

nousDecor looks like it will be a great success and makes styling and decorating a room that much more fun.

What do you think? Are you going to try it out?

Saturday Morning Inspiration with Holly Becker of Decor8

This past Saturday I was one of the lucky dozens who had the opportunity to meet Holly Becker at Anthrolpogie in Boston. Holly is the founder of the widely popular blog Decor8 and the author of the best selling book Decorate. She currently lives in Germany and is on a US book tour and chose Boston as her first stop. Holly lived in Boston for 20 years and told us she considers Boston her home and wanted to start her tour here. It was such a treat to meet her as I have been reading her blog for years and following her in the virtual world. Holly is just as authentic as her blog and could not have been more gracious. Those of us that registered early had the added treat of a wonderful breakfast with Mimosas (thanks  Anthropologie)  as well as a presentation by Holly on creating a Mood board.

Yummy breakfast!


Don’t you just love those plates?

Holly shared some great tips, my favorite being; use a small photo album to store all your room elements  such as color samples, fabric swatches and measurements. Keep this in your purse and then when you are out and see something that might work you’ll have all your samples and measurements to refer to. Here is Holly showing off her own mini sample book.


Holly and her mini sample album


Of course the big treat of the day was getting my book signed. The signing was open to the public and poor Holly must have signed a thousand books. The line was never ending but it just goes to show you how many Boston fans love her, her blog and her book.


me with Holly


I know I look a little like a crazy stalker in this picture but I am not so comfortable being on the other side of the camera. Good luck on your next stop Holly!

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