Fall Mood board + Life Update

   Well shoot! It's been a minute, but here I am, back on the blog (I feel like I literally begin every post with that sentence, HA!) The last few months have been a whirlwind, to say the least. One minute we were visiting friends in Raleigh, North Carolina, the next minute we're moving into our apartment here. Ok, so maybe it wasn't THAT fast, but 4 months is fast, right? In terms of selling our house, packing up everything and moving to another state, it went by in an INSTANT. So, I've been a little absent from here, but I feel ready to pop back on here and keep this little blog humming along.
    If you've kept up with me at all on Instagram (which I admit, I've also been absent from recently), you may have seen our announcement in July, that'd we'd be moving from Pittsburgh to Raleigh in the beginning of September. Fast forward a couple of months, and here we are, finally all settled in to our new place. I went to college out of state, so this wasn't exactly my first rodeo when it comes to being transplanted to an unfamiliar city, but it's always a big adjustment getting to know your new town, AND being more than a few minutes apart from family and friends. Lucky for us, we already had a few friends waiting for us down here - which I truly could not be more thankful for - and having them nearby has made it easier for us to ease into this huge transition. So far we love the area we chose to live in, and even though I still have to use my GPS to get to the grocery store, we are slowly but surely learning the ins and outs of the town. I am excited to do more exploring, and I'm especially excited for all that Ezra will get to experience down here too, from children's museums, to playgrounds, parks, the library, and other fun places where he can hopefully start to make some little friends.

     One thing I always envied about this part of the south is the absence of a harsh winter - something we are WELL versed on in Pittsburgh, haha. I can't tell you the number of times I've driven on snow-covered roads and been slipping and sliding on my commute to work. It makes me laugh because you'd think we'd moved to Florida, with the number of our Pittsburgh friend's who have said things like "you won't need a winter coat!" at the mention of the mild southern winters. While I think tossing out my winter coats would be a little extreme, I am excited for a more mild winter, but even MORE excited for a chilly fall weather to finally arrive.

      This past Saturday marked the official beginning of Fall - and if you're as much in love with the season as I am, you've probably been anticipating it for weeks! I thought it would be fun to create a Fall mood board to kick off the coziest season of the year. If you're not sure what a mood board is, it's a digital or physical compilation of different elements - photos, text, fabric samples or other textures - that are meant to convey a specific theme, mood, or design. Designers and artists of all types use mood boards as a basis for their design - in fact the method I used to create my mood board, was inspired by an interior designer I follow on Instagram. Erin Wheeler, wife and mom also residing in Raleigh, and blogger at Sunny Circle Studio worked with Corian Design using their Mood Board Maker, which helped her come up with the design of her breakfast nook (which is GORGEOUS, by the way). If you're a lover of midcentury modern style with a touch of coastal vibes, DEFINITELY give her a follow. Apparently Corian Design is typically sought out for their luxury countertops, but I had never heard of them before seeing Erin's Instagram story about creating a mood board. Although I'm not looking to replace countertops or redesign my home any time soon, I thought the Mood Board Maker was a beautiful way for me to put together a little collage evoking all of my favorite things about Fall.

      Isn't it just so cozy and warm?! Since Fall season is like an oasis of hygge after the sweltering heat and humidity of summer, knew I wanted to add a whole lot of warm colors and fuzzy textures to my mood board. Some of these photos I found on Pinterest (and linked at the bottom of this post!), but a few of them were included on the Mood Board Maker for me to pick and choose from. The pinecones, wood and that little sliver of dark teal at the bottom (which I'm pretty sure is a countertop sample LOL) were all images that were already available to me on the Mood Board Maker. I love the rough texture of the pinecone and wood, which makes me think of cuddling up around a bonfire on a chilly evening. I had to add pumpkins because let's be real, they're like the national symbol of Fall, right? I LOVE the fabric textures I found to add to this board, the folded plaid sweaters and the super chunky, knit blanket bring fun colors and the comforting feeling of bundling up on a day out at the pumpkin patch. And that liiiiittle sliver of teal countertop pulls everything together, meshing perfectly with the teal in the sweaters. Teal isn't usually a color I associate with fall, but I love the thought of adding deep jewel tones to my wardrobe and decor, even if they aren't the typical toasty brown, oranges and reds that are usually the hallmark of Fall decor.

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     Have you ever created a mood board for fall or any other season or design? Let me know in the comments & I'd love to see what you come up with!

*the three images I pulled from pinterest for my mood board are linked below to the best of my ability!
chunky blanket: finnteroir designer
pumpkins: trifling things Tumblr

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