3 Things Your Mood Board Must Have

We’re talking about creating mood boards for your interior design project. When you set out to decorate your room, you may have vision in your head of the style and mood you want to create. An effective mood board exhibits these elements and is a must-have reference tool throughout your design / decorating process.

Relying on a mental picture you’ve created or 213 Pinterest posts could lead you to sourcing products that are a mishmash and look just plain ol’ confusing. Save yourself from this heartache and make a mood board with these elements below. Thank me later.

The Foundation

Start to build your design around an inspiring fabric, vacation spot, or even another completed room. This feature image embodies your overall mood and aesthetic. A picture says a thousand words, right? Start here and build.

Color Scheme

Your fabulous feature image is set and now you want to pull colors from it. Huge Tip: Use Canva.com. Create an Instagram Post size board and place your feature image there. Add a circle or square shape and fill the block with a color from the image. Canva makes it easy. Since you have one image, the color picker will have already pulled some of colors from the image for you to select. Duplicate these shapes and fill with a harmonious color to create your color palette. Have 1-3 foundation colors (I suggest neutrals) and 3-6 supporting accent colors. Remember: walls, ceiling, trim, flooring, these all have a color.

Texture

We have our mood and style wrapped up in this feature image. We have colors that are going to make up the room. Now, textures! Texture is tactile but it is also visual. Leather, brick, pampas grass, pearls, chinoiserie print, plaid, these all have a tactile and visual texture. Add these to your board and evaluate the harmony of your foundation and the color scheme. You may find you want to adjust your colors a bit. Keep the board simple.

Be fearless! Create a board with things you love and it will give you butterflies when you refer to it. Oh yeah – refer to it!! Download the board and before purchasing a product, check it out against the board.

Did you find this helpful? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @reganchappellinteriors.
If you went through this post and decided mood boards and sourcing isn’t your thing, let’s chat. My eDesign package is a better fit for you.

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DIY Curtain Hack

Is it “curtains” or “drapes”? Honestly, most designers and decorators use these words interchangeably. I usually say drapes or draperies, but that’s me being fancy. Use either and we all know what you mean.

Custom window treatments bring softness and elegance to a space and make a huge impact in your room. Anything custom comes with a price, of course. For two panels with no bells and whistles, expect to spend $250+ at a minimum. If this is not in the budget for you and you have the tiniest amount of DIY gumption, you need this hack.

🤓Is it strange that I’m really excited to share these tips?

I see this struggle a lot in people’s homes and I can’t blame them. Store-bought curtain panels come in standard lengths of 84″, 96″ and 108″. This is just plain stupid. You have no choice but to hang your draperies at the top of the window, resulting in a sad face, squatty-looking window. The average ceiling height of homes built today is 9 feet high or 108″, while earlier homes have ceiling heights of 8 feet or 96″. You may think, “That’s the length of the curtains! Perfect!” However, unless you’re attaching your drapes to the ceiling, no, it’s not perfect.


☕Get your coffee and let’s get started

Hang Draperies Higher Than Your Window

You don’t need mathematical rules or formulas to give you an exact drapery placement for every ceiling height. What I’m sharing regarding placement is a rule-of-thumb, so you can opt for an inch higher, 2 inches lower, whatever YOU want! There are many many details that go into window treatments but this is by far the simplest and most effective hack to get your designer look.

Follow my example and make adjustments based on your wants and needs.

The window treatments in my example project are for a little girl’s Bohemian inspired bedroom. My client’s room has 8′ ceilings and one window in need of treatments. I wanted two panels, one on either side of the window, and I wanted them to hang well above the window and touch or “kiss” the floor. I allowed space between the 4″ tall crown and the crystal finials to let the finials shine. Literally and figuratively. Ninety inches from the floor was a great height and I was determined to make that happen on the cheap.

Straight to Target.com I went for my one-stop-shop. I purchased my crystal curtain rod (wider than my window) and a pack of 2 curtain panels that were 96″ long. It’s important that you have two panels. Sure the width of one panel may cover a standard window, but you do not cover a window with one panel; it takes two. There are instances where one panel will work but that’s another article.

After measuring my store-bought panels, they were just shy of true 96″. Cool; don’t need it anyway. Along the bottom edge of the panels I measured 5″ and made a mark every 8″ or so. Then I folded the bottom of the panel up to the 5″ mark and pinned it together all along the bottom edge ensuring the edge was square and straight. No scissors needed! I loaded my sewing machine with thread that very closely matched the drapes and stitched it up! I hemmed close to where I pinned the fabric together leaving a 2 1/8″ hem on the bottom of the panels. This was about an 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric. I am a mediocre seamstress, at best, and this only took 20 minutes of work per panel.

The bottom of the panel is folded over on the back and stitched.
Then I thought to myself, “Self, you did a great job. This is exactly what you needed and I’m very surprised because your sewing skills are lacking. But why not add a little extra something-something”? Okay, Self, I got you (er…me).

So, I purchased some Boho-friendly fringe from my local fabric shop and stitched it on along the inside edge of the panels. You will sew this on from the top straight down to the bottom, the only trick is to fold the trim over 1/8″ – 1/4″ one each end and sew back and forth a few times to really tack it down and prevent it from fraying. When you are shopping for fringe, remember the ends of the fringe or tassels are usually strung together. After it’s sewn off, you detach the string from the fringe (grab one end and pull) and your fringe will fluff up!

Now For The Install!

When hanging drapes, I like to place them as high as possible in rooms with 8′ or 9′ ceilings. This draws your eye up, giving the illusion of height. Simply put, anywhere from 6″ above the window or higher will help you achieve this look. If you don’t have crown molding, you can install your drapes as high as the finials on your curtain rod will allow! If you do have crown, install the treatments just under the trim; don’t attach your hardware to your trim.

Photos of the installed green drapes coming soon!

See the height the panels give the wall in the image below? We installed these as high as the millwork would allow.

Hey skim readers, I love ya! Here’s my conclusion:

  1. Purchase at least two curtain panels that are your ceiling height or higher.
  2. Hem each panel so they will hang 6″ or higher (below your crown molding, if applicable) than your window and reach the floor.
  3. Add trim, decorative tape, beads or something to elevate your panels for a customized look.

Did you have success with this in your home? Do you have questions about your project? Let me know in the comments below. 😄

You’re inspiring, free photo of the day 🙂

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Need To Know Interior Design Trends in 2021

With an uptick in remodels and more people staying at home in 2020, the interior decorating game is jumping! If you just redecorated your home, you may want to know if your style is still in. Here are my key takeaways from High Point Market Fall 2020. If you don’t know what High Point Market is, check out this post here.

Let me answer everyone’s burning question first. Whether you love or loathe it, “Farmhouse” is… drumroll, please…. HERE TO STAY! Yep, the Farmhouse style ain’t goin’ anywhere in 2021, so keep your white-washed this, chippy-paint that, but please, please let go of the “Live, Laugh, Love” wall hangings.

‘Twas too funny to not share. We still love you, Farmhouse!

LUXE. The luxe style was apparent in many showrooms. This is good news for those who have or are planning to install gold or brass fixtures. These metals are a staple in the luxe design style and are paired with other textures such as glass, animal hide, and fluffy or velvety material.

See the pink covering this dresser? It’s glass!

Speaking of animal hide, animal prints and figures are huge! Check out this snake leg coffee table from Sagebrook Home and cowhide accent chair.

One last bit I must mention while we’re on the topic of animals is shagreen. Shagreen (pronounced shah-GREEN) is a popular leather found on furniture; mostly decor and casepieces like chest of drawers and nightstands. While shagreen is not new, (it’s believed to have originated in the 16th century) it is rising in furniture coverings again. Shagreen is stingray or shark hide (sometimes other fishy creatures) and looks similar to a basketball. Okay, it has a finer dappling of dots than a basketball and is quite elegant, so I do not encourage dribbling your shagreen covered table trays.

See this example of Kathy Kuo’s shagreen covered nightstand below. Here is a link to the product.

Wallpaper is alive and well. I hated it when I was a young lass. If you’ve ever had to remove wallpaper, you probably do too, but please just give it another chance! Your walls are a huge opportunity for color, pattern and texture and wallpaper is only here to help you. I especially love wallpaper in a powder room and how the print gives you a nice little hug and tells you how pretty you are when you’re gazing into the mirror. You feel the same way, right?

Thibaut wallpaper

Check out my latest Instagram posts for my interior design inspiration.

To recap, for the speed readers out there:

Farmhouse design is here for the long haul.
Luxe style is on the rise.
We are seeing more animal figures, animal prints and animal hides.
Brass on all the things!
Shagreen is making a comeback.
Wallpaper wants you back.

There you have it: my key takeaways for design trends in 2021. If you found this post helpful, let me know in the comments below!

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Must-Have Black Friday Deals For Interior Designers & Clients

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s time for Black Friday shopping, of course! I have listed my top picks for sales this year for any budget.

There any many more shops that are having sales. I have added those I’ve found that offer a higher discounted rate.

Don’t forget to support your local artisans on Facebook and Instagram. Many artists have discounts on their work. HELLO your clients need artwork in their homes!

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com

Regan Chappell Interiors That’s right! I am offering a free 2 hour consultation valued at $199. If you’re in need of guidance for your next interior project, this is for you. Use the form below to schedule your consultation.

Birch Lane Up to 50% off and free shipping with orders over $35.

Chairish Up to 80% off.

Design Files Get 40% off the Professional plan for 4 months.

Ivy by Houzz Get 50% off the Houzz Pro Essential plan for one year.

Nordic Nest 15-50% off various items.

Restoration Hardware Up to 70% off with additional 20% off for members.

Sarreid Ltd. Up to 50% off select items.

Wayfair Up to 80% off.

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All About High Point Market

I recently took my third trip to High Point Market. However, this trip was super special. This was the first trip to Market as the newly launched Regan Chappell Interiors👏. Joining me was my favorite Interior Decorator, aka Mom (you can meet her at the end of this post).

There’s a lot to take in and be inspired by…and drink! There was so much wine. If you’re like most people and have not heard about High Point Market, lemme explain a little bit.

Basically, it’s a Interior Design & Interior Decorating smorgasbord of furniture and decor. 

From the website, “The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina, every six months.”

Open to trades only, High Point Market showcases retailers and wholesalers of the best in residential and commercial furniture, rugs, lighting, wall hangings and artwork and other interior and exterior decorating products. 

Many interior designers, myself included, team up with these companies to offer these products to our clients. We add value by learning about the materials and manufacturing processes. 

Here are some pieces I am particularly excited about:

Pippi S R_TS from Midj

Pippi Chair from Midj

First, the Pippi S R_TS chair from Midj (pronounced MID-ee). These products are made completely in Italy. Most items (like 9.8 times out of 10) we found at the show were made in China and varied in quality. The design, the construction and the materials of Midj are steeped in intentionality, authenticity and quality. If only I could describe this material to you! It’s called Flexy Faux Leather. At first glance, the satin sheen and lively colors suggested to my brain, polyester, but it felt silky and squishy, but not sticky like hot leather car seats. Ahhh.. Flexy Faux Leather.


Domino Giro from Sangiacomo

The next item was from the neighboring showroom, Sangiacomo, also made in Italy.

The Domino Giro drawer system is completed in the round, which in the art world means it can be viewed from all sides. Many times case goods, or storage furniture, have a flimsy, unfinished panel on the back and hidden from sight. These drawers are flawlessly finished all the way around and they each spin independently from each other.


Thibaut

My next obsession came from a traditional vignette created by Thibaut. Their matching wallpaper and fabric are decorated with a cheerful print, yet it yields a sophisticated finish. Does that make sense? Let me know if I’ve lost you. 


Courtesy of Visual Comfort

Kelly Wearstler’s Reverie Lighting from Visual Comfort

Finally, the last pieces that made my heart skip a beat were Kelly Wearstler’s lighting collection at Visual Comfort. Overall, her eclectic style mixes modern and organic with a light touch of Surrealism. This nostalgic light fixture pictured, while not Surreal, looks like an outdated fixture of brass and ribbed glass from Grandma’s house that got a Contemporary makeover and was elevated to the 21st century. That was a long sentence but it had to be said!


I hope you enjoyed our bite-size version of High Point Market. Do you have other questions about this topic? If so, let me know in the comments!

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How To Preserve Pampas Grass

It’s time to decorate for Fall and fill your home luscious grassiness. 😍

You could buy 6 sticks of pampas grass online for about 14 bucks. OR… you could eat three Spicy Chicken Sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A and have a whole lot more pampas grass for less. These plush plumes grow everywhere, and if you’re in the Upstate of South Carolina, you have it too.

We can do this ourselves for very few dollars, and I will show you how. So, put on your Martha Stewart panties and let’s get to snippin’!

First, pampas grass will. cut. you.

1. Wear your gloves, sleeves, pants – maybe even goggles, if you’re reckless!🥽


2. Scope out your fluffy victim.

3. Near the center of the large grasses are shoots of the plumes. Using some garden snips or regular scissors, cut the shoot to the desired length. About 12 – 18″ long.

4. Gather your plumes and hang them upside down for a couple weeks. They will shed but there is plenty of fluff left for you to enjoy. I should probably mention: watch out for creepy-crawlies. I hung my lot of plumes in the basement, tied them in a construction trash bag after it was sprayed with clear spray paint, with the hopes of evicting the inhabitants. (It worked!)

5. Lightly dust each plume with a clear coat spray paint. You will want a clear, flat (or matte) paint. If you use a paint with a sheen, satin or glossy, for instance, the plumes will not be “glossy.” Keep that in mind. This product will work. Use as directed on the can. This means you should be outside and spraying about 6 – 8″ away from the pampas grass. Let it dry and coat the plumes twice (or three times if you feel you sprayed too lightly). You don’t want to drench the pampas grass, just evenly coat it to hold the fluffy together.

Additional Thought: Using glitter spray as your sealer sounds like fun. If you try it, let me know in the comments. I’m curious if this worked for you!

Arrange in a tall vase or decorate a wreath. Get creative and enjoy your decor!

Tip: Pampas grass can be dyed with fabric dye. This method reduces fluffiness and adds a pastel color to the plumes. The colors used here are Rit Dye’s Emerald and Rose Quartz.

For more vibrant colors, lightly coat the plumes with a paint and primer spray paint. For the look shown below, I used Krylon Fusion All-In-One paint in the color Satin Sangria.

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How To Prep Your Floors For Tile

If you’re like me, you want to get to the point and not read a lot of fluff. In lieu of providing you with an anecdote of Aunt Paula’s trusted strategy to pick the best watermelon, let’s jump right in to the project. 

Before we begin, however, please note we are preparing our interior floor for tile on our existing subfloor. There are different materials needed for wet areas like a shower floor or wall or application onto concrete. 

Materials Needed:

  • Polymer-modified Thinset (we used this)
  • Cement Backerboard (and this)
  • Cement board screws (also this)
  • Cement board joint tape (this)
  • 1/4″ Notched trowel
  • Utility knife 
  • 5-gallon bucket  
  • Mixing Paddle 
  • Drill (fully charged batteries!) 
  • PPE! (gloves, dust respirator and eye protection) 

Overview of what is about to👏 go 👏 down👏: Layout the cement board / mix thinset / apply thinset to subfloor / lay cement board down / screw in place / tape joints. 

A sturdy, immobile foundation for your tile is one of the most, if not the most important part of installation. To create this foundation, we want a clean, level subfloor to begin with. You may need to replace the plywood subfloor or tighten screws. The thinset mortar will adhere the cement board to the subfloor. Check to be sure it is level throughout the process. 

Start by laying out your sheets of backer board. 1. Be sure to arrange across the subfloor so the subfloor joints are not aligned with the backerboard joint. Also ensure that no 4 corners are touching – arrange in a staggered pattern, like bricks, leaving about 1/8” from edges. To make cuts, use your utility knife to score the board multiple times then snap off the cuts. If you need to make a hole within the board, make your cuts AND score in a diagonal pattern like you’re cutting a pizza, then knock the center of the hole out and clean the edges. Easy peazy.  

Thinset Time!! 

Think of mixing thinset like making dough. 2. Use the measured ingredients, follow the instructions on the bag, don’t overmix and do not add water after it’s mixed. Follow the instructions on mixing your bag of thinset and work in small batches. I suggest mixing ½ bag per batch because that will cover the floor for one sheet of cement board. Attach the mixing paddle to your drill and blend at a low speed (you could mix with your trowel). Add water if needed. You want your mixture to have the consistency of a Cookout milkshake – the kind you can’t get through your straw. It should be wet enough to sling it off your trowel but dry enough to not drip off your trowel.

Note: Our home was built in the 1950’s and our subfloor is made of 1×6’s and not plywood sheets like homes now. If this is your situation too, I advise you to glue and nail a layer of ½” plywood to your subfloor slats.

Glob it! 3. When your thinset is ready, meaning it’s mixed, sat for 10 minutes then mixed once more, use your trowel and glob it on the floor. Use the straight edge of the trowel to scrape it across the floor, filling any cracks (in our case big gaps). Smear the thinset across the area you are placing one backerboard sheet 3/16” thick. Using the notched side of your trowel, scrape across the thinset at a 45-degree angle to create solid, square ridges. This will reveal where more thinset is needed. Where ever you are not getting a solid fill from your trowel, add more thinset. Place your cement board back down from whence it came and mush into place. Make sure it’s even! 

Screw in place 4. In your box of screws, you will find a lovely little drill bit. Add this to your drill and screw the board down. Screws will be about 8” apart. The board has flat circles that indicate the placement of the screws. You will have some pieces where you cut your screw hole map off. Fear not! You must screw down the edges. But not too close because it will easily crack. Add screws 3/8” – ¾”” from the edge and 2” from corners. The heads of the screws should be flush with the top of the board, without overdriving them. 

Keep going! 5. Repeat these steps for each board. Fill the joints with the thinset mix (remember: we place them 1/8” apart!) then press the joint tape across the filled joints. Let dry! 

💪You did it! See, I knew you could. Now let that stuff dry and move on to tiling❤❤.

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5 Facts About Me

Hi, friends! Many of us are working from home, homeschooling our kids, spending lots more time with family and pets and finding ourselves questioning our home’s interiors. Whether you are a full-time employee, entrepreneur or homemaker, you’re busy! The rooms in our homes we spend countless hours in can feel cramped, uninspiring and just plain draining. I want to help change this for you.

Design can seem unobtainable to some of us but I hope after reading some of my posts, you will find ways to reimagine your living spaces. This will, in turn, bring you clarity and peace (the psychologists say so👩‍⚕️). 

Before we jump into the secrets to changing your life, here are five facts about me – so you know who the heck is talking to you. 

And tell me about yourself! Especially if you can relate to Fact #2.  

5. I have a passion for interior design and decorating. Surprise! 

I have a number of memories as a child spending time at my friends’ homes and organizing their rooms. It always started with bedrooms… and cleaning. What was I, a genius? Anyway, I would clean and organize their rooms in a way that made sense for their process. This consisted of get ready to sleep, sleep, wake up, put on clothes for school, come home, put clothes in the laundry for mom to clean, sleep. Ahh, the good ole days. 

Then the fun part. I would use items they had already to decorate. Knick-knacks, photos, figurines, nothing too sophisticated (we’re kids, remember?) and decorate their rooms to show their personality and put away the excess. Wow, I do sound like a prodigy.  

It was fabulous! Not fun for them, but for me. And moms enjoyed it too. 

So, yeah.  I have a passion. 

4. My name is Regan Chappell. That’s REE-gan CHAP-ull. Not like the president. Not related to Dave. 

Mom actually found my name in a baby book. If you look up Regan, she was famous. Remember The Exorcist? … So, let’s move on! 

3. I’m a newlywed💍! My husband Daniel and I were married March 28, 2020. He is a very talented wood worker and we are currently remodeling our first home together. Life is peachy! 

2. I am also known as “The Pug Lady.” I. Love. Pugs. I met a couple of Pugs in Manhattan that were retired show dogs. They were professional Pugs! That was special. I have had Pugs since I was little baby Regan. Daniel and I have the most beautiful Pugs, and their names are Ruby and Rooster. You can find them on Instagram. They are the cutest, funniest and squishiest dogs on this planet; end of story. 

1. And lastly, I am a visual artist. It’s difficult to define yourself and follow your heart, but I can say with confidence that I have always been an artist and always will be. I really enjoy a vast variety of artistic media – and I’m pretty good with a few! I am constantly creating, designing, decorating, beautifying objects, visuals… and people (shoutout to Sephora). Imagining a redesign, wall colors, lighting, a painting, or new tile in a room energizes me oh so much! We’ve basically circled back to #5. Art & Design = Life!

If your home is in need of some extra love and attention, do send me a message. I would love to help in any way I can. And if design isn’t in your budget right now, let me know what you would like to see in this blog to give you a hand. 

Talk to you soon!