A Mood Board for the New Apartment

No surprise here, I’ve already started the planning process for decorating my new apartment. It seems like just yesterday that I moved into my current place, but here we are again. As was the case last year, I’m trying to keep as much of my decor as possible, yet achieve a drastically different look. 

My apartment is in a navy, white, coral, and turquoise theme right now, which I love, but I’m aiming for a little more gender neutral this go around. So, I’m sticking with navy and white, and swapping out the turquoise and coral for gray, which shouldn’t be too big of a project. I’ll definitely get into more detail about decorating specifics in future posts, but, for now, here’s a mood board I created that shows the vibe I’m going for in this new color palette. Cozy, but bright, homey, but tailored.

While I only have a few pieces that we need to buy— a sofa, 2 chests of drawers that double as nightstands, and a headboard— I would love any recommendations on good places to look for these pieces! Also, if you have someone in DC that you’ve used for furniture painting, please let me know!



  1. Natalie Chambers
    July 1, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    At the risk of sounding like a complete creeper, I've met you once or twice at Junior League functions but never knew you had a blog until recently! I'm so glad I took a look because now that I've gotten settled into my apartment in the Eastern Market area of Capitol Hill and have decided to stay for a while, I'm really starting to focus on making a home out of the apartment, and I want my color scheme to be navy, copper, and blush. However, my walls are yellow and they range in intensity between pale lemon yellow to bright daffodil depending on the time of day. I'm not allowed to paint over them so do you have any tips on how to mitigate the yellow walls at all?

    • Heather Bien
      July 6, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Hi Natalie!! I'm moving over to that side of town, too! Yellow's a tough one but you can definitely make it work with navy and blush. I would incorporate a lot of white into your color scheme to brighten it up – when the walls are looking bright yellow, you won't want the room to seem over saturated between the yellow, navy, etc. With bigger pieces (sofa, furniture) that are white, you can then bring in your other colors in the accent pieces and artwork. Maybe even pick out fabric for pillows that incorporates all the colors including yellow! A small floral with navy, blush, and yellow, then a bigger print, maybe a stripe, that's just navy and white could look great on a white sofa with the yellow wall behind it. Pull in the copper in places like a bar cart or a lamp. Hope this helps!!

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