Monday Mood Boards Instagram Challenge

July 6, 2015

Hey everyone, I hope you’re just peachy and enjoying summer. I’m on my way out the door for the day for some spa time and then, park time with my little boy, but first I simply must share a new creative project that I’ve launched on Instagram that you can participate in called #decor8monday. I recently decided that I needed to use Instagram to connect more with others and to challenge myself more. I miss those days on Flickr when there were so many fun groups to participate in. Nowadays, it can seem like you’re pumping out content and getting nothing in return, but with hashtag projects you can gather people together and have a genuine sense of friendship while also challenging each other to be creative each week and share what’s inspiring you visually. Social media needs to be a little give and take to keep you inspired, right?  That is why I started a weekly mood board challenge on Instagram called #decor8monday, and it kicks off each Monday because that’s the day when most people feel the flattest creatively speaking.

Monday Mood Boards Instagram Challenge

Mood boards have been part of my life since childhood. I plastered favorite things all over my door or part of my bedroom wall, or inside of albums composed of stickers, posters, Polaroid’s and pretty papers that I collected from Japan. Then there was my school locker – I loved to decorate it with favorite papers and things. When I got my own first apartment, my fridge door was different each week with new images and photos that inspired me. One of my first jobs was working at a modeling agency in Boston and in my office, I created a giant floor to ceiling mood board of favorite top models and fashion labels. Later, I worked on many mood boards alongside interior designers and architects during my corporate years. When I went back to school for design, they were some of my favorite things to make in school and later, for my clients. I’ve made, shown and detailed how mood boards aid in the creative process in each of the three design books I’ve authored. I even taught mood board workshops at Anthropologie stores across America and in London in 2011. For the past 6 years, I’ve been using mood boarding as a teaching technique with my students to help them find their personal style and vision for a project.

Mood boards have been a part of my life since childhood. I’m sure many of you can trace back to earlier days when you were also collaging and sharing your favorite things visually on some surface, whether that be a scrapbook, wall, locker door, refrigerator or the back of your door in your college dorm.

I personally love seeing my favorite things collaged together for a quick burst of inspiration. It makes me feel more creative. It allows me to visually explain what’s in my head when words don’t work. They are my non-painter’s art work, I guess. A form of self expression that has always come very naturally for many of us. They keep me inspired and on track, help me to plan and execute projects of all types, from books to decorating my home, and I use them as a sort of mind mapping exercise because I’m highly visual.

They help me to find my way back to intentions and goals during times when I lose steam or veer off course.

Beyond how I’ve benefited, I’ve witnessed first hand how mood boards help others. When students make them, their instant reaction is usually, “This was an extremely helpful exercise, I finally feel like I finally found my style!”. Mood boards help us to pull together ideas in a more cohesive way in order to make sense of the many ideas floating around in our head. When perusing online seeing a million different visual inspirations, it’s easy to forget what you really are connecting to on a personal level. You can easily lose your way and lots of times, not even know what you like anymore because you’re so saturated in images. Although that doesn’t sound like a terrible problem to have, it can be if you need to decorate a bedroom, plan your wedding or rebrand your website since honing in on what you love is the only way to make good decisions.

Mood boards provide clarity.

If you’re on Instagram, I invite you to take part in my weekly mood board challenge. All you need to do is upload a photo that you take on Monday (or any day that week) and hashtag it #decor8monday so everyone can see what you’ve posted. It’s a great way to meet new like-minded friends. Try to make a new one each week and photograph it in natural daylight (no flash). Also, please make it by hand, no digital collages or photo grids, etc. Your mood board should simply show what is inspiring you this week. It can show anything from magazine pages or personal photos, fabric swatches, ribbons, papers, whatever! You can lay everything out on a table and shoot downward or pin or tape to a wall and photograph straight on. You can participate weekly, just once, biweekly, it’s up to you! The only rule is that you do not post unrelated photos using our hashtag, so please no spam!

I hope to see you over on IG! I’ll be posting my weekly mood board on IG soon, mine from last week is shown above when I was into green, plants and beachy blues. I can’t wait to see what is inspiring you this week.

#decor8monday – spread the word!

(Photo: Holly Becker)


  • Reply Louisa July 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    You’re absolutely right, a good mood board and really focus and inspire you! Plus, they can brighten up your walls : )

  • Reply lindsay @ VAUGHAN July 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    A great idea… always inspiring to see what other creative people are thinking!

    Lindsay |

  • Reply Kaitlyn July 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Love this! Can’t wait to see everyone’s boards!

    – Kaitlyn |

  • Reply Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine July 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Brilliant jump start for a creative week!

  • Reply Marianne July 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Most inspiring. Will definitely load a mood board on your Instagram address.

  • Reply Huub Ricardo July 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Such a great idea. Indeed Monday I feel totally uninspired, so this is a great way to think creatively.
    Thank you.

  • Reply Hazel July 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    i do love a good challenge, I can’t wait to get my post up for next week! Thank you for setting it up. Xx

  • Reply Stacy July 6, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I am a fan of such things!!!

  • Reply Maja July 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

    A very cool and creative idea! I love it :)
    x M.

  • Reply Ramona July 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    i still switch between doodling & sticking things in my notebook and putting everything on moodboards but i have to agree, they are an awesome thing, for inspiration and focussing, too!

  • Reply Jodie Smith July 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    What a lovely idea,
    will definitely be trying this, thanks,

  • Reply Moroccanista July 8, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Sounds like fun, see you on Instagram! :-)

    Love from Belgium,

  • Reply Caryn Payzant July 9, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I just gave an IgniteFitness presentation at FitBloggin15 on “Making Monday the BEST DAY of the Week.” I challenged the “Monday Blues” way of thinking and replaced it with strategies on using the positive attributes of Monday to work through challenges every day of the week. Your #decor8monday fits right in with my message. I will look forward to participating and sharing!!

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living July 10, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Great way to start a working week – how gorgeous!

  • Reply Godofredeo July 15, 2015 at 6:44 am

    It is an interesting, creative Idea! I am from Vienna, Austria. Never heard about this before and I will follow your blog.

  • Reply Rosie, from Design By LaRose July 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Where do I sign up? Love this idea! Let’s all get creative and kick those Monday Blues!

    Love this blog!

  • Reply Sophie July 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I can’t wait to take part in this next Monday! Perfect way to get the creative juices flowing at the start of the week :)

    Sophie |

  • Reply Mathilde July 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Singe my desk tends to be overcrowded a virtual mood board is a great way to focus on how I want my work week to become. So this is how I start this week ( by ignoring the rain outside my window and focussing on great things in black and white.)

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