inspiration in a pot of paint {or three}…

yesterday i promised to let you in on how i’m planning to introduce a certain bashful hue into my life…

but you know me, there’s always a back story, so here goes:

a few months ago i set about giving my blog a long-overdue makeover…

the hope was to create something that told a visual story about me, my passions & interests, especially as the current look was thrown together in a pre-launch frenzy & has been added to rather piecemeal since then…

i thought about key words that represented what i loved: travel, nature, fashion, florals, tribal & ethnic influences, typography, photography, vintage glamour, bohemia, illustration, seafaring & explorers to name but a few…

it also had to, somehow, tie in with my blog’s name which i’m rather attached to…

but, despite getting stuck in & pulling together a new layout {including background, colour palette, fonts & illustrations} within 48 hours, that little project never quite got off the ground…

a nomadic abode_blog redesign

i hesitated because, as much as i loved it {& i really did}, something just didn’t feel quite right…

i felt like what i pulled together represented parts of me, but not the whole…

it was maybe too specific & too limiting {lesson learnt, simple & abstract designs = versatility}…

so i shelved the plan & awaited inspiration…

& then i found my happy place in a pot of paint, or three…

a dynamic duo of sydney-based stylists, jane frosh & lucy weight, recently banded together to form cool edie’s {have you heard of them? i think they’re fab!}…

well, these ladies are going from strength to strength & recently collaborated with murobond paints in australia to launch a pretty capsule range of paint colours with some equally fabulous names to match:

Cool Edie's Murobond Paints

lovely right?

what struck me most was the freshness, the simplicity & how beautiful these colours all felt sitting alongside one another…

especially the first three…

Cool Edie's Murobond Paints_x3

 

turns out my pinterest boards agree as i seem to have pinned the heck out of these colours, in varying combinations, for more than a year now…

so i did what i do best & hit up my pinterest account to pull images with which to create my new blog moodboard {yes, i love me a good moodboard}…

a nomadic abode_blog moodboard

as you can see, i’ve used the blousy peony, religion & confetti bomb colours as a base, but also spliced in some of my other favourites such as paper whites, earthy browns, inky blues & soft greens…

& there they were, my new blog colours, inspired by a pot of paint {or three}:

a nomadic abode_blog colours

{btw, that’s also a little look-see at the font i’m hoping to go with too}…

i might try & get a bit more of a metallic spin happening on the gold & bronze colours, but besides that, i think i’m there…

& i love it: fresh & versatile which is perfect for a girl like me who gravitates wildly from one palette to another depending on the seasons…

& who knows, there still might be a seasonal spin thrown in from time-to-time depending on which way the wind blows, but i’ll figure that out as & when…

as for timings, i expect it will be another couple of months before my blog makeover gets uploaded, but at least i’ve broken the back of the design & layout {i can’t show you that bit though, as that would be telling!}…

so, what do you think?

do you have a blog? if so, i’d love to know how you approached choosing your design & colours & what you think the look you ultimately went with says about you!

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8 thoughts on “inspiration in a pot of paint {or three}…

  1. I LOVE this post! I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it. I saw your tweet and never managed to get over here (still sick, so annoying). I really love the thoughtful way you’ve approached everything and I can’t wait to see what the final result is. A few months back, maybe even last fall, I started working on an exercise for my photography where I had to pick three words to describe my “style.” AACK. Only three? After trying to fudge and get five, I finally narrowed it down and I think my three words fit my blog too. I’m working on a bit of a redesign (Well, Erin is working on it!), so when it goes live, you’ll have to tell me what you think!

    • best of luck with it all lauren, can’t wait to see what you come up with! i don’t know why i could put together the initial look no probs, but a redesign seems daunting! more purposeful! hope you’re feeling better soon!

  2. I love the colours you chose and the thought process behind it. I have to admit, I really don’t particularly like my blog design at the moment. I tried to go through a designer (won it on a competition – a full redesign, how exciting no?) but ended up shelving the whole thing when they just couldn’t get my vision despite something like 6 months worth of emails, moodboards (that I provided), colours, fonts etc etc. It was soul destroying. So what I have now is just a placeholder until I can figure out what I really want. I think yours will look amazing and it’s kicking me in the arse to get mine done properly! xxx

    • oh how disappointing to win a redesign, go through all of that & end up with nothing… wow! impressive on their part, not!

  3. I think that redesign looked great (and I think your current design is great, too) but I’m more impressed that you listened to your instincts and didn’t go with something that didn’t feel 100% right. It’s fun to see a behind the scenes peek, though. And I love that you made that tiny Pinterest board image with all those gradient colors…that must’ve taken ages! I wish my boards had a cohesive color or style to them!

    • hiya! the board was actually really quick to put together as i had so many images i’d pinned in those colour ways i didn’t have to go searching too far… as for the original redesign: i loved it, but not for me… but then i’m always quicker to rule things out than to rule things in…

  4. Can I tell you please how much I love this post? You are amazing at all of this stuff and sometime soon I’m coming round your house so you can help me with moodboards and concepts. I’m so envious!
    well I always loved the dark grey but these colours are definitely more you. It will look stunning.
    I have a colour palette too, autumnal colours mostly. The mocha I have for chevrons and links is from it.
    Can I tell you again I love this post?

    • thanks annie! i enjoy moodboards & playing with imagery a little too much… i don’t really have a technique as such, i just do it by feeling… and i loved the colours of the other blog design too, but i think the theme & imagery were what threw it out for me… too defined…

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