What the Heck is Wainscoting?

I’ve been living (and loving) the “Vintage Wine” by Benjamin Moore wall colour in my living room for the past 3 or so years now but we did a major kitchen facelift and with an open concept floor plan the dark smokey purple color on the adjacent walls was just too heavy.

I really wanted to paint the whole living room a cool white as we have tons of natural light coming through the windows and I have a ton of very colorful accents (can you believe that!!) But, my husband felt like plain white walls reminded him too much of his 80’s era apartment dwellings. Come on, really? I tried to convince him that it’s all in the design of the rest of the room and showed him multiple examples on my Pinterest boards but he just wansn’t buyin’ what I was sellin’.

Ok then, how about white with a little textural interest?! I showed him some pictures of wainscoting and he began to listen. Now, there are a few different types of wainscoting and they tend to work well with distinct design schemes so bear with me while I explain.

First up: Beadboard – Beadboard is a type of wainscoting made up of rows of vertical boards. It can be any height but typically comes about 1/3 of the way up the wall. It can be also be painted in any colour but it is commonly white. It lends itself well to country cottage looks as seen here:

Dining room in luxury home with wood buffet
Elite Mouldings Store

But it can also be used in more contemporary design schemes with success as seen in this bedroom below.


#2. Picture Frame Wainscoting – This type of paneling works best with more traditional architecture and design schemes.


But again, here’s to breaking the rules! And for the record I am in LOVE with this next room. I’m drooling right here behind this screen! (Ok, maybe not the teeny rug styling with the vases but the rest of it!)


Last but not least and my definite favourite at the moment: Board and Batten – this type of decorative moulding best serves contemporary design





Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are having a restful end to your weekend. My kids are playing exceptionally well this morning leaving me some much needed time to blog!

So, just after the new year (when most of us are getting underway with our resolutions and goals) I decided on a business goal. I wanted to create a new product line that would pack a serious personality punch and give me a lot of freedom to be creative. It was hard for me to focus on one thing at first. I suffer from what my sister recently called “shiny object syndrome”: too many ideas and wanting to do them all. But, after weighing the pros and cons of each and reflecting on the ideas that were exciting me the most, I decided to create a line of decor prints! The concepts I had for these prints were literally keeping me up at night so I decided I might as well just give in and feed the beast!

What are these prints going to depict you ask? Well that is top secret as of yet but I can promise you one thing, they will include two elements that I am well known for: bright colors and bold graphics!

This is the MOOD Board I made up to help guide my creative process for this collection.

MOOD board for a brand NEW collection coming out in February! Keep your eyes out! #mood #moodboard #push #geometric #color #colorlover

Don’t you love those sunglasses? I want them in every color!

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P.S. I had good intentions of releasing the new collection mid-February but now that we are here already I’ve had to revise my release date to beginning. We aren’t that far away though so keep your eyes peeled!

Have a great upcoming week!



MOOD Design Studio Shout Out

Yesterday morning with kids and coffee in hand we watched BC Global Morning News with Western Canada’s FASHION Magazine Editor Joy Pecknold. She had a round up of local (BC Made), holiday products ready for decoration and/or gifting. I was so thrilled that my “Into the Woods” throw was featured and that she said it was one of her favourites! Thanks Joy!

Some of the other local products featured were:

GORGEOUS pillows from Ink Linen Co.

Serene candles from ShopWoodlot 

CUTE customizable kids stockings from Mitani

Be sure to check out the Shop Local Gift Guide  for more great decor and gift ideas from small businesses in the Vancouver and Interior British Columbia!

Do you make a point of sourcing your holiday gifts from local businesses? How much does it matter to you where the products you purchase were made? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

Nicole Duff


My name is Nicole Duff, I am the gal behind MOOD Design Studio. Thanks for swinging over to check out my FIRST blog post! I’ve been in the process of revamping my website and now that it’s almost ready to go I thought it would be a great time to get my blog underway. Better late than never!

MOOD Design Studio in the Making
Me – Nicole Duff
It’s been a couple of years already since MOOD Design Studio’s inception so I’ll give you a bit of back story:

I began “MOOD” late in 2012 while home with my young children. Spending so much time in the house got me wanting to make it a more creative and personal space. I have always been a huge color lover and fan of bold geometric designs so I started on a search for fun and modern home decor that appealed to those tastes; unfortunately my search for textiles and decor in this niche kept coming up disappointingly lackluster.

So, what was a creative soul to do other than to being designing my own? I’m not one to back away from a challenge so I hopped onto You Tube and began learning basic upholstery. I revamped a few sad looking vintage chairs and to my surprise everyone loved them!

Mod Slip

And while I loved getting all dirty with hammers and staple guns, it was a lot of hard work. I wondered what I could make next? Lamp shades seemed like a neat idea!

One thing you should know about me is that there is barely five seconds in the day when my brain is not trying to conjure something up. I swear I can barely sleep most nights because of all the ideas swirling around in my head. Really.

So lamp shades led to pendant lights and lamp bases and pillows, then eventually to the  obvious – yet most difficult to master – textile design itself.  I taught myself Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and read a bazillion textile design blogs and books and eventually the practice became more comfortable. It’s a learning process and I love it – my husband may tell you I love it more than him 😉

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Now about my style, or “design esthetic” as I sometimes like to refer to it: what is it about MOOD Design Studio that stands apart from the rest? Though I like to consider myself a “trend-setter” I do love to research color and pattern trends when I am designing new collections. My inspiration tends to come from a mix of mid-century architecture and what I see strutting down the high fashion runways; this high speed collision of mental stimulation is what has lead to my signature style; bold and colorful shapes and forms that have a distinctively “Retro Chic” quality.

My designs are not quiet – though neither am I; they are bold and colorful, like me. I like to think that they allow people to drop their guards just a little, to feel ok with their quirks and nuances, to say it like it is and just to be freely who they are. My designs say – “Come and play!”

Fast forward just over 2 years to today; it is humbling to see how MOOD Design Studio has taken off. My products are now in homes spanning the globe. From counties across Europe to Hong Kong and Australia, and of course the US and Canada (my home). I have had press from some of the top design magazines, blogs and TV shows and I’m feeling the love.

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So there it is – MOOD Design Studio in a nutshell. I hope you’ll keep in touch by leaving comments on my posts and coming back to hear more!

Please tell me what YOU think about MOOD Design Studio! I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Much Love!