An Autumn Mood Board!

It is often that we find ourselves in a full aisle of decor options, but none that really speak to us or achieve the vision we have. This just means we have to flex our creative muscles, and if you know us, that is no issue!

This week we have brought you an Autumn mood board compiled of items you may or may not find at your local shops. We envision this design for a front porch and believe these pieces that can fulfill your seasonal decor needs as we float from Thanksgiving to Halloween and beyond.

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One - A twist on a classic Fall staple, these white, ceramic pumpkins still get the job done! In various sizes
and in a pack of three, they make for a great filler to spread around your porch.

Two - We love to use multiples of the same item at different sizes, these lanterns make no exception.
Group them together or spread them throughout your space, they bring a big presence as well as
soft rounded edges to not break up the effortless flow of your design.

Three - Who doesn’t appreciate being met with a quirky door mat?! This hand crafted door mat is a tasteful
way to greet your guests as they take in your beautifully autumn space. We think its super cute and
has the potential to stick around all fall long!

Four - We always encourage bringing natural elements into your designs and this is a great season to do
so! If you are not as lucky as some of us and do not have the resources to pluck your own autumnal
arrangement, check out these different pieces we have found. The great thing about going artificial
is that you can reuse in crafts and designs in the future!
Lotus Pods, Burgundy Berries, Tri-Colored Eucalyptus, Dried Cat Tail

Five - What would a floral arrangement be without a vessel to house it?! We have chosen this timeless
milk jug to hold our flowers and fall finds because of its unique look that adds to the space but does
not take away from the other pieces.

Six - Our last item (or items) are totally optional to this design but, we thought we would bring them in
because we are such fans of the rug layering trend. Placing either one of these rugs underneath our
door mat will add dimension as well as texture to the space. The darker option is guaranteed to help
anchor the area where as the lighter option brightens and opens the space. Which one would you

As always, let us know what you think of this post in the comments below!

Home Office Musts

As the Fall season takes full effect, we have also started to get back into the school routine (and hopefully you have to!).

This means more homework sessions, late night project help, or if you are like us, working from home. It was not until recently that we here at Monk & Nun Interiors stepped out of our home office. So to say we have some experience in the home-work life balance would be an understatement.

For this weeks post, we have rounded up some of our absolute must haves for your office, whether that is at home or work! If you don’t have a formal ‘office’ area in your home, need not worry as these must haves can provide help to the classic dining table set up as well (we’ve all been there).


One - Possibly one of the most important pieces for any work space is the chair. If you are settling in for a long
session, the last thing you want to deal with is a sore back from not having the right chair. The first
option is from Wayfair. We love the pop of color it brings in with the leather to this mood board. The
second option is one from Ikea. This is actually a chair that we have in our own office and can speak to
its comfort level as well as its easy assembly!

Two - Tabletop storage is key to staying productive. No one has time to be rooting around looking for their
favorite pen when you can have a place for your go-to supplies right in front of you. This option is great
for those who may not have a concrete work space in their home as it has great portability (and its nice
to look at!).

Three - Something that we use everyday in our office is a wall-mounted dry erase calendar. Having your
months plans right in front of you has helped us stay organized and kept everyone on the same page.
By choosing a dry erase option, you also cut down on the paper waste and this is true for this gem of
a find.

Four - When it comes to lighting, there are so many options to choose from. For an office work space we like
opt for a task light style lamp as you can move and adjust to the perfect angles for your unique space.
This lamp is no different, with swivel and moving parts, it is a great take on a classic piece.

Five - Storage is something you can never have too much, especially when it comes to a home office.
Giving objects a designated spot can help with keeping the work-home line clear and avoids mixing
the two! The Skadis Pegboard collection from Ikea is a great option as they can be completely
customized to your needs. You can purchase pieces separately or as combinations, which is what you
see in the visual above.

Six - Perhaps a given, a desk space to do your work at is essential for your work area. In our office, we have
chosen the custom desk route through Ikea. With affordable options and a wide range of pieces to
choose from, it is a surprise that this concept is not more popular than it is! Pictured above are the
Alex drawer unit acting as one support portion, on the other end of the desk is the Oddvald trestle leg.
To top off the combination is the Gerton Tabletop!

Did we miss anything? Let us know what your absolute must haves for your work space are in the comments below!

Top Gray Paints - Warm, Neutral and Cool!

We are back this week with another favourite paint colours post! When it comes to paint there is an endless amount of options to choose from, especially when you are talking about grays. There are so many different shades and tones of this colour, and they are far from the attitude of “gray is boring”. What ever the space or item you are looking to makeover, there is the right gray out there for you.

That being said, we have rounded up some of our favourite warm, neutral and cool toned gray paint colours from Benjamin Moore.

Let us know what you think of these beauties! Which one is your favourite? Are you more of a warm toned or cool toned lover? We want to know!