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May 01, 2021

Guide to High-End Mood Boards

Not sure exactly what you want in your final design style? Torn between several different colors, textiles or themes? These issues can easily be solved with the creation of mood boards. Depending on your preference, mood boards can be digital of physical. Curate your inner creative self to commence the initial brainstorming process that’ll help save you energy and time.

Dream big! Utilize your full range of senses to satisfy your ultimate interior décor desires using your mood boards to flow through your initial thoughts to first draft and ultimately, your ultimate vision! You may decide that it’s best to create several mood boards for the same room so that you can highlight distinct characteristics, elements, and visual appeal of different themes.

If you’re making decisions with others in the household about what appeals most to everyone, a mood board can quickly paint a picture that’s worth a thousand words. Instead of having to explain how you want the flow and design or illustrate a concept, you’ll be able to present an attractive visual presentation. Since most people are visual learners, a mood board provides easy collaboration on your project. Everyone involved in the process is able to access the fundamental ideas and provide decisive and relevant feedback.

You’ve most likely got a long list of potential colors, textures, textiles, and finishes. Your mood boards will help put all the pieces together on which work best together. You’ll save money and time knowing the direction you’d like to go with your project as you’ll have a clear picture of what feels right for you before purchasing items and materials.

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Here at Earth Elements Design Center, we have an extensive array of options to choose from in wood flooring, wall coverings, tile, stone slabs, plumbing, lighting, hardware, cabinetry, and appliances. If you’re having trouble getting your mood board started or you’d like expert guidance through the process, we’d love to work with you! We have an outstanding staff on board who love interior design. They’d be honored to be a part of your transformation.

This month's recipe is from Wolfe and can be found here: Apple Tarte Tatin Recipe

YIELD: Makes 8 servings



1 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter 2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1 tablespoon water


8 large (3 to 4 pounds) firm, tart apples, peeled 1/2 (17 oz.) package puff pastry sheets Flour

Preparation Method

  • Generously butter the bottom and sides of a heavy 10” round cake pan or sauté skillet.
  • Set aside.

For the caramel:

  • In 2-quart sauce pan on Wolf cooktop over medium high heat, combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and water with a heat-resistant spatula.
  • Stirring constantly, heat until the mixture liquefies.
  • Continue to heat just 1 minute longer and immediately remove from the heat.
  • Mixture will be dark amber brown.
  • Pour into buttered pan and set aside.
  • Position oven rack to oven position 3.
  • Preheat Wolf oven on BAKE at 400°F.
  • Core apple by slicing knife vertically from top to bottom on either side of the core.
  • Repeat with the remaining 2 sides of the apple.
  • There will be 2 large sides and 2 small sides of apple.
  • Discard core.
  • Repeat with all apples.
  • Arrange the larger pieces over the surface of the caramel in the cake pan.
  • Arrange the remaining apple sides over and around the larger pieces.
  • Place pan in center of baking sheet in center of oven for 50 minutes, or until apples are tender.

For the pastry:

  • Lightly flour a countertop and gently unfold puff pastry sheet.
  • Roll out edges to make a 10-inch square.
  • Prick the pastry surface 30 times, creating small holes over the surface of the pastry.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap.
  • Place in Sub-Zero refrigerator until needed.
  • After apples are tender, gently slide the pastry over the apples and tuck in sides of pastry around apples.
  • Place in oven and bake another 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown.
  • When tart is done, remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack.
  • Place a 12” to 14” flat serving platter, top side down, over the tart.
  • Invert the tart onto the platter, being very careful of hot caramel.
  • Allow the pan to sit upside down on the platter for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove pan.
  • Cut into wedges and serve warm.

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