A stylist's tip: Always carry a little notebook and a styling board camera with you in order to be able to capture your findings.
Step 3: Visualise Your Ideas
A mood board is a tool to visually transporting your design concept and giving someone else (your husband, your friend, your interior decorator) an idea how you would like the room to look and feel. If you search Wikipedia you find the following explanation: "A mood board is a styling board type of poster design that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator."
Now that you have found your personal style and things you like, take your collected objects, pictures, magazine tear sheets, colour samples, fabric swatches and put them together on a mood board for your apartment. You can either use a bigger piece of cardboard or foam core board to fix your objects or you can put them in a box if that is easier for you. The most important thing is that you find a pattern from all your inspirational pieces. Your board should transport the mood and atmosphere you want to achieve in your space. For example, if you found that you love French Provincial style, add elements and objects to your board that translate this mood to your space.
You probably think that this sounds all very time styling board consuming and requires a lot of effort. Well, haste makes waste, and while a good mood board may take quite a bit of your time, it is the basis for your new home. The more time you allocate to this (fun) task, the better your outcome will be. And it will save you a lot of time as well, because you are crystal clear what you want before you start shopping.