Monday, April 26, 2010

Mood Board Monday! A cozy chic living/dining room

I'm so excited to be a part of today's Mood Board Monday. When I heard it was being sponsored by one of my favorite (possibly my very favorite) decor-related companies, I was so stoked!

When I imagine my dream house, there's one thing that kind of sticks out. Lots and lots of West Elm furniture and decor. It's modern, it's fresh, it's young, and best of all, it's affordable!

Now West Elm has teamed up with PATCH NYC to create this gorgeous collection of prints, pillows, and serveware! I spy lots of my favorite things: animals, botanicals, black, white, and of course, gray!

Since I snagged a new (to me) china cabinet last week, my mind has been racing with ideas for our living room and dining room. Normally, I like to make "fantasy" mood boards, but I was so excited about our newest acquisition, I decided to create a mood board that I can actually see myself putting into action!

Our living room and dining room are one big space. We love how open our home is for it's time (early 90s)and we want to highlight the largest room in our house. I've been inspired by our new china cabinet and my wardrobe lately. I'm absolutely loving this color scheme, inspired by some of my favorite outfits!

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I'm so excited about these colors! I started with my very favorite color, a light gray for the walls. This is Benjamin Moore Early Morning Mist. It has a touch of beige that warms it up beautifully, and it will really coordinate with our even lighter gray kitchen!

Immediately when I saw the china cabinet, I knew I wanted it to be dark. I thought a dark navy, like Benjamin Moore Old Navy would be stunning. From there, I went to bright yellow. I've been loving navy and yellow together lately, wearing a yellow sweater and dark indigo jeans at least once a week. I just can't wait to see it in my house! I'll line the back of the china cabinet with this Sofia fabric from Ikea. The stripe gives it a touch of nautical but the yellow keeps it fun instead of stuffy.

To complete the dining room, a light and airy glass dining table from West Elm along with six of these gorgeous slate gray chairs. I would love to bring in some of that fiery orange we love, and a big white vase filled with orange tulips on the table is a great place for that!

I would love a large, abstract piece of art for the dining room that brought in the navy, the grays, and a big pop of yellow. This painting is in the home of the geniuses behind Workstead. It's a family piece, but I would love to try my hand at something similar in color!

In the living room, a flokati rug from Ikea will be perfect to plush up our ceramic tile floors. Topped with an 88" Goodwin Sofa in Charcoal from West Elm, it's the perfect place to relax. Doesn't that pigeon pillow cover from West Elm's PATCH NYC line look like the perfect place to rest your head?We'd also add our vintage chair and some glass and metal end tables for an eclectic look.

We'd also love to do a collage of prints above our vintage console/record player in our living room. I started off with a nod to the not-so-subtle animal theme we have going on in our house. These two prints were the jumping off point for the entire room. The mix of gray, black, and white just sang to me!

I'd add in this gorgeous pen and paper drawing of Paris (someone's getting excited about vacation this year!). I love the subtle vertical lines, and it would bring the vertical stripes from the dining room and window to the other side of the room. For a little pop of yellow, this Sugar Plum Vines print would look right at home. And we know I love birds, so this Parking Lot Fields print is just the perfect thing. I love this gray and navy Anchor Block Print card for only $4! Add a cheap Ikea or Target gallery frame and it will look like a million bucks! We'll finish off the grouping with this gorgeous shot of the ocean at sunset. This beautiful photograph brings in all the colors I'm going for!

Last but not least, my favorite part of any room lately, the fabrics! It's hard to beat Ikea fabric prices. If you're looking for modern and graphic fabrics on a budget, it's the best place to start. I can't wait to make the trip in a few weeks to stock up for my sewing! For this room, I think a mix of black, white, and gray with touches of yellow and orange is just the ticket. Let's go left to right.

First is Ikea Gunvor. I'll use this for a couch pillow and maybe some table linens. I love the stark black and white shapes. It kind of reminds me of high school geography!

The second fabric is Ikea Britten Nummer. It's a steal at only $6 a yard, and it's a perfect marriage between my love of numbers, and my husband's love of words. This will make an excellent pillow for the couch! Since it's 100% cotton and washable, I'd also think about making a cat bed for the little ones!

Next is Ikea Majken. We already have the orange version of this fabric in our office, and the scraps are destined to become an ironing board cover and a new apron to grace our laundry room. But I love this black on gray version. It would be perfect to bring in the "orange" theme into this room in a less than literal way.

Next is the Sofia Stripe in yellow. In addition to the backing of the china cabinet, I would make a lumbar pillow in a vertical stripe for the vintage chair.

The next fabric may be my favorite in the room. The Ikea Saralisa in white is a beautiful bold print in black and white. I can't wait to use it to recover the vintage chair we bought for $3 this spring! I want to gold leaf the wood parts on the arms and legs, and I think they would really pop against this print.

Next comes this orange Ikea Gunilla, perfect for a throw pillow on the gray couch. I already have this fabric and have been on the lookout for the perfect use for it. I think I've found it!

For window treatments, we'll use one fabric for the living room and dining room windows, and on the front door for a cohesive look. I scored the gray ticking stripe linen on the far right from Jenny at the Little Green Notebook for a song. I'll do drapery panels with clip rings for the windows, and an easy roman shade from the existing blinds!

So what do you think? Two cohesive rooms for a grand total of about $3250 (not including paint), not so bad in my book!