Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mood Board Monday - Inspired By Dinnerware

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I'm very excited because it's Mood Board Monday! And did you know Mood Board Monday goes back to 2009? Sarah from Pewter & Sage has kept it running and is our hostess with the mostess - thanks Sarah!

This time around we are inspired by dinnerware. I decided on the Penumbral Doily dinnerware from Anthropologie as my inspiration. The intricacy and pattern of the doily impressed on the terracotta just made me think classic, classic, classic - so that is where my mind decided to go with this.

Then I came across the beautiful space below in Architectural Digest and this further enhanced my vision for the room. Although my vision would be to pull the table and seating away from the stone and create a fireplace there instead (this is all an unlimited budget mood board of course).

With my inspiration dinnerware and image for the room in place, I decided to choose some fabrics that would shape the color palette for the room. The intricacy of this Schumacher  paisley fabric reminded me of the pattern in the dinnerware, and navy is such a classic - I went with it.

I envisioned this space being a classic, casual yet luxurious dining space for a couple or small family. It allows for additional seating for cocktail parties with a built-in seating area under a large set of windows to the right of the fireplace area above.

Here are my sources:

Furniture: I wanted to create a casual atmosphere that allowed for easy conversation, so I chose a round table and upholstered chairs to soften the look. I would also use two of the wooden storage/display cabinets on either side of a wall and have space in between to slide in that great bar cart for entertaining. I also really liked the look of the sideboard and that would certainly be functional in a dining space.

Table-Hickory Chair, Upholstered chair-Ballard Designs, Cabinet-Hickory Chair, Sideboard-Crate & Barrel, Bar cart - Desiron

I would use the navy blue paisley fabric for drapery panels on either side of the built-in seating in front of the window. I'd leave the windows on either side of the fireplace wall open. The susani trellis multi-colored fabric would be great on an ottoman or a few pillows as well as the navy circle fabric.

Inspiration blue paisley fabric: Claremont crewel embroidery by Schumacher,Multi-color fabric: Susani Trellis by Lee JofaNavy fabric with circles: Duralee

I thought the sconce would be perfect on either side of the sideboard. I really loved the look and shape of the sconce. When I was searching for a light fixture for above the table, I came across this pedant light and thought it would be perfect. It wasn't super formal but the ring also mimicked that on the sconce. And the gold metal=perfection!

Pendant light - Circa lighting, Sconce - Neiman Marcus

For some reason I couldn't get the rug I chose to load onto my board. It's the Arabesque rug from Genevieve Gorder's line for Capel.

The pillow I came across on Etsy and thought it would be perfect on the built-in seating area. The two pieces of artwork I chose to bring in some color and texture to the room. I loved loved that mirror when I saw it and knew it would be perfect for this room and would probably place it in between the two wooden storage cabinets.  I also had a little fun adding in some holiday decor with the wreath, towel, napkins, and decorative pine cone. And the wine rack was a must - easy access for entertaining and convenient.

Pillow: Etsy seller Woody Liana; Original abstract landscape artwork: Etsy seller Beata Belanszky Demko; Feather woodburned artwork: Etsy seller The Haunted Hollow Tree; Wine rack: Pottery Barn; Wreath: Terrain; Dish towel: Crate&Barrel; Dinnerware: Anthropologie; Napkin: Williams-Sonoma; Mirror: Layla Grace; Decorative pinecone candle: Williams Sonoma

Paint color:
Lancaster Whitewash by Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore® Ben® Paint, Lancaster Whitewash HC-174 modern paints stains and glazes

That wraps up another Mood Board Monday. I'll be sharing this over at Pewter + Sage. Go on over when you have a few minutes and check out some of the other boards being shared. It's always fun to see everyone's interpretation of their own board and how they are inspired. Thank you again to Sarah for hosting! It's been fun and looking forward to the next one.

Have you had any dinnerware that you've used as inspiration? Do you have special pieces that you bring out for the holidays? If you host a holiday meal, how do you decorate?

Have a good one!


  1. Holly! This is gorgeous!!!! First off, thank you again for all your are one of those people that I am very thankful to have met here in blogland. (Do you remember PK and the blog Room Remix? MBM was her initial concept and she hosted the first one. Then she realized it didn't exactly line up with the vision she had for her blog - she's since stopped writing - and so she asked me to take over. I was thrilled!! and flattered!) Thank you for all your kind comments about my mood board and for talking about this blog party with such excitement!

    I LOVE your room! And you definitely managed to squeeze more holiday stuff in there than I did, its so pretty. I really like hearing about your process, how you found that stone (amazing) and the fabric (love the idea of navy) and let that help the room take shape. This is usually what I do too, its like I find something else that grabs my attention (that works with the inspiration piece) and let that direct me, as there could be so many ways to take a room just based on the inspiration item. I'm so glad you took time to think about the space planning here, you are going to be great at design! All the furniture pieces are beautiful, I can't decide if I like that round table or that cabinet better! And I like how you managed to incorporate more fabric and pillows and those soft things in here, since its a dining room there are less obvious places for these. Thank you for introducing me to so many new sources, you are really good at mixing from different places. How about we all have Thanksgiving here in your room?!

  2. Holly, This is terrific and I agree that is was great to hear about your process. I sometimes get so caught up in creating, I forget to share about how I got there! I love that while we both chose Penumbral and the overall feel is similar, the rooms are so different. The pieces you chose work so well together and play beautifully off of the dinnerware. I agree, we should all chat about the means we use to create these boards and the differences between Polyvore, Olio and others, we could all learn a think or two!


  3. The room looks awesome! I am drooling over the Lee Jofa trellis fabric and that bar cart!!! Great style for any home!

    Tiffany {living Savvy}

    PS I am you newest follower!

  4. This looks so lovely! And, perfect for the holidays. I especially love the GG line for Capel Rugs! And, that paint color looks really scrumptious -- I'm definitely going to test that one for projects.

  5. The doily was my first choice but I opted to go with the Chirp collection. I love how all the colors tie together and your fabric is very pretty. The wine rack is a great idea, too! I briefly gave it some thought myself. This series is so much fun.

  6. Holly, your room is beautiful! You used such a great mix of textures and patterns to make the room feel very "complete" and comfortable. I love your inspiration photo with the stone banquet too.

  7. This is gorgeous Holly! Simple, elegant and still modern. Love it.

  8. Wow - love that round table - it's a beauty. And I'm in the need for a bar cart ;-) So I think these two pieces along with that awesome mirror are my favorites... I would so have them in my home!

  9. Looks like a beautiful room! I especially like the dinnerware!

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  11. Love the room! The mirror and cart are awesome and I love the round table and I would love to own the hutch. I also dig the holiday elements that you added!

  12. You totally nailed this room Holly. I would be at your house every single day if you lived there:)

  13. Great texture in this room! Love the inspiration photos- definitely got the idea of how it would be...divine!

  14. I see an A+ in your future! Do you share these in class? My favorites are the Schumacher paisley, the lighting (noticed the details you mentioned right away), bar cart & mirror - is there anything left? :) Love that you showed us the inspiration room, too.

  15. Love your choice in fabrics! Especially the schumacher!

  16. You cannot go wrong with Hickory Chair! Every single piece they have is stunning! Schumacher is another favorite go-to source for me. Love it!