Monday, August 20, 2012

Mood Board Monday - John Robshaw Fabrics

I decided to do a kitchen design board for Mood Board Monday.  I think kitchen design boards are the most time consuming because there are so many options as far as materials are concerned: backsplash, counters, furniture, lighting, appliances, faucets, cabinets - whew, I'm exhausted just thinking about.

So here is where I went using the John Robshaw cranberry fabrics (Algiers Lotus and Jajam Brinjal) as my jumping off point:

I would mix the cabinetry and incorporate the white cabinets for the perimeter upper and lower cabinets with the island being the darker wood color. I saw the glass pendants in last month's Elle Decor and thought two of those would be cool over the island. Built-in bench seating would also be a part of this space, and I've used a Perennials fabric for the bench cushions. Because the Robshaw fabrics that I chose were warmer cranberry and burnt orange tones, I knew I wanted to bring in some green to balance that all out. 

I feel like this would be a kitchen for a young couple embarking on their next steps. They spend their weekends lounging at home and entertain quite often but like to keep things casual. Often they do potluck dinners with friends and converse over several bottles of wine. This could also transition into a perfect space for a young family as well.

Here are my sources (clockwise from upper left):

Pendant light: Simon Pearce
Tile: Ann Sacks
Algiers Lotus Blockprint Linen Fabric: John Robshaw (I would use this as pillows on the two slipcovered chairs)
Jajam Brinjal fabric: John Robshaw (I'm thinking a valance or Roman shade over the window at the sink)
Chandelier: Ralph Lauren
Glass creamer:  CB2 (I love this and had to incorporate it!)
Slipcovered head chair: Ballard Designs
Reclaimed wood dining table:  Brooklyn Towest (you have to read Ariele's story - she's so talented)
Rattan dining chair:  Ballard Designs
Maple slab for island cabinetry:  KraftMaid
Recessed panel in Dove White for perimeter cabinets: KraftMaid
Bar stool: Jayson Home
Two handle faucet with spray in Venetian bronze: Brizo
Striped fabric: Perennials
Chelsea Square Fabric: Perennials (I love the pattern on this fabric)
I thought this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate the fig leaf fabric for pillows on the built-in bench seating area (Peter Dunham never disappoints).

In addition to the fabrics, I was also inspired by these two kitchens:

Michael DePerno featured in Elle Decor/June 2011

Source: via Holly on Pinterest

And the kitchen of Keri Russell and Shane Deary also featured in Elle Decor/June 2011 (if you have a chance to read the story about their house it's worth the read - Shane did most of the work himself on their home)

Source: via Holly on Pinterest

Thanks again to our hostess with the mostess, my buddy Sarah. Head on over to check out some more boards inspired by John Robshaw fabrics.

I hope to be back posting more this week - lots of updates to tell you about.


  1. Can I just tell you I am geeking out over here that you did a kitchen! Fabulous! I love all the options, cozy and comfortable!

  2. OMG, you did a kitchen?! Holly, this is amazing! I've always wanted someone to do a kitchen for MBM and thought of trying to tackle one myself, but then I panicked and got too scared, because of what you said - there are just so many materials to think of and choose from and I know nothing about any of them. Yay! So glad you did this and did it so well (especially on a fabric challenge)! I never would have thought to pair these pinkie and purple fabrics with green - what an unexpected and pretty palette. The reclaimed wood table is so cool! Ok, that's a really neat chandelier and I'm digging those bar stools. The contrast between the light cabinets and the dark island will be awesome.

    Ps. I know you are on vaca and I'm sorry you were crunched for time. Thank you so much for still participating!

    Pps. Loove that second Elle Decor kitchen you posted:)

  3. LOVE that you did a kitchen Holly! Just checked out the table maker and am crazy about how you pulled that into your design. This kitchen is classic yet fun with a bit of an edge, perfect for the young couple and their someday family!

  4. I saw the fabrics last night, but would have never thought of a kitchen! I love the mix of seating you chose and setting the scene - I can totally picture them with their friends and wine hanging out in the gorgeous kitchen!

  5. What a beautiful space Holly! And, I'm so impressed you tackled a kitchen -- you're right. There is SO MUCH that goes into that space! I would've never thought to pair green with the JR fabrics and it's gorgeous. Great job!

  6. Thanks so much everyone for the feedback - it was a challenge pulling together a kitchen design board on a time crunch but it was also a lot of fun. You probably noticed the lack of flooring, countertop material, hardware, appliances to name a few - that would have taken me another week. Ha! Thanks again - this was a lot of fun.

  7. I'm also totally impressed you did a kitchen! I especially love the bar stools and the pendant. Nice job. :)

  8. So beautiful! What a fantastic kitchen this would be. I love the plum and the green together. It looks so warm and comfortable. Loving it!


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