Today is another opportunity for me to play. And be creative. And be a designer. And not worry about budget. And search the web for great looking furnishings. Pewter + Sage is hosting another “Mood Board Monday” and has some great inspiration pieces. If you’re new here, the way it ‘plays’ is that Sarah picks inspiration pieces and then participants design the room of their choice around the pieces.
This month the pieces come from West Elm – Patch NYC collection of pillows, art and decorative dishes.
Here are the specific items I chose to work with:
I envision this room for a young married couple in their first apartment – they chose some of the items because of the price….a great look but affordable. Luckily they had the budget to spend more on some of the more classic elements that will grow with them over the years. Although a modern room, there are many transitional pieces that can stay with them as their tastes change. To please “him”, I’ve chosen plenty of linear pieces and anchored the room with strong black furnishings. For “her” I’ve added softer touches like the lovely West Elm pillows and the occasional curve like the arm of the chair.
Versatility is important in apartment life, so the glass Architect table / desk doubles as a work space or dining space and is flanked with two of the black leather chairs. Again, nice clean lines for him but the basketweave back adds interest and texture for her. The same finish from the table is echoed in the large bookcases but because they’re metal and glass, they won’t make a small apartment room feel closed in. They will, however, give lots of needed storage since both clients are big readers.
The black TV stand has added style with capiz shell doors and the table lamp from Candice Olson’s collection has an abalone base for a little shimmer. The gorgeous wool rug that anchors this neutral room is also a Candice Olson design and I love the scale of the simplified damask design. The artwork was chosen for it’s lively subject and the little touch of pear green reinforces the pillows. Most of the room will be painted in the warm khaki background color on top, but the accent wall will pick up the pear green again, adding a little oomph to the room.
Clockwise from top left: Floor lamp – Wright floor lamp, Inmod.com $145; Sofa – Seabury from PotteryBarn.com $2100; Pillows – feature pillows from West Elm $34; Art – Lots of Spots, Worldmarket.com (cost plus) $129; Glass table – Architect desk, InsideAvenue.com $850; Thistle Plate, West Elm $22; Dishes – Mikasa Loop pattern, Mikasa.com; Dining Chair – Black leather chair, InsideAvenue.com $500; Armchair – Beckett in silver, Candice Olson for Norwalk.com; Rug – Modern rug, Candice Olson collection, InsideAvenue.com from $305; Bookcases – Brixton bookcase, RoomAndBoard.com $800; TV stand – Black cabinet with capiz shells, LampsPlus.com $799; Table lamp – Sahara Abalone lamp, Candice Olson for AF Lighting.com; Candelabra – Scroll metal candle holder, LampsPlus.com $130
Join the Fun
You can check out the other inspired room designs here at Pewter + Sage. One of the best parts of this kind of challenge is seeing the variety of ways people use the same items and come out with such different results. If you’d like to ‘play’ but don’t have an art program, try Polyvore.com which provides a free way to create a mood board. What do you think of my room? What would you do differently? What’s it missing? Go ahead, weigh in and leave me a comment.