Mood Board Monday


Hi! Happy Columbus Day!! Ok, I'm crazy...2 blog parties in one day!!! (Scroll down or click here to see the fall decor I put up this weekend and my post for the DIY Show Off Fall Festival.)

And for the second...I'm pretty excited about this. Pk from
Room Remix is hosting her first "Mood Board Monday" today. It's a link party where everyone creates their own mood board (for any kind of room) that uses one of the 2 inspiration pieces PK posted earlier. Cool, right?! It'll be awesome to see the different kinds of spaces that all spring from just one (or 2) starting point.

I was immediately drawn to the Michael Miller Floral Gardens Trellis fabric in lime that PK posted. It would make such a gorgeous throw pillow. (I'm sort of obsessed with decorative pillows. Just ask my husband.) So I decided right away to do a living/family room.

I tried to make this a mood board for a room that I would want in my house (as opposed to for a "client"). I also didn't really work within a budget, but I did try to shop stores/places that I would normally go to when buying stuff for myself. I knew I wanted the room to have a light, bright and airy feel, with a subtle coastal/cottage vibe.

Palette and wall color: I would do a soft pale greenish/grayish/blue on the walls, something like Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, Pale Smoke, or Sea Foam. I'd use lots of whites, dark browns and gray, with pops of the lime.
2. Love this rug rug from CSN Lighting in fallon gray and ivory
3. A white coffee table to keep the space feeling light and pop of that dark rug
4. A classic, neutral sofa (the Cameron Sofa in Almond Paste Crate and Barrel)
5. The lime trellis throw pillow beauty
6. Gotta have more fun throw pillows like this hand-made one in a Funky Floral from etsy seller Maria's Cosy Cushions
7. Because I love mixing pillow patterns, it would be nice to have a solid to anchor the collection like this one from Pottery Barn
8. I would place 2 of these Belmont Armchairs from Pottery Barn across from the sofa. I love their mix of wood and fabric, and their basket-weave rattan adds to the coastal vibe.
9. On one of the chairs would be this great Vintage Butterfly pillow cover from West Elm.
10. For an end table next to the sofa, I would use this Ara Pedestal Table in Espresso from Grandin Road. It would also help bring dark brown to that side of the room and balance out the chairs.
11. Pebble Table Lamp from West Elm
12. I would put the TV on some sort of refurbished console table, like this awesome one from
White Berry Reinvented
13. For wall art, I'd start with this super cool posters from artist Jennifer Hill...Galway and Tuscany would totally add that pop of lime to the walls. (Plus I've been to both Ireland and Italy!)
14. I'd also love to do a wall of these Mirrored Heron Gigclee Prints from Ballard Designs.
15. I'd want to bring in some large glass fun-shaped containers/vases like these from Pottery Barn (but I'm sure I could collect or find some for less money with more history at flea markets, etc.).
16. And add vintage charm with some blue Ball Mason jars like the one I found at Brimfield and the ones Layla is selling at Lettered Cottage Home.

Well, whattya think?! This was really fun to do, though it took me a lot longer than expected. I had trouble deciding on a lot of things for myself, there's just so much out there I like. This was definitely a great experience, thanks for the challenge, PK!!!


  1. Very pretty! Coastal and fresh. I like how you used a few dark pieces to ground everything and I LOVE those mirrored heron prints from Ballard and the WE butterfly pillow... they've caught my eye many times online. All great choices... I'd love to spend time in this room!

  2. Gosh this is fun! No one has done anything alike, which just proves out point that many looks can be created from the same starting point. I REALLY like what you've done here and I could use a little of this fresh coastal vibe today (it's snowing here believe it or not). Great job! Thanks for joining the party!
    pk @ Room Remix

  3. It's beautiful Sarah! (Of course!) My living room is a blank canvas...ready when you are! ;)
    Coastal/cottage is so appealing to me. You did a fantastic job.

    I'm going to save this for inspiration when we're ready to go on our remodel. I love it!


  4. Love the mix and dark woods and white pieces. That console table is wonderful! This would be a completely wonderful space to spend a bit of time in each day...

  5. p.s. just became a follower of your blog, love what I am seeing and your tag line gave me a laugh!

  6. This is lovely - coastal but not cold, thanks to the mix of furniture tones you've used and of course that rocking fabric! The herons would be right at home here.

  7. I like this a lot. I really love the sofa and the blue accents. Yay, you rock PK.

  8. So pretty. So pulled together. I would love to live in this room.


  9. Great color palette. This is a room that people could feel comfortable in.

  10. Wow, thanks everyone!! Just got back from a day of adventures with P (we both have off) and I am super super thrilled and encouraged to read all your comments! I have not created many mood boods before, so this was a great challenge and a good learning experience. Glad the vibe I was going for seemed to come across then. Yay! Now I gotta go make some tea and check out everyone else's boards who joined the party. Thanks so much (especially PK).

  11. Very fresh and light with the white pieces in there! You really did some resourcing ~ I feel especially lazy now! : )

  12. Your living room is very inviting and relaxing. I love those Ballard prints and those chairs are beautiful.

  13. So so pretty. I love everything you picked and it's such a fun party to see everyone's different takes!

  14. How fun! Love the Belmont chair and rug you selected. Becoming a follower too!


  15. So beautiful and of course, totally my style!

    I nominated you for an award today. Check it out girlie!


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