The Next Mood Board Monday: Dinnerware and Dining Rooms


Let's keep the ball rolling and do another Mood Board Monday party, shall we? (The last one - we rocked wallpaper - was so fun!) In the spirit of the upcoming holidays (especially Thanksgiving), where celebrating with family and friends around the table is so important, I thought it would be neat to use dinnerware as our inspiration! And we can all design dining rooms! What do you think?

Does Monday, November 14th work for everyone? That's the Monday of the week before Thanksgiving (about 3 weeks from now - woah, crazy how fast the fall is already flying by)...we'll get the party in well before the holiday, so this way we won't be stressed out the week of Thanksgiving..well, at least not about this:)

Remember, Mood Board Monday is all about seeing how different people are inspired differently by the same things. There's no budget, no real client (unless you want to really challenge yourself), no limits. Just you, a lovely set of dinnerware and the interwebz!

So, choose one of the following four sets of dishes as your jumping off point and create a dining room. Feel free (or not) to add glassware, stemware, flatware, (anything else that ends in "ware"), serving pieces, table linens...however detailed you want to be about the actual table setting is up to you. Also, if you're into it, you are more than welcome to throw in touches of holiday decor as well.

1. David Stark Wood Slices-Organic Dinnerware from West Elm

{Designed by David Stark, loosely sketched tree rings printed on Wood Slices Organic Dinnerware bring the natural world to your table in gleaming gold metallic}

2. Penumbral Doily Dinnerware from Anthropologie

{Delicate lines of dainty crochet work are impressed upon glazed terracotta.}

3. Chirp Collection, from Lenox Simply Fine Dinnerware, available at Macy's

{A splash of bright watercolor-inspired birds and florals adorn each plate and the interiors as well as exteriors of bowls and mugs.}

4. Philippe Deshoulieres' "Dhara" collection, available at Bloomingdales

{Dhara is inspired by the side designs of a poetry manuscript from Saadi. The colors are inspired by the traditional saris from Penjab and Cachemire. Philippe Deshoulieres has been producing porcelain in the Limoges region of France for six generations.}

Hope you like one of them!!! For anyone unfamiliar with the concept of the Mood Board Monday McLinky party, here's the general idea (we would love to see some new faces and hopefully lots of you back from previous parties):

1. This is a fun way to share all of the creativity out there and showcase how we can all start from one inspiration point and end up with a variety of ideas.
2. To be a participant, you need to create a complete mood board for a dining room using one of the four sets of inspiration dinnerware shown here.
3. On Mood Board Monday party day (Monday, November 14th in this case), come back here to link up to the party. You will need to include your sources in your post and give a brief description of the room and how you used the inspiration item.

Thanks so much! Feel free to spread the word - the more bloggers, the more beautiful rooms! Can't wait to see the dining rooms you guys "cook" up:)

Ps. Check out our previous Mood Board Monday Linky parties here: MBM01, MBM02, MBM03, MBM04, MBM05, MBM06, MBM07, MBM08, MBM09 and MBM10.


  1. Hooray! I was just mentioning to Holly that I was in the mood for another mood board Monday. This one looks fun and I will share it on my blog. The more the merrier! Hope you are well...crazy how time is flying by.

  2. Oh, how clever Sarah!! I'm excited and up for the challenge. These are so much fun - thanks for organizing again and perfect date just before the holidays. Yep, crazy to think we're getting closer and closer to November and the holiday season. I'll share on my blog as well.

  3. Yippee, I love Mood Board Monday! I too will give a shout out...


  4. Yeah love this idea! I'm in the middle of fixing up my dining room so perfect just deciding which plate i want to use for inspiration!!!

  5. This is exciting! Another fabulous idea. Love the selection..

  6. The Chirp Collection china makes me want to get married and register all over again!
    Get married to the same man, of course :)

  7. YAH! I'm super excited. The last one was so much fun :)

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