Mood Board Monday Party: Wisteria Chests

Hello there! Welcome to the 4th Mood Board Monday McLinky Party (and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day too)!!!

This blog party is all about seeing how different people are inspired differently by the same things. It all began over at Room Remix with the fabulous Pk. The second party was hosted by Tracy of Comfort and Luxury and now Mood Board Monday is hanging out here:)

This week's challenge was to design a room (of your choice) around one of these two beautiful and multi-functional chests from Wisteria (this is fake money we're all using, so its fun to pick things out of our normal price range!):

1. Moorish Chest $2,999.00
{"Sixteenth-century Mughal princes brought exotic Moorish designs all the way from North Africa to the Indian subcontinent. This stunning chest is adorned with intricately hand-cut, inlaid camel bone. Each of these exclusive pieces is slightly different and the result of many hours of craftsmanship. Designs will vary slightly."}

2. German Silver Bowfront Chest $2,499.00

{"This chest’s heritage goes back to the 17th-century Dutch bowfront commode. But the German silver gives it a truly amazing touch. The German silver is hand-applied, so each chest features nailheads, slight rippling, and decidedly scratched details."}


Aren't they both lovely? I had to go with the black and white Moorish chest though because I originally spotted it a long time ago in the Wisteria catalog. Now, having said this I figured this week's mood board would be pretty easy for me. Nope, I was so took me forever!! Not sure why...maybe it was that you could use this kind of chest in so many different types of rooms, or because its slightly out of my comfort zone even though I was so attracted to it, or because with such a lack of color in the piece itself the sky was the limit for a palette. Did anyone else have trouble this week? (If so, sorry!)

But here's what I finally came up with...a small dining room that's somewhat elegant but mostly fun and cozy. The Moorish chest would make a great sideboard or buffet. I wanted it to stand out since its such a unique piece, but at the same time blend seamlessly into the rest of the room so that it doesn't look out of place. A large scale patterned area rug in this great shade of green gave me my color jumping off point while not competing with all the intricate pattern going on in the chest.

1. The palette: black and white obviously, but with walls in a soft yellowy green and warm tones like wood and gold frames.

2. I knew right away I liked the idea behind the
Darjeeling Dining Table from saal wood is reclaimed from old Indian railroad ties, restored, and pieced in a natural plank mosaic dining surface of raw awe. Supported on industrial metal square tube legs, blackened with exposed welding marks. An interesting contrast to the in-laid camel bone.

3. and 4.
I'd have 2 of these Napa Chairs with Flax Linen Slipcovers from Pottery Barn on the ends and then these Picardy Arm Chairs in rubbed white from Ballard Designs in the middle. I wanted light colored chairs on the green rug to not distract your eye from the Moorish Chest.

Madeira Rug in green from Ballard Designs

6. My inspiration piece....Moorish Chest from Wisteria

7. this mirror for above the chest...Traditional Bevelled Mirror from Target

8. Haeger Potteries Sage Green Ceramic Centrifugal Table Lamp from Lamps Plus

9. Found these awesome Nature Prints by ebeamer's shop on and white hand-drawn illustrations of nature...5 x 7". I'd frame them in these Gilt Frames from Pottery Barn and hang a symmetrical collection in a grid pattern...maybe 2 rows of 4 each.

10. More nature love and more black and white...Birds on a Wire Dinnerware from Anthropologie

11. Wanted to bring a more casual vibe in by using this Dorchester Four Light Hanging Lantern from CSN Lighting over the table.

Can't wait to see what you guys have come up with!


Now its your turn! Here's what you do to join the party:

1. Create a mood board using one of the above inspiration chests.
2. Write a post about it, including sources (with a link back to this post so others can come look).
3. Add your name and project to the MckLinky here on this post (for example - Sarah's Rustic/ Elegant Family Room).
4. Then add the link to your SPECIFIC MBM POST, not your general blog address.
5. Have fun checking out all the other wonderful rooms.

Thanks so much for joining the party!!!

  1. Emily @ Timeless Paper
  2. Tranquil Master Sitting Room @ Maddies Nest
  3. Elegant Dining Room (Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst)

  1. Odi et Amo (Glamorous B&W Bathroom)
  2. Jess @ Frugal w / a Flourish - Not Quite Candace Bedroom
  3. Ria - Mood board monday

  4. This linky list is now closed.


  1. Thanks for hosting! The Moorish chest was more difficult than I was expecting too. Love what you used for your dining room!


  2. Love all your choices. Can't wait to see what others have choosen.

  3. I had fun playing along. Just started my blog last I've followed on the sidelines for a while--and hope I did this correctly. I am looking forward to seeing what others create. I love what you did....feels so fresh and makes me long for spring!

  4. I always love your style, and I think the way you incorporated the chest is great! Unexpected and adds a great touch to the space. I'm really liking all of your other choices too. Great job!

  5. Love the moodboard. So fresh, especially with all this snow we have. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Sorry I'm a bit late to the party, but this one took me longer than expected.

    I love your mood board by the way, the green is a great accent color against the black and white!

  7. Wheee! In before the deadline!! Thanks for hosting I love this party!!! And I love the choices. BTW - love what you picked! The green looks great with that chest!!!

  8. Yay! I'm so glad all of you joined in...thanks so much, I was panicking this morning when there was only 3 of us!!!

    Wow, I think we had a pretty even divide between the 2 chests...lots of gorgeous, creative rooms. Great job, ladies!!

    Thanks to Pk and Red Door for checking us out and liking what they see;)

  9. Sarah thanks for the comment. please go back and check again. I had a fresh new idea. I love mood board monday and plan to participate on a regular basis.

  10. Sarah - you did a lovely job. I love the way everything you chose works so well and comes together to create a beautiful space.

    Unfortunately, I didn't complete mine. :( I'm adjusting to a new routine so I hope next time I can participate. I love the challenge.

    Can't wait to check out the others' ideas.


  11. love love LOVE the silver dresser. Wow!
    Fri @ Wedding Nouveau

  12. I missed the party this month (forgot about it) but promise to watch for next month's theme. I think these are so much fun and a great way to shop without spending $$.
    Your room is a great blend of warm and cool and with little competing pattern, the chest is the center of attention. Love the reclaimed table!
    Terrie @ YourDecoratingHotline

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