Summer's Mood Board

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My friend Summer { she just started a cooking blog check it out here } and her family recently moved into their first home in Southern California mid September. Summer and her husband have decided to turn the large living room into a formal living room & dining room combination. The have an office in the home that will be the family room and dinning room in the eat in kitchen will be the breakfast nook. I love when people make the house there living in work for their needs. 

Recently she asked me to put together some ideas for the formal living room { she has a formal dining room table she is currently refinishing } based on her inspiration. She wants a room thats comfortable and elegant and a little posh done on a budget. Here's how here space currently looks, next year they plan on replacing the carpet with wood flooring and re-doing the baseboards. I think she should paint her fireplace white, she still undecided. 

{ dining room area }
{ living room area}
Here's the inspiration room she sent me, a room she adores!  

Here's the mood board I created for Summers formal living area based on our conversations about the space.

Comfortable & Elegant Mood Board

1. Lighting: For a pretty pop of elegant color the Robert Abbey Lamp ( $207) from Lamps Plus would look amazing in her living room. These table lamps are pretty, but pricey. My suggestion to Summer, shop her local Marshall's or Home Goods and look for a lamp in a similar shape then spray paint the lamps Celery using Krylon Spray paint

2.  Paint & Drapery : For her wall colors, I love Painters Chalk from Martha Stewart Living it’s the perfect beige undertone that will amazing in all types of lighting. For Drapes, I like the Suzanne Kasier Linen Mineral Fabric from Ballard Designs ( $32 per yard). To save money, I suggest Summer order the fabric swatch and take it to her local fabric stores and find a similar fabric for less.

3Furniture: Her splurge item for the Living Room is the Square Tufted Ottoman (perfect for additional seating) with caster feet from Ballard Designs. Summer would love a settee for seating. I recommend she looks in local thrift stores and on Craigslist in her area to find a vintage sofa or settee that see can have reupholstered in cream fabric. I think she will able to find an amazing piece! I checked out her local CL and have found some amazing settee options, that need some TLC. Summer also mentioned she would love a pretty dresser or sideboard in her formal living space. I found the one below via her local CL for only $ 100. imagine how amazing this side board will look after its been painted a crisp white.                                                                                                                        


4. Side Tables: Summer can opt for one or two side tables of the Lauren Accent Table from Home Decorators would look darling in her living room. Again this might be another great find from a local Thrift Store or CL 

5. Accessories: The Acacia Tray from Crate & Barrell would be great addition on top of the square tufted ottoman. I also love the Porcelain Ikat Bowl on top of the sideboard along the 3-Candle Hurricane Candle Holder for ambiance, both are from Nate Berkus. To add some more pretty to the d├ęcor this simple pretty Pebble Bowl from Z Gallerie would also add extra eye candy to her living room

6. Pillows: I adore these modern Greek Key Pillows from an Esty seller – gold and white will looking amazing on a vintage settee. I also adore the P Kaufman Brissac Jewel fabric from, a pillow made from this fabric would be amazing and would add some pretty color in the room! 

7. Hardware: When Summer finds the perfect sideboard / dresser for her room, I would update the hardware with these pretty knobs from Anthorpologie and simple elegant pulls via Restoration Hardware. The knobs add extra interest and go so well with the room!!

I had a great time putting this mood board together for Summer!! Lucky for me Summer loved the mood board and after already started shopping local thrift stores for finds. She found the adorable side table below for her living room area. For get this only $7 bucks, what a steal. 

What do you think of the Mood Board for Summers Space?



  1. Katrina, you did a beautiful job! The color palette is my favorite part - so sophisticated and fresh.

  2. You are such a good friend to take time to find her so many great options. I'm sure that Summer could find a great mirror like the inspiration room too.

    I agree with your assessment regarding the fireplace, based on the inspiration picture, a white fireplace would be perfect.

  3. What a nice moodboard, I really like it! The colors are soft and pretty, and just like the inspiration photo. But still modern and fun... I am going to send this to my mom, who wants a living room similar to this! Great job!

  4. Love the mood board! It's light and airy and very elegant.

  5. You did a great job! Love all the soft, muted colors. Great tip to look on Craigslist and thrift stores for the furniture.

  6. I tried to comment earlier, but it didn't go through :(

    You did an AMAZING job! I love it! Can't wait to see "after" pics!

  7. It is very helpful and motivational as well. I really informative the content and image of your blog. House Painter Atlanta, Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta and all around in Georgia. MyFourSeasonsPainting is a painting company offering interior & exterior house, residential and commercial painting services.

  8. Swooning over here! To quote Outkast, that color palette is so fresh and so clean! From the gorgeous lamp to the ikat bowl and everything in between, I think you put together an amazing room. You should do this more often!!

  9. Looks like you're off to a great start. I like the moodboard too, it helps to keep you on the right track even if you don't use everything you have on it.

  10. Wow, I always marvel at the people that can put together these mood must take so much time! I love your choices.

  11. I love your ideas. Everything is beautiful.

  12. Amazing mood board girl! I'm loving the colors and I think that they would look great in my family room!

    I hope that you and your family have a great Chrismas day!

  13. Summer! Take this mood board and run with it.
    The colors are truly a good reflection of life.
    I would love to see what she does with what you have created.


Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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