Summer's Mood Board

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 décor 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?