January 8, 2013

Mood Board: Tess’s Living Space

Back with another mood board today :)

This is what Tess had to say about her open living space:

“My husbands family has passed down a lot of antique furniture to us that is beautiful but totally doesn’t work anywhere, isn’t very functional, and I feel like we live in an antique store sometimes.  I think there needs to more “femine” or softer items, everything feels pretty masculine to me. I want the room to be a nice- looking room to sit and visit with company, but still functional and family friendly.  We have a 3 yr old and 6mo old and a black labordoodle. We watch TV, play with kids & dog, and my husbands reads a lot in the green chair. I’m trying to minimize how much wood furniture we have.

From the living room you look into the dining room which is painted a light grey and the entry which is painted a beige color.  We need some color. We’ve had a lot of red in the past and I want to move away from too much of  that.  I like blues and greens and beiges and grays.”

And here’s what I came up with!

Mood Board: Tess's Living Space

Wall color: Ben Moore’s Dusky Blue (at 50% formula) – A soft blue-gray called Dusky Blue by Benjamin Moore that will help fuse the adjacent rooms’ colors together.

1. Blue & Green Ikat Window Treatments – Outside of the furniture pieces and accessories that Tess provided as inspiration, this gorgeous fabric was the starting off point for the design. It’ll pop nicely against the subtle wall color and bring so much life to the space!

2. It Always Seems Impossible Art – This art piece could be one of two things. It’s sold as a smaller print, in which case framing it to be used on one Tess’s smaller walls would be great. Or, if she’s feeling crafty, this or any quote print could be replicated using stencils or stamps. I’d love to see this in a large frame (maybe 2’x3’) over the fireplace.

3. Bottle-Shaped Lamp – A pair of these on both ends of the sectional. The mid century ceramic base and linen shade are perfect for the room! Normally I would go for a white drum shade, but I think this natural linen speaks to the rug and gives a much more casual feel.

4. Industrial Wood End Table – Several of Tess’s inspiration pics features similar coffee tables, so I felt it very fitting to include one! This option is super affordable and brings so much interest to the room.

5. Gray Sectional Sofa – Tess already owned this sofa, but I suggested swapping our her current white cover for the gray option. Her previous cover is beautiful and machine washable since it’s a slip cover and can be removed, however, it’s also 100% cotton. AKA, the worst fabric for stains. The gray will definitely better disguise any dirt or spills and if nothing else, give a little more peach of mind!

6. Aqua Lumbar Pillow

7. Red Floral Pillow – A lovely pop of red (chosen by Tess) to warm things up!

8. Quilted Turquoise Pillow

9. Geometric Jute Rug – Already owned by client. Love the texture that it brings!

10. Icy Blue Medallion Rug – Layering rugs is a fantastic way to add texture and dimension to your space. Say you currently have an 8×10 jute rug, you would then layer this icy blue medallion rug over top of it in a 7×9 or 6×8 size. And this pop of subtle color will bring in plenty of  contrast and draw more attention to the dark sofa and leather chair!

11. Tufted Ottoman – I chose this gorgeous tufted ottoman (in Sand) to serve as a coffee table. The round shape will not only help visually expand the space but the curves will also bring in a much need feminine touch. If a space is ever feeling a bit too masculine just add curves. Anything round. Round tables, round ottoman, round frames, round mirrors. Easy fix.

12. Antiqued Tiled Mirror – A second option for above the fireplace, this mirror would be a great focal point for the space. Bonus – It will also open up the space and reflect the window light to expand the room!

13. Mid Century Rocking Bird – The next two are options for styling the mantle. The key to a well styled mantle is reaching all heights with your objects. For example, the mirror is the backdrop and then typically you’ll want something tall in height, medium, and small. On the mood board you can see the vases are tall, the frames are medium, and the rocking bird is small.

14.  Olive Green Vases

15. Leather Club Chair – Love how the contrast and textures of this chair play so well with the sofa. It’s always great to mix textures instead of just fabric pieces. And the tufted back plays along with the tufted ottoman. Plus, nothing beats a leather chair for reading!

16. Floor Lamp with Drum Shade – Perfect beside the armchair for a little reading!

17. Green Ceramic Stool – Great beside the armchair for holding drinks or doubling as extra seating in a pinch! The small pop of green on this side of the room will help tie it into the curtains on the opposite end. (try Joss & Main for a less expensive alternative)

18. Minwax’s Classic Gray Wood Stain – I suggested that Tess refinish their current armoire with this warm wood stain. Work with what you’ve got!


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6 thoughts on “Mood Board: Tess’s Living Space

  1. Amanda

    Love this. could you post pictures of her current furniture or what it currently looks like, so we know how you got your current mood board? THANKS!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Great idea! I’ll consider that for future posts, however it’d be at the clients will. Thanks for the idea 🙂


  2. jayessjaybee

    Just found your blog yesterday… and today I think I’ve browsed almost your entire archive (and re-pinned several of your great ideas, too)… thanks for the inspiration!!


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