Monday, November 14, 2011

A Dining Room for All Occasions

Today I am excited to show you the mood board I created for the Pewter+Sage Mood Board Monday challenge. The challenge was to pick a dinnerware set to use as inspiration for a dining room. I picked the Lenox Fine China Chirp Collection. This watercolor-inspired bird and floral themed dining set boasts numerous bright colors - besides the obvious turquoise color one can see shades of deep pink, reds, orange, sage and brown. I thought the initial challenge would be to narrow my color choices to two or three.

I decided that the dinnerware would be the star of the dining room and therefore I picked just one other item, a large one, in turquoise to tie-in to that. The other colors I picked were a deep orange (rust-like) and shades of a dirty brown (amber-like) and grey. The theme is primarily aviary but also nature...woods, plants, and so on. I chose an elegant yet calm grey, like Valspar's Sharkfin.

The dining table has a bench from the same collection and chairs from a different set. I chose a fully upholstered chair (there are four), tufted, to add an elegant feel to an otherwise relaxed dining space. On the bench I propose a seat cushion made out of the fabric pictured. On the windows I also suggest adding woven shades (natural element) besides rod-pocket drapes. All the fabric in this space softens the room. The additional aviary piece would be the wall sconce which looks amazing and would help illuminate the wall above the console - this would be in place of a mirror. I also thought adding the bubble planters was a fun and interesting way to bring nature indoors and tie that in to the central theme. The candelabra on the table is another lean towards nature without competing with the dinnerware. And the fabulous chandelier illuminates the entire dining table with its brilliance.

 1. Lenox Simply Fine Dinnerware, Chirp Collection from Macy's.
 2. Aviary Sconce - ZGallerie
 4. Choe Console - Horchow
 5. Birch Leaf Bowl - ZGallerie
 6. Smoked Glassware - west elm
 7. Exeter 16-Jar Pendant - Pottery Barn
 8. Sourav Dining Table - World Market
 9. Rust Tufted Chair - World Market
10. Sourav Bench - World Market
12. Mini Candelabra - west elm
13. Cordless Natural Woven Shades - Smith and Noble
14. Rod pocket drapes in Kalah Spice - Calico Corners

I think this dining room is warm and inviting with a touch of global sophistication. I hope you find my mood board as appealing as I found it fun to create. Do check out the other boards created at Pewter+Sage.

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  1. hey there! your board is not showing up for me!

  2. So happy someone picked that dinnerware! I was dying to see how the design might turn out. I love the restrained color palette and the woods you used. I actually have that bench from World Market and it's fantastic.

  3. I love your mood board and I'm going to have to go check out those stunning rust color dining chairs. This looks like a lot of fun!

  4. I love the china, so cheery and still elegant. I have the hanging glass balls outside my office window. I never tire of looking at them. Everything looks great!

  5. Hey Lisa- Can't believe we picked the same dishes! Love your board...that sideboard is divine...loving the bench/chair combo!

  6. I was curious how a room designed around these plates would look and your room does not disappoint! The aviary sconce is perfect and the sideboard is gorgeous! I also like how you pulled in the rusty red and kept things modern with the lighting.

  7. Not surprised that you picked these dishes as inspiration, they are so you! Love how you played off not only the colors but the bird theme in the items you chose. Great job, what time is dinner?


  8. Yay, Lisa!!! So happy you're here and so happy you picked these dishes!!! Love that sideboard and how its the only other turquoise in the room, such a great concept. I really like how you pulled out the warm colors from the dinnerware, it makes this space perfect for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays:) The jar pendant and that beautiful orange geometric fabric for the drapes are my other favorite parts! And well, I have a slight thing for birds, so you had me at hello!!!

  9. I love the sideboard. This room is fantastic and I love how you tied it all in the china.

  10. it looks so warm! i love those orange chairs and that sideboard!

  11. The pops of orange with all that turquoise make it fresh and modern. There's also an elegant rustic quality that I love. Beautiful job!

  12. Great job Lisa - my favorite features here are the lighting and the dark wooden tables. You also found some really great accessories to enhance the room. Another fun MBM!

  13. This is my favorite china pattern ever and I was so excited to see it as a room. You created such a beautiful space. Love that turquoise chest.

  14. You did a wonderful job, Lisa. Love the eclectic mix of furniture and accessories! Adore the light fixture and burnt orange dining chair!


  15. Lisa, that is a beautiful moodboard! I love the colors you used!