Monday, March 8, 2010

Sunny Mood Board Monday


It's Mood Board Monday time again and Sarah at pewter+sage is hosting. Sarah chose for us two bright, bold rugs as inspiration. My pick is this St. John Stripe indoor/outdoor from Dash & Albert. So crisp and clean and perfect for a springtime sunroom.

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The centerpiece of my sunroom design is a pair of glossy black bamboo armchairs. They come with off-white seat cushions that I would replace with a crisp white to match the upholstery on the settee. The settee is an attractive choice for both its affordability that offsets the pricier armchairs as well as the clean, graphic lines and airy silhouette that I wanted in all of my seating pieces.

I wanted to give you a better view of the table because I like it so much. It's from Crate & Barrel and it was the top that really sold me. C&B's website describes it like this: "Each tabletop is crafted of molten aluminum, hand-casted in individual sand molds, then cooled and hand-finished with a colored patina. Three layers of hand-applied wax seal and protect." But here's the best part: the table top lifts off and flips from the solid side you see here to a tray-top. Wouldn't it look great filled with white pebbles and piled with potted bulbs or orchids?


To soften all the straight lines of the furniture and rug, I added softness and extended the color palette with a trio of bright pillows, one of them a sunny yellow. More yellow is found in the semi-sheer curtains I would hang all around this three-sided room. Especially during the day but even at night they will bring a warm glow to the otherwise cool color story. They are the "sun" in my sunroom.


The light in my sunroom, at night anyway, will come from a pair of modern lanterns. Matte opal glass is encircled by clear and both fit into a blackened iron framework. Other finishing touches include curvy zinc candlesticks that, at 22" and 25" tall, can sit either on the floor or on a tabletop. A yellow glass bowl on the table brings a bit of sunshine to the center of the room. I would continue to accessorize this room with bits of yellow and white ceramic, and green and aqua glass, perhaps in vases or vintage glass fishing floats.

Of course, no sunroom is complete without loads of potted plants and flowers. Piled on shelves, massed together on the floor and in a grouping on that great tray table, they're the perfect finishing touch for my sunny sunroom.

Hop on over to pewter+sage now to see the other rooms. Click on the image below. Thanks, Sarah, for hosting again! It was fun to dream about spring on yet another rainy weekend.


Click on my board to see sources and pricing. Flower photo is by Gridley & Graves via countryliving.com

20 comments:

the gardeners cottage said...

Oh I'm loving this room. So crisp and classy. You have the touch!

~janet

the gardeners cottage said...

Oh I'm loving this room. So crisp and classy. You have the touch!

~janet

the gardeners cottage said...

Oh I'm loving this room. So crisp and classy. You have the touch!

~janet

the gardeners cottage said...

Oh I'm loving this room. So crisp and classy. You have the touch!

~janet

the gardeners cottage said...

Oh I'm loving this room. So crisp and classy. You have the touch!

~janet

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It all looks so good!!! I have loved that D&A rug for awhile...so I can not wait to enjoy it in your new space!

I am using a very similar pallete for an upcoming project...

tpurk said...

Those punches of yellow really spark the color story and make it fresh. And I like your idea of using the tray side of the table filled with rocks - it adds that natural element. A fun room!
Terrie @ YourDecoratingHotline.com

Kate said...

Very nice! I tried to make a sunroom mood board with this rug too and just couldn't quite seem to pull it together. Yours turned out so well! I love the yellow you added, it's a great complement to the blues in the rug.

Susan said...

I'm loving the punchy yellow!
-Susan at Project Balancing Act

Ashley said...

Looks great! I like how we both did sunrooms with different rugs. You can tell we have spring on the brain. :)

Averill said...

I love your mood board, Tracy! Those bamboo chairs are fantastic -- what a great shape!

Kathysue said...

Tracy I love everything about this room and could move right in. Love the pop of yellow and the grounding force of the darker pieces, Great Job!! Happy Monday,Kathysue

TheVirginiaHouse said...

How bright and sunny to get us in the mood for Spring! (as if we need to be "gotten" in the mood:-)
Great Post!

the gardeners cottage said...

Tracey,

I have NO idea why my comment went up so many times. I so apologize. I came back by to admire that rug. I love it!

Sorry,

Janet

p.s. I was NOT drinking (his time!)

charlotteannette said...

I really really like the way that the graphic black lines in the furniture pop off of the bright colors. I might have to get some yellow outdoor curtains for my back porch!

Sarah said...

So glad you chose the striped rug too, Tracy! This is definitely a room I would love to read a book and drink a margarita in:) Love how you brought out the small subtle yellow stripe and ran with it. Those pillows rule! And that modern lantern is such a unique find. A total home run again...thanks for partying with us:)

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Love the way it turned out! I think the bright pops of color are so fun! I love this party!

Sarah @ The Clueless Homeowners said...

Ooh, I love the yellow with this rug! My sunroom is seriously lacking in style so maybe this will inspire me to get my butt in gear!

Struggler said...

This is a lovely room and I particularly like the accessories you picked - I'm off to check out that Sea Glass blog!

The DIY Show Off said...

What a gorgeous room! It's so happy and has so much style. I love every item you chose. Great job!

Roeshel