Mood Board Monday

Mood Board Monday
Today I'm joining 
Sarah's Mood Board Link Party at Pewter+Sage.
I've been watching from the sidelines for a while, but decided to 
join in when I saw today's task: a dining room inspired by 

While all the options were beautiful, I fell hard for the "Dhara collection" by Phillippe Deshoulieres. Its rich colors and elegant patterns seemed the perfect jumping off point for a dining room worth lingering in. Dhara is inspired by the side designs of a poetry manuscript from Saadi and its colors are inspired by the traditional saris from Penjab and Cachemire. This exotic, Eastern influence definitely inspired the eclectic space I envisioned. 

Drawing from these colors and patterns, I found my rug from ABC Carpet and Home which drove the rest of the design. Keep in mind, this was a wish-list, budget-free sort of day-dream for me. I believe the rug was on sale for about $6000. The colors echoed the china perfectly and I loved its pattern. It set the tone for where I headed in terms of color, pattern and furniture and led me to elements with a rustic sort of old-world feel.Ultimately, I tried to infuse the imaginary space with a balance of bold color, pattern, texture and subtle ethnicity. I wanted to imagine myself in a room that enveloped me and felt collected over-time, but still cohesive.

For some reason Polyvore and I had some difficulty sharing images from Etsy, so  the artwork from Sarah Giannobile  I chose is below.  I wanted something simple in black and white that referenced the patterns in the china, rug and fabrics. I thought these abstract drawings worked nicely.

Living Form / mandala print archival print  fine art  black and white abstract drawing

So, although I obsessed just a tad on figuring out how to put a moodboard together, it really was a fun, creative exercise for me.  Thanks to Sarah at Pewter + Sage for inspiring me to try something new and to Holly at West Pear Avenue for introducing me to Mood Board Monday! Be sure to check out the other inspiring collections and the creative boards put together by some really great bloggers. 

How would you envision a similar space?  


Ikea Majby
$80 - ikea.com

Padma's Plantation Tables
$863 - carolinarustica.com

Philippe Deshoulieres "Dhara"
$100 - bloomingdales.com

Decorati | Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore


  1. I'm so glad you decided to join us and really did a great job (this is your first design board??). I'll have to check it out more later but I see a Schumacher fabric that I love and a bench on wheels (anything on wheels is great in my opinion). You learn something new each time so that is also a fun part of it.

  2. Hi, Erin! So nice to meet you! I'm so glad you read about MBM over at Holly's and decided to finally join in, yay!!! This really does not look like it could be your first mood board, its way too good! I mean, this room has a wallpaper focal wall and a painted ceiling? LOVE IT!! Totally cracking up at your $6000 on sale rug...great find, girl!!! It does make the space. I'm so glad you went with the Dhara pattern, I was hoping someone would. This is a wonderful collection of beautiful things, it definitely gives me that feeling you were after. Love the draoery fabric, pendant light...and gallery wall of mirrors?! gasp, so beautiful!!! Thank you so much for participating with such talent, hope to see you back for more mood board fun!

  3. What a great room!! This china was beautiful but I was afraid I'd never be able to pull it off. Congrats on doing a great job!! And this was your first??

  4. LOVE these dishes and your board! The bench on wheels is fantastic and you have some great fabrics!Really, this is your first?

  5. Thanks so much for the confidence boost and kind words, everyone!

  6. Erin this is beautiful! Love the Eastern influences you pulled into your board, especially the wall art. The "sale" rug is a great find! Oh to have the $$ to buy a rug from ABC Carpet and home. On to visit your blog...


  7. Thanks for stopping by, Cathy and for the kind words! I have no business going anywhere near ABC Carpet and home, lol, but a girl can dream ; )

  8. I am in love with everything about this room! Colors, texture. Yum!