Mood Board: Dining and Living Room Design Plans

So we have a deal. J is allowed to buy some fancy (yet, in my humble opinion, unnecessary) computer thing and I am allowed my equally fancy (yet also not entirely necessary) Chesterfield! Woot! I’m not sure he really understands what he’s agreed to, but I’m going with it, and quick, before he changes his mind. In light of that, I’ve nailed down my dining and living room design plans for the new house.

It’s long and narrow – similar to our last space, but without the staircase cutting into it. Our new kitchen doesn’t have space for a table, so we have to squeeze that in here too. And an office. And space to play. And store stuff. I’m asking a lot of this space!

Floor Plan

After a lot of maneuvering, I’ve settled on a layout…

Floor Plan - Living Room Design

Living Room Mood Board

Here’s my design plan for the living/study end.

Mood Board - Living Room Design Featuring MidCentury Console, Souk Rug, Chesterfield Sofa & Abstract Oil Painting

Painting – Alice Neave // Lamp Shade – Habitat // Lamp Base – Pier 1
Side board – vintage // Basket – West Elm // Desk – Pottery Barn
Task Lamp – Loaf // Desk Chair – Herman Miller // Side Chairs – Pier 1
Blue Cushions – Ecco Trading // Weaving – Sunwoven // Grass Cloth – Swag Paper
Rug – Rugs USA // Curtains – West Elm // Floor Lamp – West Elm
Side Table – West Elm // Sofa Bed – Love Your Home
Honeycomb Cushion – The Future Kept
Ikat Cushion – One Kings Lane // Gold Cushion  – Urban Outfitters

Our dresser fits up the stairs in this house, so it’s back in the bedroom where it belongs after serving as a TV stand for the last year. Instead, I found a vintage (60s) sideboard on eBay. It’s longer, narrower, and visually lighter, so it fits the room much better.

Obviously we’re not replacing everything. The desk and chairs aren’t going anywhere, yet. But our old rug is horrible now, and although I still like our current sofa, the sofa bed will be handy for guests.

I’m not sold on the curtains yet – I might want something heavier – and the grass cloth, if I do it, will be a large DIY panel. I think I need something to break up the long expanse of white wall, but I’m not certain that’s the answer yet. I’ll put more of the room together and reevaluate that one.

Dining Room Mood Board

Up the other end, I’m keeping it fairly simple.

Mood Board - Dining Room Design PlansWardrobe – Ikea // Mirror – Z Gallerie
Basket – West Elm // Table & Bench  – John Lewis // Chair – Famous Design

I found the table on eBay brand new. The packaging was damaged but the table itself was perfect, and half the price it is in the store. It just arrived today. I’m hoping I can find the bench on eBay too…fingers crossed. I love wishbone chairs, but they might be a little wide. I’m going to live with the table a while before I make the call on those. And the lanterns…we need some mood lighting over the table, but there isn’t any, and it’s a rental. So my plan is to hang a few candle lanterns and fill them with battery-powered fairy lights.

I’ll try to get some progress photos posted, but that requires cleaning and tidying, and it’s school holidays so it might be a while. If I don’t post again before Christmas, happy holidays!


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