When I was a decorator in a past life, I would have my clients go through magazines and without putting too much thought into what they were looking for, randomingly tear out pages that showed something that resonated with them. It could be a colour, a pattern, a style of furniture, anything really. After, we would go through the images and most often there would be a common thread or theme. We then had a starting point.
That was a time long before computers! Now with Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms so easily accessible, finding inspiration it usually a click away. Although I’m a firm believer in shopping locally, sometimes that isn’t an option and the internet offers a world of options to purchase online. Creating a mood board has become relatively simple.
The photo above is the interior of “Le Grand Colbert” in Paris. Many of you will recognize this bistro from the movie “Somethings Gotta Give”. I have dined here on several occasions, sitting at the movie table, of course, and have loved the ambience. It has everything you might imagine of a Paris cafe/restaurant…soft lighting, bustling waiters, good food (the chicken that Erica, Diane Keaton, recommends really is a hit), plants (mostly palms), and exquisite polished mosiac tiled floors. This is my inspiration.
Presently my “Happy Hour” room looks nothing like the warm glow of “Le Grand Colbert”. Because I’m thinking this will be an “end of the working day” room, I want this space to have that after dark, Paris bistro vibe…hence the mood board I’ve been working on.
First, it will need a good name… Next I want patio string lights and a simple chandelier with edison light bulbs to provide that warm glow. The floor, which is just the existing cement patio, will be painted in a mosiac tile pattern. There will be a bar and bistro style seating.
This is how my mood board is coming along.
I have a starting point and hopefully I’ll stay focused and not get too distracted by everything else that’s on the market!
Are you working on any projects at your house?