Kitchen Fever: Mood Board Edition

Hello from sunny (and warm!) Tampa, Florida! I have to admit, between a very busy conference for work and a mini-vacation with my mom, I had a moment of panic last night when I realized that I hadn’t prepared my blog post for this week.  Here’s a fun snapshot of the trip so far (shoutout to Sue and Mal for entertaining me this week!).  Let’s just say there’s been a lot of sun, sandals, and strawberry margaritas.

Back at the home front, Dan and I are officially going kitchen crazy.  What better way to celebrate our new home renovation project (aside from creating more budget rules for our daily lives, of course) than by making a brand-spanking-new mood board?  In case you didn’t already know, I love bright and colorful spaces, and I was recently inspired by this beautiful color palate created by Design Seeds that I found on Pinterest.

They call this the oatmeal-inspired color palate.  Well, nothing says kitchen to me more than a bunch of bright colors named after a breakfast food!  Not to mention that I started brainstorming colors by this adorable print I bought a few months ago from A Vintage Poster called Tea Party.

These lanterns speak to me.  And of course they happen to be (somewhat) representative of my wedding colors, so that makes them even more adorable and meaningful. Without further adieu, here is the official Kitchen Mood Board reveal:

The more I create mood boards, the more fun that it gets.  It’s virtual shopping without actually spending any of my money (which means Dan probably likes it even more).  I kept the oatmeal-inspired color scheme in mind when picking out the colors of each of the items.  This includes peach chairs, yellow accents, and picking out some fabric to make my own roman shade over our big kitchen window!  Fun colors and shapes all around.  Now, let’s break things down, one by one.

1) As I mentioned earlier, I bought this Tea Party lantern 8×10 print in the “Bleu Cheese” color scheme for $21.  It’s whimsical and fun, and I really love the shapes which would actually go along really well with a rounded pendant light fixture. – http://www.avintageposter.com/product/tea-party

2) Since we are not DIY-ing our entire kitchen, I love the idea of taking on some projects on my own.  I’d love to make a roman shade for our kitchen window, which takes up most of the main wall.  I found this Robert Allen fabric on Amazon, and it’s only $12.90 for three yards. – http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Allen-Indoor-Outdoor-Turquoise/dp/B005591PYG/ref=sr_1_10?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1424824016&sr=1-10&keywords=yellow+and+coral+fabric

3) To brighten things up a little bit, I love this yellow tray from Crate and Barrel for $29.95.  There are a ton of colors, but I love how this yellow compliments the lantern color in the poster and fabric I chose. – http://www.crateandbarrel.com/zuma-yellow-tray/s331614

4) In terms of picking out finishes, Dan and I haven’t made too many final decisions yet, aside from the fact that we are keeping things white and bright. I appreciate the classic simplicity of a white subway tile, but I’ve been thinking about something different, and this hexagon/honeycomb style pattern really appeals to me! I love this tile from Wayfair for $20.99 per square foot. – http://www.wayfair.com/2-x-2-Marble-Hexagon-Polished-Mosaic-in-White-Carrara-WC2HX-EPK1229.html

5) Hello, gorgeous.  I don’t know how comfortable this chair is, but I love the coral color and the beachy feel that it could bring into any space.  It’s pretty pricey at $279 per chair, but it’s the perfect color inspiration for our kitchen. – http://www.ballarddesigns.com/macau-armchair/311361?redirect=y

6) Speaking of gorgeous, I can’t get enough of this industrial pendant light for $139 from Shades of Light.  I think this would look great as a solo light above the sink, or in a grouping of lights above the kitchen table. – http://www.shadesoflight.com/clear-glass-globe-industrial_pendant.html

7) I think the most whimsical item on this entire mood board is the peach teapot set from CB2.  I can imagine this dressing up the shelves of my glass-front white cabinets and complimenting so many of the other colors in the kitchen.  It’s also only $24.95. – http://www.cb2.com/wayne-orange-teapot/s244134

8) Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been in the market for a kitchen rug.  We have hardwood floors that extend into our kitchen, so it’s important for us to have a rug near the sink to prevent splashing and dripping and damaging our floors.  I love this subtly patterned herringbone rug from Rugs USA for $208.  So cute! – http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-herringbone-cotton-flatwoven/ming-yellow/200HMCO4B-508.html

Live from Tampa, it’s a Kitchen Mood Board!  If you enjoyed this post, check out my Guest Bathroom Mood Board as well, and feel free to share what designs and colors schemes you’re mulling over in your spaces!

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