Downtown Condo Mood Board


A client reached out to me wanting some help with her new downtown condo.  She is a busy professional, with little time to meet, so we decided to treat her project like an e-design project.  We did all of our communication through email and I provided her with a floor plan and furniture options that she could purchase on her own time. She wanted help with the main room of the condo.  It is a long, narrow space with windows along one wall and open to the kitchen on the other side.

downtown condo

The width of the carpeted area is 7’6” and we used a length of 14’6” to separate her living space from her entry space.  With such a narrow area to work with, we had to be creative with her options.  Here is the layout design I suggested to her:

living room floor plan

Placing the sofa against the windows will maximize the space.  It also allows for a nice open flow between the living area and the kitchen.  If she wants extra seating, I suggested a small chair in the foyer area that could be brought over when needed.

Here is the mood board with the specific pieces I suggested for her downtown condo:

downtown condo mood board

1.  The Davis Queen sleeper sofa from Crate & Barrel is a great piece to anchor the space.  I like this couch for its clean lines and nice shape.  (I like it so much that Andrew and I have this couch with a chaise in our living room!)  The arms are narrow, so it is a good fit for a smaller space.  It comes in a variety of colors, but I like the color here: Mink.  She does not have a guest room, so the sleeper sofa will allow her to hosts guests in her new home.

2.   This adorable tufted chair is an updated version to a traditional parlor style chair.  The tufted back and swooped arms give it a feminine touch without being overly girly.  The chair comes in a variety of colors, and picking something  fun, like Grape, gives the space personality.

3.  I suggested 2 ottomans instead of a coffee table for several reasons:

  • they are a good size for the space
  • they offer extra storage
  • they can serve as extra seating if needed
  • their tops can be flipped and used as trays
  • they come in a variety of colors (shown in: Smoke)

4.   A round side table helps to break up the shapes in the condo.  I loved the texture and size of this table.

5.   A media console with reclaimed wood and ebony stained surround is the perfect fit for a chic downtown condo.

Pops of color in pillows and accessories will give her condo personality and make it feel like home.  I love to mix and match patterns and textures in pillows, and these four will coordinate beautifully with the purple chair.

6.   The multicolor floral pillow is a great one to start with on the sofa.  Aside from the purple, it also brings in three other vibrant colors in the red, orange, and green.

7.   The chenille diamond pillow is perfect for adding texture to the room.  It also gives a nod to the pattern on the side table.

8.   Ikat is a classic Indian design, but the purple and red color scheme of this pillow give it an updated feel.

9.   Colorful medallions and playful fringe make this lumbar pillow the perfect finishing touch to the room.

I enjoyed putting together these ideas to help her create the perfect feel for her new home!

° Which piece is your favorite?

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Galaxy Diner Lounge

My recent window shopping trips have put 1950’s and vintage décor on my mind.  I’ve mentioned before that in our next house I hope to have a 50’s inspired eat-in kitchen area.  We’re not moving any time soon, so I decided to create a vintage lounge mood board to channel my vision. For more ideas and inspiration, I headed to one of my favorite diners ~ Galaxy Diner, located in the heart of Carytown.

Photos of Galaxy Diner, Richmondphoto of Galaxy Diner courtesy of TripAdvisor

Galaxy Diner serves classic diner food with a ‘cosmic twist’.  Try the ‘Knock me up Scotty’ (fried pickles and ranch dressing with a hardboiled egg and a side of ice cream), the ‘Big Dipper Double Burger’, or my personal favorite – the ‘Black Hole Pancakes’ (pancakes with an Oreo center).

The décor inside the diner is a perfect match for their name and menu items.  When you enter the restaurant, the comet-like pendant lights are the first thing you see.  They immediately provide the fun and funky vibe that is echoed throughout the restaurant.

galaxy diner lights

Once your eyes travel back down to earth level, you’ll notice their diner bar stools.  They’re covered in sparkly red and silver vinyl and create the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast or a late night drink with a friend.

galaxy diner bar stools

If a booth is more your style, they have plenty of those as well.  The same red and silver vinyl is used, and a swirly design on the table tops makes me think of outer space.

galaxy diner booth

After my visit to Galaxy Diner, my head was full of ideas for a 50’s inspired lounge.  I knew I wanted to use three main elements as my inspiration:

  1. the hip pendant lights
  2. the red and gray color scheme
  3. the bar stools
Galaxy Diner Lounge Mood Board

1. I started by finding these sparkly red pendant lights from ($300).  When the light is turned on, the bubbles in the glass look like tiny little stars – perfect for my Galaxy Diner inspired room!

2. I covered one wall in the room with the gray, black, and white ‘Walldots’ wallpaper from One Stop Modern ($110 / roll) to serve as a feature wall and to be backdrop for the red pendant lights.  A traditional printing technique is used to make the pattern appear as though it has been hand painted.

3. Every lounge needs a bar, so I chose this vintage cocktail bar from Metro Retro Furniture ($2900).  The wood parquet pattern adds warmth to the room while staying with the retro theme.

4. A twist on the traditional bar stools, the Swizzle Bar Stools’ low profile keeps the bar from being blocked (red ~ $61, silver ~$75).  I chose a red one and a silver one in honor of the alternating stools at Galaxy Diner.

5. &  6.  No bar is complete without bar tools ($20) and Old Fashioned glasses ($52).  Both of these are vintage pieces I found on, but you could easily find similar items at your local antique store.

vintage bar set

7. To truly lounge in your lounge, you need comfortable seating.  The grey Sutton loveseat ($460) in Renu leather is comfortable and durable, and provides the perfect spot to relax with friends.

8. Two Bradstreet Chairs ($303 / pair) add more seating for entertaining.  With their clean lines and multi-colored stripes, they reflect the mid-century modern vibe.

9. Pillows are always easy items to mix and match.  I loved the mod chain link pattern of the two Shape Up Retro Taffy Pillows ($55).  On the loveseat, I continued with  geometric prints and paired a square pattern ($21.95) with a playful owl ($10).

10. In order to carry the color red around the room, I choose the Red Sasquatch wool rug ($327).  Keeping with the geometric theme, the chevron pattern provides an alternative to stripes.

11. Have you heard of CB2?  CB2 is Crate & Barrel’s online sister store.  They describe themselves as “affordable modern for apartment, loft, home.”  I loved the round shape of their Reprouvé Coffee Table ($299).  The white top keeps the piece feeling light and the wood details reflect the wood in the bar.

12. Another modern light fixture, the Robert Sonneman Floor Lamp ($595) is from a local store – Metro Modern – and adds another fun and funky feature to the space.

13. The Gathering is an original painting by artist Will Wieber ($700).  The bold colors and shapes reflect his take on mid-century modern art.

14. If you splurged on the painting, save money with this DIY sunburst wall clock tutorial from HGTV.

15. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter ~ HC-172 completes the space with a soft silvery grey backdrop.

Funky light fixtures, a red and gray color scheme, and mod bar stools were my inspiration for this Galaxy Diner themed lounge.  By adding warm wood tones and mixing and matching geometric patterns, the room comes together into a lounge that would stay hip for decades to come.

º What is your favorite diner décor element? º Have you seen funky light fixtures in other restaurants?

*Comment on this post with your answers to the questions for a chance to win a Galaxy Diner gift certificate valid for lunch or dinner for two.

A big thank you to the team at Galaxy Diner for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Emily ~ she was the winner of the Galaxy Diner gift certificate!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Monday, July 23, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

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Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. I am starting off 2012 with another restaurant inspired mood board (remember the Sweet Frog Foyer?).

My restaurant of choice this time around is Cous Cous.  Cous Cous serves Moroccan cuisine ranging from delicious soups, salads, and entrees, to small plates that are great for sharing.  They also serve traditional tagines and kabobs.  I thoroughly enjoy their food, and their décor inspired me to create a Moroccan themed bedroom.

Cous Cous restaurant, Richmond, VA

(Image from Cous Cous’s website)

There are many traditional Moroccan décor elements in the restaurant, but the two that inspired me the most are their light fixtures and beautiful, dark wood.

They have an authentic collection of Moroccan lanterns throughout the restaurant.  I love the textured glass and the punched metal.

cous cous lanterns

The dark wood helps to create an intimate atmosphere in the restaurant.  The circle and quatrefoil cutouts provide an extra detail to the mirrors and the benches.

cous cous mirrors

cous cous bench close up

With my senses stimulated from the sights and smells of Cous Cous, I was ready to design a Moroccan inspired bedroom.  My color inspiration came from Pantone’s 2012 color of the year: Tangerine Tango.

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  1.  I started by finding this hand cut brass and white plexiglass pendant light from Tazi Designs ($650).  The intricate brass design echoes the ones from Cous Cous, while the plexiglass and globe shape give the fixture a modern feel.
  2. To start off the color scheme, this paisley fabric from Duralee ($45/yd.) would create lovely window panel draperies.
  3. The focal point of any bedroom is the bed, and this scroll upholstered headboard is from West Elm (Queen, $499).  The shape of the headboard reminds me of the top of the mirrors at Cous Cous.
  4. I wanted to keep the bedding crisp and clean.  This white duvet cover with an espresso accent stripe is from Pottery Barn ($169 – on sale).
  5. To pull in more ‘Tangerine Tango’, a polka dot fabric ($31 / yd.) and a geometric fabric ($75 / yd.), both from Duralee, add a pop of color and playfulness to the bed.
  6. Completing the bedding ensemble is the floral pillow from Overstock ($54.99).
  7. As a more traditional Moroccan element, on either side of the bed are the night stands (my favorite pieces in the room!) from ($399).  I fell in love with the hexagon shape, scalloped edges, baluster legs, and inlay top design.  The top also lifts up to reveal hidden storage.
  8. Providing ambient lighting are the Moroccan table lamps from ($180).  Made of hand cut brass, they project a unique and fun design on the surrounding walls.
  9. The wavy design of the Trellis rug, from ($256 for a 5’x8’), reflects the scalloped edges of the night stands.
  10. To add storage to the bedroom, I found the Dawson dresser from Crate & Barrel ($1,199).  The straight lines add a modern contrast to the night stands, while the clove stain and open grain on the mango wood ties the two together.   They both remind me of all of the rich, dark wood in Cous Cous.
  11. Above the dresser, is the ‘Palace Window’ Mirror from ($195.99).  The arched shape is similar to the shape of the mirrors in Cous Cous.  The mango wood is covered with brass repousse that adds a unique dimension to the piece.
  12. &  13.  As accessories on the dresser I found the white ceramic gazelle from LampsPlus ($59.91) and the tangerine ceramic elephant from VivaChloe’s Etsy shop ($22.00).  Both animals are native to Morocco, adding an authentic touch to the room.
  13. With most of the pieces for the room in place, I was ready to choose a paint color.  In order to allow the rich woods and pops of tangerine stand out, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Royal Silk, 939.  The soft tan color keeps the room calm and cozy, while letting the other elements be the stars.
  14. To complete the room, I needed artwork.  The orange ikat printable images are from Fresh Memories Studio on Esty ($3, total!).  Bordered with brown, chunky frames, they provide the perfect finishing touch for this Moroccan inspired bedroom!

º What is your favorite Moroccan décor element ~ light fixtures, quatrefoils, scallops, ikat, something else? º Would you be willing to incorporate ‘Tangerine Tango’ into your home’s décor?  

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $10 Cous Cous gift certificate.   A big thank you to Al, one of the owners of Cous Cous, for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Shana!  She is the winner of the Cous Cous gift certificate!*

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Saturday, January 7, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

Sweet Frog Foyer

Welcome to my first blog post!  I am excited to be working on my decorating business and to have the opportunity to share design ideas, inspiration, and advice.  I truly believe that you can find design inspiration anywhere.  Anything that appeals to you can be transformed to fit into your home – nature, music, animals, clothing.

(nature wall decals; record framed mirror; zebra tealight holder; sweater pillows)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m inspired by sweets!  So for my first post, I decided to take one of my favorite places around Richmond and make that my inspiration.  Sweet Frog is a fairly new addition to the area dessert shop line-up, but it is all the craze here.  It’s even become a hot topic of conversation: “How do you Sweet Frog?”.  For those of you that don’t know, Sweet Frog is a self-service frozen yogurt bar.  You pick your flavor, or flavors, of frozen yogurt from the ‘wall-o-yogurt’ (as I like to call it), and then proceed to the toppings bar to pile on as many toppings as you can fit into your cup.  There is quite the art to creating one’s perfect yogurt sundae, and everyone seems to have their own unique way of doing it.

All that aside, I wanted to use Sweet Frog’s modern take on an ice cream parlor to be inspired for a room’s décor.  When you first walk into any Sweet Frog, there are 3 main things about their décor that stand out:

1. The giant pendant lights

2. The bold pink and green color scheme

3. The playful iridescent tile that surrounds the ‘wall-o-yogurt’

I decided to use Sweet Frog’s décor to be the inspiration for an entry foyer.  Out of their 3 main design elements, I opted to use the lighting and the tile for my inspiration.  I adjusted the pink and green color scheme for a pallet of blues and yellows.

So here you have it, a Sweet Frog inspired foyer:


  1.  I was able to find the same pendant light that they use in the shops.  It is from Ikea:  Fillsta pendant lamp, white, $29.99  It would make a grand statement in any entrance way or foyer!
  2. The next thing I looked for was a mirror inspired by the iridescent tiles in the shop.  I found this mirror from The Tile Gal, $40.  The tiles add a little glitz and glam to the space while giving you a spot for one last look before heading out the door.
  3. I decided that a soft, yet sunny, yellow paint color would be perfect on the walls in order to allow the mirror to pop and to make the homeowner and guests alike feel welcome upon entering the home.  I mean, with a name like ‘Sundance’ (Benjamin Moore ~ 2002-50), how could it not make you feel happy and cheerful?
  4. Next it was time to find a console table.  I wanted one that was more traditional than the pendant light, but that would still have a nice shape.  I was able to find exactly what I was looking for in this Cottage White Console Table by Cooper on Amazon.   At $498.00 it’s more expensive than the other pieces in the space, but having a nice sturdy console table that will take a lot of wear and provides some storage, is worth it.  I love how the curves of the legs and underneath the drawers tie into the curves on the pendant.
  5. With most of the main pieces in place, I was able to look for accessories.  This laminated Marimekko tray, $55, from Crate and Barrel provides the perfect place to drop mail, keys, sunglasses, etc.  I love the fun floral pattern, and the colors are perfect to connect the blues of the mirror and the yellow on the wall.
  6. I also found this yellow pitcher by Emile Henry on Amazon, $54.49. I can imagine it filled with beautiful blue hydrangeas or white tulips.
  7. To add a blue accessory to the space, I went in search of votives from They have such unique pieces that can be used in a variety of ways.  I picked 2 colors to tie into the color scheme of the foyer, ‘Pool’ and ‘Dolphin’, and I envision them being used in their traditional way, lit from within by a votive candle.
  8. As a nod to the whole ‘ice cream parlor’ idea, I wanted to find a vintage ice cream parlor chair that would sit next to the console table.  I originally found the one above on eBay, but it sold before I could make my post.  I know one could easily be found at a local antique store or on eBay and spray painted whatever shade of blue or yellow speaks to you.
  9. The last element to tie the whole foyer together is the rug that would fill the space.  I found these 'Yeah, Baby' carpet tiles in 'Cool' for $26.99 / tile from  Because they are carpet tiles, they can be made into whatever size would be needed for the space.  They can also be replaced one tile at a time if they get worn or stained.

° Which of the 3 main Sweet Frog elements – pendant light, iridescent tile, or pink & green colors – would you be most likely to incorporate into your house?   ° How do you Sweet Frog?  ~ I always have to have Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in my sundae, yum!

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $10 Sweet Frog gift certificate!

Congratulations to Erin ~ she was the winner of the Sweet Frog gift certificate!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Gift certificate valid at the Forest Hill Sweet Frog location only.  Comments must be posted by Wednesday, November 9 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)