Mood Board to Room: Decorating with Coffee + Cream

Coffe and Cream

Cafés provide rich fodder for inspiration: just imagine the pleasure of the first sip of coffee in the morning, the happy bustle in your favorite café, the beauty of coffee art on your latte, or savoring the rich scent of freshly ground beans in the market. Today we will walk through the process of translating a mood board (shown above) to some concrete ideas for decorating a room. First, let’s take a closer look at that mood board. The images I’ve chosen feature beautiful coffee art, a café scene, as well as a few interiors that use the rich tones of coffee and cream. I’m noticing rich wood, textiles in warm brown and cream, artwork in natural tones, and pale, creamy walls.

To bring this to life in your space, start with the “envelope” of your room: the floors and walls. Deep espresso-stained wood floors paired with pale cream walls create a lovely, soothing backdrop for a range of neutral hues in this open, loft-like space. Industrial style wood and metal furnishings call to mind both vintage schoolhouses and cafés, while an eclectic assortment of textiles on the bed brings warmth and tells an interesting visual story.



Or, for a fun twist, put the “coffee” color on the walls with a feature wall made from cork tiles, and paint the floors fresh white. A worn wood farm table paired with sleek, modern white chairs creates pleasing contrast between old and new. This space would be perfect for a creative who works from home, as you could use it as a dining room in the evening, and pin inspiration and notes right to the wall during the work day.


Enrich a warm neutral scheme with a luscious rug covering the floor. Playing with texture helps a neutral space look and feel more interesting, so consider going with a nubby natural fiber, plush Moroccan style, or even a rug woven with leather.

Are you inspired by a coffee and cream palette or café style? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Zuri ZumundaAnji Mountain Bamboo Collection Odyssey in dark brown and tan; Safavieh Vintage in stone; Nourison Capelle in espresso.

Image Credits (from top to bottom): Domino MagazineKinfolk Magazine; Instagram account of Leslie ShewringDomino Magazine.

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Fashion Translation: Desert Hues

Can you even believe it’s July? I, for one, cannot. It seems like just yesterday I was carrying around an extra sweater to take away the chill in the morning and once the sun goes down for the day… but now the days are longer and the colors are reminiscent of the desert, both in my home and in my wardrobe.

There’s something about desert hues that just feels so right for summer, especially as the months get hotter and longer. Spice tones are a great accent for both fashion and home. When I think of this theme, I’m especially drawn to rope details, kilim patterns, even textural monochromatic neutrals.The vibe is really casual and relaxed, with lots of layering but in a light, airy sort of way. For example, I’d totally pair together both of these great patterned pillows from Surya. Or even asymmetrically layer the oval rope rug over the more pattern-dense kilim. This look is definitely all about the layers.

Photo Credit: Vogue UK via Honestly WTF.

Desert Hue Shopping Guide:

Surya Beth Lacefield Pillow

Surya Candice Olson Pillow

Jaipur Rugs Bedouin rug

Homespice Decor Hudson rug


There’s also something about this trend that feels very bohemian to me, too. Maybe it’s all of the global, vintage-inspired patterns or the dusty, neutral tones, but this is exactly what I envision when I daydream about having a yurt in the middle of Joshua Tree one day.

Photo Credit: Mango via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Desert Hue Shopping Guide:

Karastan Panel Kirman rug

Anji Mountain jute collection rug

Loloi Xavier rug


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Mood Board to Room: Decorating with Mint Green

Creating your own mood board doesn’t need to be complicated, and it can really help zero in on the look, color scheme, and style you are are most drawn to. A mood board is simply a collection of images and objects that you love gathered in one place. You can cut out images from magazines and pin them to a bulletin board alongside snippets of ribbon, paint swatches, and found items; collect inspiring bits and bobs in a tray; or create a digital pinboard using a free photo editing program or a site like Pinterest. Whichever method you choose, if you want to use your mood board as inspiration for a real room, the key is to begin looking for themes in what you love.

I’ve pulled together some images featuring fresh, minty green, to show how a mood board can be used to draw out an interior scheme. A half dozen or so images is a good place to begin, because it’s enough to give you some good ideas and material, but not so much as to overwhelm or dilute your main concept. Once you have your favorite images chosen, take a moment to study what you like about each one. What makes the photo “work” for you? In this mood board, for example, I notice I am drawn to mint green paired with lots of crisp white, natural wood, taupe, pale pink, and soft gray. A wash of soft mint works well either on the walls or floor (never both at once); or as an accent on furniture.

Now you can begin to get a bit more specific and think about your space. If you own your home (or have an understanding landlord) perhaps you will decide to paint the walls soft, minty green. If you rent, rolling out a new mint-green rug or painting some thrift store furniture with mint-hued chalk paint can update your space without breaking the bank – and you can take it all with you if you move!

If it’s a rug that you’re choosing, consider whether you want it to be an eye-catching highlight of the room, a soft and subtle background hue, or something in between. In the dining room, where the other features are likely to remain the same for some time, laying down a beautiful patterned rug (like the marbled version shown above) is a great way to bring personality to the space. In the living room, consider a lush, solid-hued rug (like this one) as a backdrop for printed pillows that change with the seasons.

How would you use mint green? Share your ideas in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Banshee in mint and light gray 2. Momeni Laguna in mint 3. Surya Picnic in mint and taupe 4. Surya Opera in emerald, slate, and mint 5. Surya Mystique in mint

Image Sources (from top to bottom): Interior Magasinet; SF Girl By Bay; decor8; art piece by Matt Wisniewski

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Blushing: How to Use Blush Pink in the Home

Photo: derlys 

There’s something about the color blush. The name is perfectly fitting, the tone soft, and the result sweet (sometimes even sultry). Blush seems to be everywhere I look this month — in my friends’ wardrobes, in all of spring’s blooms, and most definitely in home decor.

When used correctly blush doesn’t have to be overtly feminine. Pair it with a calming grey for relaxation or a bold pattern for a modern aesthetic. You don’t have to go crazy, consider a half-painted wall or collection of accessories to bring the light pink into your space.

I love this room that features blush pink walls and strong black and white accents. The result is a graphic, polished finish that could be put to use in any room of your home. It also allows for a great mixing of styles – the modern lines of the soft with the traditional legs of the coffee table go together so well.

Take a look at this diagonal accent wall in the palest of pinks. In this office space the partnering of light grey and blush create a low-stress environment that will hopefully increase productivity in a creative way.

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You can also opt to go all in, like this space with blush walls and furniture. But because it’s so pale — nearly acting as a neutral — I’m hard pressed to feel anything but serene while looking at this space.

Blush can be interpreted as many shades of pink, why not add some to your space as a fun touch for summer?
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