Did I mention that Gabriel owns a house in Sacramento? Did I mention that it's 3,000 square feet? Did I mention that sans a few beds, a table and two sofas...it's near bare? He purchased his home while on leave from Iraq two years ago...and until this week had only spent a handful of days here. There's so much blank canvas in this home that my brain is exploding. Like when I used to paint regularly, the wide-open challenge is exciting, but this blank canvas has me a smidge overwhelmed.
We decided we could take on one room on each visit to Sacramento...a few rooms a year. There are twelve rooms, and at some point we'll have to get ambitious, but starting small seemed wise. So, we decided to start on this room. The awkward extra living room.
It's off the front door, which is to your right in this image. Is it a living room? No. There's already one of those. How about a family room? No. That's covered. Perhaps this is where proper folk receive guests, hang their coats and store their galoshes? We have no clue. I've never had a room that wasn't deemed by space limitations and function. So, we're transforming it into a cozy little reading room. Gabriel sweetly mentioned that this might be a great room for me to write, read and blog from in the future, as well as a warm space for welcoming guests. He also told me to go wild. (This was before our first fight...so I know those instructions weren't just a rescue effort.)
My first instinct when decorating is...shabby chic. But, shabby chic is so wrong in this man's modern home. Instead, I'd love to move into a modern, tailored look...something more suiting of a masculine man, and the very feminine girl in his life. I'm thinking clean lines, whites, metallics and pops of color brought in through pillows, rugs and throws.
Our first goal was to pin down chairs or seating options for the space. After trips to Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie and countless hours website shopping, here's what stole our heart:
The Chloe, exclusively for Macy's. I spotted it in the Macy's gallery, and just about lost my mind. I may have squealed while cutting through half of the gallery to get to its side. Of course, the model I first spotted was a chair...and it was aqua. But the graphite sofa and loveseat were nearly as fetching, loss of aqua aside. Gabe quickly warmed up to the button-tufting...something I'd not expected. Before we knew it we were chatting with a sales associate, and making plans to return next week when it's on sale. I'm in love with it.
But here's where I need some help: Is there a website you crafty chicas use to create moodboards? Although our seating will arrive at the house in the next few weeks, we'll be long gone. He'll be back in Iraq, I'll be back in Wisconsin, and we won't return to the house until June. So, I've got a few months to scheme + dream of rugs, curtains and other accessories, but need a place to track and lay it all out visually.
Got a suggestion?