I couldn't help myself. Once I started to play around with Polyvore, I just couldn't stop dreaming up inspiration boards for our house. Here is what I envision for the downstairs rooms.
The Living Room:
The Dining Room:
With the dining room sharing a wall with the living room, I was thinking that I might be best to carry the same color palette into this room, but play up the blue hues more and add some dark brown and pewter accents. I really think this room will need a mirror to help make it seam bigger and I want to get an area rug and long to-the-floor curtains to make the space seem a little more formal. We have an oak table, which I wouldn't mind covering with a coat or two of creamy white paint. We also need to pick up some new chairs, preferably ones that are upholstered.
Of course, I want to have a super retro kitchen, but this just won't work given our house, appliances and, well, reality. Although, I still want to incorporate some retro-inspired item, like the glass jars in the board, some old, red kitchen utensils and some fun dishtowels and accessories. The kitchen shares space (and a walls) with the dining area, so I want it to blend well, but also allow for a little punch of color. And, with white cabinets and a linen-colored wall, the color is going to come through the accessories and some of my kitchen tools.
I'm sure my ideas will change a few times before we get settled in, but it is way to much fun to create these boards.