November 26, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
It should be no secret to anyone that I am a bit of a nerd, geek, dork, etc…. So, it should also not come as a surprise that I enjoy an “Indiana Jones” flick every now and again.
What isn’t to love about Indiana Jones?
Archaeology is quite interesting to me (not that there is hardcore archaeology being practiced in the movie series).
Before we get started, allow me to remind you of my self-imposed moodboard rules. Only the following items may be used in creating the moodboard:
- free items
- items found on my local Craigslist (remember to click the images to be directly linked to the Craigslist ads!)
- a pinch of imagination and diy craftiness!
So, Dr. Jones, shall we begin?
This past weekend, I stumbled upon these…
They caught my eye, and I thought about how cool it would be to own them.
However, it wasn’t until that very same night, that the most recent “Indiana Jones” movie just happened to be on a network channel. My wheels started to turn. I couldn’t stop thinking about the storage cabinets and knew I had to create a moodboard inspired by “Indiana Jones”.
Given that the ‘Indiana Jones’ movie series centers around the 1930’s, I took a decidedly Craftsman/traditional look. Keep in mind that this room is inspired by, not themed after, ‘Indiana Jones’. I wanted to create a study/library in which the professor would find himself when he wasn’t swashbuckling against the evil Nazis or avoiding snakes. If I wanted to make this an ‘Indiana Jones’ themed room, there would be severed monkey heads with brains, insects, snakes, demonic Mayan priests, guns, whips, etc…, not my cup of tea. Well, at least not when it comes to home decor.
First up, the paint:
I think this library/study deserves a bit more than flat, wall paint, so I would first adhere the below textured wallpaper and paint with the dark, forest green, as seen above. If there were any excess wallpaper, I’d also line the back of any bookcase/shelving units in the textured wallpaper.
The ceiling needs some attention too, as I don’t like the idea of a white ceiling in this room, so the ceiling would be painted in a dark, complimentary orange/brown color:
As for the sixth wall, in this case, the floor, I’d cover the majority of what I would hope is hardwood with the below area rug. It has all of the earthy hues of archaeology and incorporates a somewhat Aztec pattern.
Filling in the room with some furniture:
A few tables:
A library table and chairs:
Every professor needs a desk:
And for some practicality, as well as library tradition, a library ladder diy-ed from an old wooden ladder, some plumbing fixtures, and casters. This project would be patterned after a diy-ed version of a barn door – same concept.
The draperies are a bit Victorian in their scale, fabric, and style, but I think they work in this dark, library/study.
Some art and accessories:
The library/study is to be a cocoon that one absorbs him/herself into books, artifacts, and the study of ancient peoples. The room is purposely dark to foster this sense of comfort and quiet. The furnishings were also chosen to allow for storage of collected, ancient and worldly treasures, not to mention storage and access to all of those books.
Now for the budget. I usually try to maintain a budget of around $1,000. However, the items on my local Craigslist that I chose fit the ‘Indian Jones’ inspiration too well and I couldn’t resist, despite the higher price tags. That said, I decided to embrace the over-spending, as a way to pay tribute the excesses of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. No matter how hard I try, every year I succumb to the brainless spending of the holidays (well, somewhat), so why should this moodboard be any different?
‘Jones’-ing for Some Indiana Moodboard Budget Breakdown:
- one gallon of Behr’s ‘Hampton Green’ – $35
- one gallon of Behr’s ‘Acorn Spice’ – $35
- textured wallpaper (11 rolls) – $132
- 8′ x 12′ area rug – $75
- dark green, leather seating set – $200
- tiered, wooden side table – $50
- black storage trunk – $65
- leather-topped trunk – $30
- library table – $450 (gulp)
- burgundy leather chairs (4) – $200
- executive, wooden desk – $250
- executive, leather chair – $40
- campaign-style wall unit/bookcases – $275
- wooden ladder – $35
- various galvanized plumbing fixtures – $50 (guesstimate)
- two casters – $10
- library card catalog – $500 (double gulp)
- Smithsonian storage cases – FREE!!! (sure makes the library card catalog’s price tag easier to swallow)
- Hunter green draperies – $150
- wooden blinds – $38
- Craftsman pendant/chandelier – $150
- Tiffany style pendant light – $150
- vintage desk lamp – $30
- horse head standing lamp – $60
- four, color illustrations – $50 (guesstimate – estate sale)
- Asian art masks – $30
- wooden face mask – $20
- Buddha bust – $15
- lighted globe on stand – $25
- table top globe – $5
- metal fan – $34
- Chinese wine vessel (?) – $35
Budget total (HUGE GULP): $3,189.00
Admittedly, this is the most expensive moodboard I have ever created. However, there is a lot of high quality, solid wood furniture in that room. If only I had the space for a bona fide library/study in my home. (sigh…)
Well, there you have it, another moodboard. I hope you enjoyed this one. I got a little carried away, but I rather like it.
Until next time…, happy Craiglisting!