Monthly Archives: November 2011

Going exotic the Moroccan way!

Anything bright and bold has always grabbed my attention, be it a pair of funky yellow stilettos or  a hot pink duvet cover, they all go straight to my “Must have list”. Naturally, Moroccan designs with their bright/rich wall paint colors, ethnic patterns, complex fabrics and mosaics entice me quite a lot!

If you have wanted to give your crib an exotic feel, the unusual elements that make up the Moroccan style could do the trick. Here are a few tips:-

With it’s sublime peachy hues, upholstered cocktail table complimented with use of brass accessories and bits of wooden furniture this room gets as Moroccan as it could. I think they got it just right!

The right kind of lighting is a key aspect to any interior, more so for the Moroccan style. I love how Liza Bruce used light in this guest bedroom. The eight-pointed lampshades and the hand-crafted doors add to the exotic feel here.

Ooh la la! The mosaic tiles, rich colored cemented shelves, ceramic utensils, they all blend right in. (If only I knew where I could find those ceramics! *sigh*)

What can I say? It’s purple, it’s got great texture, they have mixed different elements in the perfect manner and I love it. Takeaway here is: Mix metals/wood/tiles to get the Moroccan look.

Morocco has been culturally influenced by Arabic nations for the most part but has traces of Spanish culture as well. Their interiors are no exception to it, the colors used are largely inspired by the deep blue seas and the tropics (imagine deep blues and greens) or colors of the desert like gold, earthy tones, orange are chosen.

Love the light fittings used here.

Now that’s one unique living room, they’ve pattern-stenciled the walls to get the Moroccan effect. Way to go!

As always I am looking forward to hearing from you all. Till then.. Keep Dreaming! 🙂

Picture Courtesy:- Liza Bruce, TrendZona, Elle Decor

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Drab to Fab..

It’s amazing how a few accessories, a dab of color, and some smart ideas spruce up a room. Today’s post is all about such tiny things that go a long way to make a difference. If re-decoration is on the cards, what follows could set the stage for some inspiration or at-least I hope it does.

First thing you notice about this set-up is the tasteful use of colors, colors and more colors! I’ve noticed how most people are color shy, they do not want to experiment too much and tend to stick to neutral palette of colors. I say go for it! Spice up your habitats, use some color.

A well designed foyer has the capability to make any home feel more inviting. The picture above from Elle Decor suggests use of moroccon stools like these alongside the entryway. What a treat to the eyes that is! Adding a couple stools that match the accent of the rest of your house will set the mood right in, leaving people yearning to see it all.

Ever since I set my eyes on this kitchen, I haven’t stopped dreaming about it! It’s got all of my favorite elements after all..be it the island, the pot rack, the cook-book shelves at the back or the chalk board paint on the pantry door..I love it all! All of these tiny details add-up for a highly functional and stylish kitchen. The pot racks are readily available at stores like Walmart, Home Depot etc. You can see more ideas by Martha Stewart on the usage of chalk-board paint here.

If salvaged/re-cycled stuff interests you..this Vintage Louis Vuitton trunk as a side table in this living room will make your heart skip a beat. Take a sneek-peek in your nearby vintage stores to get the look.

Here’s another example of vintage trunks acting as foot stools while providing for storage. Check out the blue vase turned into bedside lampshade..*Wish I had it*

What an item! Its very functional, its got great personality of its own and could add a zing to wherever you put it. While this clearly is a custom made side-table, what I’m hinting at is the use of bizarre shaped pieces in your homes. It renders an entirely new look to a room.

I love the flexibility of wall-decals, the permutations of things you can do with them are infinite. A decal like the one above adds life to this otherwise plain jane living room. Ferm Living has some amazing collections.

I have so many more ideas on the lines of “Drab to Fab” and I totally see myself posting them all in here. As always, your feedback and ideas are highly appreciated. Until my next post, this is me Bhavmeet saying “Keep Dreaming..”

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