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Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!

January 23, 2007

I’m hearing lots of buzz about the Moroccan look, derived from Hispanic-Moorish style influences, bursting with warmth and energy. Before Canadian House + Home spotted the Modern Moor as a hot trend for ’07, I was already seeing it popping up here in the states and last year, over in Germany, too. H+H says that the Modern Moor look avoids “busy” ethnic interiors by “modernizing the classic motifs and stripping them down to their pure and graphic essence.”

Seems culturally inspired decor is popular everywhere you look, Moroccan being one of my favorites because it’s not only welcoming, warm, and somewhat inexpensive, but it’s easy to pull together and adds lots of personality to a space. You don’t have to go over the top with it either. A throw rug, some toss pillows, a bright yellow lamp, an accent wall, and that’s all you need to pull together a rockin’ little casbah of your very own.

Modern Moor is all about dotting your space with a few key accessories and keeping it simple. This post will celebrate both the modern take, and the classic Moroccan style which incorporates a more layered and ethnic flair, allowing you to pick and choose a look that is right for you.

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Clockwise from top left: Morocco headboard from West Elm, the gorgeous Trocadero lamp from Cottage + Bungalow, the camel shawl/throw from Virginia Johnson, Moroccan tile sheet set from Urban Outfitters, Handan stool from Pier 1, Zid Zid Kids poofs, and blue tea glasses from the Moroccan Bazaar.

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!A Morocco window rug from West Elm and the gorgeous Moroccan carpets from Bev Hisey add desert chic to your floors. I’m nuts about this yellow rug!

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Camel toss pillows in four vibrant colors create the mood. Pillows from Virginia Johnson. Also favorites of mine.

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Ah. The Marrakesh collection [bed, desk, chest, bookcase] from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. That bed would look perfect with all white linens and shams with a black border. A bright grass green throw at the bottom and a few green camel pillows from Virginia Johnson completes the look.

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Clockwise from top left: Marrakesh chair from Conran in blue, Salvor Fauna Camel wall hanging from Design Public, an authentic blue lantern, Moroccan side tables from Garnet Hill, and a Moorish wine rack from Cost Plus World Market. The Camel wall hanging is my pick!

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Yum. Leather poofs in ice cream colors and delicious white cutout tea light holders from Graham + Green. I’ll take my poof in white, please.

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Don’t you love the patterns on these Moroccan plates? They would look beautiful arranged over a credenza or chest of drawers. Most are only around $19 each! I love all of ’em!

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Found! One sweet Moroccan Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!You simply must visit Mosaic House in NYC for these stunning tiles. Or online. Perfect selection.

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Food: Add some flavor to your table with this great Olive Oil from Williams Sonoma, Moroccan lamb dish from Martha Stewart or Moroccan Braised Chicken or the Lamb Chops with Moroccan Spices from Williams Sonoma. Pick up Made in Morocco by Julie Le Clerc and John Bougen and whip up some other amazing eats.

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Books: Moroccan Interiors: 25th Anniversary edition, New Moroccan Style, Moroccan Silk Designs in Full Color, Living in Morocco: Design from Casablanca to Marrakesh, and Alberto Pinto Orientalism. Music tip: Bring a little Arabic Groove into your home for the ultimate Moroccan atmosphere. Light some candles, serve that delish chicken dish shown above, and press play.

Blogs: My Marrakesh and Moroccan Decor are great. The View from Morocco is another gem to check out.

Online Stores: Les Hommes Blue, Nine Seas Decor, The Moroccan Bazaar, and Casbah Decor are dedicated to Moroccan decor like you wouldn’t believe. Jam packed!

Paint suggestions (from Benjamin Moore): Think earthy desert colors, a rich red (Moroccan Red 1309) a perky coral, gold tones, or bold blue. Teals are pretty too. (I like Teal Tone 663.) If you want to keep to the Moorish Modern look, use a perfect white like Decorators’ White (my pick) as your ‘canvas’ color. Then, mix in a few bright bursts via accent pieces. If you want to make your look more ethnic, go for a rich color.

Visiting Morocco? Here are some great shopping tips from resident expert, Maryam.

And finally, here are a few photos to inspire you from Alberto Pinto, Mosaic House, and Domino. Remember, you can go as far as you want with this look, or as minimal. It’s really up to you. You don’t have to Moroc-ify everything, grab a white leather poof and mix it in with your ghost chair and hardwood floors. You don’t have to play by any rules, just have fun!

Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Alberto Pinto
Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco! Mosaic Home
Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Alberto Pinto
Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Alberto Pinto
Trends 2007: Mad About Morocco!Domino

I’d like to thank my friend Maryam from My Marrakesh, an amazing blogger who has shown me a new world through her eyes and because of her blog, I was able to find some of these great items. Thanks, Maryam!

Next Trend for ’07 to check out… Beautiful Botany. Stay tuned!

[By the way, most of these finds and tips are my own, including the book, blog, and paint suggestions. I took the Modern Moorish page from House and Home and ran with it, creating what I think would fit every budget, and even a broader style, not just modern but also a very ethnic, authentic look. I hope you enjoy it!]






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Are Shadow Boxes Trending?

November 29, 2006

Shadow boxes are making a bit of a comeback, at least at Anthropologie, where I spotted them gracing the walls yesterday in all their 3-D splendor. With roots in Victorian times (just like silhouette art), they can be a nice way to display cherished memories in your beautiful boudoir – giving guests a bit of a peek into who you are. I’m not big on the ornate, so I wouldn’t want to style my own box after these above because they look a little too dated for my taste (the exception being my favorite shown above, top right corner, with the 3 birds inside – that’s quite cute.)

Are Shadow Boxes Trending?

What drew me to these boxes yesterday is my own crazy hoarding issues, which is totally OCD, I know. I have a few shadow boxes that I’ve never touched, but have felt somewhat guilty over saving. They’ve been tucked away in tissue paper for a few years now. Maybe it would be a fun December project to stop saving them and put them to good use, huh? They are in modern uncomplicated wood frames, just like the birdy box shown above, with a white interior and a creamy burlap background. A little magnet keeps them closed. I have two. I just have to come up with a clever showpiece. That’s where I’m stuck.

What would you put inside a shadow box?

I’m leaning away from the traditional (ticket stubs, photos, lace, velvet ribbon) and considering a simple tree branch with a handmade paper bird resting on it. A branch created with pretty wrapping paper or a brightly colored blue road map, something like the Real Simple sections that Happy Mundane wrote about a few months back. (I loved that post, Jon!) Or maybe steer away totally from the map idea and go with something more personal, like a 3-D diary of sorts but that may clutter the box too much and I’d like to keep it simple. Maybe I could take 12 of my favorite little badges or pocket mirrors in bright colors and in a perfectly neat grid, pin or super glue them inside.

TIP: Go learn about the history of the shadow box. A fun read indeed!

Have any clever shadow box ideas? Have you ever used one in your decor?

(images from anthropologie)






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Pretty as a Peacock – Accessories

February 13, 2006

I found a cute quote that makes me think of how we sometimes don’t notice how spectacular we are. Even the peacock has his doubts… “People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.” – Sa’Di

Enjoy these pheasant finds – could be a nice touch to freshen your space. Perfect for those who love vintage modern design!

peacock place card holders, set of 4, $37.50, reed + barton
Pretty as a Peacock - Accessoriespeacock plate, $48, john derian
Pretty as a Peacock - Accessoriespeacock black + white plate, $56, john derian
Pretty as a Peacock - Accessoriesbeauchamp noveau metallic wallpaper, gallica, alexander beauchamp
striking for a small space in your home or for one wall in a larger room.
contact the boston design center stark showroom to view or order.
Pretty as a Peacock - Accessoriespeacock trinket box, $28.95, zgallerie
Pretty as a Peacock - Accessoriespeacock feather placemats for your tabletop, set of 6, $119.70, zgallerie
these would look pretty on a sofa table with a large vase or candle in the middle
Pretty as a Peacock - Accessoriespeacock Pretty as a Peacock - Accessories






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coffee + cre8tive [mon feb 13 06]

February 13, 2006
Inspiration of the day. Strut your stuff!
coffee + cre8tive [mon feb 13 06]Ahhh. The iridescent tail of the male peacock…

I’ve always been attracted to these lovely creatures, which started when I was 4 years old and my mother hired Cyndi, a radiant italian interior designer that installed a huge blue-green vase with the watchful eyes of peacock plumage shooting forth from it in our living room. I remember how it reflected in our gold wallpaper, my cat watching the plumage with a suspicious eye, careful not to go to close.

Lately, I’ve been spotting more and more peacock in patterns, from decoupage trays to fabric, rubber stamps, clothing, earrings, or images of them on pillows. Yesterday, when Domino magazine arrived, I found even more, so I thought it made sense to showcase my favorite peacock accessories for the home here today. I think that first, so we can all better appreciate the peacock, we should read up about these regal creatures; so click here!

I’ll be back later today with peacock accessories. Until then, shake your tail feathers!
coffee + cre8tive [mon feb 13 06](photos from wikipedia)






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Trend Watch 2006

January 17, 2006

It’s January 16th. By now, you’ve already started and stopped 5 diets and 16 gym attempts. Don’t worry, I have something you can do right now that will make you feel better of the non-caloric kind. You can add some color to your life. In the design world, the trendy colors for 2006 have already been selected. Designers and Marketing guru’s are in the know. Are you?

Top 5 colors of ’06

Warm Grey (a.k.a. “greige” because it looks like grey and beige mixed together)
Paint suggestion: Farrow & Ball “Elephants Breath” #229
Fuchsia
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams “Exuberant Pink” #6840
Lime Green
Paint suggestion: Para Paints “Lime Sorbet” #P1070-1
Tobacco Orange

Paint Suggestion: Sico “Elephanta” #6120-74
Peacock Blue
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Mosaic CC-874

The above colors are everywhere – but I can’t take any credit at all for the color suggestions. We need to give the good people at Canadian House + Home mad props for the help. Amazing magazine, by the way. I’ve been an avid reader for ages because I’m in Montreal 3-4 times a year scoping out Interior Design trends up there and spotted it at a kiosk way back when. If you are anywhere within driving distance to Montreal, you’ve got to get up there. I’ll be covering design trends from Montreal in April, so stay tuned.

By the way….thanks for the many supportive emails out there – you guys are amazing. It’s refreshing to see so many that are interested in fresh design. Thank God. I was beginning to think this was the land of the homogenized Pottery Barn generation. (Not knockin’ PB, but I can’t afford/deal with everything in my home being from one catalog…)

Peace, Love and Good Design! See you tomorrow….






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