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.
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.
Camel toss pillows in four vibrant colors create the mood. Pillows from Virginia Johnson. Also favorites of mine.
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.
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!
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!
Found! One sweet Moroccan foulard bedspread from Urban Outfitters and a blue and white leather hassock may be the perfect addition to add a little ‘Moor’ for your money.
‘You simply must visit Mosaic House in NYC for these stunning tiles. Or online. Perfect selection.
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.
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.
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!
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!]
Quick poll… Your top five nesting magazines? I sink my teeth into Selvedge, Domino, Living Etc, Elle UK, and Canadian House + Home, examining, reading, marking, tearing… I’d say they easily qualify as my top five. The January Canadian H+H was the strongest of the bunch this month though because they carved out a mouth-watering section devoted exclusively to ten hot trends for ’07.
For those of you that missed this issue*, I’ll highlight some of these trends here on decor8 this week, along with adding my own picks for places (on the web) where you can find items to create the look. I’ll also throw in paint colors that I suggest — hues that best suit the trend. That way, if you feel like painting your walls, you’ll at least have a few color choices. I work with three key lines; Pittsburg Paints, California Paints, and Benjamin Moore. Since Ben Moore is the most affordable, and provides exceptional coverage for the money, I’ll list most of the paint options from Ben Moore. I’ll also try to throw in some fabric options, lighting, furniture, book suggestions, even music and food just for a fun twist.
Ready? Okay. Let’s get started. Up first is Mad About Morocco… Stay tuned!
*psst: If you missed this issue, you can purchase it only for $5.95 + $4.00 shipping to Canada, $5 shipping to the US, or $11 shipping elsewhere. Buy it here.
(image from canadian house + home)
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Thanks Meredith for the tip!
Here are some images that made me smile and just feel good today. I’m sure you’ll start to notice a theme as you look at them. I hope these inspire you to freshen up your home in some small way this weekend, even if it’s just a quick rearrange of your pillows or art, or perhaps cleaning out a closet or scaring away those dust bunnies beneath the bed. If things are too hectic, at least grab a bouquet of flowers and divide it up, adding a few flowers in small vases to dot around your home (on the bedside table, near the sink in your bathroom, next to your kitchen sink, on your entry way table, etc.). Remember, if you neglect your home, you are neglecting yourself – so take pride in your space and you’ll feel more invigorated and ready to take on a new week. Feel free to click on any of these images below to enlarge your view. Oh, and make it a nice weekend!