DISCLOSURE:This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint & Muddaritaville Stencils
For ages I have been a collector of rusty, crusty old stuff. Including wonderful doors that I use all over our home. But this huge, heavy old window has eluded my creative self, and lived in our junk pile for ages. What to do with it? One day I noticed that, turned on its side, it was the same horizontal shape as the bead board headboard in our guest bedroom. A quick measure provided that I could paint it the same Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black color, add a Moroccan-inspired stencil pattern, and mount it on top.
Often I am asked where I shop for our living room.
SO, here I am sharing exact sources for items like the rug, and items I have found that are quite similar to get the look!
Locally, near Greensboro, North Carolina, I love to shop The French Farmer’s Wife and Chartreuse barn shows for those unexpected finds. In the upper left photo, Steve and I made the old window header into a mantel. I discovered the chunky wood coffee table at a used store fixture shop. And the old columns were collected around town from flea markets and antique stores. My fave white leather Moroccan poufs were gifts from the ladies at The French Farmer’s wife.
Buggy Buggerson, our feisty 15-year-old tortoiseshell kitty, has claimed our one guest room for her personal feline space. Since we don’t have many overnight visitors, we love having her live there. However, over the weekend I made some changes to accommodate her occasional upset stomach issues. Previously, I had a lovely but delicate antique kantha throw on the bed, and a pure white fuzzy rug on the floor. They were perfect for the look I like, but did not clean up easily. So, I decided to create an ethnic decor guest room for this aging kitty.
A new rug and new white wall paint in our living room – what? Wait, I can explain!
Above is our former look. A plush rug I brought back from Marrakech years ago for my former decorative painting studio, and soft grey Benjamin Moore flat wall paint. I have loved this living room décor for years, and honestly there was not a thing wrong with it. It’s like a warm hug in the mornings, drinking coffee and reading my favorite magazines. But I’m willing to bet that you know that decorating itch that just happens. Here’s how a new rug that just happened begat new white paint on the walls.
Last Saturday it happened. Our daughter Mia’s Marrakech-inspired wedding shower. Our first child to marry, it was quite simply magical. Her sister Jenny, aunt Patricia, and cousin Jackie prepared the loveliest, most delectable, colorful brunch feast and decorations for our guests. My part was to provide our home as the venue, and my collection of treasures from Marrakech, purchased during three wonderful, memory-filled trips. Mia’s decorating style is beginning to embrace the textures and patterns of Morocco, and I know she would love this theme.