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.
If you’ve been reading along here on my newest blog journey, you know that we live in an updated 1977 ranch home. We’ve lived here for 30 years, and contractor hubby Steve and I have made some amazing changes in some rooms, and not so much in others. Take our master bath. We could have turned its miniscule self, with no window or special features, into a closet. Then we could have broken through the wall to the nearby small fifth bedroom to create a fancy bathroom with all of the amenities everyone on Pinterest seems to have. But no. We did not.
Adding Moroccan bling in any room is quite easy – just find one fabulous wedding blanket with lots of spangles and bling happens in an eye-popping flash!
Late one afternoon in the souks of Marrakech in February, the ladies of the Magical Morocco Girl Trip were queued up at the ATM and my eyes wandered to a tiny, but fabulous shop. From underfoot to way up high, there were THE BEST colorful wedding blankets. Not the antique kind, but new ones in chenilly-brights like my had-to-have teal choice.
Rug shopping in Marrakech is such an exotic, colorful, and artful experience. It runs the gamut from fabulously ornate shops, such as the newly-opened ZL Gallerie, to shops in the souks so tiny you literally cannot move your arms, to a gorgeous packed-full family riad, to at-home at Maison 28 for a private showing.
During the 8-day Magical Morocco Girl Trip, my co-host and travel adventurer amie, Sandra Barron of Sandra Barron Interiors, and our oh-so-eager shoppers spent untold hours shopping for everything. From early in the morning ’til late at night, these girls went non-stop. Ultimately, rugs and textiles were the number one items on everyone’s wish list.