The most memorable design feature of curator and artist Jamie Steele's Atlanta bungalow may be her stunning open kitchen. Flanked by Moroccan metal planters and vintage wall sconces, the kitchen is defined by a large island, mixed metals and a number of elements like beveled marble subway tile on the walls Jamie sourced from the Habitat for Humanity Atlanta Habitat ReStore.
Another strategy Olaniyi employs throughout her home is to design every space. This design moment occurs as guests climb the stairs to the home’s second floor. A small landing between stairways becomes an oasis of color and pattern. Here, palm frond wallpaper and a Moroccan-style mirror pair with cowrie shell necklace and a basket of dried foliage to create a distinctly African-inspired look.
Since the bold painting is the focal point for this space, designers balanced the color by adding a white, low profile sofa. Then, they added warmth with a natural fiber jute rug and a vintage Moroccan rug with shades of pink, burgundy and brown. All of these items blend together to complement the painting while making the room feel vast and full of movement.
Dark gray cabinets are striking in a kitchen, especially when set against a white backsplash with Moroccan-style tile from Walker Zanger. A white quartz-top island surrounded by black Arhaus counter stools also has high-contrast, high-impact style—yet it’s easy to clean after crafting marathons. Above it, Sonal hung two giant lanterns by Savoy House in a finish that plays off the cabinet color.
With soaring ceilings, unexpected bursts of bright colors and soft, cozy textures, the living room from the HGTV Dream Home 2014 blends everything there is to love about modern mountain living. A soft, shaggy wool rug with a subtle Moroccan-style pattern anchors the living space, defined by a collection of furnishings — both traditional and contemporary in silhouette — that partner to create an eclectic look.
The key to the couple’s design aesthetic is layering contemporary, prewar and cultural elements seamlessly. In this entryway where crown molding sets the stage, a Moroccan pouf bought during travels sits together with a basket the two designed with a women’s collective in Rwanda. A collection of art also highlights this area including a silhouette photograph of Bryan and a message of social activism by artist Ann Lewis.
These young homeowners love to travel, so designers used the couple's travel as the inspiration for the colors and details of their home. The bold golds and reds used to accent the otherwise neutral color palette nod to an Indian or a Moroccan style, while the details, such as the piece of coral and the amethyst geode photographed here bring the couple's love for global galavanting to focus in the design of their home.
The bedroom isn’t Breegan’s only oasis in her home. In the master bathroom marble walls, metallic accents and Moroccan lighting work here to provide an impressive backdrop for the equally impressive soaking tub. Assisted by a soothing color palette of white and deep wood-tones, and small touches like the colorful rug and leafy green plant in the cutout shelving, this bathroom is designed to feel like you’re being transported to another world.
“It was a complete gut remodel,” Breegan remarks about the work of transitioning the home from the condition it was in when she first purchased it to where it is today. But the upside of such a monumental task is the beauty of having exactly what you want once it’s all over. In the master bathroom that means a vanity fit for a palace, featuring custom made mirrors and wrap-around marble counters along with Moroccan-inspired metallics.
Fresh pink patterned drapery, a stunning wool Moroccan area rug and a modernized mantel make this living room a happy and elegant conversation space. Originally a colonial style mantel, the new look was achieved with drywall and beautiful bright white plaster, which reflects natural light into the room and creates a fresh and modern feel. Designers emphasized the area with a chocolate brown accent wall above. Flanking the mantel with matching cabinets brings balance and adds storage.
Designer Genevieve Gorder created her lovely transitional master suite using a soft, airy color palette on HGTV's Genevieve's Renovation. Antique Moroccan doors lead into a dreamy walk-in closet, and a light gray marble fireplace creates a stunning focal point in the room. A white media table balances a weathered dresser on the other side of the fireplace, which is a practical way to include a television in the room's design without making it the focus of the space.
With a picturesque backdrop, little is required to create a party setting. Many parks or outdoor venues provide picnic tables and long benches or chairs. To add glamorous touches to your picnic, cover the table with a colorful fabric like this suzani print and layer it with a solid white tablecloth. A Moroccan wedding blanket or cozy throw on each bench creates a warm, comfortable place for guests to dine.
“Choosing furniture that’s proportionate to the room and to each of the other furniture pieces in the space is very important for a successful design,” say the designers of Laura U, Inc. “This is a very large room, the bed is custom and over-scale, and the bedside chests are perfect size for our colossal bed and generous room. A custom bed also means custom bedding. Ours is thoughtfully detailed with our Moroccan motif in a neutral tone as the embroidery with a complimentary arctic blue on the accent pillows.”
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
In the hallway leading to the bedroom, even more art awaits. Much like the map of Paris in the kitchen, large metallic lanterns are mementos from the couple’s wedding. Tanika kept the Moroccan pieces for use in the home, pairing them with a 200-year old, hand-painted Chinese chest. The oversized Scrabble pieces set above, also began as part of the wedding decor, spelling out the couple’s initials. The combination of modern metallics with vintage global wares is a hallmark of Tanika’s style and one of the secrets to her beautiful home.
To complement as well as contrast the style of the living room upstairs, the family room was designed to to be the “mid-century modern moment” of the home. For Tze, the purpose was to avoid having a space where every item appeared to have been bought at the same time. To help accomplish that, pieces like the Moroccan rug help to break up the uniform feel of the space.
One of the ways design helped Seana explore her creative side was by giving her a chance to explore her bolder side - something she did by going big with color in her second-story rooms. “I started slowly,” she remembers. “I had to keep reminding myself that I could change it if I didn’t like it, or just close the door.” Her experimentation led to masterpieces like this Moroccan-inspired room. The blue walls are amazing, but the gold ceiling simply steals the show. Together with poufs, masks and framed fabric, the room is an instant trip to a far off land.
A rug’s a one-and-done way to fill a wall, and a good conversation piece. Lightweight kilims and dhurries are best for hanging. The Velcro method is sturdy: Attach a strip of the hook side of Velcro to a piece of wood the width of the rug. Sew the looped side of the Velcro strip to the rug. Mount the wood to the wall; stick on the rug. This rug is vintage. Find great flat-weave rugs at Revival Rugs and Etsy stores Atelier Boheme Maroc and Moroccan Tribal. (Room design by Chelsea Hing Interior Design)