New Global-Inspired Décor

Since I tend to decorate with a lot of earthy, neutral tones, it’s surprising how much I love spaces that have a global feel with lots of bright colors.  For example, I think that these spaces with a Moroccan flair are amazing!

Elle Decor
Jeffers Design Group
Jeffers Design Group
Elle Decor
Martin Lawrence-Bullard Design

What are some options for home décor pieces that would bring a global-inspired feel into your home?  One of my favorites is Serena & Lily’s Moroccan Leather pouf.  It is sold in several different colors but my favorite is this gorgeous shade of turquoise.  The price on this beauty hurts a bit – $450 (ok, hurts a LOT) – but it could be the difference between a pretty room and an amazing room – it’s just that neat of a piece!

Serena & Lily’s Moroccan Leather Pouf

To add a Moroccan touch at a more reasonable price point, look to West Elm – this month they introduced a new line of Moroccan home goods that are pretty fabulous. They aren’t dirt cheap because they are actually made in Morocco through West Elm’s Aid to Artisans program, but they are very reasonably priced for what you are getting.

West Elm

The core pieces of West Elm’s Moroccan line are these Battani Striped Rugs, which are handwoven from wool and cotton. Apparentlly, the varied stripes signify the weaver’s own family crest and, since they are handmade, each rug varies to some degree in its pattern and sizing.  The rugs are approximately 5 x 7 and sell for $399. Aren’t the colors beautiful?!!

West Elm’s Battani Stripe Rugs

If you don’t want to invest that much money into spicing up your space, try a few Bassanti Stripe Pillow Covers, which are sewn from the Battani rugs such as the one above.  Each one-of-a-kind pillow cover is $69. 

West Elm’s Battani Stripe Pillow Covers

If not a rug or a pillow, then how about a pouf?!  Like the pillows, these poufs are created and sewn from Battani rugs.  They are priced at $299. Again, gorgeous!

West Elm’s Battani Poufs
I also absolutely love West Elm’s new Vintage Moroccan Metal Trays.  These circa-1940s trays are hand-hammered with a unique pattern and come in two sizes – large ($149) and extra large ($179).
West Elm’s Vintage Moroccan Metal Trays
West Elm also has a Morocco headboard, which is made in a geometric Moroccan pattern in either white or chocolate.  Depending upon the headboard size, the price ranges from $299 – $449.  This beauty isn’t a Moroccan original, which explains why the price isn’t higher than it is, but it sure is fun – it would be great for a kids’ room!
West Elm’s Morocco Headboard
If you love all of West Elm’s Moroccan-inspired decor, how do you feel about a trip to Morocco?!  You could be in luck – get on West Elm’s website and enter their Discover Morocco Sweepstakes (click here for link).  The prize is a round trip for two to Marrakech – how amazing would that be?!  

Another place to look for the global feel is, of course, World Market.  They just rolled out their newest line, which is the Indian-inspired Voyage les Indiennes.  One of my favorite new pieces in this line is this Ninda upholstered queen bed, which is currently on sale for $499.  That’s a fantastic price for an upholstered bed (and I love the shape of it – so unique!). 
World Market’s Ninda Upholstered Queen Bed
On a much smaller scale, World Market also has some great new pillows, including this equine toss pillow
World Market’s Equine Toss Pillow

and this elephant toss pillow, both of which are crafted in India and sell for $24.99 each.

World Market’s Elephant Toss Pillow

World Market has some new paisley pillows that are fabulous too – they have three paisleys on one side and a single paisley on the other.  The paisley toss pillows come in this dark blue color and also in an orange colorway – each pillow sells for $19.99.

World Market’s Dark Blue Paisley Toss Pillow

And how about this set of four napkins that is hand block-printed in India ($19.96 for a set of four)?

World Market’s Hand Block-Print Napkins, Set of 4

World Market also hit a home run with their new Basanti Hexagon Table, which is handcarved with flowers and has a white wash finish.  The cost of this pretty accent table is $149.99.

World Market’s White Basanti Hexagon Table

Of course, if the West Elm and World Market pieces are too rich for your blood, head on over to my home away from home – Home Goods!  Our Home Goods stores in Cincinnati have had several of these cool Moroccan-inspired accent tables outlined with nailheads.  While you can’t see it in the picture, they have a very interesting snakeskin-like texture.

Home Goods
Home Goods
Do you have any furniture or accessories in your home from places you have traveled (or hope to travel to!)?  Don’t forget to enter West Elm’s sweepstakes  – if you win, will you bring me back a few pillows?!! :-)

Searching for the Perfect Cloud Stool at the Perfect Price

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How did it get to be Sunday evening already? This weekend just flew by and somehow I didn’t manage to make much headway on any of the zillion home projects on my to-do list. There’s always next weekend, right?!  On Saturday, I did come across some deals on a home décor item that I have been obsessing over forever – the cloud garden stool. Over the past few years, this stool has shown up time and time again in various shelter magazines.   Veranda via Traci Zeller Designs House Beautiful Clayton Gray Home About a year ago, I finally tracked down the source of the stool (called the “Celestial Cloud Stool”) – it was being sold by Clayton Gray. I was so excited to find it but then my heart sank when I saw the price – they are sold only in pairs and are priced at $1250 for a pair. […]

File It Friday: Record Your Home Purchases With a Free Printable!

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This week’s “File It Friday” free printable (click here) is for keeping track of your home purchases.  Use it to record information about the items you purchase for your home such as furniture, bedding, light fixtures, rugs, art, etc.  Record where and when it was purchased, its cost, and any relevant notes (such as the original price of the item if you bought it on sale).  I have sold several pieces of furniture and other home items on Craigslist and I love the idea of having a written record of how much they cost so I have a better idea about pricing if I decide to sell any of them down the road.  I plan to also add a few binder pockets under my “home purchases” tab where I can store the receipts for the purchases that I have recorded.   If you missed any of the previous printables from our […]

Bookcases – It’s All About The Styling!

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Having a gorgeous bookcase isn’t just about the bookcase itself – it’s also about how you style it!  When we bought our house, we loved that the family room had built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace, but the bookcases (and the fireplace) were in desperate need of a makeover.  Wanna see how desperate?! Our Bookcases and Fireplace: “Before” Pretty heinous, right??  We have since painted the bookcases white, put in a new gas fireplace insert, and added stone veneer over the brick. The difference is HUGE!  However, I’ve never been happy with how I styled the shelves and decided that a shelf restyling was in order to make my bookcase makeover complete! I had already pinned several great examples of well-styled bookcases on my Pinterest page and then went on to find more gorgeous photos that have provided me with the inspiration that I need to complete my […]

New FLOR Carpet Tile Designs

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Finding a rug for under our kitchen table is on my ever growing to-do list, so when I got the most recent catalog from FLOR in the mail, instead of taking its usual path straight to the recycling bin, I took a few minutes to browse through it.  I’m intrigued by using FLOR tiles to create a rug for under the kitchen table because my small dining space is much longer than it is wide so no standard sized rugs work well.  I also love the cleanability factor – if you have a spill, you can simply take up the tiles involved, wash them off in the sink, and then lay them back into place. Perfect for under the kitchen table where there are spills aplenty!  After browsing through FLOR’s latest catalog, I became even more interested in the possibility of using their carpet tiles because their new Spring Collection […]

File It Friday: Free Service Providers Printable (and Presidents’ Day Sales!)

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It’s Week 4 of my “File It Friday” series – this week’s free printable (click here) is for keeping track of your home service providers.   It’s the place to record the provider who fixed your leaky roof, the one who hung your bathroom wallpaper, the pest control service that got ride of those pesky ants, etc.  In addition to recording the name of the service provider, the type of service performed, and their contact information, I gave you two lines to take notes about each provider so you can remember if this was the great plumber who fixed the leak at a reasonable price or the one who arrived two hours late and never really fixed the problem.  For my Home File, I also bought some business card pages to put under my Service Providers tab so I have an organized place to keep related business cards for easy […]