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Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Moorish Touch

While I was in the process of re-doing our downstairs playroom/ office, I had some leftover paint.  All of a sudden, I decided I could no longer live with the yellow and white downstairs guest room, so I did a 1-day total overhaul of the guest room starting with a new coat of paint.  I wish I had taken before pictures (you know my superstition when it comes to photographing projects), because it is such a dramatic change that I absolutely love.  

One of my favorite changes to the guest room involved switching out a traditional nightstand for this 1960's end table.  If you think the Moroccan style tables you see in Serena and Lily are new a new style- they aren't!  They have been around for centuries and were very popular in the 1960's here as well. 

I spotted this table a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with its Moroccan lines.  Moorish pieces add a global, collected element to an otherwise traditional room.  And for me, Moroccan or Moorish styles have personal significance as well.  Sevilla, Spain is heavily influenced by the Moorish culture, and it's the city where I fell in love with my husband (and where he proposed a few years later).  So pieces like this table hold a special place in my heart and remind me of that precious time in our lives, before jobs and babies and the stress of everyday life.

Because this is a guest room, nighstand storage isn't a huge necessity, so I think I will be perfectly happy using an end table in place of a traditional nightstand. 

Do you love Moroccan pieces too?


Melissa said...

Sending a little Moorish table out for lacaquer this week to use as a little drinks table in our den! Love that one!

Sadie + Stella said...

I for one die for Ethnic influence. It isn't for everyone, but it adds serious charm and style to any space!

Vickie H. said...

I ADORE that little table and even MORE, the blue & white porcelain lamp sitting atop it!!! Great choice! Looks like a room any guest would feel right at home in! Very good job!!

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