Tuesday, June 17, 2008

So much "Moor"...

It seems like you can't open up a magazine these days with out being swept half way across the world...to places full of color and life! Different cultures and their styles have great influence on today's designers...and this is why it's gracing the pages of your favorite reads almost every month...


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Featured on the cover of House Beautiful back in Nov. '07, this bedroom designed by Robyn Bell, has a nice blend of light airy fabrics and rich woods, not to mention the "Moorish" inspired frieze on the walls...

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Taking you from Florida to Morocco, this bathroom ties the client's favorite colors blue and white to a perfect fit with the rest of the home's design...

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Browsing through Rooms to Inspire, this quaint outdoor escape (by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard) caught my attention...it seems very achievable even in the smallest of backyards. Featuring rich fabrics, lanterns and vintage Moroccan finds through out...

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A 18th century Moroccan home of Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes gets a major makeover, including in handmade tiles by Popham Design, refinished furniture that contrasting nicely with the white walls...there's some fun symmetry going on here too!

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And each room in the home, has the same unique mixture of modern and vintage finds, making this a perfect feature in this year's April issue of Elle Decor...

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Katie Ridder who's been popping up in magazine after magazine, has distinct design influences from her many travels, here this girl's bedroom featured March of this year in Elle Decor showcases lively bold prints in unique cutouts...

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Then featured again this month, Ridder clearly mixes it up with Indian textiles, Moroccan poufs with Scandinavian Modern chairs (in another home design)...demonstrating how easily these pieces work together!!

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A similar design approach was used, with her clients daughter's room, isn't so cute?? I wish my room had been like this growing up...

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Taking it the bath, simple lines but bold colors can make an impact and actually be calming...featured in an Elle Decor spread back in March 05, featuring "great baths that evoke worlds within rooms..."

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Featured again in Rooms to Inspire, another great outdoor escape designed by Lawrence-Bullard, who decorates a patio with an array of vintage lanterns and antique pillows...

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Care for a Moroccan bath...Sig Bergamin uses antique tiles on his terrace's whirlpool, inspired by his many trips to North Africa, featured in Elle Decor/So Chic book...

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Notice anything similar to the bathroom featured above...well, it's the same Floridian home actually (I didn't catch that till I took another look at the exterior shots featured)...but a few years prior, with a different designer (Robert Couturier), and featured in Elle Decor ('05).

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This room here designed by Stephen Di Renza (featured in Elle Decor/April '06), takes the bright colorful approach that I often envision in my head when I think "Morocco"...


Even subtle inspiration can turn into a big impact, I love this blue hand blown glass chandelier in Sarah Jessica Parker's weekend home, designed by Eric Hughes and featured in Elle Decor/October '05...

Designer's and their foreign intrigue has left me wanting "Moor", what about you? Too much of a good thing, of loving these worldly influences gracing your favorite design magazines??

9 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love Kate Ridder's twist on Morrish design. You don't normally see pale pink.
The blue and white bathroom is my favorite though.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love the pale pink twist in Kate Ridder's Morrish design.

The bathroom is my favorite though.

Jessica @ The Love List said...

I'm loving the influence of other cultures gracing these beautiful interiors - thanks for gathering all these pictures on one spot, I really enjoyed this post!

Style Court said...

No surprise, I love this post. Especially the Ridder and Bullard designs. I really like how Ridder uses paisley and Lisa Fine's headboards. Great eye Kate.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Moorish accents are wonderful. Mrs. E. and I have toyed with the idea of making our (as yet unbuilt) sunroom into a Moorish orangerie replete with tile pool in the floor. Tonnes of inspiration in this post!

Cote de Texas said...

simply beautiful - i love that little girl's room too! but all the pictures are so great.

love your new mirror too! can't wait to see it in situ.

Mélanie said...

I love all these ambiance ! I'm a fan of mediterranean style ...All these pictures are wonderful

Alkemie said...

Kate, I Adore moroccan decor!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful spread! I especially love the blue Bathroom and Kate Ridder's girl's room. Wonderful.

Sandra said...

I've always been fascinated by Morocco and the Moroccan style home decorating and interior design. Few days back i came across this website that has some unique Moroccan home decorating products and architectural elements, check it out:

http://www.sainttropezboutique.us

Cheers,

Sandra,