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Decorating a Den with Moroccan Style

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Palm D'OR Suite

 

Martin Lawrence Bullard was back on Million Dollar Decorator doing what he does best: decorating incredible rooms. This time it was the Palm D’Or Suite at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. He wasn’t thrilled with his $50,000 budget, but he still worked his magic and came up with a bold, colorful, and inviting decor. Today’s affordable re-creation will focus on the den. Future posts will de-construct both the living room and the bedroom.

First he had the wainscotting painted a rich red, which is a cheap and easy way to instantly transform the look of the room. Using a yardstick, a roll of painter’s tape and a can of paint, you can do this in your home for under $30.

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Daybed for Sofa base

The centerpiece of the room is the gorgeous sofa, originally designed for Cher. It cost approx. $10,000, but you can create a similar look by using a daybed covered in pillows. I found a daybed with finials on all four corners, to simulate the decorative turned-wood legs on the original. This one is only $579 including the mattress! Cover the mattress in a slipcover, or if you are really inept and promise not to show anyone, use duck tape and fabric to wrap the mattress like a present. To complete the look, toss on a collection of pillows from Homegoods. I am budgeting $200 for the pillows, but if you have a curmudgeonly husband who complains about too many pillow, you’ll probably spend less. Just make sure you use enough to make it comfortable and inviting.

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Moroccan End Tables

Next, instead of using a single coffee table, Bullard used a collection of Moroccan end tables. The variety in their heights and widths makes it a very interesting arrangement. Berber Trading has the lowest prices I’ve seen for Moroccan tables, with some as low as $74 each. During the episode he complained of the tables sometimes looking too brightly colored, but at this price, it is worth your time to add black paint to some glaze and give the tables a quick coating to tone the colors down.

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Lamp with Patterned Lamp Shade

 

At the far end of the sofa is an end table with a lamp. The selection to the right would look great, particularly since our daybed is black. The patterned lampshade gives the same exotic feel, but these lampshades are available in a myriad of patterns to go with whatever fabrics and colors you decide to use.

In the corner is a leather club chair. Amazon.com has many to choose from in the $300 – 500 range. The one I selected was only $300.

The final touch was the wall art, which was actually framed fabric. You can remove the cardboard backing of an oversized black picture frame, wrap it with fabric (trusty duck tape works like a charm again to keep it in place) and then re-assemble the frame. Select any fabric to go with your decor, and if you shop the remnant table you can create both large pieces of art for about $80.

Our total for everything needed to re-create the Exotic den in the Palm D’Or Suite at the Colony Palms Hotel is $2013. That is affordable on just about anyone’s budget.

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If you have a room you would like re-created affordably, please leave a comment below or email @ askthedesigndiva@gmail.com.

Barbara Green is The Design Diva and owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design. Follow on Twitter @thedesigndiva.

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Million Dollar Decorator does Daisy Fuentes

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Daisy Fuentes' Living Room

Episode 5 had Million Dollar Decorator to the Stars, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, designing a living room for celebrity Daisy Fuentes. He had a blank canvas to start with, and the end result was simple yet dramatic, elegant yet comfortable. He never mentioned the total cost, but I suspect it was over $50,000.

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Area Rug

The area rug alone was $25,000. Here is a really good substitute for only $447. Bullard had a custom wall mural made from a photo of Cuban architecture. The price was not quoted, but I am sure it was in the thousands of dollars. It was very large and made quite a statement. I found an in-stock wall mural for $300. Although it features architecture of Spain, it has the same sepia tones and similar size. Daisy Fuentes chose the mural because Cuba has significance to her. There are thousands of murals available, so select a subject that is meaningful to you.

Another dramatic element to the room is the mirror wall art over the mantle. Bullard paid $15,000 for it, but in The Design Diva’s other blog “Save or Splurge” we show you how to recreate it for under $200.

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Mocha Velvet Sofa

Now we move on to the furniture. A contemporary sofa with straight lines was used, and our option is similarly styled but at an affordable price of $510.  Across from the sofa are two large, round brown velvet armchairs. We have found smaller chairs that still have a round shape, but these will probably fit better in an average sized room for a mere $399 each.

Our substitute for the coffee table is the same shape, and has visual interest from the linear slate insets. While it is a

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Wood and Slate Coffee Table

different color, the low price of $232 and the fact that the colors will tie together the other furniture pieces makes it a winner. The round end table in the photo looks like a burled wood drum table. We found a round wood table that, while not burled, still has some detail to the top and only cost $159.

The room has minimal accessories. On the back wall is a dark piece of art. We went with an art canvas that is still neutral in color and reinforces the circle pattern from the rug. On the floor below the art is a tall vase, and we found a perfect substitute for only $80.

The time to add everything up is here! The total cost to recreate this room was $2925. It was easy to do, since every item on the list was found on  Amazon.com. Once again, High End Looks for Less proves that great design can be created on a budget. Now you can live like a celebrity, but at a fraction of the cost.

Like what you’ve read? Please share it with your followers. Also please check out our other blogs “Save or Splurge” and “Ask the Design Diva.”

If you have a room you would like re-created affordably, please leave a comment below or email @ askthedesigndiva@gmail.com.

Barbara Green is The Design Diva and owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design. Follow on Twitter @thedesigndiva.