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

Money Can’t Buy You Style

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Shannon Factor's Living Room by Kathryn Ireland

Fans of BravoTV‘s Real Housewives of New York will remember Countess LuAnn’s memorable song “Money Can’t Buy You Class,” but in this week’s Million Dollar Decorator her song could easily be re-recorded as “Money Can’t Buy You Style.” Shannon Factor, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics empire, spent millions on furnishing for her home, but needed the assistance of Kathryn Ireland to make sense of it all, teaching Shannon that more is not always more.

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Navy and White Rug from Home Decorator's Collection

The room turned out beautifully, with a clean blue and white palette. Let’s see how you might be able to recreate the look, but on a much smaller budget. Keep in mind, we will not be shopping Europe, like Factor did, but instead shopping the internet, saving on airfare and pricey antiques. Let’s start out with a large area rug in navy and white to anchor the space. Ours is from Home Decorator’s Collection and retails for $869.

Next we will add the seating, which includes two tufted, Chesterfield-style arm chairs and two white sofas. I found luxurious leather Chesterfield chairs for $999 each, and two white sofas for for $1039 each. The great part about this sofa is that it comes with an assortment of colorful pillows, which is one thing Kathryn Ireland’s designs are known for, without adding an extra expense to the room design.

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Armen Round Ottoman

Completing the seating area is a round, tufted ottoman and two round end tables. I found a blue velvet ottoman by Armen for only $207. It doesn’t have as many tufts, but I prefer the simplicity of it better anyway. Paxton makes an affordable end table with similar curving legs for only $250 each.

The last piece of furniture is the antique china cabinet. I found an elegant reproduction by Broyhill which costs $1619.

The mantle features a rectangular mirror, two brass candlesticks, two vases, two decorative items (too small for me to figure out what they are !) and a clock. I found a good mirror substitute for $152 at LampsPlus (simply hang it horizontally instead of vertically),  a pair of brass candlesticks for $100 at Touch of Class, blue and white porcelain vases for $59 each and a mantle clock with brass accents for $107, both at Amazon.com. The finishing touch for any room are the window treatments, and I found great-looking blue striped curtains at Target for only $116 for four,  along with two nickel-finish rods for $28. The inspiration room’s drapes are patterned, but combining the stripes with the patterned rug and solid furniture will look really sharp!

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Mahogany Mantle Clock

The grand total for all of these items is $7892. It’s not affordable for all budgets, but in a typical home you won’t have room for two large sofas AND two large armchairs, so to furnish an “average sized” living room, it would cost much less.  If you do have this large of a living room,  our cost is certainly an improvement over the millions of dollars spent by Shannon Factor.

Do you have a picture of a room you’d like to recreate on a budget? Leave a comment and we’ll try to help you out!

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