Moodboard Monday: Moroccan Moves


July 1, 2013 by Decorum DIYer

I’m baaaaaaaaaack.

Well, really just popping in to say hello.  How I have missed you all!

I’m sorry I have been away for so long, but life with three children can get hectic sometimes and I’ve been quite busy.

One of the many things that has been spending my time (and energy) is my master bedroom.

Sure, I wasn’t going do anything to my master bedroom until after Roman’s room received a full redesign, but my room was cleaner and accessible to me after the kids go to bed.

So, I win.

If you recall, here is the moodboard that I shared with you many moons ago:

OB-Aubergine Fix1

I haven’t done anything as drastic as what is shown above, after all, the above was my dream, no budget limit dream.  Yeah, I’m not there yet.

So, what did I do?

Well, I painted the trim!

nomorewoodWell, most of it anyway.  I still have the closet door and closet trim to complete.

May I just tell you that it makes a HUGE difference in the feel of the room.

I’ve fallen in love with the carry-over color (Valspar’s Woodlawn Lewis Gold) all over again.  My husband is thrilled to hear that.

I also painted the back of the master bedroom door BLACK!


Admittedly, I like the black door better than the orange-y wood door, and better than if I had painted it the trim color, but it was just a black hole.  It needed that extra something.  Sure, I could have added trim, but that really isn’t in the time/budget allotment.  Not to mention my ‘naptime’ skill set.

So, one day I decided to play around with my Indian/Moroccan theme using my children’s sidewalk chalk.



My husband isn’t sold (He actually laughed out loud to my face!), but I think it could be great, given some careful measuring and a gold  paint pen.

The even more amazing thing is that whilst completing these projects, I received an e-mail from Ms. Rhoda herself.  Rhoda of the Southern Hospitality blog requested readers to submit design dilemmas a few months ago.  The idea is that occasionally she would feature a design dilemma on her blog for her readers to ponder, suggest, and assist.

So, I sent in my sad little room, thinking it wouldn’t be of much interest to anyone but me.

This past Tuesday, she was kind enough to feature my sorry excuse for a master bedroom.


You can see her post, as well as her readers comments and suggestions here: Decorating Dilemma: A Master Bedroom.

The comments and manner of her readers must be the best in blogland.  These readers were so thoughtful and sincere.  I was really amazed by the welcoming and helpful comments.

The best part is that many of the suggestions echoed what I had been thinking (even if I hadn’t clearly expressed it to others).  The feature gave me that little push I needed to get my act together and make the room what I want it to be, even if I need to pinch the pennies a little tighter.  It was nice to have validation of my bizarre ideas – including the dark, aubergine ceiling.

So, mostly using what I have, and a little here and there that I can find inexpensively, here is my updated moodboard:


I’ll give you the details on the ten points of interests at a later date.

Sorry, pretty busy, gotta go!


9 thoughts on “Moodboard Monday: Moroccan Moves

  1. He laughed? Tsk! Well, I know how that goes 😉 Anyway, I think a Moroccan motif would be great in gold! I think your trim looks much better in white, too. That makes a big difference. Plus, how cool is it that you were picked for Southern Hospitality? That’s awesome!

    • Thank you for the vote of confidence. And yes, being selected by Southern Hospitality was indeed an honor, even if it was to the show the world my shameful bedroom.

  2. Jo says:

    Love this post. Your updated mood board reminds me of a feature I used to love to read in Apartment Life magazine called “Tongue in Chic” where they’d take a $15,000+ room makeover and do it for under $1000, photographing the rooms side-by-side. As for the laughing spouse, I’m sure he’s delighted by your creativity and just a little scared as to how talented you really are. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    • Jo, you nailed it. I am definitely the ‘make do with what I have and try to make it look like a million bucks’ kind of girl. (Oh, if I only had $1,000 to makeover a room.) Thanks for the kind words. 😀

  3. I like where you are headed. I’m currently in love with Moroccan themes. Perhaps the motif on the door was a bit over the top for your husband. Maybe try something a bit more simple? I’ve seen some really cool designs using contrasting paint finish like glossy on matte. It would make your motif a bit more subtle. I like the idea of trying it out in chalk first. Can’t wait to read your talking points on your updated mood board.

  4. I liked the first mood board, but I have to admit, I like the second one better. It’s like a more subtle touch of Moroccan? It just seems to flow better. Great job & exciting stuff in the works for you!

  5. I like version 2.0! And that is so cool that you got to be featured on Design Dilemma! I think I clicked over there and started reading all the comments and suggestions before I had a chance to leave a comment here. I actually really like the door! It adds a touch of whimsy and you have sophisticated enough tastes to balance it out. Has it grown on your husband yet?

  6. Congrats on the feature! That’s freaking awesome! And I actually really do like your rough sketch on the door…I say go for it! You can always repaint it black if your husband hates it. Looking forward to seeing how your room continues to take shape, friend. You’re on your way!

  7. […] the master bedroom. (No, well you can check out my baby steps here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and oh here.  Yeah, those should keep you […]

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