Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. I am starting off 2012 with another restaurant inspired mood board (remember the Sweet Frog Foyer?).

My restaurant of choice this time around is Cous Cous.  Cous Cous serves Moroccan cuisine ranging from delicious soups, salads, and entrees, to small plates that are great for sharing.  They also serve traditional tagines and kabobs.  I thoroughly enjoy their food, and their décor inspired me to create a Moroccan themed bedroom.

Cous Cous restaurant, Richmond, VA

(Image from Cous Cous’s website)

There are many traditional Moroccan décor elements in the restaurant, but the two that inspired me the most are their light fixtures and beautiful, dark wood.

They have an authentic collection of Moroccan lanterns throughout the restaurant.  I love the textured glass and the punched metal.

cous cous lanterns

The dark wood helps to create an intimate atmosphere in the restaurant.  The circle and quatrefoil cutouts provide an extra detail to the mirrors and the benches.

cous cous mirrors

cous cous bench close up

With my senses stimulated from the sights and smells of Cous Cous, I was ready to design a Moroccan inspired bedroom.  My color inspiration came from Pantone’s 2012 color of the year: Tangerine Tango.

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  1.  I started by finding this hand cut brass and white plexiglass pendant light from Tazi Designs ($650).  The intricate brass design echoes the ones from Cous Cous, while the plexiglass and globe shape give the fixture a modern feel.
  2. To start off the color scheme, this paisley fabric from Duralee ($45/yd.) would create lovely window panel draperies.
  3. The focal point of any bedroom is the bed, and this scroll upholstered headboard is from West Elm (Queen, $499).  The shape of the headboard reminds me of the top of the mirrors at Cous Cous.
  4. I wanted to keep the bedding crisp and clean.  This white duvet cover with an espresso accent stripe is from Pottery Barn ($169 – on sale).
  5. To pull in more ‘Tangerine Tango’, a polka dot fabric ($31 / yd.) and a geometric fabric ($75 / yd.), both from Duralee, add a pop of color and playfulness to the bed.
  6. Completing the bedding ensemble is the floral pillow from Overstock ($54.99).
  7. As a more traditional Moroccan element, on either side of the bed are the night stands (my favorite pieces in the room!) from AllCoffeeTables.com ($399).  I fell in love with the hexagon shape, scalloped edges, baluster legs, and inlay top design.  The top also lifts up to reveal hidden storage.
  8. Providing ambient lighting are the Moroccan table lamps from JustMorocco.com ($180).  Made of hand cut brass, they project a unique and fun design on the surrounding walls.
  9. The wavy design of the Trellis rug, from RugsUSA.com ($256 for a 5’x8’), reflects the scalloped edges of the night stands.
  10. To add storage to the bedroom, I found the Dawson dresser from Crate & Barrel ($1,199).  The straight lines add a modern contrast to the night stands, while the clove stain and open grain on the mango wood ties the two together.   They both remind me of all of the rich, dark wood in Cous Cous.
  11. Above the dresser, is the ‘Palace Window’ Mirror from Overstock.com ($195.99).  The arched shape is similar to the shape of the mirrors in Cous Cous.  The mango wood is covered with brass repousse that adds a unique dimension to the piece.
  12. &  13.  As accessories on the dresser I found the white ceramic gazelle from LampsPlus ($59.91) and the tangerine ceramic elephant from VivaChloe’s Etsy shop ($22.00).  Both animals are native to Morocco, adding an authentic touch to the room.
  13. With most of the pieces for the room in place, I was ready to choose a paint color.  In order to allow the rich woods and pops of tangerine stand out, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Royal Silk, 939.  The soft tan color keeps the room calm and cozy, while letting the other elements be the stars.
  14. To complete the room, I needed artwork.  The orange ikat printable images are from Fresh Memories Studio on Esty ($3, total!).  Bordered with brown, chunky frames, they provide the perfect finishing touch for this Moroccan inspired bedroom!

º What is your favorite Moroccan décor element ~ light fixtures, quatrefoils, scallops, ikat, something else? º Would you be willing to incorporate ‘Tangerine Tango’ into your home’s décor?  

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $10 Cous Cous gift certificate.   A big thank you to Al, one of the owners of Cous Cous, for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Shana!  She is the winner of the Cous Cous gift certificate!*

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Saturday, January 7, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)