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Hi CasaSugar,
After a very long eight weeks, I'm moving into my new duplex as a first-time homeowner! I'm really excited about having so much freedom to decorate my place however I see fit. But, I'm having a hard time with one room.
I have one open space that serves as the entryway, dining area, and formal sitting room/library with a fireplace. I was planning on painting one accent wall royal plum, another dark emerald, and the remaining walls almond paste. The problem is that I can't seem to find many furnishings and accessories to coordinate with this color scheme. Can you help me find some cool stuff? I plan on incorporating a Turkish lantern and hookah from my honeymoon, so anything with a Turkish, Moroccan, or Arabian influence would be awesome. I'm also never afraid of a good DIY project, so bring it on!

Thanks,
EvilDorkGirl

To hear my suggestions for EvilDorkGirl,

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Hi EvilDorkGirl,
That's a great room! How exciting that you have the opportunity to decorate it! You've chosen a very exotic range of colors, but I think they will work. I've rounded up a bunch of products to inspire you.

For your large furniture pieces, I recommend making timeless, versatile choices like a clean-lined ivory sofa and a dark wood dining table with shapely legs. This way, if you choose to venture from your wall color palette or choose a different style, your investments will still be appropriate.

For your small furnishings, like side tables, chairs, and coffee table, I say go for something with a bit of an Eastern flair. You can integrate this style with lattice-like patterns and Moorish arches.

When it comes to accessories, go wild with Turkish and Moroccan elements to get the look of an exotic bazaar. These cultures are often heavy on the textiles, especially beautifully embroidered ones, so I pulled a few plum-toned pillows in varying but complementary patterns to liven up your sofa. Your walls will be dark, so brighten the room with light but patterned curtains and a diamond motif jute rug. A Moroccan pouf offers additional seating and brings in color. A tea-tray-style coffee table that's low to the ground recalls Turkish salons and makes for cozy lounging. Check out the book Bazaar Style for more inspiration!

Hope that helps,
Casa

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EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Thank you everybody! Some fantastic ideas. I think I'm going to use the Garden Seat for the smoking lounge with some poufs. The project is coming along nicely but it's taking much longer to paint than I had thought.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
So awesome!
nancita nancita 8 years
Gotta love a gal who wants to build a room around a hookah. I love the color palette ideas.
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