before and after

thursday morning inspiration

by Grace Bonney


There are some mornings when the idea of making over a room in my apartment seems like a paralyzingly difficult task. I look at my idea clippings and swatches and then just put them back down on my desk and decide to start fresh again tomorrow. But today I’m inspired to get up, pull my pattern swatches out of my desk and get back on the decorating horse. Why? Because of this picture. The lovely Jen Hill turned her studio/dining room (I love when people get resourceful with space) into a Moroccan-inspired bedroom. Jen and her husband Dave spent their honeymoon at Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech, where Jen loved the patterns she saw so much that she decided to recreate the same look and feel on an outcropped wall in their room.


After stripping down this amazing dresser (there were no “before” shots of the dresser to be had, sorry!) and removing the nasty brown varnish, Jen and Dave refinished the dresser, changed the knobs and started to work on a mural behind it. Inspired by the murals at Peacock Pavilions, Jen picked up a stencil from Royal Design Studio and created the shimmery masterpiece that is now her bedroom wall. I’m so in love with this dark gray-meets-metallic color palette that I’ve decided it’s exactly what we need to do in our new bedroom whenever we move. I’m ready to try something different and Jen’s project has totally inspired me. Click here to read more about Jen’s process over at the JHill blog. xo, grace

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