Make Your Own Wall Art

I wanted to add a few touches of Morocco in our living room while I wait for my custom-made rug to arrive. I have always loved the statement that Moroccan doors make – they’re so intricate and colorful and I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow into my living room. When I saw how quickly the Youngsters made their own wall art for their bathroom, I knew I could adapt the idea to add some fun touches to our living room.

So I started with 3 panels of 2’x2’x1/2” plywood boards, which I cut (using my parents’ table saw) to 12 9”x10” panels. I then stained the panels with Minwax Red Mahagony stain, which went with the other dark woods and materials that are elsewhere in the living room. Then I searched online through Flickr and Google Images for 12 beautiful moroccan door images, which I then printed and trimmed to fit onto the panels.



I then used Modge Podge to ahere the printouts to the boards:



Put a few saw tooths on the back of the panels, nails on the wall and then…

Voila:


Wall art for only $20!!!

Moroccan Rug Success!

As my dear hubby will tell you, I’ve been searching for a very long time to try to find a moroccan rug that will work for our living room. I want something bright and colorful that I can pull from when I add curtains and other touches to our room; something that’s going to be warm and comfortable and really pull the room together.

I spent hours with the wonderful folks at Hannoun rugs while they were here in Chicago and brought home two beautiful rugs:



Unfortunately, the one on the right was a little too narrow for the space, so we ruled that one out. The one on the left was my favorite, but my mom wasn’t crazy about the break in the middle (which made me start looking at it more closely), and there was a repair in it that drove dear hubby crazy, so back they both went to the store, sending me back to the drawing board.

After months of searching for a new alternative that would fit within our budget (rugs are so much more expensive than I ever imagined!) I was about to give up. But my husband insisted that we keep moving with the living room and I wanted the rug to be the key for the rest of the decor. Luckily, I happened upon a Fair Trade website called Kantara Crafts. Cue the sound of angels singing “hallelujah!” With options for classic, contemporary and traditional rugs, and the key option for having a rug custom made to the size you need, I had FINALLY found an option that worked! After searching through the various options, I finally settled on the Bou Itran design and contacted Alia to see how I could make one mine!

Since the rug is being custom made to the 7×9 size I needed, the company sends me photos of the rug in process:

Wahoo!!! Moroccan rug, here I come!