These rooms all have a common element, but one that’s a bit uncommon. Can you guess what it is?
Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard (my favorite designer who I met last year!) often uses this design element in rooms:
By now you’ve probably figured it out.
All these rooms have little inlaid tables, like accent tables or side tables, that you can get from Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Egypt or India. You can get them new, vintage or antique. They’re often meticulously made with mother of pearl or bone.
These tables are a sure bet to add that well-traveled look, like “yeah we’ve been somewhere, and we’ve seen some things.” Because you don’t get exposed to the idea and find a table at a regular ol’ Midwestern mall, that’s for sure. I grew up with the JC Penney and Sears catalogs (yeah that just really dated me) and I can tell you, nothing like this was in those catalogs!
So where do you find these tables? I’ll share a few ideas with you at high, medium and low price points. And you can also DIY the inlaid table look.
From Ballard Designs, the Marrakech Side Table regular $399, on sale for $299:
eKenoz has a range of prices for inlaid tables, from $275 t0 quite a few around $499-550 with the priciest at $1,100 right now. Here’s a sample of their big range of styles:
Wisteria carries some styles, like this graphic art deco-ish version with bone inlay:
There are some gorgeous tables at Akbik, and their prices reflect their handmade nature. When I’m shopping for furniture, I often look at versions that are above my price range to see what makes good quality and design, then once seeing that, try to find the best possible that I can afford. Here are breathtaking tables at Akbik:
So if you like the “global well-traveled” style, I hope this unveiled a secret that would instantly make your room look a touch exotic.