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:
You can sometimes find pricier high-quality versions at One Kings Lane and 1stdibs.
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.
5 Replies to “Secret Ingredient for a Well-Traveled Room”
Thanks for sharing these amazing collections of tables with their sources. They are really eye candy in a room and go with any style. A kind of addiction for me:) I got mine from ebay, HomeGoods and T.J.Maxx. xx
Wow you must have the BEST HomeGoods for global stuff! Maybe it’s because we’re near horse country but it’s more farmhouse here than Moroccan and Indian.
Great selection and colors. Awesome items from all over the world. I’ve come across http://www.casbahdecor.com they have some interesting moroccan furniture pieces as well
So we are downsizing. Have four very nice nomadic inlaid end tables we picked up in Morocco in the 1970’s, and hand carried home. Any Idea on the best way to sell these? I will pin a photo or two on my pinterest page. I may put them on eBay listed as “Vintage Morican Inlaid End Tables”.
Hi Peter, I bet many people would love those tables! You could try selling them on a site like https://www.chairish.com/ because purchasers there would appreciate the vintage nature of the tables, and the fact that they were hand carried home. Chairish will coordinate shipping, too. You may be able to get top dollar for the tables there. eBay is also always a good market, and you can specify local pick-up if you don’t want to ship. I hope this helps!