Welcome to My Gypsy Den

Gypsy-Interior-Ceiling

Welp, it’s finally done. A couple weeks ago, I decided to turn my bright, nondescript little office into a dark, cozy habitat of a completely different kind.

Taking as my inspiration interiors from gypsy caravans, Moroccan houses, Bedouin tents, and a handful of other ambiguously exotic locations, I turned the room into a tent of wonders. Check out the before/afters, man; I worked my butt off:

South-Wall,-Gypsy-Interior,-Before
South-Wall,-Gypsy-Interior,-After

North-Wall,-Gypsy-Interior,-Before
North-Wall,-Gypsy-Interior,-After

East-Wall,-Gypsy-Interior,-Before
East-Wall,-Gypsy-Interior,-After

It’s not perfect but I love it so very much. It’s warm and candlelit, and it’s a great place for smoking hookah in flavors like cardamom and rose and honey. And it’s dark. These pictures were taken mid-day. I love me some dark.

Now, on to the practical side.

All those textiles and furnitures and pillows — lordie, all the pillows — came from three neighborhood thrift stores.

This trunk was something like $10. I painted it black with regular ol’ house interior paint and left it a bit streaky for a more weathered look.

Gypsy-Interior-Trunk

This table was one I had lying around the attic — really tacky with purple and gold grapes and a mottled clear glass top. I painted the grapes and legs black, and then I painted the just the underside of the glass top.

Gypsy-Interior-Table-Detail

This is my little nook. The textiles all over the room are everything you can imagine. Drapes, bedsheets, shower curtains, saris, shawls, and a couple unique sections of cheap fabric I got online.

Gypsy-Interior-Nook

Now, let’s talk pillows.

Guuuuuurl, I went to Bed Bath & Beyond the other day to search for bedroom pillows. I paid something like $40 for a single. Decorative. Throw pillow. I nearly lost my mind.

For contrast, most of the dozens of throw and sittin’-on pillows in the Disney-version-of-gypsy tent here cost $2.49 a piece at Goodwill. I went for fancy-looking ones with beaded fringe, iridescent or velvet fabrics in vivid hues, and a general feeling of bohemian richness.

Gypsy-Interior-Pillow

Finally, the small details. At Goodwill and Salvation Army, I found a couple silver/brass pitchers and fancy candle holders. I pulled out a Moravian star Christmas lantern and hung it with another candle holder and an incense censer — an eBay find that I’ll admit was a teensy splurge at around $18.

Gypsy-Interior-Lanterns

The rugs are, again, from Goodwill. The biggest one is around 8′ x 12′ and cost me $75 — and if you’re in the market for traditional Persian-design rugs, you know that’s a dang steal.

It might be a bit (okay, way) over-the-top, but I deeply adore my spooky little tent-room. It’s the only room in my house where I feel relaxed enough to take a nap. I just get a cup of tea, smoke a little hookah, and curl up in a pile of pillows with the dog, who, of course, loves it to death.

Barclay-in-the-Gypsy-Tent

I have to say, it’s nice to have a space that’s specifically for doing nothing. I mean, the bedroom is all about sleeping and dressing and fighting with your significant other (tell me I’m wrong), and every other room in the house has a purpose and function and things you’re supposed to do. I needed a room for just spacing out, and I am really lucky that I had a corner of the attic to make just that. Highly recommended for anxious persons, busy bees, and digitally over-connected people who just need to slow the heck down.

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3 thoughts on “Welcome to My Gypsy Den

  1. I love your work space. Unfortunately I currently have to share mine with the OH (we both work from home) and I’m afraid your charming Sherazade-esque decor would go down like a lead ballon. Honestly, some folks have no imagination.

    Ali

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