Dwelling: Moroccan Style


Miki Teixeira’s adventurous spirit has taken her all over the globe: Nicaragua, China, Nepal, Darjeeling, Myanmar and, in 2009, the North African country of Morocco. “Everywhere I go, I try to bring something home,” says the Serrano resident. Two years ago, a roof repair kicked off a major renovation of her home, with Sacramento interior designer Linda Kleeman helping to transform it into an oasis for Teixeira’s collected treasures, eclectic tastes and wide-ranging interests. “It was a fun project,” Kleeman says. “Miki is great at making quick decisions, so we really had fun with it.”

Getting the Look
“The chandelier is one of the things we started with,” Linda Kleeman says about the Moroccan-style magic in Miki Teixeira’s living room. Teixeira found the multitiered light fixture in Morocco, but she and Kleeman discovered other pieces used in the makeover closer to home. In fact, Kleeman found the carved wood chairs in an upstairs room of Teixeira’s home. She designed new cushions and moved them into a new position around a table Teixeira already had.
•  Puckered linen drapes with a detailed top wrap create a “tented” feeling.
• The mirror above the fireplace—a bargain at less than $100—was purchased locally. Karen Medaris’ decorative paint finish adds pop to the frame.
• Artfully trimmed and tasseled pillows deepen the sofa’s comfort quotient.

Project goal:
Redo Tuscan/Mediterranean interior into global style with emphasis on Moroccan influences. “I loved my house before, but I just wanted a change, and I wanted to incorporate all the wonderful things I had in storage,” says homeowner Miki Teixeira.

Designer 411: Linda Kleeman of Kleeman & Associates Interior Design in Sacramento

Color palette:
Launched by greens, golds and blues on 18th-century carved and painted doors Teixeira discovered in Morocco Lighting: Chandeliers, pendants and sconces include those from Morocco and Murano, Italy; locally sourced pieces from Hobrecht Lighting Co.

Decorative applications:
Paint finishes by Karen Medaris; metalwork by artisans at Sacramento’s Twisted Metal and Fe Gallery Accents: Beads, crystals, handmade tile, tassels, fringe, silk velvet, linen

Creative remedy:
Tin ceiling with copper finish reflects light into an office with scant natural light.

Wood-and-porcelain tile combo refinished to add texture; office rug from Morocco