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Inspired by an 18th-century fishing cottage in France, Michelle Marocco transformed a cookie-cutter room in her Carmel home into an artfully distressed place to make jewelry worn by the likes of Russell Brand, Nicole Scherzinger, and Elaine Irwin. Her line, Niyama, mixes beads, diamonds, and wood pieces with leather cording. “It has a real traveled feel,” she says. The same can be said of this space, a product of 40 days of labor by the mega-tasking single mother of two.
LIGHTSThe industrial look of these “trouble lights,” common in mechanics’ garages, spoke to the designer.
BRACKETSMismatched shelving hardware came from Colonial Antiques, near Zionsville.
INFINITY SYMBOLThe Niyama logo incorporates the universally recognized figure-eight.
FLOORMarocco distressed the floors herself with a belt sander. “I don’t recommend that. It’s so hard,” she says.
CEILINGUsing scaffolding, Marocco called on her experience as an oil painter to remake the ceiling with her own mix of Italian fresco plaster and dry pigment.
PAINTINGMarocco painted this piece, inspired by meditation—a single focal point.
TABLEA Guatemalan piece from a design center in California.
CURTAINSFashioned from 100-year-old hemp fabric.
CABINETThis chest, made of wood from old boats, holds Marocco's beads.
JEWELRYNiyama pieces are meant to be layered. “Less is not more; more is better,” Marocco says.Photo by Tony Valainis
This article appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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