Thursday, 23 April 2015

A little colour inspiration

Olive groves and Orange blossoms . . .
I have always had a bit of a thing for green and orange - olive green and burnt orange to be precise, and I still cannot believe I left behind swathes of moss green and vintage orange velvet curtains in the farmhouse we lived in in Wales when we packed up and left for Asian shores several years ago . . . but there was a limit to what could be packed!
More recently I have found myself harking back to this colour combination here on Pinterest,
so I thought I would share these images in a post, and win you over to the greens and tangerines, the olives and the umbers.









love it
x
I'm off now for a stroll around the medina to see what else I can find in shades of olive and orange.


all images and credits here




Friday, 10 April 2015

time to make a move?

Are you starting to think about summer holidays yet . . . ?
What about buying a home instead of renting one this summer.
 I have a few on my page Dar Souk that might tempt you!
How about this one just up the road from me



a great lifestle property and a running business venture all in one
asking price : EUR 280 000 (approx $297 000 or £202 000)





see more images
contact me directly at paulinebrettell@gmail.com for more information
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

a tiny jewell in the medina . . .


it was this beautiful vintage fish ornament that first drew my attention to this little shop in  Assilah


then one day I stepped inside and discovered a treasure trove of vintage beads and jewellery



from the minute you step through the beaded curtain over the doorway


you are surrounded by treasures



some old
some new
some a combination 



jewellery designer Mostafa uses this small space as a studio and a retail space,
 working and creating while you shop



this is where you will find it
that little blue door down a medina alleyway of Assilah
don't forget to look out for the fish on the door



I hope to have some of Mustaafas' vintage bead creations on shouf! soon 

 so pop across to have a look 

x



Friday, 20 March 2015

a moroccan beach house


I don't know about you - but I am starting to feel like summer is almost within my grasp . . .  Not quite but close!
And so I am thinking about long lazy summer days at the beach, and  one beach I would love to explore is the area around the lagoon of Oualidia, which is why a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this beach house - Maison El Manzar - which looks perfectly lovely to me!










sunshine, shadows and simplicity
I would happily hang my hat here for the summer and watch the sun set over the lagoon
what do you think?
any plans for the summer?



all images via

Monday, 9 March 2015

Places to stay in Tangiers


Over the past 18 months of blogging I have mentioned a few places in Tangiers that I have stayed at and would happily and wholeheartedly recommend.
I though it might be useful to put them all on one page for easy reference on one page for easy reference -  so here goes, in no particular order and with links to the original post for more information. . . 












and most recently



Can't wait to add to this list !
Any recommendations?
 Please feel free to contact me with any questions about these or other places to stay in Tangiers.



Monday, 2 March 2015

La Maison de Tanger


As you may know - I am currently living in Assilah - yes the blog is called tea-in-tangiers, I know
but that's just because I have a thing for alliteration, and it had a nice ring to it . . .  but if you look at the small print it does say its about Tangiers, Assilah, and the places in between!
Anyway - the point of that little introduction is to explain how I came to spend the night at this lovely place : La Maison de Tanger!




Having been invited to a little soiree one Friday evening in Tangiers, I thought I would spoil myself and stay somewhere nice overnight rather than driving back late.
We decided on La Maison for a few reasons - some practical (parking,central etc) and others just because it looked pretty!




And it didn't disappoint on any accounts.



It is a beautifully restored and gracious home nestling surprisingly close to the grand socco.
Take a right at the arches -  just before you hit the metal workers.
I know the word "oasis" gets used an awful lot when talking about places to stay in morocco,
but this really is an oasis in the middle of the urban chaos of Tangiers.



The images above all give you the "big picture" which is undeniably impressive
but
to me
its always the details that make the difference . . . 



and La Maison de Tanger is full of details like this that make your stay there just that little bit more special
x


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

shopping the blues . . .


There seems to be a whole lot of blue out there this week - or is it just my facebook feed??


image via : majorelle blues



I love following the creations of Australian jewellery designer Birdie Hill - she always uses beautiful and inspiring images - this was her contribution to the blues this week!



And then my friend Marianne added this blue note to the mix - one of her RedDog designs in this great colour - I might have to trade in my red for a blue!
and finally this morning I saw this blue boucherouite carpet which I decided I had to add to my collection on
Shouf!




so a blue week , but not in a bad way!
and ending in theme - a bit of Blue Velvet by Lana Del Rey.






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