Wednesday, 23 July 2014

tea in . . . Arenas del Rey

A brief ferry trip across the straits takes you from the Port of Tanger to the shore of Spain,
and just a little further inland,
towards the Siera Nevada,
is this pretty house in the Andalusian village of Arenas del Rey.

It can be found on a quiet street
just across the way from the bakery - so not far to go for a morning treat with your coffee!

And not far from magnificent scenery like this

Take a peek through a window 

into one of the three bedrooms.

Touches from the owners travels add to the ambiance.

And the double volume living area creates a sense of space.

Step out from the kitchen into the privacy of an outdoor living area.

Some Moroccan  blues are a perfect addition to this Spanish holiday home.

Finally candlelight and shadows at the end of the day.

If you like what you see have a look HERE because its FOR SALE.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

In Morocco with Billabong

I very rarely simply re-post images or posts, and do try to generate my own content, or at the very least put it into my own context - but these images via WolfCub Chronicles by photographer and stylist Brydie Mack   are lovely and, I thought, worth sharing.
They were taken while on a shoot for Billabong, and she has captured 
 the tones and textures beautifully.

If you enjoy gazing at these images, have a look HERE for more.


Beautiful don't you think . . .
Which is your favourite ?
I love the one of the sandals on the worn tiles.

Monday, 21 July 2014

dar-souk {a house market}

I have just added a new page to this blog
dar-souk {a house market}

I think that explains it pretty well
I hope it is a project that will grow with time.
You can click across to it HERE
to see how it is progressing so far.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Dar Bibine

Some tea-in-tunisia for the weekend - with a healthy dose of turquoise to herald in the sunshine!
I've kept this on file for some time now - so many features and details I love in this guest house {Dar Bibine} in the medina of Erriadh. 

images via Cote du Sud and on Pinterest

Friday, 27 June 2014

coffee break

Things have been quite busy in my neck of the woods, so I thought it might be time for a coffee break.


I am pretty flexible about a lot of things - but a non-negotiable in my morning schedule (well, schedule may be a bit ambitious for my day) is coffee!
I am not naturally a morning person, but the promising aroma emanating from the moka pot on the stove will get me up - that quiet time in the morning with our coffee . . .


Yes - I have been known to pack my very own moka pot when  moving into uncharted coffee territory.   and no - instant coffee is not really coffee! 


As much as I love coffee, I don't really do breakfast,
so a biscotti to nibble on with my coffee is perfection
(I never dip!)


This recipe is via Urvashi at The Botanical Baker - click HERE for details

I love this Moka print by Luzelle of Mengsel

She prints it on cotton dish cloth as well- I think I might treat my kitchen!

I've recently stumbled across some lovely vintage images here on pinterest - more moka love.

I prefer to drink my coffee out of a teacup kind of size - never a mug! These ones from the online site Superbalist are rather nice don't you think?

And finally - while you are enjoying your coffee you might want to listen to some Coffee Pot Blues by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three 

I hope you have a lovely weekend & are able to take time to smell the coffee!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Akasha Mountain Retreat

When talking about Akasha, you have to start with the mountain  . . .
This beautiful Moroccan styled retreat sits high up and  close to the southern most point of Africa and the magnificence of its location cannot go unmentioned!

Owners Elana and Chris have created and built Akasha into a peaceful little bit of luxury on this mountain top. They have incorporated their love of Moroccan design and craft into every aspect, and these design elements from way up north combine perfectly with a Southern African aesthetic.

The palette and tones are muted and natural, complimenting the view rather than distracting from it.

 A carefully constructed combination of vistas, and decorative details.

Original old doors from morocco, logs from the farm, sculptural candelabra all work together
to form a harmonious "cape-maroc" mood board.

It's the details that always distract me in a place like this!

tea-in-akasha anyone?

Silver tea trays and containers add a reflective note to the palette

The bedrooms are designed to maximise the views,
while the sequins on the handira reflect the morning sunshine.

And just because you are, quite literally, at the end of a well beaten track, doesn't mean that all your creature comforts won't be taken care of.

There are even plans {I hear} of a spa and some interesting Earth Zen products -
so time for a massage and a little detox before sunset and a glass of red?

Doors open onto secret spaces and the barriers between inside and outside melt away.

 Carefully sourced items from Moroccan souks have found a new home and add a brush of colour to the palette.

And finally again  . . . that view

My visit was a fleeting one - but I do plan to go back!

To find out more about staying at Akasha Mountain Retreat you can find them on Facebook
or on their website: