Monday, 15 September 2014

Inspiration from Taroudant

A little visual inspiration to start off the week.

Perusing the shelves of the bookshop in Casablanca airport last week, I decided to buy the latest issue of  Maisons du Maroc (#111 if you want to try and get a copy) to ease my boredom. Paging through the magazine I discovered these images which are going straight to my inspiration and ideas file!
  I thought I would share just a few of them. 

I love the natural tones, and use of traditional materials and design elements.











CREDITS:  photographs by : Cecile Treal, via Maisons du Maroc


Monday, 1 September 2014

Searching for a Boucherouite

Well its official . . .
August has come to an end, September is upon us 
and so the blogging begins!
It has been a wonderfu sun and family filled few weeks,
 but I must confess that I have managed a few forays into the medina in search of the perfetly {imperfect} Boucherouite carpet for a friend.


This has involved sifting through the piles and stacks of carpets on display



A hard job as they say, but somebody has to do it!


And it seemed a shame that out of all these beautiful and painterly creations, we could only choose one.
So I thought I would show them around and see if anyone else would like to buy a boucherouite or two.
If you fancy a little colour from morocco in your home,
handcrafted from lifes scraps and cast offs.
Have a look here and see what you think!








It does seem a pity to leave them piled up in the medina
when one of them could be casting a colourful hue across your floor.
For more information , sizes, pricing contact me directly on email or message me.
(paulinebrettell@gmail.com)


And if none of these take your fancy, I am sure we can find one that does!

LINKS

Read more about these carpets on the decor8 blog HERE

&
on SF Girl by Bay writes about them HERE and HERE

while
 Igor from Happy Interior Blog mentions them HERE





Monday, 4 August 2014

Holiday Time!

Now that it's august, and holidays are official
we are heading north to the sunshine
and
making time to relax and indulge and do some {figurative} swinging from the chandeliers!




I'm not planning on spending much time here but
think I might use the month to immerse myself in instagram.
So if you have the time and the inclination . . .
follow me HERE

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
X

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

a {bed}Room of ones own

Looking at the images I have kept on file as bedroom inspiration
this natural tones collage came to mind.
It seems to be the palette I am favouring at the moment


via


I love the idea of not having to get out of bed to enjoy the view


via



As much as I like the natural tones I am never able to discard colour.
I think these cushions are perfect to break the tasteful monotony
of a toned down palette.


via



I've always wanted a four-poster bed - this one looks perfect,especially as we have a few trees that need chopping down!


via



Another four-poster
&
another toned down palette,
 but this time a bit warmer with more pattern and textural detail.


via



I really like the layout of the bedroom below with the bath behind the bed.


via



Sometimes it is the smallest decorative detail that makes the difference,
like this posy vase attached to the wall.


via

And of course no bedroom is complete without a place to put your book alongside the bed.




“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ” ― Virginia WoolfA Room of One's Own



for credits and these images (and a whole lot more)
have a look at our Pinterest page.


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.