Monday, 25 May 2015

the great outdoors

It is most definitely summertime in our corner of the world,
and the living is feeling a little easier and a lot brighter!

The sunshine has driven us out of the house and onto the terrace
and has also prompted me into getting inspired about outdoor spaces.
I love taking a little of the inside outdoors in warmer weather - a carpet, a lamp, some cushions. . .

pinned by  Outside

I would love to venture into the medina to do a little personal shopping on your behalf, so if there is anything you need to complete your venture into the great outdoors just let me know!
images and credits via

kelim cushion #k013

Thursday, 7 May 2015

My Etsy Finds

I have recently moved into the world of ETSY as

 A few items have already found their way out of the medina to new homes,
while I, in the meantime, have been seeing what other creative people out there are putting in their Etsy shops and am living vicariously through my "favourite" list as I decide which item to succumb to.

Here are a few of the items I have added to my Etsy Wish List  
 It seems I've inadvertantly favoured the blues!

Barring the unexpected my day starts off with a fresh pot of coffee - I love the simplicity of this print


Another simple shape and beautiful colouring in this bowl by


 This handpainted linen cushion is perfect for day dreaming - and made by a fellow South African who has the lovely shop toucheefeellee

 A little bit of blue beadwork can never go amiss - from TheSeaLovers

And finally this inky sea blue map from iPrintPoster.
Just to remind yourself its a big old world out there.


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
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 for more information

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 


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.