Wednesday, 23 September 2015

On the tiles

It's funny how things come in waves . . .
earlier this week I put a link on my facebook page to my Pinterest board: on the floor
because I had been seeing {and loving} the tiles from the Popham Design studio.

In a previous post - a tile is made - I've chatted a bit about the traditional artisan process involved in making these cement tiles. Popham Designs, based in Marrakech, have taken this traditional tile and transported it into a contemporary aesthetic which I just love. 

graphic and monochromatic

along with some wonderful bursts of colour

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This assymetrical circle is one of my favourites, along with the colour!

 What do you think?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

My 5 favorite things in Tangiers

and little bit more…
I asked Sarah Charpentier Riani - the creative force behind Ewwel designs - to list her Five Favourite Things in Tangiers.

 Il y a tellement de choses que j’aime à Tanger… ce fut donc difficile de n’en choisir que 5 ! Je vis dans cette ville depuis maintenant un peu plus de 3 ans, et chaque jour je découvre de nouvelles choses, de nouveaux endroits…Une atmosphère particulière qui ne laisse personne indifférent. Voici donc ma petite liste, sans ordre de préférence, des 5 choses que j’aime à Tanger :

There are so many things that I like about Tangier . . . it was hard to choose only 5! I have been living in this city for just over 3 years now, and every day I discover new things, new places -  it has an atmosphere that leaves no one indifferent. So - here is my list, without order of preference, of  5 things I like about Tangier:

1) UNE BISSARA! Une plat tellement simple mais tellement bon…Une sorte de purée de pois cassés ou de fèves, agrémentée d’un filet d’huile d’olive du pays, du cumin et du paprika. Et c’est encore meilleur avec quelques petits morceaux d’oignons crus…Et qui dit Bissara, dit forêt de Perdicaris, un des meilleurs endroits pour en déguster une!

1) A BISSARA! A dish so simple but so good . . . it is a sort of pureed pea or bean soup, embellished with a dash of olive oil, cumin and paprika. And it's even better with a few small pieces of raw onions! And whoever says Bissara, also says Perdicaris Forest, one of the best places to enjoy it!

2) LA FORET DE PERDICARIS Sur les hauteurs de Tanger, c’est une forêt communale en plein milieu urbain. J’aime m’y promener en famille et admirer la richesse de sa biodiversité. On peut également y voir une mystérieuse villa aux airs de manoir (laissée très longtemps à l’abandon mais actuellement en pleine rénovation) dont le propriétaire était Ion Perdicaris, riche américain.

2 ) THE FOREST PERDICARIS On the heights of Tangier, it is a communal forest in an urban setting . I love to walk there with my family and admire its rich biodiversity. One can also see a mysterious manor house (very long left abandoned but currently being renovated) whose original owner was Ion Perdicaris, a wealthy American.

Et rien n’est plus agréable que de se balader sur la chaussée romaine et profiter d’une splendide vue sur la mer. 

And nothing is more pleasant than to walk on the old Roman road and enjoy the splendid sea view.

3) LA KASBAH C’est un de mes quartiers préférés à Tanger. Situé sur les hauteurs de la vieille médina, c’est un lieu chargé d’histoire. J’aime siroter un thé à la Menthe place du Tabor à l’ombre d’un ficus centenaire et profiter de l’ambiance apaisante…

3) THE KASBAH This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Tangier. Located on the heights of the old medina, this is a place full of history. I like to sip a mint tea at the place of Tabor in the shade of a century-old ficus and enjoy the soothing ambience ...

La boutique LAS CHICAS est l’endroit incontournable du shopping à Tanger. Installée dans une ancienne maison rénovée avec goût, j’aime y découvrir les dernières nouveautés des designers locaux, papoter avec les charmantes propriétaires Ayda et Yasmine et faire une petite pause déjeuner sur la terrasse entre copines.
dans une ancienne maison rénovée avec goût, j’aime y découvrir les dernières nouveautés des
designers locaux, papoter avec les charmantes propriétaires Ayda et Yasmine et faire une
petite pause déjeuner sur la terrasse entre copines.
4) LAS CHICAS The shop Las Chicas is the place to shop in Tangier. Housed in an old house renovated with taste, I like to discover the latest local designers there, chatting with the charming owners Ayda and Yasmine while taking a lunchbreak on the terrace among friends.

Pour le moment, c’est l’unique cinéma à Tanger. Conservé dans son jus, j’aime
l’ambiance complètement vintage de ce lieu qui propose une belle programmation pour les
enfants, des nouveautés et des films d’auteur. Ici pas de pop corn, c’est plutôt ambiance thé à
la menthe et patisseries faites maison.
Entrée 20 Dirhams, imbattable !
5) THE CINEMATHEQUE For now,it is the only cinema in Tangier. Kept in its own original aesthetic, I love the completely vintage atmosphere of this place, which also offers a great programme for children, novelties and art films . Here there is no popcorn, but plenty of atmosphere, mint tea and homemade pastries. Entry 20 Dirhams, unbeatable!

Parce-que faire une liste de mes 5 choses préférées à Tanger est vraiment trop difficile, et parce-que ce n’est plus vraiment Tanger, je me permets d’ajouter un sixième lieu ! 6) PLAGE HERMES Après Assilah, sur la route de Larache, se trouve la plage de Sidi Mghait. Appelée aussi Plage Hermès (dû à la présence de la maison du célèbre créateur français), cette plage est assez difficile d’accès. Bien qu’aménagée de transats et de petits Chiringuitos , cette plage reste sauvage et tranquille. J’aime y un faire un bain d’argile et déguster un bon tajine de poisson face à la mer. Du pur bonheur.
Because making a list of my five favorite things to Tangier is really too difficult, and because - it's not really Tanger , I might add a sixth place! 6)PLAGE HERMES - Just after Assilah, on the road to Larache, is the beach of Sidi Mghait.This beach is also called Hermes(due to the presence of the house of the famous French designer, this beach is difficult to access. Although there are some deckchairs and small Chiringuitos in the summer, this beach remains wild and tranquil. I like to make a clay bath and enjoy a good fish tagine facing the sea . Pure happiness.

So . . . a few ideas for next time you find yourself in Tangiers?

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Back to the Blog!

Sitting in the gentle morning sunlight, sipping on my coffee and thinking about where I am and where I am going {in a blog context that is}! Big thoughts for so early in the day!


September always feels like a time for new beginnings here in the northern hemisphere - while friends and family down south are starting to look forward to warmer days and the start of spring, we are noticing the days slowly growing shorter and the sunshine softer.


This September has most definitely brought winds of change sweeping through our lives - and this will be reflected in the pages of this blog and other projects to follow . . . exciting I hope!!


Instead of being full time in Morocco we have decided - for a time - to commute between the british countryside and the moroccan seaside. Not a bad option really, a good one for the family as a whole, and one that, as I said, brings new opportunities with it! So keep an eye on the blog as I hatch my plans (online shops, pop-up shops!) to bring a little moroccan inspiration to the somewhat cooler climes of the corner of the welsh countryside we are now calling home!


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Friday, 10 July 2015

summer holiday . . .

it would be great if you followed me on instagram to see what I see en-route!


happy holidays

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Airbnb in Assilah

If you are anything like me, you are still flicking around the internet planning your summer holiday.
 A tad last minute possibly but never too late!
And if Airbnb is your thing - there are still deals to be done, certainly if you are in search of some sunshine in  Assilah.

A friend of mine often stays in this perfect medina bolthole - I love visiting her when she is there because it is so quiet and peaceful - a wonderful respite to the clamour of the krakia down my end of the medina!        Just take a left just a little further on . . .

Although small (it's perfect for 2) there is a wonderful sense of uncluttered light and space.

A burst of colour is the perfect backdrop for the plants on the little patio leading off the bedroom.

Most of the furnishings and decor are from the medina - so haven't had far to go and feel right at home!

The temptation to over decorate in morocco is huge - I think this calm and uncluttered interior is why I find this house so restful and love visiting.

Make yourself a cup of coffee in the kitchen then step up onto the terrace to gaze over the medina.

have a look here for more information

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Friday, 5 June 2015

a holiday home in tunisia

calm, understated, organic . . .
all qualities that drew me to these images of this lovely holiday home in Tunisia.
I think I could spend a lot of time here, plus on a more selfish note, there are also a lot of ideas
and inspirations that I want to keep on file for myself - one day!
 I felt these pictures had a weekend kind of feel - the kind of thing you want to peruse with a morning coffee,
not too taxing!

Happy Weekend
images by via Cote Maison

for more information and credits go HERE

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!
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kelim cushion #k013