Monday, 4 August 2014

Holiday Time!

Now that it's august, and holidays are official
we are heading north to the sunshine
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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.

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!