Saturday, December 16, 2017

DIRTY EARTH TONES - 5 things to add and create the look

pottery, morocco,
Tamegroute pottery at my favourite shop

unrefined...
From an old farm house renovation where old inscriptions were treasured, to factory lofts where rusty lines on a brick wall dress the place and turn into art...

unrefined...
the beauty in what was once a happening in life. Time turns everything into beauty. It's up to you to discover it.

Here some inspiration on ethnic treasures from the souks and some that inspired me to create a look with earth tones and what to add to it.

Enjoy!

Friday, December 15, 2017

HISTOIRE DE FILLES - a beautiful collection


fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane
Today, while I was patiently waiting to show the new collection of our Essaouira women's cooperative Anaouras at Histoire de Fille, I had some time to soak up the beautiful design they have!
  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A RAINY DAY ESCAPE PLAN for Marrakech

rain route Marrakech
photographer unknow, styling by coco-morocco

Rain!
What an unpleasant surprise when you are visiting a city that almost always enjoys sunshine. Fortunately, there is more than enough to escape to and if you are lucky, you picked a riad that you want to enjoy with a good book and some mint tea...
In case you want to hit town, follow me!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

5 BOOKS ABOUT MOROCCO to add to your Santa list

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

Hello dear readers,
it's been a while! Winter came, also to Marrakech, and with the cold from the High Atlas and the first snow on the Mountain tops ( how I love that view) came also a flue that kept me in bed for almost two weeks.

Time for me to think and make my wish list for Santa!

Books... I was able to sell my precious collection of designer objects when I moved with one container to Morocco but ' NOT WITHOUT MY BOOKS'
I know, I don't have space for this whole library, but i have the pleasure of diving into these boxes every now and then and see a book i had almost forgotten about. Then it's time to showcase it for a while and spend some cosy evening looking at pictures, pleasing the soul...

so, if you happen to know another bibliophile that happens to love Morocco...here is my top 5 on books to make him or her happy!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

5 COOLEST ADDRESSES IN THE MEDINA - Marrakech

cool designer shoppping Marrakech

About a year ago we spotted a new trend that was getting stronger. As a designer, it was again hip and a must do to show your brand in the Medina or Guéliz. We're talking Marrakech and we're talking about small, well designed stores that make a refreshing difference in the lined up '100 in a row' small shops.
  
                    
article by Marlène Pauly more articles by Marlène HERE





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TADELAKT - Homestyling Classes and Holidays in Marrakech

Tadelakt Workshop holiday marrakech
And what if you would skip the spring cleaning for a hands on "learn a skill" in Marrakech? Trust me, it can't get much better! Orange blossom scent, sunshine and maybe that dream of a tadelakt kitchen or shower wall is finally coming to a real goal within reach...

                    
article by Marlène Pauly more articles by Marlène HERE




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

KATE'S CRUMBLE - rustic homemade from the heart

kate's crumble
It's the time of year when you can't say no to a sweet in between.
Our Kate has a wonderfull goal and we can all help out by enjoying what she's euh most? known for 😏?
Crumble Kate tell us the story please!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

THE SUNDAY DEAL - a stunning Beni Ouarain runner.

Moroccan carpet
Sunday evenings are the last cosy hours, at home, somewhere out having family time, or simply enjoying your own company before working week starts again. We thought of putting an extra dimension to this by starting a new tradition.  
Every Sunday we add an item to our shop that we offer for 24 hours at a special deal price!

Friday, November 17, 2017

A TANGIER CITY TRIP - where to stay and enjoy the good life

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco
The harbour and the bay

Many moons ago...I arrived in Tangier (Tanger, Tanja, Tangiers). It was the first day of Ramadan and it was my first visit ever to Morocco.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

OUR TRIBAL CHIC COLLECTION IN GHENT



COCO-Morocco, Countryside, Ghent, Gent

What if we would embrace some Wabi Sabi in our life?

5 years already!
Of living in Morocco observing trends. 5 years of buying and sourcing interior items for Internationals while comparing the Western design trends with what we can offer from the souks..

5 years also of procrastinating my wish to attend Countryside Ghent.
  

Monday, October 23, 2017

COCTAILS IN THE MEDINA - part 1


Le Salama, coctails and sunset in Marrakech

It'sa job, and someone has to do it ;)! So we sent Kate out in the twirling alleys...looking for the exclusive sip with a sunset!
                    
article by Kate Woods more articles by Kate HERE




Saturday, October 14, 2017

LEARN THE SKILL OF TADELAKT - Workshop Essaouira

tadelakt workshop essaouira

Essaouira:
Place to rejuvenate your body mind and soul.
Place to attend one of the many workshops while travelling.  Relax and learn a skill.

We were invited by riad Les Deux mondes, a resort a little out of Essaouira, where conscious living, healthy food, body work and relaxing by the pool is combined with a whole range of workshop possibilities.

One workshop got my attention because it's on my bucket list for a long time already:

                    
article by Marlène Pauly more articles by Marlène HERE



Monday, September 25, 2017

OCTOBER IN MARRAKECH - Musée YSL and TEDx Marrakesh

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh
Model of the Museum by Studio KO

 October 2017 is going to be hot in Marrakech ! Hotter than July and August together!

Monday, September 18, 2017

ADOBE - ONE GREAT WAY TO CREATE TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE

“a home should have a warming effect on ones life” - Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 - 1986)

Monday, September 11, 2017

5 ETHNIC CHIC HOTELS - WAKING UP TO TRIBAL SOUNDS


Urban Tribal chic, when Nordic cool interiors get mixed with tribal goods. That's one way to travel Morocco.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

TRIBES ARE INVADING URBAN EUROPE

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

There used to be times when Scandinavian guys in huge boats traveled down south. Rumours in Essaouira go that they made it all the way down here!
The policy of the Vikings was simple: conquer and rule, and they were pretty good in this.😕

Sunday, September 03, 2017

COUNTRYSIDE GENT - COCO-MOROCCO WILL BE THERE

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

An impression of what we will have in our trunk!

Friday, September 01, 2017

EID MUBARAK KAREEM from ESSAOUIRA



The day of Eid, to me is a day of contemplation.
A day of trust and love, that all that is, is there because of a reason.

Monday, August 28, 2017

WORK AWAY THAT HOLIDAY!

workshops, essaouira

Are you the kind of traveller that does not like to sit still for too long? Then it's always good to have some options while going abroad.  Is learning something new, while getting closer to local culture, people and habits something you love?

Friday, August 25, 2017

GOOD DESIGN IS TIMELESS - Dar Assoura

Marrakech riads Dar Assoura

About 5 years ago, I came across the first pictures of this beautiful riad, well hidden in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech.

Friday, August 11, 2017

SIDI KAOUKI BLUES

 ABDOU SIDI KAOUKI
Talk about Taguenza to the Essaouira crowd and they will tell you: 'ah long gone memories of lazy days at Abdou'

Friday, August 04, 2017

SUITCASE SOUVENIRS - Must pack number 1

Shopping in Marrakech

Baboosh or Babouche
No matter the spelling, you need to be wearing it !

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

ART WORKSHOPS ON HOLIDAY


Do the words 'collage' and 'handpainted paper' take you back to long gone days of creative expression at school when you were about 10? 
Well...I must say, they did to me. Until I entered Sanne Busk's atelier in Essaouira.

Monday, July 17, 2017

REMAINS FROM A PRE-INDUSTRIAL PAST - Essaouira

sugar factory "Souira Qedima" near Ida O Gourd

"The ruins of the sugar factory "Souira Qedima" near Ida O Gourd and its hydraulic network of 'aqueducts' still stand as a testimony to this forgotten history that lasted only half a century, but whose consequences are up until today still affecting the ecosystem.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

bistrO Essaouira - mOre of this please!

coco-morocco at BistrO Essaouira


Do I choose where I'm going to eat, just by looking at an interior?
Do I taste, touch, smell or 'listen to' a restaurant while eating?
I confess!

Friday, July 07, 2017

NEW COLOUR PROOF LUXURY STAY in Essaouira

luxury hotel essaouira, Salut Maroc






(p.s. we got you a #superdeal! Read all about it at the end )

When designer and businesswoman, Helen Howat introduced the vivid colours of Australian brand Kas Australia to Dubai, I wonder if she was already dreaming of making the circle round...

Monday, June 26, 2017

HET LEVEN ZOALS HET IS - ESSAOUIRA

Een dag in Essaouira
Veel mensen vragen me wat ik zoal doe op een dag.  Ze zien mooie foto's , zon, strand en uitstappen.  En dat klopt ook helemaal 😂😜, maar in Marokko, zoals eigenlijk ook een 'beetje' in België, moet je altijd rekening houden met 1 sterk vertragende factor. Yep, je raadt het al, de ambtenarij...

En zo komt het, dat een gewone dag er al eens zo kan uitzien... 

Friday, June 23, 2017

EXPEDITIE TOUBKAL een berg die je met je voeten op de grond zet.

beklim Toubkal start in Imlil

Er was die middag dat Rachel en ik besloten om de Toubkal te gaan bewandelen. Met 4167 m de hoogste berg van noord Afrika en na de Kilimanjaro met 5895m de tweede hoogste van het continent.

Na wat rekenwerk hadden we een leuke groepsreis klaar en vorige week was het zo ver.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WEDDING VENUES 2017 in Marrakech

Planning a wedding?  Planning an exotic wedding? You should think Marrakesh!
Marrakesh, no better place on earth to indulge in wonderful colours, prints, romantic settings, luxury venues and dreams under a nightblue sky filled with a 1000 stars...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

BRUNCH BY THE POOL The Essaouira top 5

There are plenty of reasons to stay more than a day in Essaouira. There is much more to discover than the Medina, the harbour and the beach boulevard. Ask any one living here and they come up with a liiiist that could fill your month of holiday with ease.

Monday, June 05, 2017

5 TRENDS THAT ROCK MARRAKECH



Marrakech is becoming more and more an international metropolis to be reckoned.
A Metropolis influenced by international trends that local youngsters embrace and enjoy together with expats and tourists.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A DAY OUT AT THE OURIKA ROUTE

Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, Ferme Berbere
La Ferme Berbere

Als de hitte in Marrakech je te veel wordt, dan zijn er gelukkig verfrissende alternatieven. Je kan de ganse dag luilekker bij de pool liggen maar als je een week in de 'red city' bent wil je ook wel wat zien.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MARRAKECH, my 5+ favourite bedrooms on the market

Marrakech, property, for sale, coco-morocco

Ik weet niet hoeveel riads Marrakech telt in de Médina, maar er zijn er altijd een deel die wachten om van eigenaar te veranderen.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

TRAVELLING MOROCCO? 3 selections to always rest your head on the right pillow. coco-morocco...

best hotels, charm hotels, morocco, fez, marrakech, essaouira,coco-morocco

The Mr & Mrs: When luxury is your second name

Are you the people that would prefer to take their own butler? The ones that appreciate the small luxuries and a stay where you probably meet some friends from lasts year's cruise?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Workshop: BREAD BAKING IN THE RUINED GARDEN - FEZ

workshops, fez, breadbaking, coco-morocco, ruinedgarden

Before we have our selection of fantastic hotels in FEZ revealed,we're going to make some changes to the website. So let's start already getting you in a Fassi cuisine mood!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Walk: ARTISTIC SPOTS IN MOROCCO - Diabat

Diabat - Essaouira - Morocco

Vanaf de eerste keer dat ik dit kleine artistieke heuvel dorpje zag van op afstand,  fluisterde iets mijn naam. Diabat, tegen de flank met zicht op Essaouira.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

ESSAOUIRA with a touch of Orange et Canelle

streetview

Down a little cobbled lane and luckily not too hard to find is Riad Orange Canelle in Essaouira. It is a small guesthouse, quite perfectly formed. The interior is whitewashed with pops of colour in warm oranges and browns, reflecting the name of a lovely Moroccan dessert.

Monday, March 27, 2017

THE HIDDEN GEMS OF MARRAKECH - part 1

riad for sale, Marrakech

Ik heb het al eerder gezegd, Chic Marrakech is een van mijn favoriete adresjes om binnen te 'gluren bij mijn buren' :). OOO al deze magische plekjes in de Medina. Dus ging ik weer eens op zoek tussen het vastgoed en toen ik dit pareltje ontdekte moest ik het gewoon delen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TRAVEL TO FEZ - Filigree, pottery and textiles

TRAVELS TO FEZ - Filigree, pottery,textiles

Fes in Morocco is famous for pottery and ceramics.  I have visited some speciality ceramic factories there on more than one occasion now and it's always fun.

Friday, March 17, 2017

TRENDSETTERS: LATIFA AZZOUZI - an interview

A series about young Moroccans, born and raised outside Morocco, well rooted in 2 cultures! Setting a trend.  
We are curious about them, about their life choices and about the role model they are.   
                    

An interview with:
Latifa Azzouzi - Entrepreneur and HR manager raised in the Netherlands, living in Casablanca - Morocco

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dogood: ADOPT A DONKEY - part 2


Refuge Gco Essaouira

Net voordat we gisteren naar huis gingen na ons bezoek aan de Gco Refuge, stonden er twee ezeltjes die onlangs waren binnen gebracht. Ééntje met een zwaar vervormde hoef die zo scheef was gegroeid dat zijn poot de grond niet meer raakte.
Een ander zonder hoef, helemaal ingezwachteld en het bloed sijpelde erdoor...

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

HOMESTYLING WORKSHOP MARRAKECH

interior styling workshop
Traditionele Marokkaanse visfuiken als sfeerverlichting
Nog een paar weken tot Coco-Morocco's interieur styling workshop in Marrakech.  Met 6 dames (of heren 😀 ) gaan we aan de slag. Thema is je huis stylen met natuurlijke materialen. Denk Rotan, riet, raffia.  Allemaal handgemaakte items, made in Marokko 'with sunshine and love'  

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

TEA FOR TWO IN MARRAKESH

Amandine Marrakech
Tea for two (or more) is a delightful event at Amandine, a petit cafe in the new town of Marrakech.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

TRENDSETTERS: AOUATEFE LAHMANI - an interview

A series about young Moroccans, born and raised outside Morocco, well rooted in 2 cultures! Setting a trend.  
We are curious about them, about their life choices and about the role model they are.   
                    
expat interview Aouatefe Lahmani

An interview with:

Aouatefe Lahmani - actress and film director who lives between Paris and Marrakech

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day


Valentine from Morocco

Happy Valentine from us to you!

Shine bright as a star today

                    



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Monday, February 13, 2017

AFTER THE STORM - Essaouira


Essaouira storm
Leven bij de Oceaan is bij uitstek onderhevig zijn aan de natuur.
Een impressie een dag nadat er een verwoestende storm overtrok!
                    
article by Marlène Pauly more articles by Marlène HERE
English down


Life in a coastal town, close to the Atlantic is being exposed to the power of nature, more than anywhere else.
An impression a day after a devastating storm passed!
Essaouira storm
Essaouira storm
Essaouira storm

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