February 20, 2014


Purple, violet.... 

A color that relates to the imagination and spirituality. Stimulating the imagination and inspiring high ideals. It is an introspective color, allowing us to get in touch with our deeper thoughts.

Often we use the two names in common but are they?


The difference between violet and purple is that violet appears in the visible light spectrum, or rainbow. Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum.

whereas purple is simply a mix of red and blue.

While violet is not quite as intense as purple, its interaction is kind of similar. The color suggests wealth and extravagance for violet, fantasy and the world of dreams for purple.
Both contain the energy and strength of red with the spirituality and integrity of blue.
This is the union of body and soul creating a balance between our physical and our spiritual energies.

Physiologically, it heightens people's sense of beauty and their reaction to more creative ideas.

What does this tell about you, purple lover?

you are: 
sensitive and compassionate,
understanding and supportive,
thinking of others before yourself - you are the person others come to for help!
being needed motivates you but sometimes people take advantage of you.
You are a gentle and free spirit.
Your feelings run deep and you can be quite sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although you would never show it.
You are creative and like to be individual in most of your endeavors, including your dress and home decoration.
You love the unconventional.
With your personality color purple you inspire others with your creative thinking and your ability to deal positively with adversity.

How can purple work for you and your business?

It is often used to denote a high quality or superior product, such as high end fashion and interior or some women's cosmetics.
Purple is often connected with the 18 to 25 year old market as they see it as sexy and rebellious, while innovative designers go more for violet and connect it with sophistication and power.
It is most often used by businesses in creative fields -designers, psychics and cosmetic manufacturers are common users of it.

Purple is a color that works well with gold, taupe, turquoise, jade green, deep red, magenta and yellow. Combined with orange it creates a unique contemporary look.

If you constantly surround yourself with too much purple you can become moody. If this is the case, balance the purple with some magenta or green.

Purple a female color?

Purple is more suitable for products and websites related to women or children, although younger men are slowly becoming more attuned to it.
Purple portrays wealth and extravagance when combined with the richness of gold. 
When used with silver it expresses Independence and  shows you go your own way...
Lavender works as a sweet romantic touch and Pantone color of the year radiant orchid is exactly the right color to get out of the depression and the economic situation of the past years. It RADIATES like no other color. It gives you instant energy!
So let's have a look at the magic of violet!

 grey with a touch of purple, a match made in heaven

 the Selman in Marrakesh, a good example on how purple and violet combined make a statement.
dark colors and purple, very stylish!
 modern sleek design with a vibrant color give an instant trendy young urban chic style!

If you want to find more inspiration click HERE and HERE
If you want to know more about  Purple read on HERE
Want to know more about YELLOW? read it HERE

February 16, 2014


On Sundays we often go to the Sunday-flee market or the "Joutiya" here in Essaouira.
You can bargain on all kinds of things but the fascinating part to go to is the area where all the artist have their 'ateliers'.
The name atelier is not what you would expect it to be but the art is one of a kind and really worth investing in.
Very colorful and this will work fine once my black/grey/white home will be finished!

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February 13, 2014


Meet the owner:

Scottish Lynn has this wonderful apartment in a town that is on my wish list for quite a while.

She bought her Edinburgh flat in 2000, as soon as she could after starting her first 'proper' job as a Scottish government official. Only six months later, she was assigned to a position in Brussels (Belgium) and then another one in Berlin before returning to Brussels again. She did not move back to the little flat for 9 years! Once back in Scotland, she began to renovate it. Lynn: 'My big project was my kitchen. I love cooking and entertaining, and as I had discovered Morocco while living abroad, I was keen to bring a little of North Africa into my home (to complement artifacts from periods spent living and travelling in Asia, the Middle East and Europe)'.
Once the kitchen renovation was complete, she travelled to Morocco to source a mosaic splashback as the final finishing touch. You can read the story of how she found it here.

'On a subsequent trip, I designed a lantern to hang in my dining area. Morocco is a big inspiration in my life and I found a lot of pleasure creating recipes from my trips in my bright, airy kitchen in Edinburgh' (recipe: http://www.maroc-o-phile.com/moroccan-musings/17-the-spice-souk).

On that fateful mosaic-purchasing trip, however, she not only returned with a beautiful designed splashback but she met a very special person and little over a year later, she decided to move to Morocco to be with him.
'Perhaps in future, we will be creating Scottish-Moroccan fusion recipes in my kitchen together!'

Meet the home:

Do you want to meet the home?
While Lynn is in Morocco, her apartment is available for holiday rental (http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/edinburgh/229971).
If you would like information on travel, expat life, buying or business in Morocco,
please see Lynn's maroc-o-phile website:

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February 04, 2014


I must have been about 12 years old crying my eyes out because my parents wouldn't allow me a bed made out of pallets. Now, many many years later I 'm still in love with pallets. And to prove I was right already then, I 'll show you that you CAN furnish your home entirely with pallets. I don't say you should, but hey it's an option when your hubby is promising you more then he is willing to deliver ;)
So have a look and get inspired by what these people DID were allowed to do! 

After all, they are not dum, they are creative!

Combining pallets with a lot of basic neutral colors like shades of white and grey and modern minimalistic lamps, chairs and carpets can work verry well...Look at these next examples to prove it!
Do you have a nice pallet project yourself? Feel free to post it!

If you want to find more inspiration on using pallets click HERE, and HERE
Source for the pictures and a lot more great ideas: HERE