September 29, 2014


September days...
September and October are really wonderful months here in our little shabby chic town with the big Boho vibe. I was out on an early windless beach walk when these colors exploded right in my face! So beautiful, so daring, so Morocco...

September 28, 2014


One of the hotels I definitely put  on my list of 'want to go and try it out' is Riad El Maâti in Rabat. When the hotel contacted me for a possible collaboration I was pleasantly surprised by the tastefully accomplished combination of tradition and modern style in this romantic boutique hotel.
The shades of off white that make you feel at ease and relaxed.
A beautiful riad in a most wonderful Moroccan town. Riad El Maati. the white lime plastered front is in a subtle contrast white the ever blue sky. Inside you feel the mixture from contemporary luxury with traditional elements. High ceilings in cedar wood in a deep brown color. Lots more of tadelakt and lime paint, furniture in the same dark chocolate shades...Basic colors that you can find throughout the whole riad...A great way to spread this feeling of comfort and luxury...

what a bath to relax....

I think this is my favorite room...:)

or should it be this one with the hip bathroom?....

September 25, 2014


Now that we are in the DIY mood,
let's give you a little introduction in how to make your own lime putty , lime plaster lime paint.
You can use it to cover your self constructed terrace bench, your wardrobe, your kitchen counters....
Depending on how you want to use it, you have to make it thicker, put hair to it or just apply it as a finisher with a brush. You can leave it white or you can put colored pigments in it (ALWAYS WITH WARM WATER) when working with lime ALWAYS protect your hands because it is rather aggressive. Also watch out if you buy dry pigments . Protect yourself with a mouth mask or buy at stores where they can give you good advice. Use on damp surface, always have a spray bottle with water to help you.
HERE a tutorial on how to make your lime mixture yourself!

you can either opt for a washed off effect or paint several times (and) put on a finisher.



A beautiful house in el Jadida with old lime paint (here in Morocco painting is a job every 2 year)

Chateau de Moissac
A Belgian farmhouse I guess, can't find the picture source.

September 21, 2014


I've been wanting to do this post for a long time. A post about taking things in own hand and simply start to build your bed, kitchen, terrace seating area and a lot more...Often 'minimalistic and zen' is confused with sleek design. But ask me and I tell you zen and minimalism can be with a touch of imperfection...not sleek, not shining, not cold but warm,relaxing and inviting...Time to get these bricks and some plaster and create!
Let me prove it to you with these impressions.
I've been trying to find the original sources for these wonderful ideas but as far as the isle of Santorini or photographer Christos Drazos for some pictures was all I could find. So please if you know more about any of these pictures, comment in the box or mail me!

Coco-Morocco for Rebali Riads

September 20, 2014


The best bread ever in Morocco! when you go to the Berber souk of Ida-Ou Gourd just outside Essaouira on Wednesday. Go to the bakery at the Main square where cars, buses and donkeys arrive. Buy this fresh baked delicious piece of bread wrapped in the newspaper from the day before and go and sit in the little 'men's' cafe beside. Order an omelet and a tea. Have some Moroccan bananas to it , sit and enjoy! D E L I C I O U S !

September 19, 2014


Today I want to guide you to get a little Moroccan corner in your house. The picture taken at riad el fenn is a nice one for a simple do it yourself.

 First we start with the list on products and items you want to get, either in Morocco on a holiday, either on the web, where sites like Etsy can get you a long way! Remember that prices are often down to half on what you pay online, depending on your negotiation skills. But as important is to source your item. Your support can make a difference to women at the country side. Supporting their families with their magnificant handcrafted items...

1 - white cotton curtains
2 - tassels
3 - Moroccan daybed
4 - fabric to cover the mattress
5 - kelim cushions
6 - kelim carpet



Moroccan daybed:
A Moroccan daybed is something you easily make yourself. It's a pallet of 1,90m by 60cm or 1,90m by 80cm . Depending on if you like a deep sofa or not. If you take a size of 80cm by 2m, it is easy to put on a normal size mattress so this saves you on looking for custom made sizes. The front and the sides of these beds are often nicely finished with a carved wood panel


Cushions :


good luck!