Als je van luxe houdt, gecombineerd met oude patina's en diepe dramatische kleuren, dan is Riad Dar Darma in Marrakech absoluut iets voor jou.
Oude architectuur details zoals gedecoreerde houten plafonds en deuren (zouak), tadelakt, verbleekte antieke textielen, het hoort er allemaal bij!
Meng dit met gouden en messing decoratie objecten en je hebt Versace in Marokko!
Geniet en verlies je in de deatils...

For more pictures and bookings visit:  HERE
picture source: riad Dar Darma


Some tropical/African/Colonial inspiration. I love these settings. I prefer the dark wood elements and hope to get some nice pictures in Marrakech from le Grand Cafe de la Poste this weekend....
Natural tones and brown are here to stay...
Een beetje tropische inspiratie voor je huis? Bruin/wit is voor mij alleszins het nieuwe zwart-wit. Minder hard en een heel natuurlijke stijl die hier in Africa volledig tot zijn recht komt. De sfeer van de koloniale periode met bananenplanten, rieten meubels, houten luiken, ventilatoren...'de stijl met stijl'
Dit weekend hoop ik in Marrakech mijn hart op te halen bij 'Le Grand Caffee de la Poste'...

picture source
1. Danielle de Lange's home from the STYLE FILES 3.pinterest


Often when we go on holiday in Morocco, we tend to stay in a riad. Riads once were the houses for families where generations lived together en women and men slept separately in the typical long and narrow rooms all centered around the courtyard.

But what can you expect when house hunting?  Well, it all depends... sometimes you can find a ruin and sometimes you are lucky and you run into something like this little pearl! So many beautiful details, I would not change a thing but for the color on the doors.  I would undo them from their varnish and use a deep brown colonial style oil. Just do some basic rewiring and bring in some brown black and white furniture and pottery with plants.   This riad is for sale for 150 000 Euros. Quite a reasonable price for something as beautiful as this...

I absolutely ADORE the paint on the wall!  The wash off effect of it. Hang some major pieces of art and you are ready! Let's move in!


1. Riad in Fez (Fes)  2. Home outside Marrakesh 3.Moroccan style terrace.
As Days get longer and a little warmer, it is time to get the terrace or the patio summer proof again. I'm in love with the lanterns and the hanging lamps we have here in Morocco and I use them everywhere. With a lamp or a candle in it, they are very adjustable and you can use them inside as well.
Look how wellthe blend with different interior styles from Scandinavia to Africa and add this little magical shimmer in any interior. Do you see yourself launging ?
1. Kitchen of Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani 2. Pinterest 3. Moroccan inspired room

1. the Selman Marrakesh 2. Peacock Paviljons Marrakesh 3. Pinterest

1. herz-allerliebst  2. Mamounia Marrakesh 3.Pinterest

1 2 inspiring bedrooms. 1. is a typical Moroccan sized chambre with a size of between 1,9 and 2,20m wide.

1. Pinterest 2. palmilla restaurant California I LOVE this one! 3 Moroccan copper lamps, the most expensive ones...:(

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 Serge Lutens.
I still remember every new shooting for Sisheido, it was perfection!
the same feeling I got when I bought his perfume Fleur d'Oranges. After I had been traveling Morocco for some years, I knew that this was the scent of the orange trees when blossoming caught in a bottle. Later I discovered I share a love for Berber Fibula's with him. And when I saw the pictures on his Marrakesh home I got totally inspired for my Moroccan living room.

Not having a stunning house like his here are my tips on getting near...
1)Choose two dark "ton sur ton" colors. Aubergine or a dark brown-red Will look great. Start with painting the walls in the lightest shade and when dry take the dark color and a tissue and experiment your way into an off-washed effect on the walls.
When this is dry, choose a pattern that you want to use to put some extra glimmer and Arabic feel to the place.
You can either use big framed patterns or cover a wall with a typical Moroccan pattern like these.

Make a print and carefully remove the parts that you want to have a golden glow.
Put the stencils to your wall and use a golden spray. Don't use too much, it should have just a little subtle golden shimmer!
If you have painted your ceiling dark, which I suggest you do, then you can also sprays some gold in a circle above where you are going to put your lamp.

Once you finished your paint job, it is decorating time.
carpets like Kilim carpets in earth tones combined with black and bordeaux and Kilim cushions in bold orange and purple,
A Moroccan sofa is easy to make. daybeds covered with cushions and more cushions. combined with low tables and magic lamps.

PS. if you are not keen on colors, try all shades of gray white and black and work with silver. It will give you a more contemporary Moroccan look!

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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


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:

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 (
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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YELLOW, does it make you smile too? Is this your colour?

Now what does this tell about you?
The colour yellow is the colour of the mind and the intellect.
Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the colour of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer.
Yellow is the colour of the networker and the journalist, all working and communicating on a mental level.
Yellow is the scientist, constantly analysing, looking at both sides before making a decision; methodical and decisive.
Yellow is the entertainer, the comic, the clown.

So if you go for yellow you know that dreaming is just a little part of the job. Yellow makes you do things and is this not what we all deep inside want?

If you use yellow, whether it is in wearing it or using it in a decorating job, you can be sure people don't miss out on it and you better have your story ready on the why and convince them by your attitude!

How can yellow have an influence ?

Yellow is the best colour to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism.
Yellow is the great communicator and loves to talk. (my husband will LOVE this one : )
Yellow helps us focus, study and recall information, useful during exam time.
Yellow has a tendency to make you more mentally analytical and critical - this includes being self critical as well as critical of others.
Yellow is non-emotional, coming from the head rather than the heart.
Yellow depends on itself, preferring to not get emotionally involved.
Yellow is related to the ego and our sense of self worth, to how we feel about ourselves and how we are perceived by others.
yellow in a kitchen makes us become more hungry, not only for food but also to create new things, try out different recipes....

Have you noticed yellow is THE colour of spring? Flowers are screaming for the change from winter to summer, screaming out to the bees 'here I am'...
Yellow tulips inside a room can lift the room to the spring vibe.

How to 'yellow' a room?
Yellow is a classic colour and has been used throughout history.
A "golden" tip on using it: the bigger the surface to less vibrant it should be, unless you really want to get attention.
But also to this rule there are exceptions. When combined with grey this automatically tempers the vibration and you get a classical tone.
Both modern and classical interiors can use yellow and it is a colour with a high 'FEEL GOOD' level.
Personally I'm a big fan of golden yellow and what I call mustard yellow. They work well with Black and White and grey and they give an instant GLAM feeling to a room when combined like this

So get inspired by the pictures!

If you want to find more inspiration click HERE and HERE
If you want to know more about using Yellow in your home or in your business read on HERE


Is 2014 the moment for getting your home finally the way you want it?
Start with these 3 easy tips before heading to the store. It costs you nothing but saves you a disappointment in the end.

TIP 1: Pick a theme.

Before you start you probably have already a long list of favorite interior, on Pinterest, in your favorite magazines or even your favorite soap might inspire you!
Now let's look at them and see what they have in common. Can you define it? Do you see what it is that makes you think "I wish I would live there!"

Are you the African Nomad or the Scandinavian Cool type?
Is vintage your thing or after all Parisian chic?

When picking a theme don't think things like "I can't afford this" or "it will take too much of my time". If you want to get it, it will sure take time but everything you achieve will make you proud and more at ease in you own nest.
Pick this theme and start imagining your room when it is finished!

Parisian chic with a touch of vintage

Scandinavian white with vintage elements

vintage minimalism

warm sunny out of Africa

You can see already from these examples that I have a weakness for vintage stuff. but let's talk about you! Have you found your style?

TIP 2: Pick a color scheme.

Now here it goes easy :). when choosing a theme, often the theme already implements some basic colors and that is what we want to do here. Choosing the BASIC colors.
When you opt for Parisian chic, this implements black, white and wood colors, the gold and silver elements can come later.
African look has bright shades of orange purples and reds but you do want to keep it a little modest for the walls and the floors so you go for muddy brown tones, off whites and sand.
Swedish styles often use white on white tones with grey and natural wood.... 
choose your color scheme in harmony with your theme without going too bold on the colors.

The colors from Flamant and Benjamin Moore are my favorites. You can so easily combine and get these great results!

Well it may sound simple but the further you get in your decorating job, the harder it will be. Don't go for second choice because you think your first pick is too expensive. Leave both and wait till you find something that you can pay for and that looks absolute wonderful. Be creative and look at flee markets (vintage) ;) or try to paint an old chair so that it fits....
But never take something that looks nice in the shop but that really does not has any relation to the theme you choose for, it will both cost you money and ruins your final picture...

Still doubting what to go for?
If you think you will get major out of track, you can always ask me, send me a picture with your doubts or questions. I will be happy to help out if possible. 


Moroccan Boucherouites. These carpets really can lift your interior from average to waw. Especially the vintage ones are real art pieces. I made a collage here from 3 of our items in stock. You might think they will only work in Moroccan colorful interiors but I want to show you they will lift any interior as long as they are chosen well.
If you think about buying one, I would be happy to assist you in choosing one that fits your home and your needs. Get in contact and we can work out the colors that would give your room a kick.

Make a statement with a vintage carpet!


Sometimes small things make the difference and you need some changes in your home don't you? ...Like these nice hardware door and drawer buttons I discovered.



Last week I shared some pictures with you on Facebook about how simple it can be to create a look without ruining your bank account. While most of my own examples were in basic colors, I got some pictures posted and mailed of total different styles. It proves that you don't have to be an addict to the natural shades to create a great look with pallets.
I can advise you a great book if you want more inspiration:

Most pictures are from Pinterest
In my post about a garden table I worked on one like this
this small breakfast table will do fine in lots of settings. Bedroom, garden...
this picture was sent to me by my friend Nicole who wants to create this look for her guest/hobby room. She is incredibly good in sewing so I think it will be no problem once she has found her 2 pallets!
I love this Moroccan inspired kitchen. You don't need to worry if everything is perfect. The character lays just in the imperfection
simple and adjustable
more inspiration you can find here!
Suzy mailed me her favorite for her garden. easy to make and lots of place to put your favorite magazines!