HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE ROYAL MANSOUR

Holiday season decorationat Royal Mansour Marrakech

Of all hotels in Marrakech, the

Royal Mansour

has th

at

little (or big) something!  When the Royal Family visits Marrakech, the entire hotel is at their disposal. And on other days, it's just for all of us! Making us feel somewhat like a princess! If that's not a reason to book...

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I was so happy to find and share these beautiful photos at

ID prestige Maroc

on how perfect and romantic it looks during the Christmas and New Year Season. The ideal moment to get yourself or your loved one a gift out of their

gift shop

and soak up the atmosphere

Holiday season decorationat Royal Mansour Marrakech
Holiday season decorationat Royal Mansour Marrakech

 

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A MARRAKECH SHOPPING TOUR - GUÉLIZ

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

Today is Guéliz' day because we love that city district! It's all about that little French touch that we love so much. About art, design and style.

Guéliz ( the name comes from the French word Église, meaning church ) is along the big Avenue Mohamed V. When the weather is sunny but not too hot, it's a nice walk from the Médina all the way there. But remember you'll have some shopping to do and you might want to consider a taxi.

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A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

09:00 breakfast at the hotel.

10:30 We start at

Le Musée YSL

to set the topic of today! 'STYLE' (closed on Wednesdays!)

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz
A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

At about 11.30 We make time for that other gem, the carpet store of

Soufiane Zarib

. After this we head to Majorelle 33, a concept store packed with Moroccan design and adding new items every week. Today we ignore the Majorelle Garden as these are so much more beautiful on a bright and sunny morning. .  (if possible already around 9a.m.) When you do so, please take some extra time to visit all the other quality design stores that are all located around Rue Yves Saint Laurent.

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz
Cite Fouque

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14.00 If you are a lover of architecture, and especially art-deco architecture, then you would love to take a walk after lunch through the old part of Guéliz. You will discover some real beautiful architecture there! Don't miss Cite Fouquè, one of the few, if not the only untouched street of old Guéliz.

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

15.00 We explore Guéliz and have some serious shopping to do! beautiful designer stores, gallery's, tea and coffee houses...central street is Rue de La Liberté on both sides of Mohamed V and you can wander off quite far discovering yet another trendy little boutique.

My Favourite addresses? Soon in 'The little Blackbook - Marrakech'

18.30 Apero at

le 68 Bar à Vin

. This trendy spot is located on Rue de La Liberté!

20.00 Let's go La Poste!

Grand café de la Poste

is an option for me at any given moment a day! But the real art-deco, colonial spirit it reveals a night. Soft jazz Music, candle light, good service and good food. We said STYLE was our theme, no?

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

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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!

in the souks or even better at a local Marché aux Puces

with the right light every day objects become a still life

the small 'off the tourist road' shop of my Tamegroute man keeps inspiring with it's light

a beautiful Beni Ouarain cape combines all the earthy colours

old linen fabrics can be wonderful artworks

a vintage fifties Moroccan carpet (Beni Mtir Kelim) here shown from the backside adds the right dose of rhythm to a space with it's subtle movements.

In stock now!

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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!

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There is so much creativity in morocco and young and trendy brands are popping up fast. For these brands, it often is vital to have a place to showcase their design and find a platform to make an income. Concept stores like Histoire de Filles in Essaouira and in Marrakech Max&Jan Medina and Majorel33 are a great way to find a stylish shop window to lift it to the level where it should be. 

Edgy - Colourfull and an Ambassador for Morocco.

Have a look!

fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane

beautiful shopper made of Kelim carpets

fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane

inspired by Moroccan zeliges and Mosaic...

fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane
fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane

beautiful collection for Kids! Hipsterproof CHOUKRAN

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A RAINY DAY ESCAPE PLAN for Marrakech

rain route Marrakech

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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!

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09:30 lazy breakfast at the hotel.

Spa at La Maison Arabe

La Maison Arabe

Address

:

Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh 40000

Phone

:

05243-87010

11:00 Go for the

Forfait Impérial

at

Maison Arabe.

It's the best Spa treatment I had in Marrakech on many levels! Service, products, know how and treatments.

13.00 Lunch - included in the package  (and fantastic)

lunch by the pool

lunch by the pool at Maison Arabe

14.30 Have a stroll in the neighbourhood and don't forget the shops of Valéry Barkowski and the magic wonderworld of

Mustapha Blaoui 

The magical wonderworld of Mustapha Blaoui

Enter the wonderworld of Mustapha Blaoui

Address

:

144 Arset Aouzal Rd, Marrakesh 40000 

The shop of V.Barkowski is just some 100 m further down the street at the same side.

Phone

:

05243-85240

Musée Boucharouite

Musé Boucharouite

Address

:

107 40000, Derb al Cadi, Marrakesh

Phone

:

05243-83887

17.00 There's still time for some culture! Go and get taken away by the wonderful carpet reading at Musée Boucharouite

,

a unique, ornate space, showcasing the intricate art of Moroccan rugs & the stories behind them.

Address

:

107 40000, Derb al Cadi, Marrakesh

18.30 Have apero somewhere warm, I can suggest to go straight to

Le Trou au Mur

and look for a cosy place around the fire. While you're there, I strongly recommend you to stay for dinner too!!

Le Trou au MUR, a perfect way to end a rainy day by the fireplace

Spend the last hours of this rainy day by the open fire and enjoy Le Trou au Mur.

Address

:

39 Derb el Farnatchi، Marrakesh 40000

Phone

:

05243-84900

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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!

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The thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-colored pisé architecture and its deeply rooted tradition for gardens and green spaces. From the

Majorelle Gardens

and

Le Jardin Secret

to the more recent opened

Anima Garden

s. Gardens are important, both inside the Medina and on the many beautiful often private estates just outside Marrakech. Some of them are called 'Jnane' referring to the days when the well settled families in the city had their own private land outside to spend the hot summers. The cover of this book is taken at Jnane Tamsna, an absolute must visit when in Marrakech! It's a luxury guesthouse but upon reservation you can spend a day out with lunch or diner...

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

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I have a recent addiction! Since I first visited

Le Musée Boucharouite

, I am a fan! I go there and listen to Patrick, the owner of the lovely private Museum. I read the stories that Berber women tell in their weaving. I hear about grief, hope, family life and revolt! It is one of the most fascinating new ways of looking at a carpet. 

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

only available at the bookshop at Le Jardin Majorelle

Marrakech would not have been Marrakech if not for Bill Willis, the magician from Memphis..Willis found a foothold in North Africa in the mid-1960s and never left. “My discovery of the Islamic world has been an astounding experience,” Willis told

Architectural Digest

in 1989.

Working with Paris-based photographer Nicolas Mathéus, American design writer and editor Marian McEvoy spent around five years tracking down 15 of the finest surviving Willis commissions, styling them to look their best, and then recording them, inside and out. 

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

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For anyone who wants to add Morocco's spicy design mix into their own home, Maryam Montague, owner of absolutely stunning luxury hotel

Peacock Pavilions

, explains how to do so with the building blocks of Moroccan design. It's a bible for everyone embracing Bohemian chic and a fine example on how to add some colour to your interior.

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

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Introducing Thor Arne Hauer is not easy. He is an extremely gifted photographer and storyteller. All his books are in Norwegian, and I think I need to persuade him to get them translated, but Thor is one of the few people I know that does not care about these things. He loves what he does and that's enough for him. For all of you Scandinavians, I can strongly recommend you to have a look at the way he portrays Morocco. In photos and in stories. For all who can't read Norwegian, his photos are unique and already worth having one of his books on your coffee table. Recently Thor opened a small and exclusive gallery in Essaouira. Showing his photography

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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.

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These 5 addresses are a must on your shopping plan!

cool designer shoppping Marrakech

1) Master Carpet Collector and Designer

Soufiane Zarib

.

While most of the designers move back into the Medina, Soufiane made a smart move. Straight in front of the new Musée YSL! It's rather a beautiful window display on what he offers in one of his 3 places in the Medina but it is THE place to get the right customers and a good first impression. And of course we are not only talking about the carpets! Soufiane has a great eye and is perfectionist also when it comes to architecture.

Rue Yves St. Laurent Marrakech

cool designer shoppping Marrakech

2) WOOD WOOD WOOD

I happened to pass the shop on my way from the square towards to iron workers. It had always been there but they cleaned and redesigned so that every wooden handmade object looks 10 times more beautiful. The shop was kind of Moroccan closed and I have not more info yet. But you will easily find it!

cool designer shoppping Marrakech

3)

Le Trou au Mur

One of the few restaurants that managed to have everyone talking about it for a year before it opened!  Le Trou au Mur brings a breath of fresh air to the Marrakech restaurant scene. Chic, laid back, fun, relaxed, intimate and comfortable but, above all, totally serious about food.

Located in an authentic area it is absolutely an address to experience at night! The open fire place only adds to this in the coming months that can be cold in Marrakech. A perfect mix of Moroccan dishes 'new style' and European influences. Le Trou has an escort to take you to your transport or hotel if you feel more comfortable!!

39 Derb El Farnatchi Marrakech

cool designer shoppping Marrakech

4) Mourad Yamane's trendy design store

I am just blown away about the beautiful new and stylish walnut plates, the beautiful rattan baskets and the all natural design objects he has. Mourad already had a shop of Tamegroute Pottery next door and this is such a beautiful mix.

28 Rue Mouassine Marrakech. ( walk passing Le Fnacq Berbere when you come from the square. Just continue and on your right hand)

cool designer shoppping Marrakech

5)BIBI art

A newly opened store on carpets and collectors textiles. The shop in the 'Souk des Tapis' was no longer serving the beautiful selection and so they looked around and found a new address in one of the better areas.  Go and have a look! part of the collection is also on exposition in Musée de Mouessine

!

50 Rue Sidi El Yamani (straight ahead and on your right hand when you enter Bab Laksour

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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.

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I might have shared this with you already, but a picture in an interior design magasine got me under its spell and I took the plane to go and discover...

Little did I know!

My first trip was just one of many to follow and some years later (about 5 years ago) Morocco became my home.  

There is no explanation for that, does there need to be, I wonder?

I was taken by the beauty, the many skills, and the light.

Even though I settled in Essaouira and drift to Marrakesh now and then, the blues of Tangier are always on my mind. When I see a photo, I recognise the intensity of the light, the fresh shades of blue..

Finally after many years, while returning from my

countryside Pop-up

in Belgium, I took the chance to have some time again in this fantastic city with a view on Europe.

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Tangier, the Ocean and the Meditarenian meet somewhere here. View from La Tangerina.

Tangier is French and Moroccan, French architecture has been adapted to Moroccan lifestyle and all seem to blend perfectly together.

My favourite things to do while spending some time in Tangier.

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

La Tangerina

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

La Tangerina

Stay at wonderful

La Tangerina

in the Kasbah. 

This place has this what the French call 'je ne sais quoi'. Old continental Colonial charm revisited.

The place feels relaxed, at home and stylish. This is a delicate balance but La Tangerine manages to dance on this thin line!

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Terrace at La Tangerina.

Lunch at

Dar Nour

in the Kasbah.

Dar Nour was my number one choice when I first visited Tangier. It still is one of my favourite places to hang out. This time, however, I did not have time but  I strongly recommend you to go and have lunch and enjoy the city and bay view on their rooftop. If one of the owners is around, do ask them to tell the story of the house, of the reconstruction and of wonderful Abdelatif who was a constructor but turned out to be an excellent cook and serves the most wonderful dishes.

Afternoon tea with a spectacular view at La Tangerina.

While a guest at La Tangerina, you should spend every free and lazy moment on their rooftop! This place is to die for! front row blues with the little city of Tarifa in the distance.

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Hotel Nord Pinus and La Tangerina

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Nights at Nord Pinus

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Nord Pinus bar

Apero and Dinner at

the neighbours

.

I know, it sounds lazy...but why spend time getting lost when your neighbour happens to be Nord Pinus Tanger!!! This place is another must see and the Harbour and bay view at sunset is just something you have to experience for real. Their menu is perfect and prices are reasonable. After all, this is top location!

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Morning impressions in Tangier

Have a morning stroll just after sunrise.

I like old Medina's when almost everyone is still asleep. One of my favourite things to do is to pack my camera and go and snap the city. There is no other moment of the day when the sunlight enters in a way that makes you realise that 'this is the moment' - the silence, the early birds, the far away scooter...

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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.

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This year, I finally pushed all the 'what if's' away and just did what I had to do! Book stand 1186 in Hal 1.

Because I know, Belgium is ready for the Urban Tribes, embracing Ethnic chic !

Big names like

Axel Vervoordt

,

Tadao Ando

, chains like the

Cook Hotels

....They all contributed to this!

and, it all resonates with my personal style, black and white combined with natural tones.

We could talk a lot about it, but more, we would like to welcome you. In person or online!

So keep an eye on that instagram account for these Crazy Deal Days for our FB and Instagram Followers!

Every day we focus on different items! But be sure! even without these deals, our collection is stylish and all ready to fit these stylish Scandinavian / Flamant / Black and white homes.

It's all about handmade goods, straight from the Moroccan Countryside to...COUNTRYSIDE.

I could not think of a better place to showcase our selection!

HALL 1 STAND 1186

Can't make it to Ghent? You can place your order online for our crazy deal days!!

Just message us on FB or Instagram

So , Keep an EYE ON our INSTAGRAM accounts to see all our DEALS 1 day AHEAD

bye for now, I'm loading the van and waiting for my LAST carpet that left this early morning at 6 from the Atlas Mountains. Heading now for Essaouira.

That's part of living in Morocco....It may be sometimes VERY last minute, but somehow, it always works out!

Keep an eye on our Instagram

here

or

here

for our Crazy Deal Days as of TOMORROW :) !

See you in Ghent folks!

Marlène

p.s. We have 20 FREE entry tickets for 2!  Contact us!

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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!

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When your favorite

architect team

builds a Museum for your favorite designer.

When TEDx Marrakech keeps a promise of being more 'on spot' than ever, and when all these events just seem to collide with our own Black and White home styling retreat!

We know it sounds like a coincidence but we don't believe in coincidences. No, we think it's meant to be like this. Just to give you the best MARRAKECH experience ever!

October 19: Official opening of the brand new

Yves Saint Laurent Museum

. Marrakech will have yet another example of contemporary world-class architecture.

October 21:

TEDx Marrakesh

. This event has definitely become a place to feel the heartbeat of this city and shows that Marrakesh is here to stay and is becoming a major city of influence. Young, energetic and colourful in many ways.

October 22: Our Home Styling and Shopping Holiday:

Harmony in Black and White

. It's all about creating your own bliss! Start connecting to what it is you really like! Collect it and turn it into a moodboard to manifest it for real!

For those who want, we have a special offer, 2 nights extra on a magical location* inclusive visit of the MUSÉE YSL and full day with lunch and networking event at TEDx Marrakesh !  

contact us

for the EXTRA offer. Only participants of our Home Styling and Shopping Retreat!

(as riads are getting fully booked because of all the events, we might offer different locations for these extra nights but we make sure you will have high quality experiences)

For us, it's important to get to know you before the retreat! Have a look and fill out the

questionnaire

.

How they experienced one of our 'bliss at home' retreats

Just want to thank you SO VERY MUCH for making my Morocco experience one filled with positive, beautiful memories that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.

Robin Bonner - Washington D.C.

I deeply valued your negotiation skills and the story behind getting the deal.

I learned to enjoy the art!

Liesbeth - Singapore

Marlène, your were great!  I had a hard time adapting from structured Japan to hectic Marrakech. Thanks to you I adored the shopping moments

THANK YOU

Kyoko - Tokyo

This workshop was an eye-opener for me.  I now have a solid plan, not only for my home, but you gave me some great insights far beyond thanks to the magic of visualization.

Inge - Kortrijk

I come back :) So much more to shop.  So much more to discover.  In love with your concept and...the red city

.

Sal. - London

What a great idea for giving us this tool to create our moodboard and that list of online shops!!  Marrakech feels so much closer now!  Thank You.

Brigitte - Amsterdam

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ADOBE - ONE GREAT WAY TO CREATE TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE

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

Africa? Greece? Spain? Mexico?

When I look at

Georgia O'Keeffe's

1945 Abiquiu house

in New Mexico, I notice how similar techniques and beauty are all over the world. 

One

way in creating timeless beauty is to stay as close as possible to what nature offers us to work with, and in fact...it's a very simple way!  This 1940's adobe house is ageless, beautiful and of a warming minimalism.

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It's good to reflect from time to time on our own personal values, ALSO when it comes to what we allow to surround us in our homes.  Picking colours and textiles to create a home is a very personal thing and there is are some basic rules to keep in mind:

Does it reflect who I am? Does it add to my well being? Does it make me happy?

This home might not be your thing but to me, it shows how timeless architecture can be.

all photos found

here

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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.

One of the things I like to do most here in Morocco is visiting riads. I just never seem to get enough of the feeling I get when entering a door in the medina. The surprise when you come into that courtyard!  Some of these hotels are so beautiful that I've started sorting them in my 3 favourite styles. 

Let's look into one of these categories today!

Ethnic, Tribal Chic is for sure the one that appeals to a very large group of travellers here in Africa. Sometimes I see it mentioned as new bohemian. It has nothing with bohemian but everything with a history that in most of the cases relates to Africa. The tribes and the beautiful handcraft mastered by them that we still enjoy nowadays.

My favourite ones, among many others all over Morocco,  I've listed here for you. Have a look!

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Riad Palacio de las Especias.

riad palacio de las Especias, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

What a name! And what a dream! The perfect picture. When entering the door you know, you're here for an African experience.

Moroccan Ethnic chic mixed with Andalusian flair. It's like a flashback several decades in time. You feel the history of a town that was invaded by so many tribes and had been put under foreign leadership more than once. All because of its importance, connecting the other side of the High Atlas with the rest of the world.  The Tribal routes and Caravans that came across the mountains, ready and eager to trade their products here.

If you want to experience all of that, you will like this riad a lot!

Address:

35 Derb Sidi Bou Amar, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

+212 5243-75314

Berber Lodge

.

Berber Lodge, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

Traditional Berber building techniques - earth bricks, wooden beams of palm tree and eucalyptus.  Tastefully combined with low key country chic décor, rattan, vintage fabrics from Morocco and abroad, with tadelakt and marble bathrooms adding the requisite amount of luxury.

Implement this in a countryside that is among my favourites when out and around Marrakech.  Berber Lodge is a beautiful answer to a need to combine authentic charm with the luxury of simplicity and silence.

Less is a lot more here! 

Address: 

Douar Oumnes, Tamesloth, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

00 212 6 71 08 36

Bliss Riad.

Bliss riad, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

A late evening while wandering home, I passed the old door that I had passed a million times.  This evening, however, it was different. Through the slightly open door, I noticed a most wonderful patio. I could not stop myself from staring at all this beauty and the magical light that came from within. Too late I noticed someone had seen me and asked if I wanted to have a closer look. Thinking I had been gazing into a private home I felt uncomfortable. Can you imagine how excited I was, finding out that this was a soon to be opened riad!

It is really the best location I can think of. In the heart of the Medina, between Mouassine, Dar el Bacha and Riad Laarouse. Close to all my favourite shops, opposite to my favorite

hide away

and right next to the perfect

sunset rooftop

in town!

You can't wish for anything more when in Marrakesh!! 

Address: 

182 Rue Mouassine, Dar El Bacha, Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

+(212) 6 15 31 20 49

Villa Maroc.

Villa Maroc, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Many years after setting the trend, not only in Essaouira but in the whole of Morocco, this grand old lady still rocks.  Villa Maroc is not just a riad, it was the first riad in Essaouira, and I'm proud to say that this little town was THE trendsetter for this kind of lodging. turning beautiful old houses into guest accommodations.

There are only a few hotels that have the 'finesse' of staying hip and trendy during such a long time while benefitting of a well-routined team with a service of a level to set an example for many.

Experience the real thing when you want to know what Ethnic chic is about!

Address:

10 Rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

- Phone:

+(212) 5 24 47 31 47

Riad Baladin.

Riad Baladin, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Yes please, let's stay in cool Essaouira and explore some more hotels here!

Besides their website that needs an update to reflect what they stand for, riad Baladin is absolutely worth to consider when staying in our Ocean town!

White, wood and airy! That's exactly what it's all about in Essaouira and that's also what it's all about in riad Baladin.

Address: 

Rue Sidi Magdoul 9 - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco

- Phone:

+212 (0) 661 604 504

5 Columns

.

I know, we said 5, but we like to put in an outsider that's really worth mentioning :).

Riad 5 Columns is a house in Essaouira that you can rent for your holidays.  Not really a Bed and Breakfast 'rent a room' but soo beautiful and featured in so many photo shoots that I thought this one should be among our favourites too.

Photographer Pauline Arcklin

did a great job, capturing the house and its soul on photos.

Address: 

90 Rue Moulay Ismail - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco

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TRIBES ARE INVADING URBAN EUROPE

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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.😕

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Nowadays a much more subtle invasion is taking place and we're happy to say that it comes from mother Africa and is slowly but steadily invading Europe.  No violence when it comes to the

Urban Tribal wave

that is softening the cold Scandinavian design.

We mega love this and it seems like a match made in heaven!  What we also love are brands that take things seriously and have a plan. The most beautiful items are selected and they create a style that works!

This week we focus on

Zoco Home

, Moroccan Ethnic chic for home decorating in Europe. But thanks to their online store available everywhere. 

A beautiful online store and loads of inspiration on the site!

Have a look at what we like and then, go and discover it all online at Zoco Home.

Enjoy

Bedroom inspiration: 

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interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Bathroom inspiration: 

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interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Kitchen inspiration: 

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interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home
interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Livingroom inspiration:

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interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

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COUNTRYSIDE GENT - COCO-MOROCCO WILL BE THERE

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

An impression of what we will have in our trunk!

Think Ethnic chic and Urban Tribes.

Think original handmade products.

Think unique pieces.

We come, we sell and we go. No stock, no leftovers. Everything shipped directly from the producers to Gent and total on trend from what's in right now!

The 'theme' we have chosen is trendy and taking over the world, '

Ethnic Chic and Urban Tribes

'.  Focussing on trendy hipsters, citizens of a world who value authenticity and who are willing to add an original, edgy and unique element to their interior to stand out in stead of fitting in.

We also embrace imperfection!  Meaning that a size is an indication, that a colour may shift a little. All this because we work with

REAL HUMAN BEINGS

and that, besides the fact that they work from their heart and with their guts, there is always the personal touch.

We will try to keep you posted with photos on our producers!

Think not too much

, just come and enjoy some Moroccan tribal spirit straight to you from the local market.

Take a chance to meet us and get on site advice for your interior.

COUNTRYSIDE GENT: November 1 - 5

Welcome to join our competition at our stand!

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

Tribal woven black white brown clothing (pieces of variable size)

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

pomponblankets in pure wool - palmleaf lamps - palmleaf baskets. Picture 

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture 

Zoco Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmleaf baskets and hammam towels.

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmleaf hanging baskets. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

small kitchen ware. Picture

Tine k Home

Countryside Gent, coco-morocco
Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmtree ladders. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmleaf carpets. Picture

Zoco Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

tribal carpets in earth tones starting from 500 Euro. Picture

Zoco Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

and more small ethnic gifts. Picture

Zoco Home

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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.

It's my fifth celebration already and I think it's the only day a year that I keep doors and windows closed.

Although I love the meaning of this day, I have a hard time coping with the fires, the smoke that covers the sky from around 11 a.m.

The smell of burnt meat is even harder to take.

Last year I wondered around in the empty Medina, discovering the beauty of it on a day when there is not a single soul in sight.

This year, I decided to stay in (which is very hard because I love the outside).

I decided to look for a way to share my gratitude for being here.  A way to share the love for the country and its people.

And so I made a small video of moments where I felt overwhelmed with gratitude and abundance in my home. 

Seth Godin - “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.”

I think I did!