Wednesday, May 23, 2018

AFRICAN SOUVENIRS FROM THE SOUKS


Africa, Morocco Marrakech, coco-morocco, interiorsourcing

Morocco , although Africa, is firmly rooted with one leg in Europe. Balancing between to continents and several cultures, we don't realise how many souvenirs that we find here already have travelled a long distance from way South in mamma Africa.

Let's discover some!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

M.AVENUE & FOUR SEASONS PRIVATE RESIDENCES - a peek behind the door.


M Avenue, Four Seasons, Narrakech
M Avenue, scheduled to open in late 2019, is a new 500-metre-long “Garden Avenue” located in the heart of Marrakech. This unique development, which is adjacent to the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, will create a new and exciting city centre that will revitalise the city and will offer an innovative mix of properties including Four Seasons Private Residences, the Pestana CR7 hotel (the Cristiano Ronaldo hotel as we call it) shops, restaurants, cafes, offices, art galleries and exhibition venues. The vision is to become an international lifestyle destination for design, fashion, food, recreation and culture.....
And guess what! The leading Marrakech' PR Agency, Red City PR, invited me to have a peek behind the door. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

HOW TO RE-USE OLD DOORS - old beauty with a new destiny

doors, marrakech, homestyling

Doors ...

If there is something that 'might' reveal what's hidden behind the walls in the medina, than it must be the door.  Often the only element exposed in the pink walls of the centre.

The magic and surprise when they open and they reveal a spacious inner garden, or a modest home.  it doesn't matter what's behind, the magic stays the same and the door often protects the ones living behind. Symbols and Moorish patterns on wood or metal. They all serve to protect and praise and...sometimes arouse our curiosity

Even after a life long service, their beauty is not in vain, and many a door has found itself a new future inside a modern home....

Let's look at our selection!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

BELDI KITCHEN HOMEWARE - what to take home from Marrakech

souvenirs, souks, marrakech, pottery, kitchen, beldi

Morocco is know for its skills when it comes to handmade originals ...

Whatever you buy here, high quality or not, you can be sure about one thing! You item has been created by someone from start to finish. Often at home, sometimes in a small workshop, sometimes out on the countryside on the fields but NEVER in a factory. Every piece is unique, every piece is different from the other. Buying six pieces might end up in looking for the ones that are size wise more or less the same.

That's what makes it so valuable to me, that's also part of the excitement to find that piece or these pieces that you think match and bring harmony to your home.

There no difference when we're talking kitchen home ware! Even the new design lines share this same rare, unique and kind of raw identity. The way I hope it will stay for a long time....

Let's look at our selection!

Monday, April 30, 2018

RIAD LES ORANGERS D'ALILIA - a peek behind the door

riad, kasbah, medina, marrakech
April and May are the months to bath in the scent of Orange blossom
As I recently moved into the Kasbah...Time for a stroll in the hoods. The Kasbah in Marrakech is a walk too far out for many and they are right! It takes about half an hour to walk from place Jemaa el Fna to Café Clock, one of the known spots.
However, if you like to discover a small village within the city, a place that reminds me of a Southern Mediterranean place on a siesta moment on a hot summer's day, then take that walk and wander off from the main street!
By 6 p.m. that main street turns into one big restaurant scene with local food stalls and fast food tourist places, combined with souvenir shops and hundreds of people, scooters, horse carriages and ....
Please try the local restaurants as they happen to have the best local food I've ever tasted in Morocco!
There's the guy from Fez, (you recognise him with his shiny copper pots) who has at least 5 different dishes. There's the small hole in the wall of Khadija who can't read or write but she and her mother serve the best fried sardines and lentil stew I ever had!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

TALKING TILES - Moroccan tiles

zellige, cement tiles, mosaic, bejmat

There are several names on Moroccan tiles and the word Zellige has become the common word for tile here. Quite confusing as I used to call the small square tiles zelliges ...

Fes and Meknes are known for there high quality clay to produce pottery and tiles. Of course, these are the most expensive ones, but also Safi and on small scale Marrakech have tile production.

There is one tile though that has nothing to do with clay and which I love for all the beautiful colours and patterns! We're talking cement tiles

Another tile that is frequently used on floors are Bejmat tiles. In fact the same basic ingredients as the Mosaic and the zellige but in a brick shape and often not glazed and in it's original terracotta colour. You can find them however in any glazed colour you want.

Zellige (Zellij)

Beautiful setting with Zellige tiles from ZocoHome
The square glazed tiles that became very popular worldwide about 10 year ago. They are all handmade and their imperfection is something to consider when you want to apply it. It's this imperfection that gives the tile its characteristic beautiful look but you might not want to use it in areas that need a lot of maintenance.

Mosaic

zellige, cement tiles, mosaic, bejmat
Classical Moorish patterns on floor and wall
Mosaic tiles are Zelliges cut into small pieces and put together in Moorish, Islamic patterns to create breath taking interiors. The art of making these mosaics you can admire in all Moroccan cities. Small workshops with men on the floor, mastering the technique of cutting the smallest pieces one by one and then putting them together like a puzzle!

Bejmat

zellige, cement tiles, mosaic, bejmat
Green glazed Bejmat tiles in fish bone pattern at le Jardin Secret
The ways to put bejmat tiles seem to be endless. From fish bone or straight to all kinds of combinations from natural unglazed ones with a colourful square heart of the pattern. 

Cement Tiles

Zellige, Bejmat, cement tiles, mosaic
Colourful cement tile floor at Max&Jan Medina
cement tiles have to grow on you! Not only do they get more beautiful with ageing, but I'm every time again excited to try out another pattern, another colour and create magic! It's a fairly cheap way to create astonishing homes, however you have to realise that they are quite thick and heavy. So count with about 7 cm of space to put them (screed+tile)


More Morocco on

Thursday, April 12, 2018

MARRAKECH EN VOGUE - Shopping the nomad style

Marrakech en Vogue
Left: Bakchic the label - upper right: Max & Jan concept store  lower right Tory Burch shooting in Marrakech

En Vogue with these Moroccan designers!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

THE BEST BOHEMIAN NIGHTS IN MARRAKECH


hotels marrakech, boho style, bohemian hotels
Left: le riad Yasmine - upper right: riad bleue du sud  lower right riad les yeux bleues

our top 5 bohemian hotels with a serious dose of design!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

18 March WEEKENDER

Donkey Jules at Jarjeermules. Adopt a donkey as a souvenir!
stay, dine, do, shop, art, architecture and culture in Marrakech


Weekend inspiration to plan Marrakech.


Friday, March 16, 2018

A TRIBAL CHIC APARTMENT - our FaceBook topic this week

ethnic, tribal, chic, urban
A fantasy in Tribal Chic

Live the Tribal chic look!

Monday, March 12, 2018

11 March WEEKENDER women only

shop, stay, dine and do when in Marrakech
a printed tote by Sissi-Morocco
stay, dine, do, shop, art, architecture and culture in Marrakech


Weekend inspiration to plan Marrakech for 'ladies'.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

DJEANN MARRAKECH - a story about life after the jeans

Marrakech Shopping tour
There is life after jeans, called DJEANN


When solidarity and recycling become MUST HAVE objects for your interior

Sunday, March 04, 2018

04 March WEEKENDER with KIDS

travel, Marrakech with kids,
stay, dine, do, shop, art, architecture and culture in Marrakech


Weekend inspiration to plan for Marrakech with kids.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

25 Feb. WEEKENDER

stay, dine, do, shop, art, architecture and culture in Marrakech
stay, dine, do, shop, art, architecture and culture in Marrakech


Weekend inspiration to plan for Marrakech.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DESIGN IN MARRAKECH - the newest Concept Stores to discover.


trendsetters, Marrakech, design,
left: Djeann - upper right: my former office in Belgium  - down right: Anitan

Spotting design in Marrakech means keeping your finger on the pulse!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

18 Feb. WEEKENDER

stay, dine, do, shop, art, architecture and culture in Marrakech
stay, dine, do, shop, art, architecture and culture in Marrakech
Les Masques -  Mahi Binebine

Weekender inspiration to plan for Marrakech.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

5 PERFUMES FROM MARRAKECH - Exclusive scents, not only for Valentine.

perfumes, parfums, marrakech, valentine
be exclusive with an excotic perfume made in Marrakech

I have a new love! It's called Amman and it's a girlpower proof perfume. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

11 Feb. WEEKENDER


An absolute must is the exposition of Noureddine Amit at Musée YSL 23 Feb - 22 April 2018