Showing posts with label Marlène Pauly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marlène Pauly. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


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!

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.


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!


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


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


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.

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, February 25, 2018


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.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


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


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

Sunday, February 04, 2018

04 Feb. Sunday Readings

Architecture by Studio KO

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE GREEN WALK through Marrakech

a green walk in Marrakech
Hang on and discover Green in all its meanings in a walk around Marrakech

Green, a colour that covers so many items nowadays. From being the up and coming new black, to a holistic way of living. From back to nature to what kind of veggies you should eat to live  on trend.
Today we take you on a green tour 'Marrakesh style' From Parks to restaurants, to ancient Islamic techniques and ... cosmetics. O, and somewhere there is fashion in the game too!

My favourite way to do this tour would be with Marrakech Green Wheels, but unfortunately their tours don't cover the Medina (yet). But do visit their site and their wonderful ideology behind the project!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

YOGA & ESSAOUIRA - an undeniable match

yoga, design, essaouira, marrakech
Trying to solve the mystery between yoga, wellness and Essaouira

Essaouira is a small town, compared to Marrakech, Agadir and Casablanca. If you would count the percentage of health practitioners however, you know there must be something this town offers that no other place seems to have.

Ask any local, any expat that moved here about what 'it' is and you get this undefined answer...
"there is something, I don't know what, but it makes me want to stay." (Believe me, I live there and I say the same 😀)

In the next articles, we are going to try to get this clear for you who might consider a health, yoga or pilates and fitness retreat here!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

VALENTINE IN ESSAOUIRA - our top 5 hotel offers!

Valentine, offers, Essaouira, holiday, travel
The best boutique hotels in Essaouira


Valentine is just around the corner, and we found you the ultimate coastal getaways in Essaouira!
It doesn't matter if you are the sporty type who loves surfing, the hipster who is in for discovering some trendy hotspots or a romantic couple that loves some good walks and good food along the coast. Essaouira has this and a lot more! Think wellness town with a major W.  Hip and authentic little sister to Marrakech that is an easy day trip away with all its hustle and bustle.
Time to show you where to book!

Again, a warm THANK YOU to all the hotels for their help....😍

These are DIRECT BOOKING DEALS ONLY. Meaning you will have to get it by booking directly at the hotel.
We have included a link to every offer.
Some offers are only valid during a certain month!

Thursday, January 11, 2018



The last weeks we have been working hard! That is, working hard on comparing luxury hotel deals. Winter season is an excellent time to explore the red city and we got almost overwhelmed by all the spectacular deals right now. We finally selected the 5 best ones that are more than worth spending your money on!  
Enjoy our best offers to travel Marrakech in style!

A special THANK YOU to all the hotels for their help and ansers to our sometimes endless mails in trying to figure out which offer got it all....😍

These are DIRECT BOOKING DEALS ONLY. Meaning you will have to get it by booking directly at the hotel.
We have included a link to every offer for you.
Some offers are only valid during a certain month!
For the YSL deal. The Museum is closed on Wednesdays!

Thursday, January 04, 2018


Best places morocco
Colour, magic and 1001 night charm in these Moroccan instagram accounts. Read on and enjoy!



Marrakech is the never ending, always itself re-inventing hotspot of Morocco. Many have said 'AMEN' about the potential of this place, but the energy of the red city seems to rejuvenate with every ray of sun. 
Of course, other cities in Morocco are as beautiful, if not even more beautiful, but the attraction of Marrakech to the rest of the world does not seem to be over yet. 
Every year, more people fall for the charm of this city that does not seem to make a choice of century, nor continent. Marrakech manages to balance between medieval and 21 century and at the same time has one foot in Europe while the other one is firmly rooted in Africa. 
Having Marrakech and Essaouira as my homes, there are some accounts on Instagram that I really think capture the soul of Morocco. Here are my 2017 favourites!

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Volubilis, morocco, contemporary architecture

Volubilis, a Roman Empire. So close to my heart as I grew up in Tongeren, at about 20 km of Maastricht and Liège. All Roman empire cities that show so much resemblance in their overall urban development. I'm delighted to see the approach, also here in Africa, to create a subtle contrast with new architecture.
Glomo (global and Moroccan) Architect team Oualasou + Choi, have experience in mixing cultures. Have a look at their impressive portfolio! This also reflects in this visitors center in Volubilis