Thursday, 9 March 2017

{moroccan} carpets in the bathroom

While the steadfastly practical amongst you might rise an eyebrow at the thought of throwing a carpet down in the bathroom   . . .  I say just think of it as a rather more luxurious bath-mat!
I've put together a little gallery of carpeted bathroom inspiration for you:
which is your favourite?



 Moroccan Boucherouite carpets are pretty high on the boho trend list and these colourful carpets are really well suited to the bathroom as most of them are simple cotton rag rugs and easy to clean and dry out after a soak in the tub!



 Another Boucherouite that adds a wonderful splash of colour to this bathroom.



This lovely diamond pattern boucherouite would be perfect in a bathroom with its relatively flat weave.




a little co-ordinated drama leading up to this black bath
(I do like this bath!)



Pattern on pattern - carpet on tile - it all works!




And finally - these organic cactus-silk carpets are top of my list at the moment - because they are a flat weave and cotton mix they are also hard wearing and quick to dry out if they get a few splashes from that shower behind those beautiful wooden doors.
SHOP HERE

(all credits for images via)
x


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Les Orientales in Tangier, Morocco

Back in Tangier on the blog today,
with a tantalising view of this beautiful home in the medina that is available via La Conciergerie Moderne.
There are so many different options and sites to choose from when looking for accomodation when you are planning a trip - and where you stay can make or break a holiday. La Conciergerie Moderne is a small Tangier based company that I have used and happily recommend - plus they have some beautiful properties on their list!
A place like this could indeed make my holiday - what do you think?



Les Orientales has been named after the collection of poems by Victor Hugo of the same name, and is full of attention to detail and designer vignettes.

 


It is interesting - having just come back from Marrakech - how the different environments impact on the design and architecture of the homes and riads.


 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms - room for everyone!




The perfect place to spend a leisurely evening or two -  sitting on this terrace watching the sun sink over the mediterranean  . . .



So if you fancy sipping a little tea in tangier this summer click across and
find more information HERE

x

ALL IMAGES VIA laconciergerie.com



Thursday, 16 February 2017

tea in . . . marrakech: a list!

A quick list of a few of my suggestions for places to stay, eat and shop in Marrakech.




1: Riad Linda - A lovely riad - friendly, inexpensive and great central location.  


2: Le 68 Bar a Vin - Perfect place to enjoy a quiet glass of wine (or 2) out of the bustle of the    medina


3: Amal Women's Training Centre: I so enjoyed my morning here doing a cooking course (will write a blog about that soon). Definitely something worth doing while supporting a good cause.


4: Riad Magi - Another lovely riad we stayed in - not far from Raid Linda actually so also pretty central 


5: Dar Yacout -  a dramatic setting for a fabulous meal


6: 33 Rue Majorelle - for a little quiet and contemporary shopping outside of the medina


7: Cafe des Epices - one of my favourite spots to sit and have a coffee while watching the activity in the souk des epices below


and finally

our last night in Marrakech was spent in style . . .
with a drink at the beautiful El Fenn

while en route to


8: Tobsil Marrakech - a fabulous last night treat at a beautiful restaurant.


I only managed to scratch the surface of Marrakech, but am definitely looking forward to going back and getting to know it a little more
x

Monday, 30 January 2017

Tea in Marrakech


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 I often get asked about Marrakech . . .

Recommendations for places to stay, eat, things to see, shop, buy
And to be honest I tend to rely on fellow bloggers and friends based in Marrakech for the information I share
Because Tangier is quite a long way off from Marrakech  . . .

Its a bit like asking your friends in Cardiff to plan your London itinerary!!
So . . .
time for a visit!
Which happily coincides with a friends birthday.
A little networking,
 a lot of relaxation and some long overdue catching up with old friends!

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We will most definitely take a walk around the Majorelle Gardens


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Aside from the medina, there are more than a few shops I want to spend some time in!


L'Art du Bain Marrakech


33 Rue Majorelle

And I am - for the 1st time ever - doing a cooking course!
Cannot wait to learn how to cook my favourite dish - lemon chicken tagine with the Amal Non Profit Centre - will let you know how that goes!


Amal Womens Training Centre

When I arrive on Wednesday morning I will be heading straight to this spot on the terrace at Riad Linda in the medina!


Riad Linda


And on my return, I will be writing a post {or 2} about the places I stay, eat, shop for sure
but in the meantime
follow me
as I head into the heart of Morocco and meander around Marrakech!




see you in Marrakech
x



Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ewwel {to dream} Ceramics - Made in Morocco



The ceramic designs of Tangier based designer Sarah were - if truth be told - one of the motivating inspirations of me starting my online shop Shouf!. Spending time in Morocco brought me into contact with a lot of designers doing new and interesting work, as well as the more traditional and vintage designs and crafts that are normally associated with the country. Part of my vision was to showcase these contemporary designs - movement and life over the past year or so has made this a bit more difficult than I anticipated but I am still inspired by the innovation and design coming out of Morocco - many, like Ewwel, drawing on the rich tradition of craft and symbolism in the country and then giving it a more contemporary interpretation and design element.





The new collection from Ewwel is called NAHT - meaning engraved.

Sarahs images are as inspiring as her ceramics  - I LOVE the simplicity of the jugs and hope to have them on the shelf at Shouf! as soon as possible!




In her words: " With this new collection, I wanted to create multi-purpose containers easy to use in everyday life. Thus the bowls are also pots, empty vessels or objects of decoration. The Carafes are both vases and utensil holders.
A refined line, subtle motifs engraved in the clay, a symbol of my attatchment to the country"

Avec cette nouvelle collection, j'ai voulu créer des contenants multi-usages, faciles à utiliser dans la vie de tous les jours. Ainsi les bols sont aussi des pots, des vides poches ou des objets de décoration. Les carafes sont aussi bien des vases que des portes-ustensiles. 
Une ligne épurée, des motifs subtils gravés dans la terre, symbole de mon attachement au pays.













Wednesday, 11 January 2017

new year - new stock

Is it too soon after Christmas to be talking about shopping?
I know I have been feeling a bit shopped out
but it does feel like the right time  - full of resolution for 2017 - to sweep out the cobwebs and choose a few additions to ring in the changes of a new year . . .


I have some website and blog related resolutions that might take a bit if time . . . 
but hey, I've got ALL year!!!
To start the year off I spent the morning playing with instagram 
and loading some new items onto my shop. 
 I thought I would share them here making it easier for you to have a "shouf"{look}


SHOP HERE


SHOP HERE

There is a lot of autumnal brown going on here so I thought we might need to throw in a bit of colour
in the shape of this wonderful bold and bright tassled vintage cushion.
Who can resist a generous tassle??

 
SHOP HERE

And finally, to thank you for taking the time to follow my blog and actually read the posts
I have a small thank you gift! 
Any orders via this post will automatically get a complimentary jar of our fabulous Harissa Paste!


SHOP HERE

Simply leave a comment after this post letting me know about your order and I will make sure its all packaged up together.



And finally,

 a little peace & protection for 2017


image via

{I suspect we might all need it!} 

x
Pauline

Friday, 16 December 2016

A little love on my christmas list

Maybe its my age 
(quite possible - I am teetering on the edge of grumpy old lady-dom!)
or maybe it is rather the spirit of the age,
as we all realise how close we are to increasing uncertainty and change,
and that in this strange and convoluted planet of ours we are amongst the lucky ones who really, honestly,
don't need much more in our lives!


So what to put under that tree or in that stocking? 

I quite like the idea of focussing on experiences rather than "stuff", and taking my dog for a walk in the lanes recently, I discovered a small notice on a stone wall advertising bread making classes - amazing that right here in the middle of Wales I can learn how to make Breads of the Middle East . . .
Homemade pitta coming up !




My husband will be opening an envelope from under the tree (hopefully he is not reading this!) informing him I have booked his first skype Darija (moroccan arabic) lesson . . .



I have been getting inspiration from sites like Help Refugees for some stocking fillers!


And have been hinting broadly for THIS BOOK to be under the tree with my name on it




I also think it is great to support small businesses and peoples online creativity, and have earmarked these bags from Moroccan MustHaves


This Bristish Brand - Wawwa - are donating a hat for a hat
and the beanies look pretty cool too




Trust me - there will be plenty of Prosecco, silly hats and slightly more frivolous gifts being exchanged on the day, but I am planning to have one or two of these items in the stockings in a small attempt to spread the joy a little this holiday season.


Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings


X
Pauline