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Join Me in Marrakesh!

Hello friends and happy Friday to you! I have some exciting news to share with you today! I will be leading a workshop in Morocco from October 16-23, 2010 for an intimate, private group of 10 at the brand new and ultra exclusive Peacock Pavilions owned by Maryam Montague who authors the My Marrakesh blog and who is a professional shopper and soon-to-be book author.

Join me in Morocco!

Here is a tiny glimpse of one of the ensuite guest rooms where you may want to rest your head after a dip in the pool, a henna party, rooftop dinner at sunset, drinks on the terrace, creative workshops focused on decorating and also blogging and creativity, or a shopping adventure in the souks of Marrakesh with Maryam and I (Maryam will take us to hidden gems, where she sources her finds).

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

“There are 5 ensuite bedrooms at Peacock Pavilions. Each has an entirely different personality. This one is called The Room of the Golden Gazelles. Although you see it with a double bed here, all the rooms can have 2 single beds, too.”

“The inspiration for the room was a screen that was in Lanvin’s apartment in Paris.  I saw it in an auction catalogue my parents sent me (they are auction addicts) and I sent it to Melanie Royals at Modello Designs as inspiration for the wall that she would be painting with a group of painters. She then redesigned it — adapting it to Peacock Pavilions, swapping out the tree for an olive tree, adding a dado at the bottom to act as the headboard backdrop, adding stars and flowers that she designed herself.”

“My goal was to create a room with a glamorous feel and as you can see I have decorated it all in shades of gold/brass, black and white.  The room is filled with some antique and vintage treasures from Morocco and further afield.”

Now would you like a peek in on one of the bathrooms?

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

“This sunny yellow bathroom is all about yellow and white with a splash of pink. It’s a bathroom that is designed to lift your spirits and was designed on a budget. We made the vanity ourselves using a Moroccan yellow tile I found locally with a modern floral pattern. I found a little porcelain sink with a flower shape and a faucet that looked like a flower stem. I then put together a small Norman Copenhagen flower pendant lamp. The floor tile is from Popham House Design. I picked up the pattern from the tile, enlarged it with a stencil and had it sandblasted on the glass shower door. Besides the yellow walls, the rest of the walls are done in a glossy, burnished ivory tadelakt (like Venetian plaster) that makes the whole room glow and bounces the light around. ”

And this is just a glimpse of the magical pavilions where we will be staying… It will be a most enchanting + lovely time… I hope that you will enroll and join us on this exciting adventure. I can’t wait to join Maryam — we’ve been friends since I started this blog as she was one of my first readers so to meet her will wonderful for me.

Her is the full schedule and trip details, cost, etc. There is a special offer to those who can pay with a check for a discount until June 30. They will receive $147.00 off the total price.

Registration is extremely limited — only 10 can enroll — I wish I could enroll all of you though, imagine that!!

Let’s meet in Marrakesh!

(photos: maryam montague)

Posted in events + markets, travel on June 25, 2010

Molly Hatch Ceramics

Ah, Molly Hatch. This lady makes me smile big. What gorgeous work she has produced lately. I remember the first time I spotted her work on Etsy because I fell in love with her finch cups. Her body of work is forever evolving but her unique style is still carried throughout her collections so you can always tell they are authentically Molly.

I wrote about her today on Real Simple, you can see more of her work here if you’d like.

(image: molly hatch)

Posted in ceramics on June 25, 2010

Makelike: Cactus Love

How about a little more love for the Pacific Northwest today?! Makelike is a graphic design studio specializing in print, illustration, collateral, pattern and surface design. Oh, and a love for creating homewares! They are currently obsessed with cactus (and soon to turn their attention to a new collection focused on national forests) so they have created a collection of pillowcases, wallpaper, posters and tea towels to celebrate their spiky desert dwelling friends.

Make Like

Make Like

Make Like

Make Like

Make Like

Make Like

“The linen tea-towels are 100% European linen and the pillowcases are 100% cotton; both are hand-screened using water-based inks. The limited-edition posters (edition of 50 per colorway) are hand-screened with water-based ink on archival (pH neutral/acid-free) 100% cotton rag paper. There are ?ve colorways of wallpaper: two in Succulent and three in Pointy.”

A big thank you to Liz Calderón for writing in and sharing makelike with decor8!

(images: makelike)

Posted in textiles, walls on June 24, 2010

Roddy & Ginger {and a little secret…}

Roddy & Ginger has some delightful new offerings to grab your interest today… I’ve long been a fan of Virginia’s design work which is why I love to write about her whenever she shares new patterns and colors showing her signature characters along with some new friends that she has created.

Roddy & Ginger

I love the folksy feel along with the mid century colorways and clean, modern aesthetic. From mermaids to pretty maids all in a row, Roddy & Ginger has designs to fit every room in your home from the kid’s play area to the kitchen. Love!

Roddy & Ginger

And of course… I have another reason for posting about Roddy & Ginger and this photo above is a bit of a sneak peek… But you have to read Virgina’s own words here to know my secret. :)

(images: roddy & ginger)

Posted in textiles on June 24, 2010

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