Friday, 29 November 2013

a clutch of . . . collages.

The last few months have seen me immersing myself in social media, a voyage of discovery as I attempted to work out what to post, blog, pin, and tweet (not to mention  re-tweet),
and one of the weekly habits that emerged out of this process is my friday collage made up of images from the tea-in-tangiers pinterest boards 
 as much a habit as it is an indulgence because I really enjoy making these colourblocks for no particular purpose or function,
 but just because . . .
and because it would appear that other people enjoyed them as well I thought I would put them all together, in one place, 
for you to enjoy at your leisure.
as always - images with credits can all be found on pinterest
(to pin directly just hover over the image &the pinterest logo will appear)

it would be great - should you feel so inclined 
 if you kept in touch 
with my meanderings as tea-in-tangiers

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

tea in . . .marrakech

a purely visual journey through marrakech,
 glass by glass  

all images by Marion Giorgi,
 via Dar Kawa

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

tea in . . . tighmert

"It is a long way both in distance and culture, from a tranquil village in southern Spain all the way down to an exotic oasis in the northern tip of Sahara in Morocco. We are really lucky to have the opportunity to experience all of this."

When they discovered this piece of land in Tighmert, Peter and Anette fell in love with it, and have designed and built themselves a traditional home (along with a few less traditional comforts), full of thought and detail.

The oasis of Tighmert is an eight km long and almost three km wide oasis, situated ten km east of Guelmim,  “the gate of the Sahara”. 

The oasithe gate of Sahara”

"The first time we ever saw the oasis  was 2006 - we were on our way further inland and just stopped by to have a quick look. We had no idea that we later would build a house in this wonderful place." 

"We have tried as much as possible to design the house in a traditional southern Moroccan style"


 The courtyard has several seating areas for both sun and shade.

There is also a smaller,  garden house, totally independent, with kitchen and bathroom and a private garden.

Anette works on bespoke design projects that take her all over Morocco, so knows some of the best places and people to get lanterns, textiles and all the other design elements that are part of the Moroccan aesthetic. 

Peter and Anette discovered their oasis after (appropriately) having been stuck in a sandstorm on one of their trips down to this unspoilt part of Morocco.
Having built and lived in Spain, then Tangiers, the move from city to oasis was made.
 Mud brick by brick,  Anette and Peter designed and built this house that is their home in Tighmert.

 But now it is time to move on and see what new projects will come their way.
So if the oasis lifestyle looks appealing,  perhaps the odd camel market beckons, not to mention the perfect palm trees for your hammock, have a look HERE because it's FOR SALE

Friday, 15 November 2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

a {slightly} more contemporary approach . . .

What struck me about this Tangier's home of designer Bruno Frisoni, was how it manages to combine a more contemporary feel while still showcasing a lot of the traditional elements of Moroccan design -  its bright colours and airy spaces are like a breath of fresh air as it perches above Tangier looking out across the city .

These words quoted below from the Vogue article in which it originally appeared struck home with me . . .

 "Accustomed to the more picturesque delights of ancient Marrakech and Fez, he was confronted by a sprawling place of “traffic jams and a lot of dust.” But he loved the house of their host, the garrulous decorator Yves Taralon, constructed like the prow of an ocean liner and set in the side of a sloping cliff with plunging views to the Spanish coastline some 20 miles across the water. Frisoni also warmed to the city’s madcap and fun-loving denizens, and the pale ribbon of empty beach stretching to the pretty whitewashed seaside village of Asilah down the coast. “It was not exactly a touristic town,” he remembers—and this, ultimately, was its appeal."

Photography: Fran├žois Halard
Read the full feature on

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

dive right in . . .

While friends in the north are battoning down the proverbial hatches,shaking out their scarves as the days grow shorter and colder - I'm down south till the end of the month and it is getting warmer by the day!
While I was cooling off  in a friends pool yesterday, I started dreaming of the perfect pool to place amongst our olive trees . . . although our trees have a way to go before we can have a vista like the one below!

 Maybe we should go for something more decorative, a part of the house rather than the garden?

Or possibly something a little more private and personal to plunge into?

A more natural approach? (I do like this one!)

  or in the style of The Murano in Marrakech - something a little less predictable?

Well, dreaming and planning are part of the journey . . . 

any thoughts on these poolside ponderings?

{all images above with credits can be found HERE}