Monday, 30 January 2017

Tea in Marrakech


 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!


We will most definitely take a walk around the Majorelle Gardens


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

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}



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??


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!


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!}