Thursday, May 31, 2012

Morocco Continued. The Blue City

As I said last week, I would post about the town of Chefchaouen in Morocco.  Well, here we are!  This magical village is nestled in the Rif mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan.  As soon as our driver turned a corner of the winding road leading to town I knew right away that it was Chefchaouen.  I noticed the beautiful blue structures, as I was told the village is blue!  
Our guide told us the town is painted these light shades because it helps to keep everything cooler, which makes sense.  We do this in the interior design world - it will at least give the illusion that it's cooler.  
Like all towns in Morocco, I had to be very conscious of where I was pointing my camera since the locals are very stand offish when it comes to having their picture taken.  If you do take their photograph, they want money in return, which is fine, but I didn't want to walk around handing out coins every other minute...I would have a gang of villagers following me around!  I did as best as I could keeping my camera at hip level and just snapped away.  I hope you enjoy these images and if you ever have the chance to visit this amazing place, you should, even if it's for just a day.  You'll drive away spell bound looking over your shoulder until the blue fades into the dust... 

 Us and our amazing guide and driver Hassan and one of many children that run freely in the village.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Inspired by the Sea

Some new pieces of pottery fresh out of my studio.  When I was creating these pieces I was thinking about the ocean and the beach.  The aquas, greens, sands and brown tones reflect the sea shore. Notice the wave and ripple patterns on them also!  Shop my pottery here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Neutral Elegance

Thursday Inspiration of elegant Neutrals.  Tone on tone creates a serene environment. 
Photographs by Brad Knipstein.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Missing Morocco

Since I posted about Peacock Pavilions of Marrakesh last week, I wanted to post some more of my photos that I took while vacationing there last year.  Now that the weather is getting warmer and people will be leaving the city for their long weekends and holidays I reminisce about my time spent in Morocco.  I want to go back soon, but until then I'll have to relive my experience through all my photographs.  These are just shots I took around Marrakesh and Fes.  Stay tuned for photos from the amazing village, Chefchaouen!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cup O' Joe + Bowl

Just out of the the kiln this week.  A set of coffee mugs and a bowl I just finished.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Peacock Pavilions

There has been so much talk about Maryam Montague and her Riad in Marrakesh lately that I just had to write another post about the beautiful Peacock Pavilions.  I was lucky enough to stay at Pavilions the beginning of last summer, so I certainly understand why the owners Maryam and Chris are getting so much exposure. I can attest that the service they provide is top notch and the atmosphere and cuisine is beyond perfection.  The hotel is in the April issue of Elle Decor and just recently, the current issue of Lonny.  Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, Morocco is a hot topic for editorials.  They just bring back great memories of my time trekking around Marrakesh, Fez and Tangier. Bartering over rugs, blankets and furniture and sipping the sugary tea while perched on a rooftop overlooking Medina's, olive groves and snow capped mountains. How I long to go back!  

You can see Elle Decor's spread here and make sure to check out Lonny's spread here.  You can also read about the Moroccan shopping experience with Montague's new book, Marrakesh by Design.  Last but not least you can experience some of Peacock Pavilions through my eyes.  The photographs below, I took during my visit last year.  Enjoy!

This was our own living room!


 Another shot of the living room

 Our out door space!

 Our rooftop space!

 The main area of Peacock Pavilions

 Dining room area

Oh, and that's me!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

La Cascada

After looking at these photos by photographer Janne Peters I feel like escaping the city and go on holiday.  This peaceful retreat, La Cascada is located on Spain's Island Mallorca.    

Friday, May 4, 2012

Jacob Nylund

Jakob Nylund is a talented photographer, and artist from Stockholm.  I love following his blog, which consists of snapshots from his everyday life. Below are his photographs of his home which are so clean and graphic with white walls and dark accents.  Also, a few pieces from his photographic diary are scattered about. He has created some pretty cool typefaces too!  Check them out here