Friday, January 13, 2012

Morocco on My Mind

My cure for the cabin fever induced by the short days of our northern New England winter, and the days when the weather is just too awful to leave the house - for instance, today's freezing rain following yesterday's four inches of snow - is to indulge in a little escapism. Two new editions to the design library, The Villas and Riads of Morocco  Marrakech: Living on the Edge of the Desert, available at Amazon, have me dreaming of warmth and color while the landscape outside my window is shrouded in white.

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A blend of influences from around the world, Moroccan style includes design motifs drawn from the region's multiple cultures, bringing together African, Mediterranean, European and Moorish elements. Utilizing warm colors and earthy textures, it makes for a truly luxurious atmosphere which one could imagine creating right here in the frozen tundra.

Brunschwig & Fils' Les Alizes fabric collection.

From Circa Lighting the Baltic Lantern.
Ann Sacks' Tiempo collection of terracotta tiles inspired by traditional patterns found in France and Spain, Yaffo 1 in paprika, mocka and off white.

From Made Goods, the Edurne woven abaca ottoman, Asher rough hewn bone boxes and Killian interlocking motif capis trays.

Serena and Lily's Damascus inlay mirror.

 D.L. Rhein Moroccan Tile embroidered linen pillow.

Jonathan Adler's leather Moroccan poof.

Arteriors Sullivan polished brass perforated lantern. 

Global Views' Arabesque rug in coral.

Wunderly Octagonal walnut table inlaid with mother of pearl.

And to complete the experience, Votivo's Moroccan Fig candle.

As the forecast is predicting even worse weather to come, the dogs and I are settling in front of the fire with tea and a stack of books.


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