Moroccan Travels |Marrakech & Essaouira

My travels over the Easter break could not have come sooner. The long winter spent hibernating away was still very much in full force when I left, and my body was crying out for some vitamin D. My long-awaited return to Africa was everything I’d hoped for, and more. Morocco is eclectic.  A hodgepodge of cultures with strong Arabic, Berber, French and Mediterranean influences all combined to give the most wonderful mixture.

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Moroccan Travels | Preparation

On Tuesday I leave for Morocco. Marrakech first, and then travelling west to the coastal town of Essaouira.  This will be my first trip to Morocco, so I’ve spent a fair bit of time researching and gathering inspiration. Below is a collection of images I’ve found and want to share with you. I’m hoping the real thing will be just as dreamy.

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Artist Obsession -Alex Heil

January and February are the times in the year where distractions are necessary. Distractions from the grey skies, distractions from the monotony of work, from the realisation we still have months and months to battle through until summer arrives. German freelance artist, Alex Heil’s artwork has been my distraction this week. Her subject matter for this collection being ‘summer’ and the glorious pastimes this season brings. Alex’s paintings hurl me right back to lazy days of summer, and her realistic, blocked style of painting makes me want to speed off to my nearest swimming pool.

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The most wonderful time of the year…

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…is very very nearly upon us! It’s Christmas Eve Eve and now I am at home in Somerset, already two homemade mince pies down, presents all wrapped, feeling pretty content and relaxed. This magical time of year comes and goes in the blink of an eye, and dreary January rolls in, so for this post I want to capture all my favourite things about Christmas, and the run up to the big day.

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The Loire Valley- Château de Saint Georges

1It’s not very often I come across a place that looks almost exactly like somewhere I’d drift off to in a daydream. Somewhere that really inspires me, and I want to absorb every detail so it’s ingrained in my memory. I spent the 5th night of my recent road trip around central France in place which was exactly that, a historic Château in the Loire Valley, bursting with interior excellence, and every inch as stylish as the delightfully French couple who live there. Continue reading

Artist Obsession- Valery Koshlyakov

I’ve come across the work of Russian artist Valery Koshlyakov a few times now, and every time I do, I fall even more in love with it. He creates all sorts of art: sculptures, paintings, huge installations, a majority of which use packaging materials as a the main component. Having started his career using the classic canvas as a base for his paintings, he moving to cardboard and packaging in the early 90’s, and boy am I’m glad he did!

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Picture Frame Wall- Stage 2- Inspiration

Following on from this post, getting my frames up on the wall is my next challenge! It’s been about 2 months since I moved in, and all my furniture is now settled in its correct location (after MANY re-shuffles. I like to know I’ve assessed all my options….), but I haven’t really got stuck into decorating.

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