Mood Board: Morocco

I've travelled to a good number of places, but one destination that has eluded me is Morocco. It's a country that is high on my bucket list and recently I've found myself "pinning" away on my Maroc board. I'd love to immerse myself in the culture, eat tagine, learn how to tile, hike around the Atlas Mountains and wander through the souks. Sleeping in one of those beautifully designed riads would make the trip complete! 

For the past year I've been doing a "country of the week" with my boys. We spin the globe, close our eyes, and stop its movement with a pencil eraser. Then we study whatever country we've landed on for the next 7-10 days. We talk about culture, language, government, history, food, design and art. When possible, I also try to find something local here in Denver that complements our "country of the week." For example, while we were studying Japan the "Samurai" exhibit was at the Denver Art Museum, we grabbed paletas on Federal Blvd. when we were learning about Mexico, and we ate delicious hummus at Damascus when landed on Syria (we also spoke of ways we could help the refugees fleeing civil war).

This week we are studying Morocco so you'll definitely find me eating at Maatam Fez on Colfax! And since I have Sephardic-Moroccan heritage on my biological/paternal side, this week's country really resonates with me personally and it's something I've been looking forward to!

Here's our Moroccan mood board. Enjoy!

Top left to right...

1. Berber Rug. You can support Moroccan artisans and their work though these two sites: Green Olive Art // Anou

2. Grey Sabra Pillow via Proud Mary Global Textiles (Org).

3. The Colorado "Home of the Year": Kamil and Glo Tazi's ranch via Colorado Homes & Lifestyles. (Tazi is a native of Morocco whose family immigrated to NYC in 1966. He's been living in Douglas County, CO for 22 years and his home blends both cultures in the most magnificent way.) Photos by Gibeon Photography

4. Riad courtyard.

5. Cosmic Dessert by Justina Blakeney for Hygge & West (available through WallTawk)

6. Cushions inspired by Moroccan gardens from BlueBellGray

7. Another image from the Tazi Ranch via Colorado Homes & Lifestyles.

8. Riad (yes, please!)

9. Tiling details 

10. Stefan Hengst Wallcoverings. 

11. Handmade tiles made in Morocco by Popham Design.

12. Tile-envy via This Is Glamourous.

13. Barons Eye Blouse via H.K.M

14. Gardens at La Gazelle d'Or in Taoudant via Trendland.

15. Wallpaper by KelseyProud through Rockett St George

16. Berber woman, via National Geographic.

17. Palmyra Lamp by Moving Mountains (which is named after the ancient caravan Syrian city, but we think evokes a North African feel as well).

Mood Board: The American Southwest

I've been captivated by the American Southwest ever since we (my father, mother, brother and I) took a family trip and travelled throughout the region in 1986. My parents rented an enormous motor home/RV and we drove across 4 states over a 2 week period. I was 10 at the time, and when we stopped at the Grand Canyon I remember saying, "One day I'm going to live out here..." To which my mother, in her very-Bronx-accent, responded, "Yeah, right." (The rest is history!)

We officially kicked off summer this week and I, for one, can't wait until we start road-tripping across Utah and New Mexico! One of the benefits of living in Denver, in addition to everything that is going on here and the proximity we have to the mountains, is that we're only a few hours away from the desert and its magnificent sunsets. Oh, and huge cacti too! Here are a few of our favorites things right now...

Enjoy!

Amangiri//Sarah Sherman Samuel at Amangiri (Utah)

Nopales, Eric Roinestad. 

Dark Skies by Deviant Art.

Aurora by Calico (available through WallTawk).

Outside on the Porch by Tracy Stuckey through Visions West Gallery (Denver, CO)

Outerwear by Mara Hoffman

Vases by Elyse Graham

Horizon Pillow, Aviva Stanoff.

Another Rug by & Tradition and All The Way to Paris via APLUSRSTORE

Cactus Spirit by Aimee Wilder (available through WallTawk)

Modern Spaces for Little Ones

It's been a busy week and we've spent a lot of time curating look books for clients who have nursery (kid room) projects in mind. Here are some terrifically designed spaces that we loved at first sight. 

Jam (as in traffic) by Sissy + Marley for Jill Malek. Beep! Beep! Designed by Sissy + Marley. Photography by Marco Ricca.

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This nursery in San Francisco is B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Via Lonny. Image by Thomas Kuoh. 

Brooklyn-based illustrator Kale Williams provides the wall art in this nursery via Dwell Magazine

'Cities Toile' by Rifle Paper for Hygge & West adds great illustration to this room's walls...and now we are consumed by wanderlust!

Chasing Paper removable wallpaper adds so much to this colorful kids room via Design*Sponge.

The cutest giraffe there ever was from Abnormals Anonymous. Designed by Melissa + Miller Interiors. Photography by Rebecca McAlpin. 

'Dino' by Sian Zeng turn this room into a Jurassic wonderland. The paper is offered in a magnetized version, too,  with optional accessories for hours of entertainment. 

'Woodlands' by Sian Zeng is whimsical and magical. 

We love the pattern in 'Baby Elephant Walk' by Sissy + Marley for Jill Malek. Designed by Mona Ross Berman Interiors

What great patterns and colors in this nursery designed by Thienes & Levent using Grow House Grow wallpaper. Photography by Emily Gilbert. 

'Tapestry' by Cavern Home gives this room a hint of Bohemian-Southwest! Via Domino Magazine. Photography by Amy Bartlam. 

Cement Wallpaper by Piet Boon for NLXL gives this room an industrial edge that suits kids young and old(er).

Woods from Cole & Sons via Wit & Delight. Photography by 2nd Truth Photography.

Jungle Love by Anna Ekre from PhotoWalls packs a punch! 

A little 'mini Matisse' from Leah Bartholomew of Beneath The Sun. Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography Amanda Prior via Poppytalk.

Flights of Fancy wallpaper from House of Hackney has kids dreaming of nature's creatures. 

Dreamy Eskayel wallpaper that adults will love too. Via Lonny

Flat Vernacular adds a verdant touch to this large accent wall. Via Lonny

'Safari' by Rifle Paper for Hygge & West adds warmth to this nursery's accent wall.  

This nursery in San Francisco is B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Via Lonny. Image by Thomas Kuoh.