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Behind the scenes: Georgia takes on Morocco

Happy new year gorgeous followers! I hope that you have all had an indulgent holiday and have all enjoyed your little break from reality. So, I'm back in Melbourne after an amazing and much needed vacation in Sydney. How many of you are like me and are already dreaming about the next travel destination after being back home for approximately 15 minutes. SIGH. I'm sitting here longing for my next vacay and it's brought back so many good memories from my last overseas trip..

In September of 2017, Richie and I, along with Jesse, took time off to visit Morocco, braving the 32 hour aeroplane ride - which may I add, was actually 3 individual flights with hours in between, with a 14 month old, who, at the time had an ear infection and was on antibiotics - lets not go into the part that mummy and daddy left the bottle of antibiotics in the fridge of the first leg! .... 

 For 2 weeks, we explored the beauty that is Morocco, the country of my dreams and the place where I draw most of my inspiration from. For these 2 weeks, we wandered round the streets, marvelling over every inch that Morocco had to offer. We gorged ourselves on the most delicious and fresh food, explored the Riyads, Dar's, Medinas, rolling hills in the mountains of Marrakech and gawped continuously over the majestic architecture and designs. This trip was the best thing I could have ever done for myself - I was able to refocus and reflect on my life, all that I have achieved and all that I dream of achieving for 2018.

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As I sit here in Melbourne and reminisce on one of the most needed and best holidays of my life, I feel compelled to share with you the highlights of this incredible journey. Like a true tourist, I lugged my monstrosity of a camera and my iPhone (for insta stories obviously) around with me, making sure that I could bring just a glimpse of the magic of Morocco back with me to Australia.

So ladies and gentleman.. without further adieu, I give you... Georgia, Richie and Jesse take Morocco.

DAY 1: HONEY I'M HOME

Our first stop was Casablanca. Having just survived several long flights, we arrived at the Sheraton, with one very jetlagged child. I was completely taken aback by the majestic beauty of the lobby. Just sitting there was a sensory overload. Sky high palm trees and ornate light fittings adorned the space with the sounds of birds chirping; this was no run of the mill hotel. And this was just the hotel lobby - if this was any indication of what we were going see, we were in for one hell of a time.

DAY 2: WHERE IT ALL HAPPENS

After settling in, eager and curious, we hit the streets in pursuit of the place where all the magic happens - the factory that makes my pride and joy, my zellige tiles. These are the very tiles that I design and import into Australia which have truly become one of my biggest passions (you can see more HERE.)

Seeing some of the completed orders packed onto palettes and ready to be shipped all over the world to places such as Saudi Arabia and America etc was extremely fulfilling. We left the factory with full hearts (and VERY full stomachs thanks to the best damn pastries I've ever tasted) and headed to something that I had been looking forward to for months - Dar Ben Souda.

Dar Ben Souda is quite simply one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. SO much beauty, history, passion and love lies between the walls. Gorgeous and light-filled courtyards and the sheer grandeur and scale of the space make this Riad a must-see..

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That's all for today lovers but stay tuned for next week where we our fairytale story continues.. Have you been to Morocco before? What were your "must see's and do's?" 

Styling your home like a PRO

Don't be afraid to get m o o d y

Sometimes all it takes is a moodboard -  having everything you like, together, right in front of you helps clarify exactly what you like and don’t like! Use Pinterest, Instagram, flick through magazines and collect your fave visual references. This will help you cement your own personal style and nail down exactly what look shows off your individuality.

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The more styles the merrier

Don’t feel like you have to stick to one style. So many of you think that the items in your home have to belong to one, specific style (e.g. strictly scandi.) THIS IS SO NOT THE CASE. I often find that the most engaging and experiential spaces are those that tell a story whilst the most boring, standard and COMMON ones are the ones that feature a piece that everyone has. The places that resonate with me the most are in fact the ones that have a myriad of items from travel, inherited pieces from parents, one or two really stand out, WOW pieces and anything else that embraces individuality. Don’t be afraid to show off pieces that evoke fond memories. Invest in one thing that you really LOVE and make this a piece that really stands out. By having this statement piece, you really don’t need to fill the space with undesirable and ineffective clutter.

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Quantity NOT quality

You are probably thinking WTF. But this is so true sometimes. Why not collect a few of the same, or even varying, jars, cheap vases or even a mixture of varying candles. This creates a striking effect, mood and ambience that will make your home look like it’s fresh off the cover of a magazine! Three vases looks so much better than just one. And remember, try sticking to odd numbers for the best effect.

Tray it up

Trays in the home = tres chic. Perfect for a coffee table, entrance foyer bench or even in a powder room. Pile up some books, add a candle, a small bunch of blooms or even an old perfume bottle and voila – you are already hot to trot!

 

Layer slayer

The more you layer the space, the more homely, inviting and comforting it becomes. Add that wow factor with a throw and some scatter cushions. There are tons of cheap and amazing options available and this can really help bring that extra dimension to your home.

Its the little things


Sometimes the tiniest details make the most dramatic and biggest statement.  Why not change up the door hardware. There are some seriously cool and unique things available today like leather door handles and tabs and unique finishes and textures. Incorporate these details throughout the house to make sure you achieve a cohesive look.

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And lastly.. Have fun with it! Remember everything in moderation and don’t clutter. Don’t feel the need to fill every inch of the house, this will only make the space feel smaller. Please do not finish reading this and employ every tip I have given in every single room. Try out a few in different spaces and if you feel intimidated and don't know where to begin, I always say - Don't be afraid to go with your gut!

What I've Learnt about Decluttering your Home

Lets be real - all of us have an inner hoarder residing inside of us. I am a culprit too. This is why so many people struggle with clutter in their homes. The only thing clutter is good for is creating stress and causing anxiety. We all know clutter needs to go but we don't actually know how to get rid of it.  I cover this topic extensively and give away my tips on conquering clutter in my "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You" guide. 

Decluttering and removing the noise and chaos not only has aesthetic benefits, but also has the power to improve our mental states, moods and spirits. It is truly amazing!

I also discussed decluttering your home with The Home Team. Take a look at the video below!

How to declutter your home

xxx

Georgia


Richmond house tour: GABBE & Tilesofezra are making waves on EST with paired-back simplicity

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It still feels surreal every time a project of mine is featured in a magazine or on a show. Today I’m feeling incredibly lucky and honoured to have again had my work featured in EST magazine - this time a renovated home in Richmond. 

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This interior features two of my passions, GABBE design as well as some of my magnificent tiles from Tilesofezra. This project was heaps of fun and by using a paired-back approach, I was able to let the home’s true essence and character shine through. I am totally obsessed with the end result and I feel so humbled that the incredible EST (I am independent and in no way asked to promote EST, I truly love and respect the publication) have acknowledged the magical allure of the home.

Take a look HERE, have a read and get invigorated and if you’re really feeling inspired why not why not get the look at www.tilesofezra.com!

 

Georgia Ezra featured by Caesarstone!

What an exciting month! I am ecstatic to have been featured on the Caesarstone website as one of their celebrated designers!

Before I go any further, I would just like to state that I am fiercely independent and not endorsed by any brand or company to promote their products. In saying this, the pinnacle of my excitement for this feature stems from my long-lasting love affair with Caesarstone. For me and the resources I use when designing a space, settling for second best is not an option (and this is partly why I took matters into my own hands and founded Tilesofezra!) It is absolutely imperative to use quality products when designing interiors that enlighten and inspire – and in my opinion, Caesarstone delivers on this exact aspect.

This is why I felt it was necessary to write this post ... As a designer who knows how overwhelming it is when selecting finishes and materials for a home renovation, I feel it is my duty to educate, inspire and share my favourite contacts and leads with all of you. Caesarstone is a great company with a fantastic product, however as you follow me over the next few months, I will be opening up the gates to many more of the brands I like to use in my interior selections and designs. 

In the meantime, click HERE to see the entire Caesarstone article AND just because I love giveaways...

My gift to you: Head over HERE to get my favourite golden list of resources.. Just by signing up to this link you get my top suppliers and trade discounts from each and every one of them.  

Gain access to Georgia's Resource library ---> Click HERE

I have found so many different ways to incorporate Caesarstone in both residential and commercial projects I have worked on - it's incredible how the product looks different and unique every time. Another reason I love utilising this product is because it is both durable, aesthetically beautiful and easy to maintain. What more could I look for in a product?!

 

Below is a peak at some of the projects I have worked on where I chose to use Caesarstone

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How to bring Guatemala into your home!

 We are in La Antigua, Guatemala!

THIS WEEK I AM SHOWCASING THE INCREDIBLE

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C A S A   S A N T A   D O M I N G O

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Casa Santa Domingo is in the heart of La Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful city littered with magnificent colonial ruins and oozing with Spanish Baroque influence. The architecture here is rich with stoneworks and pastel facades and the archways and intricate details of the churches romanticise the city for locals and visitors alike. The whole city has been listed as a World Heritage Sight, signifying the cultural importance of its architecture.

At Casa Santa Domingo the style of the city carries through this 128 room hotel. Each room mixes pieces from local and historic Guatemalan fine artists with handmade textiles and traditional contemporary designs. Throughout the hotel you are lulled into relaxation by the sounds of the beautiful stonework water features around every corner.

Check out the video below to see more from Casa Santa Domingo:

 

Georgia’s favourite design elements at Casa Santa Domingo– the beautiful water features that are imbedded in the ruin walls and blend with the greenery that crawls up the walls. Subtly entrenched in the walls of various courtyards the water features are an intricate hero of the hotel.

Bring a piece of Santa Domingo to your home in the following ways:
1. Don’t be afraid to mix up your textures. Use brick, tiles and stonework together to create an intricate and personal design that will help give the space it’s own personality. Of course you should be careful not to over do it, but layering up textures can make for an interesting and hugely individual space with its own unique charm.

2. Use a Terracotta or clay tile for your flooring! TILESOFEZRA has a gorgeous terracotta brick tile - FL005 - which works perfectly as a floor or wall tile surface, Richie and I even used this tile in our very own bathroom.. so I first hand can say how much I love this tile!  Whats better is that I hold it in stock! 

Check out the gallery below for more photos from Casa Santa Domingo: