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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?" 

Bring a Columbian Style into your home!

W E    A R E    I N    S A N T A   M A R T A ,  C O L O M B I A  !

THIS WEEK WE ARE AT THE MAGNIFICENT

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This week we take a look at Hotel Don Pepe located in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Santa Marta is South America’s oldest city and has the historical architecture to show for it. This hotel is heritage listed, which allows it to showcase the original brickwork and archways,

that are still intact. These elements have been reclaimed to enhance their relevance for today.

Hotel Don Pepe is made up of both original brickwork and tiles, as well as modern materials that make sure it stays true to the city’s colonial heritage.

CLICK HERE and watch the video below to see more from Hotel Don Pepe:

Georgia’s favourite design elements at Hotel Don Pepe- White, white and more white. What brings the different textured elements together are the tonal whites that cover many aspects from the travertine floors to the white painted walls, and to the  white washed timbers. The white keeps the space looking fresh and unique, and when juxtaposed to the original brick the space looks amazing.

Bring a piece of Hotel Don Pepe to your home in the following ways:

1. Plaster your walls with a rippling effect and paint them white. The texture keeps it interesting, and you can never go wrong with a classic white coat of paint.
2. Expose the lintels above your doorways. Lintels or archways can be what gives a space its own individual identity, so show them off! Paint or add a white wash to the surrounding timber to keep the the colour scheme consistent.
3. Use indoor plants such as palm trees to bring in some colour and help the space look lived in. Plants always help a home look homely.

4. Tilesofezra have a fabulous in stock floor tile range, create interest intrigue and an exotic result via floor tiles! 

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How to recreate this homely hotel in Guatemala!

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Lake Atitlan is located in the Guatemalan Highlands in northern Guatemala, and is one of the most picturesque sights in South America. The lake is surrounded by three massive volcanoes, that look over the people and landscape surrounding the lake. Casa Palopo looks out over the lake alongside the volcanoes and hills, watching on as the inhabitants base their every day lives around the water. The fisherman launch their rafts off the bank and throw out their nets, while others kneel at the lake’s edge and delve their washing into the cool water’s shore.

Casa Palopo was recently converted into a luxurious hotel, and has given visitors the chance to feel completely at home amongst the volcanoes and the lake. The homey hotel is rich with colour and textures, using terracotta tiles and colours, and contrasting them with a rich blue that makes reference to the beautiful lake just outside the windows. Antiques and authentic fabrics, as well as the dark woods and the warmth from the fireplace all add to the homey charm of this historically rich hotel.

Check out the video below to see more from Casa Palopo:

Georgia’s favourite design elements at Casa Palopo – the bold blue feature walls are a constant reminder of the beauty that lies outside. It also adds to the warmth of the homey hotel, and provides a colourful backdrop for all of the antique fittings and fixtures.

Bring a piece of Casa Palopo to your home in the following ways:

1. Don’t be afraid to commit to a bold feature colour scheme throughout an interior. If it makes a statement you love then why not make it one that you say over again. Adding colour to the walls makes for a vibrant backdrop and helps to bring darker furnishings to life.