morocco

The journey continues.. Artisans at work

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Continuing from where we left off last week, we are still in Morocco, visiting the factory and having the time of our life, eating more than we thought humanly possible. In case you missed it, we are staying at the breathtakingly beautiful Riad Dar Bensouda.

Love this look?     Bring Dar Ben Souda into your home with Tiles of Ezra Zellige squares, from our Moroccan tile range.  Click   here   to see these as well as more Moroccan styles and to learn about the craft that is zellige tile making.

Love this look?


Bring Dar Ben Souda into your home with Tiles of Ezra Zellige squares, from our Moroccan tile range.

Click here to see these as well as more Moroccan styles and to learn about the craft that is zellige tile making.

DAY THREE: MEET THE MAKERS

Todays blog, as promised in the video below, is dedicated to the skilled artisans who hand make every part of zellige tiles. It is such a tedious process that requires 100% effort and skill from the legends who make them. So here goes; day three in mesmerising Morocco.

Every step and process that goes into the making of zellige tiles is done by hand. From preparing the clay to chipping the shapes that make up intricate mosaic patterns, the guys sustain a skillset that was taught them by their fathers and that was taught to their fathers by there grandfathers etc. They work day in and day out creating the most beautiful and exotic mosaics that we sell to you in Australia and around the world.. The precision, skill, accuracy and time needed to produce these zellige is unprecedented. Seeing the guys in action was inspiring. It's a privilege to be considered "family" by them and in turn, to help them sustain their craft.

Check out the vid to see the boys in action and to see just how much effort and skill goes into producing these tiles. BUT, please excuse the order of my insta stories. There was obviously no wifi.. you get the picture ;)

 

 

 

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?" 

Day 7: Kasbah Bab Ourika

Picture perfect

Located in the Atlas mountains in Marrakech, is Kasbah Bab Ourika. The most picturesque, gorgeous and serene landscape I ever did see. With rolling hills, mountain peaks, a river and groves of olives, oranges and lemons, this place is absolute heaven.

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I always preach about how important it is to reconnect with nature and ground yourself to the earth. I could not think of a better example of this then Kasbah Bab Ourika. Nature is incorporated in so many ways, from the endless views, to the abundance of greenery and natural sunlight all the way to the finer details of natural tiles.

5 ways to bring Kasbah Bab Ourika

into your home

  1. Invest in a gorgeous Persian/Turkish rug. These rugs are so practical - they are super easy to care for and will last for years and years. Splurge on the real deal or get a cost-effective, cheaper replica to add that extra dimension into the space.
  2. Pouf Party! Poufs are the perfect accessory. I always love incorporating them into a living room as an option instead of an arm chair. The perfect way to make you and your guests feel right at home. 
  3. Go with a handmade tile. It is no secret that I am passionate about handmade tiles. They have the power to connect you to the earth and bring character, warmth and soul into a space. Check out my PASSION and other business - Tiles of Ezra, for best quality handmade Moroccan tiles! These tiles really are the best coming out of Morocco. And we ship worldwide - JUST SAYIN' :)
  4. Greenery and Terracotta Pots. Terracotta pots are my "secret agent" - they (much to many of my client's surprise) work seamlessly in any space, and in particular modern homes! 
  5. Cushion the blow. Bring in a mix of bold, bright colours and patterns with your cushions. You'd be surprised at how well they will work together and bring charm to your home, especially if much of the space is neutral.
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Check out the vid below to see some of my highlights from this magical space!

Have you visited this little piece of heaven? Let me know your Morocco must sees in the comments below!

Find out what Richie whispered to me in bed last week....

Get your mind out of the gutter naughty, it's to do with sheets. The most comfortable, soft, gorgeous, sexy, delicate and may I mention healthy sheets ever.

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Don't underestimate the power of a good set of bed linen. Your bed is your sanctuary, the perfect place to revitalize and rejuvenate, binge watch a season of Netflix and even get a bit frisky with some in-between the sheets fun. So lovely people, I would like to introduce you to the best of the best, Purezone bamboo sheets. I always feel the need to share with you that I am in no way affiliated to the product and that I derive no benefit by promoting products on my blog. The things I choose to share with you are the things that I love and believe that you will love too!

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HOLY SHEET I literally could not believe how amazing these felt on my body. The benefits of bamboo are endless. Bamboo sheets are incredibly soft and smooth on the skin and are a naturally hygienic choice; bamboo is antibacterial, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.

On top of this, it is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making bamboo a sustainable, organic crop grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. It is also great for temperature regulation, allowing you to keep warm in winter and cool in summer (PERFECT for Melbourne weather.) 

I used to think that sheet softness meant I had to buy Egyptian Cotton with a high thread count, but boy was I wrong. I also had a misconception in my head that bamboo wouldn't feel or look luxurious but I was so wrong! I am a bamboo convert! Trust me, you'll be texting your friends to tell them how good the experience in your bed was, and I'm not talking about the PG stuff. Even Jesse couldn't get enough!

My bamboo sheets are from Purezone, they have an amazing range and they have certainly kept me as a returning client!

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR BAMBOO SHEETS

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Georgia Ezra Healthy home healthy you, bedlinen bamboo and how this impacts your health
Georgia Ezra Healthy home healthy you, bedlinen bamboo and how this impacts your health

Magnificent Melbourne home by Georgia featured on EST

It’s not every day that one’s work gets featured on one of the best design platforms in the business – EST magazine. I adore EST! It epitomizes stunning, contemporary, cutting-edge design and has always been a major source of inspiration to me.

I feel so fortunate to have had my design on this Melbourne home showcased. What’s even more special is that I had the opportunity to incorporate my gorgeous, mosaic tiles from my side project Tilesofezra (available at www.tilesofezra.com) into this project. 

Be sure to take a look at this space that truly embodies what we love at both GABBE design as well as Tilesofezra!