Monday, January 21, 2019

eclectic & unique

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Without defining our interior as typically eclectic, the unique & eclectic pieces (being brought home as souvenirs over the years) are exactly the pieces that last and make our home our home.

The mix with modern design and vintage furniture, don't make a typically Moroccan appearance.

Friday, January 18, 2019

attic hallway

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Strawhat collection & vintage L O N D O N map in the attic hallway.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

what about a mini holiday to marrakech?

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Marvelous Marrakech! Seven days in Marrakech with a distinctive workshop program.

Explore Marrakech every day in a different way. We have combined new places and topics with the best from our programs from previous years.

What's new about the Marrakech travel workshops program? We have a different theme every day, to explore the authentic Marrakech in a special and unique way.

Off the beaten tracks with workshops and exciting adventures while discovering Marrakech and surroundings. Where everyone else goes to the right we go to the left. By showing you the real Marrakech, your visit to the Red City will be a much more precious experience!

Price € 777,00 per person (excl. tourist tax € 2,25 pppn)

The price is based on a shared twin bedroom and excluding flight tickets.

- transfer from airport Marrakech to Riad Chambres d'Amis (v.v.)
- shared twin bedroom (6 nights) including breakfast in Chambres d'amis.
- 2 dinners & 5 lunches (drinks are not included)
- 5 workshops

Buying wool, cotton and yarns in the souk. Moroccan craft class in the open on the colourful Place des Epices, where Aisha will teach you different characteristic Moroccan craft techniques (materials are included). After lunch we will continue the Moroccan craft class with Aisha and practice different crochet and embroidery techniques in The Secret Garden. (Needless to say, I will give a crochet class aswell.) At the end of the afternoon we will visit the Carpet auction in the souk, an unforgettable and colorful experience.

During the workshop we will visit and explore all kinds of gardens in and around Marrakech; an Arabic garden, a botanical garden, secret city gardens, hidden courtyards, an art garden, museum gardens and vegetable- and herb gardens.

Street photography in the medina. Learn how to anticipate the moment, to identify locations with suitable subjects and develop confidence in photographing on the street. Learn to select and frame a moving subject and explore colour to create impact. A visit and lunch at Maison de la Photographie.

Vegetable shopping in the Medina and souk. Cooking class by Moroccan women under the banana trees at Chambres d'Amis. Early home cooked lunch on the rooftop terrace. In the afternoon a bicycle tour to discover the beauty of Marrakech in the most fun way. Together with a young, native tour guide, you will discover the mysteries of Marrakech. On the bicycle we bring you beyond the tourist districts to show you the hidden jewels of Marrakech that usually remain secret to visitors!

A trip to a Berber village in the country side with a lunch at Berberlodge. We will visit an atelier where you can buy carpets directly from the Berber women, who make the carpets, so they will earn more money with their crafts, instead of the carpet dealers.

Halfway the week we have planned a day off! We can suggest a visit to the luxurious Beldi Club, a visit to Jardin Majorelle or you can use the day for shopping in the souk (optionally with personal shopper).

This week is a real treat for travellers, who would like to discover the real and authentic Marrakech. An adventurous journey, you can make on your own, while you will be 'pampered' and only have to enjoy and relax.

arrival: Wednesday 10th of April 2019 - leaving: Tuesday 16th of April 2019

Arrival : Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 leaving : Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Both workshops will start with a welcome dinner on the rooftop of Chambres d'Amis at 7PM on Wednesday. For early arrivals Chambres d'Amis can offer you a small program on the first day.

If you would like to join one of the workshops, please send an e-mail
I will send you an application form and more information about the travel workshop.

The Marrakech travel workshops 2019 are a collaboration with Ank van der Pluijm, my friend and owner of hotel CHAMBRES D'AMIS, oasis in the Medina of Marrakech and our wonderful green 'basecamp' during the workshops week. You will, of course, be overloaded with impressions in Marrakesh, and Hotel Chambres d’Amis will be your quiet home to return to. Our street Derb Moulay Abdelkader is located in a very quiet and safe residential area, and very easy to find.

It's always possible to book extra nights, before or after the workshop (

Monday, January 14, 2019

home art gallery update

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New on the art wall; Tate Modern poster by Camille Walala

New on the bamboo vintage chair; secondhand striped cushion set from the Villa Augustus leakage attic clearance.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

time to re-decorate

woodwoolstool chevron pillow

January is the perfect month to re-decorate. Spending more time indoor, you can easily change your interior with just a few items to infuse some color and texture into your room.

You can re-arrange your existing furniture, giving your room a whole new look.
Add some new accent pillows or posters, this is the perfect time to try out new color combinations. Bright bold colors can add a warm feel to your space for the remainder of the winter months.

The new multicolored chevron pillows I've made recently, give our room a completely different look. The bright & bold colorful combinations are an example, you can make the chevron pillow in your own favorite colors or two contrasting colors.

You can download the >>>CHEVRON PILLOW PATTERN<<< from my ETSY shop.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

marylebone & mayfair

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London - 9th of January - 15667 steps

Breakfast at 'home'
Coffee to go from Deeney's
Underground to Bond Street
Coffee & cake at Brasserie of Light (and champagne to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary)
Lunch at Sketch (by interior designer India Mahdavi)
Underground to Leyton
Last cuddles with Nori - @nori_nagaland - the beautiful black cat (we have been taking care of my niece's cat and house for 5 days)
Underground to London City Airport
Return flight to Amsterdam

Thanks Afra & Tet