Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Marrakech Guide

Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Marrakech, I put together a short list of my favorite spots:



For the first part of my trip, I stayed at the storied La Mamounia Hotel, located just outside the walls of the medina. The hotel has been host to famous guests like Winston Churchill since the 1920's, but received a complete overhaul from French designer Jacques Garcia a few years back. My favorite spot was the spa pool pictured below. Avenue Bab Jdid


Located within the medina, a few minutes from Djam El Fn'a Square this charming riad was elegantly designed with vintage Beni Ourain rugs and a neutral palette. The staff is extremely helpful, gracious and welcoming. 19 rue Sidi El Yamani-Bab Ksour


Owned by Sir Richard Branson,  Kasbah Tamadot is set in the snow capped Atlas Mountains, about one hours drive from Marrakech. It is perfect for a leisurely lunch or an oasis from the chaotic pace of Marrakech. 


The Royal Mansour hotel was built at the behest of  Morocco's King Mohammed VI. He hired the finest craftsmen in the country and worked with an unlimited budget.  It was designed to resemble an entire medina so the scale and attention to detail are breathtaking. With 2 restaurants and 3 bars, it a fabulous destination for a predinner drink. Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti



This terrace restaurant overlooking Cherifia Souk is the perfect spot for lunch while shopping in the medina. They have a great selection of international and Moroccan fare. Souk Cherifa 15


This modern bistro located in the Gueliz had a fantastic rooftop and seemed to be the hangout for all the chic European expats in town. 3 Rue de la Liberte


Originally built in the 1920's as a post office, Grande Cafe de la Poste has a relaxed colonial ambiance and a extensive bistro menu. The outdoor tables under the covered front balcony are great for people watching. Blvd El Mansour Addahbi


This relatively new restaurant in the medina is a great spot for upscale Moroccan food as well as entertaining belly dancers. 40 Rue des Banques

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Creel and Gow

Next time I am in NYC, the new boutique Creel and Gow is definitely on my list. Specializing in rare specimens from nature and artisanal objects they have an array of taxidermy, rare minerals, coral, fossils and decorative objects. The idea for the shop came after the owners took a trip to the Galapagos Islands and thought it would be fun to have a store where everything came from Mother Nature.  The products are all responsibility sourced (coming from zoos after animals have pasted naturally), vintage or reproduction. 131 East 70th Street, NYC.

Images from Architectural Digest

Monday, October 15, 2012

Madeline Weinrib Sample Sale

The Madeline Weinrib sample sale will be held October 24-28 at ABC Carpet & Home in NYC.
It is a great opportunity to get their carpets, pillows, fabric by the yard, furniture and accessories at 40-70%. 881 Broadway, Lower Level, NYC.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jonathan Browning

Beautiful drapery hardware is not an easy thing to come by, so I was really happy to discover Jonathan Browning while at Holly Hunt in NYC this past week.  Their collection of cast bronze hardware takes inspiration from the French Industrial and Decorative Arts of the 1920's, 30's and 40's.  They have a number of different designs and finishes but they all evoke a clean modern aesthetic.. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Emerald Green

Emerald green is one of my favorite fall/winter colors. It is sophisticated, classic, and has tremendous depth and versatility. Whether used as a wall color, or as an accent in a room, it works with just about every color you pair it with.  I especially love how it plays off black and white.

Interiors by Daniel Romualdez

Interiors by Kelly Weastler

Interiors by SR Gambrel

Viceroy Santa Monica