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moroccan retreat

You know whats funny?  I was cleaning out my drafts folder and found this rough draft of a post I was going to do back in 2012, but never finished!   I still think it is very much postworthy and relevant, so I will share it with you over 2 years later!

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I have this immense fascination with Morocco, so of course when I saw this delightful residence in the May issue of Lonny, I was ecstatic.  Welcome to the Moroccan abode of author and activist, Maryam Montague.   (You may be familiar with her book Marrakesh by Design.)  Keep scrolling for some major eye candy!

moroccan stair details

This home is the ultimate balance of old and new.  It is Moroccan-modern perfection.  You know what helps?  Having an architect husband.  Together Maryam and her husband Chris were able to create their dream family home in the perfect central location for work and play.

 moroccan stairs

Moroccan dining room - Lonny, May 2012  moroccan living room

I’m loving the mix of modern and vintage Moroccan design elements.  Such a vivid collection from a well traveled family and a  sweet reflection of the city she has grown to love.

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Living Area in a Moroccan home - Lonny Mag (May 2012)

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Totally crushing all of the vintage light fixtures!!

moroccan bedroom - May 2012 Lonny Mag

moroccan bedroom

And this headboard is genius!

morrocan bedroom details

Can you even imagine how fabulous the parties would be on this patio??

moroccan home outdoor

moroccan home exterior

Hey, it may be from 2012 but you could have told me it was in print yesterday and I would have believed it.  The moral of this story: Great design is timeless, remember that friends. And also do not wait until tomorrow (or 2 years from tomorrow) to do what could be done today!

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(Photo Credit: Lonny Mag, all images link back to their source)

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color story: citrus tones

We all draw our inspiration from different places.  Finding inspiration in food… that’s perfectly normal, right?   Yup.  Some of the most cheery colors out there are citrus tones.  Lime, grapefruit, orange, lemon…  They are like little works of art.  Especially when styled like this pic below:

 

lovely citrus shot

And besides, what’s summer without good music,  longer days, – and of course – bright colors?

 

 

citrus tones style

 

Oh and Margaritas!! Can’t leave that off the list!!  (Click the picture below for the recipe to this Pink Grapefruit Lime Margarita)Grapefruit Agave Margarita recipe - Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

 

Honestly, this may be my favorite color palette in the world.  (I may have said that before in a blog post, but I was just kidding, and am super serious now.)

 

citrus tones paint palette

I mean, some of my favorite interior shots EVER are in this palette:

 

 

colorful living room, featured in Coastal Living

 

You may remember the image from above.  This home was featured in Coastal Living.

green banquette! - vim + vintage

And this one: well if a green banquette doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Tastefully done with some more traditional flair.

vintage citrus tone bedroom

 

This nugget below made the cover of Southern Living’s May 2012 issue.  For me, it still remains one of the best mixes of prints I’ve seen in an interior.

Lindsey Ellis Beatty Living Room - featured in Southern Living

And let me just say – Mandi at Vintage Revivals is the bomb-dot-com, because she gets the last 2 photo mentions.

This first one is the love child of retro vintage and bohemian styles and it’s awesome.  retro bohemian bedroom, featured on Vintage Revivals

And YES, one of my favorite DIY projects of all time!!! Seriously, still can’t get over that hex wall.  She’s a genius!

DIY Tufted Picture Frame Headboard - Vintage Revivals

MYTH #1:  You have to live in FL to rock these colors.

MYTH #2:  Using a bunch of bright colors together creates disaster.

As proven by the pictures above, both of these statements are totally false!  Yes, these colors do favor coastal environments, but when done right, anyone can pull off this look.  Intermix some of these fresh tones in, and the fruits of your labor will pay off (See what I did there?)

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citrus tones color story inspiration board - Vim & Vintage

1 // such an awesome book with inspiring bright colors, from Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar

2 // I don’t think it’s possible to talk about bright colors and not bring in some Jonathan Adler.  This chair comes in a variety of finishes and colors!

3 // of course you need some fun fabrics.  ( Clockwise from top left: Robert Allen Out of Bounds Chartruese, Kravet Almora 712, Robert Allen Delighted Citrine, Robert Allen Cats Cradle Papaya)

4 // yes, I always have to feature a watch.  This Michael Kors one is pure dynamite!

5 // pretty pillow cover

6 // most possibly the cutest set of measuring cups

7 // simple, elegant, and versatile summer wedges

8 // I wish I could have each and every one of Madeline Weinreb’s rugs.  They are absolute perfection

9 // another fun, midcentury-inspired JA chair!

10 // vintage vase in a fun yellow color!

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Have yourself a bright and cheery day! xo

(inspiration board is my creation, but all other photos link back to their original source)

 

happy trails

I love all kinds of restorations.  The creativity that comes with taking something old and having it come alive again in a whole new way totally inspires me.  It really gives perspective on how one man’s trash really is another’s treasure!

That being said, there’s a special place in my heart for vintage airstreams.  I’m always amazed by how such a small space can be utilized so efficiently! What could possibly be more perfect then a cute little trailer you can travel, work, or play in??

vintage trailer love

(Clockwise from top:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 )

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When I lived in Florida, I worked in the best beach town ever, Seaside.   We had the greatest little airstream food court right in the town center.

Airstreams in Seaside,FL

I used to walk over on my break to grab a sandwich, smoothie, or snowcone.  I had no idea just how spoiled I was!!

Seaside-Raw-and-Juicy-Dining-Airstream

Frost Bites in Seaside Florida

Raw & Juicy Seaside Florida

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This renovated beauty is from the girls over at Oh So Lovely blog.  They have a mobile vintage clothing shop in this trailer – how freakin cool is that!?

Olive the Trailer - Oh so Lovely blog

olive before and after - Oh So Lovely Vintage blog

Before and after shots! I’m obsessed with the coral color choice.

Erin & Stef from Oh So Lovely Vintage

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Featured in the June/July Issue of Rue Mag,  designer Alicia Falango takes you inside her event planning office.

Event Designer Alicia Falango- Rue Mag June July 2013

Vintage Airstream Renovation - Rue Mag June July 2013

vintage airstream turned event planning business

vintage airstream and bike

Seriously?!  Can I please work here????

I may add acquiring an airstream to my ever growing Bucket List.  If you had one, what would you use it for?

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(Unless otherwise noted, all images link back to their original source)