Thursday, April 24

Insides: Younes Zrikem and Ghita Tazi's Moroccan home

I mostly wanted to create this post so I could put up the picture of the embroidered fez sitting room in the 5th picture down but the rest of the house and its story are pretty amazing too.

The house below belongs to Younes Zrikem and Ghita Tazi and was built by Marie-Francoise Giacolette, a Moroccan architect. She was born in Casablanca to Italian parents but has always lived in Morocco. She admires and loves the Moroccan culture and has dedicated herself to upholding the traditional beauty of her country. She has designed and decorated a number of houses in the region, all of which are a tangible reflection of the nation she loves. 

She found the land upon which the house below was built when returning from a walk on the beach. She told Younes and Ghita about it and they purchased it immediately, with out even seeing it (clearly awesome people).

Marie-Francoise used only local construction techniques adopted from the region and hired locals from the near by village to help with building. She worked side by side with the craftsmen and builders for two years, overseeing every detail herself. When she was finished she personally furnished each room, with locally produced goods and furniture made in the surrounding countryside.

The terrance on the western side of the house looks out to the hills and the ocean. Marie didn't use any mechanical vehicles during the building of the house so the topography would be completely preserved.
The marbled floor tiles were made by craftsman from Kser-el-Kebir and the amazing bean bag chair or "sacco" was designed by Zannotta.

The bottom of the stairs to the first floor, with a beautiful Zaiane carpet from the Middle Atlas Mountains.
The dinning room table was handcrafted by a local carpenter and the chairs were forged by a black smith from Souk.
The banquette and cushions in this corner of the living room were covered with antique velvet from Fez embroidered by Marie Francoises's sister, Jacqueline.
Thee house has a tradition bread oven by the kitchen entrance.
The kitchen banquette and cushions are covered in mendis, the shawls worn by women in the region.
Local tiles with Fez traditional basketware for bathroom storage.

The kitchen, with more handmade tiles.
A tile closeup with some beautiful rugs.

The guest room is furnished with an old Spanish iron bed, and a cork stool from the Chaouen region.

Moroccan carpets from the Middle Atlas Mountains cover the marble floor in the second guest room.

The house has traditional ceilings made from eucalyptus poles and reeds.
Outside, the house is bordered by oleanders and lavender,
The study, with a old Goldin ceramic stove.

All the photos above are from World of Interiors, I found a ton of pdfs I thought I had deleted this past weekend while cleaning up my desktop I think this was from 2012?
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Monday, April 21

Insides: Khadambi Asalache

I wanted to share these photos of Khadambi Asalache's house. He was such a fascinating man. He grew up in Kenya and later moved to the UK to attend college. He worked his way through school teaching Swahili and doing architecture and garden landscaping, while he wrote poetry and novels.
A few of his novels and poems were published, however he did not make enough money to live comfortably and took a job with the Treasury in the late 1970's. He saved up enough money to buy the house below on 575 Wansdworth road in 1981. When he first bought the place it was in very bad repair and he spent his nights and weekend fixing the place up. He combined his love of Africa, traveling and poetry to transform it into the amazing house it is today.

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Insides: Miep Jukkema

Here are some beautiful pictures of Miep Jukkema's house scanned from Elle decor on NIBS' blog. I saw the second picture of her daybed a few years ago and loved it, so I was excited to get to see the rest of her home.

I love old things. I like to be able to make them my own and be creative, whether it’s by changing a piece with new fabric or painting it. I also like to enter someone’s world, to be able to see the history of a piece.”
-Miep Jukkema, on her decorating style

An outside shot of Miep's beautiful home. It was constructed in 1930's by a carpenter in Holland
Meip thrifted most of her wall art and the daybed belonged to her parents.
Meip placed her desk in front of a large window so she always has a beautiful view of the forest.
Miep has done little to change the house since she bought it, all the original wood paneling is still intact

Miep's bedroom, while I normally don't like simplicity. I love this.