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Blue Doors in Essaouira, Morocco

Blue Doors in Essaouira, Morocco

While it is mandatory in Marrakech to have your building be one of a few slightly varying shades of a peachy terra cotta color, it must be mandatory in the pretty little seaside town of Essaouira (2.5 hrs drive west to the Atlantic ...

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Carved in Stone or Stencil?

Carved in Stone or Stencil?

OOOPs! Well I thought I had posts all set to appear while I was on my Spain/Morocco trip, but in my haste to get everything done the night before I neglected to select “publish” and produced a lot of dead ...

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Suzani Silk Wall Hangings

Suzani Silk Wall Hangings

Do you know of Suzanis? Even if you don’t, there is a very good chance that you have been seeing images of them in home fashion magazines and on the design blogs for the past year or so. I wrote ...

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Villa Mansi’s Italian Design

On one of our free days in Italy we took the bus to the lovely city of Lucca and stopped on the way at one of the famed Villas of Lucca that are nestled in the surrounding rolling hills. “Our” villa ...

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The Silk Road: Silk Damasks and Stencils

Located at 4 Via Bartolini, the Florence silk factory and showroom of Antico Setificio Fiorentino (Antique Florentine Silk Factory) is a lovely little time capsule. Everything about it: The buildings, the interiors, the patterns, the fabrics, even the profusely blooming ...

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Villa Farnesina’s Roman Wall Frescoes

Still on the second floor of the National Museum of Rome: Wall frescoes from the Villa Farnesina. After coming home and doing some more research on this, I have found that these frescoes from the 3rd century were discovered and excavated in the ...

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