Sorry for my absence! The past month of my life has been a whirlwind – a wedding and a honeymoon. Yipeeeee. I guess I’m a WIFE now? Weird… There will be pictures to come soon (the world holds its breathe), but for now, let’s talk about patterns.
Marni’s Pattern Play Has Been Lauded for Years: From Gingham to Floral to Dots and Beyond!
Patterns are all around us, and technically speaking, are not a “man-made” invention. Natural patterns include spirals (like in seashells, or in the golden ratio), waves, ripples (in sand dunes from the wine), tilings, cracks, snowflakes, and those created by symmetries of rotation and reflection. Almost all natural patterns has some underlying mathematical structure; think about the Fibonacci sequence or fern leaf fractals.
Although not quite organic, textile patterns seem to have an innate way of capturing our five sense – and maybe most in the sixth sense – style. Some say the sixth sense is paranormal activity or telepathy….but that’s just a rumor.
Doesn’t everything look better with some symmetry – maybe a repeating line, circle or square.
My fiance’s family is Moroccan by way of Spain. Originally from Toledo, Spain, the family was expelled in 1492 following the inquisition. After the expulsion, they migrated to Safed, Salonika, and Morocco. Eventually, they arrived in Fez, Morocco, during the 16th century from Salonika, and from there went to Meknes. In the mid-19th century, the family moved to Tangier, where they became leaders of the community.
Tangier lies on the Northern tip of Africa and is known internationally as a city of multicultural assimilation – notably of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities. In the 20th century, playwright Tennessee Williams, the beat writers William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the painter Brion Gysin and the music group the Rolling Stones, have all visited, cited and stayed in this white city between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
1. Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Volupte Perle Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick // 2. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil 4.08 oz. // 3. Isabel Marant – Gregoire Striped Embroidered Jean in White, Floral, Blue // 4. Jules Smith – Tangier Hoops in Yellow Gold // 5. Spadaro – ‘Doux Amour’ Eau de Parfum // 6. Cynthia Vincent – Morocco Slipper // 7. Theodora & Callum – Red Multi Luxor Tie All Scarf // 8. Elizabeth and James – Henna Chiffon Blouse // 9. Arhaus Jewels – Arabian Nights Bracelet
1. Le Souk Ceramique – Cookable Tagine Mustard // 2. Currey & Company – Casablanca Occasional Table // 3. Votivo Candle – Moroccan Fig, 6.8 oz. // 4. Hooker Furniture – Casablanca Dining Arm Chair // 5. Furbish Studio – Morocco Cocktail Napkins // 6. A Month In Marrakesh: Recipes From The Heart Of Morocco – Coffee Table Book // 7. Amrita Singh – Casablanca Lantern // 8. Trina Turk Bedding, Tangier Stripe – Decorative Pillow // 9. Blissliving Home – Casablanca Pillow
Tray: A Personalized Melamine Square Serving Tray with Chevron Pattern and a Personalized Acrylic Square Serving Tray from LoveyDoveyCreations on Etsy, here. In your dressing room, would you put your nail polish, keepsakes, perfume, and rings on this lovely square? / Room: Welcome to an absurdly glamourous dressing space. Benjamin Moore Feather Grey walls, a chandelier from Overstock, a vanity table from Pier 1 Import, the classic Louis chair, Chevron Rug from RugsUSA, and shelving from Target. Mai K from A Cup of Mai sure knows how to impress on a budget! Image found here.
Tray: Win your Poker hand every time with this Playing Card Tray by JOHN DERIAN COMPANY, INC. The glass decoupage tray features an ace playing card, hand painted bottom and is signed by the designer. The tray features a felted back to prevent slipping! Even the Queen of Hearts will want one! Purchase here./Room: Kate Spade’s eclectic living room tucked away on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is filled with high (Andy Warhols) and low (thrifted statues) end art mingling perfectly. Photograph via Matchbook Magazine, everyone’s favorite field guide to a charmed life!
Tray: Introducing the TuttiFrutti Tray! Swedish designer Maria Holmer Dahlgren designed this wonderful dishwasher-safe tray for happier weekdays and more while serving your favorite things. The happy colors and design will be sure to inspire and make you smile. The colorful, graphic contemporary tray is hand crafted from the highest quality Scandinavian birch from sustainable forests, and is produced by a family-run company situated on a small island off the southern Swedish mainland. Doesn’t this tray look straight from the Disney’s ride, “It’s a Small World”? / Room: Found at Dust Jacket Attic, This whimsical midcentury room feels very cartoonish yet modern and serious. The wallpaper is clearly the lynchpin of the whole geometric scheme! Painted in colorful hues, basic shapes like triangles, squares and diamonds (maybe even polyhedrons!) bring a jolt of life to a modern room — and appeal to the pre-schooler in all of us. Photographs by chris warnes, styling by sarah ellison for real living au.
Tray: A salute to the grandeur of the Finnish capital Helsinki, this vibrant design by Per-Olof Nyström was created in 1952, one year after Marimekko made its design debut and bright, bold mark in the world of fashion. Revived in celebration of the city’s designation as the World Fashion Capital of 2012, this archival pattern intricately illustrates the Art Nouveau churches, boats and landmarks of Helsinki. Tray via Crate & Barrel, here. / Room: This cornflower, grey-blue room is a dreamscape of Scandinavian interior design simplicity, modern yet natural elements, photography and cloud colors. The gentle palette is welcoming, simple, honest and cozy. Styling by Kråkvid and D’Orazio via Pella Hedeby at Stil Inspiration.