Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coral ‘Reef’ Brings Puerto Rico to Downtown DC

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Every time I look around this downtown Washington, DC, condo, my bo-dar (that’s BOHO radar) bleeps fast and furious. Yes, we’re in the nation’s capital, but swaths of coral paint keep me thinking tropical isles, sandy beaches, sun and fun.


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Given that the owners are from Puerto Rico and missed their homeland in this urban new-build, that’s no surprise. That’s why they engaged interior/event designer Kerra Michele, of Kerra Michele Interiors, who chased those blues away with the right color in all the right places.

And given that I live in come-fall-come-gray-'til-spring Indiana, it's not a bad idea for perking up my own home environment (if I can sell Chris on it). I simply love how this color pulls all those open spaces together and draws you through them.


Let’s take a closer look… 


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Claudio Bravo's Marrakech Home Meets Crosby, Stills & Nash

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I don’t know if the painter Claudio Bravo ever met singer-songwriter-musician Graham Nash, who wrote the late 1960s hit, “Marrakesh Express.” But it's Nash's song that chugs through my brain, like the train from Casablanca to Marrakech he sings of, every time I look at these photos of Bravo’s recently reimagined Marrakech riad.

More likely (though a far cry from fact), it was the reverse. The song, written in 1966 and released in 1969, could be what inspired Bravo to ditch the concrete jungle of New York City in 1972 for the splendors of the Mediterranean sun on Africa’s northern coast.

Bravo eventually owned three homes in Morocco, and this four-bedroom, single-story one in Marrakech became his winter abode. When the painter died in 2011, he bequeathed it and much of its contents to a friend. It's new caretaker called on Sardar Design Studio of New York to refresh the place as a getaway for her family while maintaining its stature as a museum home. The results are beyond stunning, as you will see.

Bravo was a hyperrealist painter, so I think he would’ve appreciated Nash leaving the first-class section of the train to mingle with the common folk and their animals, as the song describes. In fact, this 18th-century home is reached via twisting streets and alleyways, tucked amid merchant shops and artisan stalls. So it seems only fitting (to me anyway) for Nash’s lyrics to narrate our tour. If you’re a boho child of the late 1960s, like me, you surely remember the tune and can, at the very least, hum along.


All on board that train!


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A 19th-century-style bronze knocker and a plethora of nailheads greet you at the front door. Inside, a Syrian bridal chest and mirror inlaid with mother-of-pearl catch the sun from the courtyard around which the home is built.


Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes


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A Berber blanket hangs above the living room sofa, a brazier (foreground left) doubles as a side table, and a banquet dish and stand serve as coffee table.


Trying to make the train through clear Moroccan skies


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At the other end of the living room, a Kurdish kilim covers a table. The daybed and star-shaped side table are Syrian, while the rugs are Moroccan.


Ducks and pigs and chickens call
Animal carpet wall to wall

American ladies five foot tall in blue


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The dining room light fixture is an antique mosque lamp, an Uzbek suzani serves as tablecloth, and the chairs are camel-bone veneer.


Sweeping cobwebs from the edges of my mind


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The richly inlaid furniture in this cozy corner of Bravo’s former studio is also Syrian. The Andalusian-style plaster frieze is custom-made. Most of Bravo’s art went to family members when he died, but the lithographs displayed here came with the house.


Had to get away to see what we could find


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A Spanish colonial desk, 19th-century Moroccan globes and box, a collection of antique Mamluk mosque lamps, Émile Gallé vases, and more Syrian pieces decorate the study.


Hope the days that lie ahead 


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In Bravo’s former bedroom, the headboard is draped with a wool blanket and the bed with a Berber wedding blanket. The chest is antique Moroccan, and the Tuareg carpet is made of woven leather and palm fronds.


Bring us back to where they've led


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The Green Bedroom is my favorite room in the house. The bedspread is Gujarati mirrorwork embroidery, the chest is 19th-century Moroccan, and the desk and chair are bone inlay.


Listen not to what's been said to you


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In another bedroom, embroidered pillows from Fez and Rabat gather on an antique Spanish bed. The chair is Indian, while the table and chest of drawers are Syrian.


Would you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express?
Would you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express?
All on board that train!


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And yes, the house comes with its own hammam—in Valencian marble, no less.


I've been saving all my money just to take you there


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I could do for a soak here, especially after that dusty train ride.


I smell the garden in your hair


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Or here. I’m not particular, but I am wondering about the view from these tubs.


Take the train from Casablanca going south


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I hear it’s spectacular, so let’s take a closer look.


Blowing smoke rings from 

the corners of my my, my my, my mouth


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Mandarin-orange trees underplanted with white roses grace the courtyard. Part of the “refresh” involved deepening the courtyard pool, which features a 19th-century Indian fountain, to allow for swimming. Street sounds drift over the courtyard walls, as do the Islamic calls to prayer.


Colored cottons hang in air

Charming cobras in the square

Striped djellebas we can wear at home


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This patio furniture is Indian marble, while the lantern is Moroccan. What else?


Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express?
Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express?
They're taking me to Marrakesh.
All on board that train!
All on board that train!



If you want more, which, of course, you KNOW you do…


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Self-portrait of Claudio Bravo painting in his djellaba

  • Read Liza Foreman’s 2016 AD interview with Ahmad Sardar-Afkhami, who headed up the home’s restoration, and continue your photo tour of the home HERE.
  • Check out decorative art from the homes and studio of Claudio Bravo from a past auction HERE and HERE
  • Click on the play button in the video below to watch and listen as a mature Crosby, Stills & Nash perform “Marrakesh Express.” Then, as it plays, go back and look through this home again. You can even sing along!


  • If touring this home gives you a hankering for Morocco, you're in luck! Bravo's main home—a palace in Tangiers—is for sale. Follow the link to the realtor's listing. His third home at Taroudant is a museum you can tour when you visit and, in the meantime, virtually. You'll find additional photographs of it on Trip Advisor
  • Check out the (affiliate) links at the bottom of this page to learn more about the group Crosby, Stills & Nash; the painter, Claudio Bravo; and how to get the Moroccan look in your boho home.
  • Shop (and follow!) both my Etsy and ebay stores for vintage finds, a few of my boho DIYs, and next-to-new surplus home decor. New merchandise gets added daily, so check both places often.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

From Russia with bold boho love

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This 1,475-square-foot apartment on Moscow’s Lomonosov Avenue may not come complete with James Bond (Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or even Daniel Craig). But like the classic spy thriller series and its stars, it’s bold, glamorous, and indefatigably charming.

It’s the home of interior designer Marina Zhukova, who put her own personal stamp on the luxe digs in a new build so her young family could be closer to their textile and wallpaper showroom in the nearby Frunzenskaya Embankment. 


Have a look around & see if you don’t agree: It’s both Bond-tastic AND Spectre-acular!


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If you want more…

  • Continue your tour of this apartment at The Village. And don’t leave the site without opposite-mouse-clicking on “translate” to read the article by Masha Shatalina.
  • Check out Marina’s full portfolio and see even MORE of her apartment at M Zhukova Interior Design.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Take a ‘Page’ from the Boho Home How-To Manual

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I’m absolutely smitten with the portfolio of interior stylist and photographer Carley Page. Her boho home wonderlands are like something straight out of the summer of love.

Take the living room in the above photo, for starters. Don’t you just adore that curvy sofa? I lived through the 1960s and 70s, and the olive green I remember never looked so luscious. And what I wouldn’t give to go on safari for that cute elephant table/plant stand!


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This bedroom is another case in point. Its layered area rugs and mega-tassel throw put me in a Moroccan frame of mind. How about you?


Can’t go on an actual safari? Just spend an hour or two here…


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Carley Page Interiors

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Carley Page Interiors

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Stairway to Heaven, right?


Wait-wait! There’s more!


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So this would be minimal boho? Whatever you call it, I love it. Dig that cool fireplace!


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Global, boho, vintage, and sophisticated all in one. Love the layering on the bed!


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And this sleek and glamorous mix of classic midcentury modern and Moroccan knocks it out of the casbah!


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Oh my oh my oh my oh my!! What a delicious combination—quilts and chintz meet Moroccan and vintage!


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Here’s more vintage midcentury mixed with Moroccan. LOVE that sofa. And this room proves rugs are made for walls as well as floors.


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I love the mix of casual and elegant in this bedroom. Those straightforward nightstands with the mismatched lamps really set off the vintage bed and bench. But the piece de resistance is that sweet pillow with the chinoiserie vase and flowers!


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I wish my bookshelves looked this styled. I also wish my cacti grew that big! Actually, I'd be happy if they grew at all. Before they died, that is. But that's what comes of trying to grow them in the Midwest. Even outdoors in summer they languish.


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Honestly, though, if this were MY foyer and MY settee, I’d stop worrying about dead cacti and never move from this spot. NEVER. And I'd langush BIG TIME. Langush my life away...


Want more? Of COURSE you do!


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  • Take in ALL of Carley’s portfolio. (Pretend you have a spot like the one above to curl up in with your laptop, tablet or phone.)
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