Friday, February 8, 2013

Morocco: Reflections...and a Kitchen

My interest in Morocco started when I was working at the Smithsonian Institution. Each day at lunch I'd quickly scarf down a sandwich, and then tour a particular museum gallery. On one outing, I discovered a world of Moroccan tilework rich with colors and complex geometric patterns not unlike a kaleidoscope. I subsequently learned these mosaic "zillij" tilework is used as ornamentation in Moroccan architecture and design.

In 2002, Tom and I traveled to Morocco. We visited the four imperial cities of Fes, Marrakesh, Meknes and Rabat, as well as Casablanca. We toured ancient medinas, shopped the souks and even stayed in traditional Moroccan houses known as riads. Unassuming, plain and often windowless from the street, all the rooms typically open to an interior courtyard with a garden (and sometimes a water feature as well). Once inside a riad, a beautiful and private world reveals itself. Zillij tilework covers ceilings, walls, floors and even fountains.

Morocco is like no other country. It is a feast for the all the senses! Enjoy these photos from my scrapbook, and excuse the quality as they have been scanned.
In Fes, we stayed at the charming La Maison Bleue, a tradition Moroccan riad.
Above: Zillij tilework on a fountain wall in Casablanca. Below: Impressive arches in Casablanca.
Beautifully painted wooden doors in the capital city of Rabat.
One of the highlights of Marrakesh was Yves Saint Laurent's Jardin Majorelle.
The Moroccans are warm, friendly and proud. Tom and I were captivated by their charm. Important note: before taking photos of someone, please ask for permission!
Here I am at the ancient ruins of Volubilis, a city founded in the 3rd century B.C. Volubilis was an important Roman outpost. Excuse the baggy jeans :)
 
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Fast forward to today (and, thank goodness, skinnier jeans!), I am delighted to share my friend Lauren's newly renovated Moroccan inspired kitchen. When Lauren asked me to help with this very special project, I immediately said yes!! Let's start the tour.
The focal point of this beautiful kitchen is the stucco hood (designed by Lobkovich Kitchen Designs) paying homage to the arch found in Moroccan architecture. Lauren selected the lantern from Tazi.
My favorite element is the glazed terra cotta tiles that Lauren found. Tiles are from Mission Tile West and available through Renaissance.
In lieu of an island, I designed this walnut farm table, and we had it custom made by the venerable firm of Therien. Note the notched and shaped corners which I borrowed from Moroccan design.
 
I found the French cafe style chairs at Serena and Lily, and together with the farm table, they give the kitchen a French colonial feel.
A view of the paneled refrigerator and prep sink. There is also a full sized wash sink (not shown). All the countertops and integral sinks are cast concrete.
The cabinetry is through Lobkovich Kitchen Designs.
Thank you to Lauren for letting me share her fabulous and cool kitchen!!
 

104 comments:

  1. Thank you and Thank You Lauren for sharing your charming kitchen.
    The table and chairs are so at home in the space....just perfect!
    Love the Moroccan tiles..
    Loi, you and Tom, had a wonderful trip. I learn so much from your posts.
    Thank you so much

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  2. AHHHHHH - a baby Loi! Love the picture of you there, baggy jeans or not. and that kitchen is dreamy! i would lovvvvvvvvve to go to Casablanca one day :)

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  3. The tile work in Morroco is so amazing! I so enjoyed your photos and I think you look adorable in your baggy jeans. :) Love the kitchen inspired by Morrocan design. So unique and beautiful!

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  4. You had me at "when I was working at the Smithsonian Institution." Feeding the mind and body on those lunch breaks! That hood and light fixture...perfection

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  5. Oh that kitchen ... I'm swooning. I love spaces that just have a good feeling. It is warm and lovely and you just know great food is coming out of there. As for Morroco, it is definitely on my must-see list. What gorgeous photos, jeans and all!

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  6. Great post and love the kitchen. The concrete counters are fab! I was just about to order
    The Serena and Lily chairs and then you posted them tonight...must be a sign that I have to buy them.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. The chairs are really comfortable and reasonably priced. Hope you'll visit again! Loi

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  7. What a fun surprise to see your fondness for Morocco!

    Lauren's kitchen is elegant and refined. Love your uniquely designed table and her beautiful tile. Have you seen the Moroccan courtyard that was built at the Met in NYC a few years ago by modern Moroccan crafstmen ?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/arts/design/metropolitan-museums-moroccan-courtyard-takes-shape.html?pagewanted=all

    You looked adorable in your baggy jeans!

    Our daughter loves the Serena and Lily chairs, we have talked about them for her apartment someday. They add nice pattern and texture to Lauren's kitchen.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Cindy. I just googled.....fabulous!! Look forward to checking out in person.

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  8. I love the riads too Loi, each one a little haven. Those tiles are the feature of the kitchen, striking. I think your baggy jeans look great, reminds me of the 80s!
    Di
    xxxxxx

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  9. Brilliant interpretation of Morocco - Morocco with a Tone on Tone twist.
    We also loved Morocco and travelled to many places in a 4 x 4 over the Atlas mountains up and down the sand dunes in the Sahara and visited the vibrant cities. It is so difficult to believe that is only 3 hours from here!!!

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  10. Dearest Loi,

    I adore the Moroccans! I had a fantastic French intern working with me in my French classroom a couple of years ago, and she was a warm and brilliant young woman..what a year that was.

    As a Spaniard, I am well acquainted with my Father's ancestry in Spain and how their designing sensibilities have been influenced by this time-tested and gorgeous cultural expression through art. This is fabulous.

    I JUST LOVE seeing your photo! There you are...our dear Loi. You look GREAT! And to see your design of that table...my, my. As always, I gasp a bit when I see what you are featuring, whether it is your home or garden or recent finds. This kitchen is of superb quality and design and my next project is to paint ours white and gray. Now to get MR. Anita on board with that idea!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK YOU again my friend for sharing BEAUTY with us. The world needs more of that! Anita

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  11. I can't tell you how much I love that kitchen! I have been a big fan of Moroccan tile and arches since an AD article in the 80s captured my imagination. I would love to have a range hood with a Moroccan arch. It adds the perfect amount of interest.

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  12. Hello Loi

    You knowledge, love and familiarity with Morocco shines through in this unique piece of furniture. How it fits so calmly in it's surroundings. The light and whole being of Morocco just seems to make all colours seem even brighter and more intense than in North America.

    Thank you for sharing you images and you look great in the baggy jeans too, the fashion then

    Helen xx

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  13. Lauren's kitchen is fabulous! Tyically I don't like a lot of pattern but I'm loving her tiles and how well everything works together. You really did a wonderful job Loi of mixing everything together seamlessly and that hood is nothing short of amazing!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  14. One of THE most exquisite kitchens I have ever seen. Truly Loi. I love you in baggy jeans and apologizing for them.. too funny. That tile is out of this world and so it the custom table and light. Lauren must be in heaven. Great job!
    Have a great weekend.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  15. Dear Loi, the art and architecture in Morocco are really inspiring and beautiful. Your friend's Moroccan inspired kitchen is so beautiful. The Moroccan tiles are exquisite. The French bistro chairs are my favourite. By the way, you look so stylish in your baggy pants. Have a good weekend.

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  16. Hello Loi:
    How beautifully you capture the sights, sounds and spices of Morocco which make it such an alluring and appealing country. The architecture and colourful tiles are so very redolent of this wonderfully exotic country, a land which captures the senses as well as the heart.

    And, how imaginatively you have reinterpreted and reinvented North Africa into this kitchen. Every modern convenience and yet rooted in the traditional. It makes for a warmly welcoming environment with much to excite the eye and capture the imagination. Lovely!

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  17. i bow down to you. lauren's kitchen is a symphony of timeless swoon! love the unexpected harmony of france (and scandinavia) with the moroccan melody. the tile...oh my. what beauty. what a kaleidoscopic backdrop for memories born in this home. the table you designed is so special and sophisticated. i am not yer well-traveled friend so haven't seen casablanca-land but heard the king there outlawed baggy jeans in 2003 so thank GOD you were safe.

    thank you for sharing this space and your life. lovely lovely are both.

    skinny smiles.

    michele

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  18. I love the vibe of Morocco, it is so intoxicating!
    You look so young and sweet Loi!!!
    The kitchen turned out wonderfully.
    You are a man of many talents!
    I adore all of your posts so much.... Thank you
    XO

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  19. what? no roosters? haha! just kidding. LOVE the tile. LOVE the accessories-- gorgeous, like the perfect complimentary jewelry. LOVE the hood. Not too large and a lovely reference to the Moorish arch. And finally, LOVE that chair from Serena and Lily. I put it up on Fakebook when I first saw it because its something like a 100 bucks (!)("how dey do do dat?" is what I said.) and looks just like the ones at ten times the price!

    what's wrong with baggy pants? :]

    xo ~ L

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  20. brilliant loi, just brilliant.

    i particularly love the nod to moroccan design versus the commonly seen full-on "themed" elements. of particular interest is the table versus island configuration, much more in keeping to an original moroccan kitchen.

    as an aside we were in morocco once, i found it to be a deeply emotional county eliciting awe, despair, fear (chased in a medina by 2 teenagers with a knife screaming american!!) stunning beauty, historical awe and sadness.......fascinating!

    a big applause to you and lauren!
    xx
    debra

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  21. Yes, Morocco is certainly worth to visit! Wonderful atmospheric images.
    Beautiful kitchen...I love "your" table, the detailed corners reflecting the design of the hood...
    Simply an exquisite post again, Loi.
    Best wishes for a sunny weekend and greetings,
    karin

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  22. Isn't wonderful where you find your inspiration!!! This kitchen takes my breath away!

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  23. Gorgeous! Just the thing to warm me up on a cold afternoon!
    xo

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  24. What a lovely kitchen. Morocco is definitely on my bucket list! x Sharon

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  25. Great Post and lovely kitchen...thanks for sharing indeed!

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  26. Hi, Loi,

    I really like how this posting comes full circle. Your table design is exceptionally handsome, and I realize with each posting what a Renaissance man you are! Lauren's kitchen is warm and I can imagine that it will be a favorite gathering spot for family and friends. Sustained applause to her for picking such an imaginative theme — no doubt in my mind that this was a fun collaboration!

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  27. You are such an incredible story teller! Everything about her kitchen is so special...I love the tile work and hood design. Fabulous job my friend!

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  28. Moroccan design, wow! what a beautiful kitchen. Well done Loi + Lauren. Yves Saint Laurent's are just breathtaking aren't they + The riads are such a wonderful surprise. Grand post. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  29. The painted doors in Rabat are absolutely breath taking. Love, love, love them.
    Thanks for sharing.
    josepha

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    1. Thank you, Josepha. Is this your first visit here? Hope to have you back!! Loi

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  30. Loi, love the photos of your trip and seeing you ten years ago! Lauren's kitchen is so pretty - love her tiles and the table and chairs, the cabinetry, the light fixture. It is funny that you would post about this. I am usually such a "neutrals" person, but after a few days in bright Florida, I am so charged up by turquoise and all the blues and bright colours I saw. I even bought a turquoise t-shirt and flip flops for the trip and enjoyed the vibrant hues so much! So it was a coincidental surprise to hear you say you like all these bright colours and patterns too! So nice to get to visit Morocco. It is on my list...!

    xo Terri

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  31. Hello Loi, That kitchen is a remarkable achievement. The Moroccan details give it interest and color, without competing with the calm and clean look that comes from the white woodwork and clean layout.

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  32. Loi,
    Might I be so bold to say I love your baggy jeans? I only know you through blogs, but in this photo you look so young and maybe you really are? But your knowledge, your talent, your gifts make you seem so much older than what you appear in this photo? It seems to me like you are one of the smartest people I've ever conversed with...I highly doubt this has anything to do with age...I'm guessing you are smart, and talented and well traveled whether 25 or 45...and I'm so glad you and Tom have each other...very lucky! I really look forward to meeting you one day!

    Morocco is on my to do list for sure!

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Gina, for the kind words :) I really appreciate it!! Loi

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  33. Isn't it amazing how inspiration comes to us and something that spoke to our senses even years ago can still find a way to weave itself into our contemporary lives. Great example of this, Loi.
    You look too cute in your baggy jeans. :)
    You are so well traveled, no wonder you have such wonderful ideas. Thanks for the anniversary wishes, and right back at you my friend. Hasn't this been a wonderful adventure?
    xo
    Terri

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  34. I would never have thought you'd be fascinated by Morocco. Sweden, Finland, Norway yes; Morocco not so much. You continue to surprise me. Love the kitchen. The Moroccan tiles look so beautiful next to the simpler white paneling and cupboards, and the hood's a great choice. Kitchen seems a collaboration that really worked.
    Stay warm,
    b

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  35. What a lovely Moroccan inspired kitchen you designed for your friend Lauren. I love the tiles and that table...simply gorgeous! I have always wanted to go to Morocco, my parents lived there for several years when they were first married. I have some of the jewelry my mother purchased there, and I love looking at the pictures of them so young standing out in the orange groves. Maybe one day we will venture there for a holiday.

    xo Kat

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  36. I loved getting to see the photos from your trip! This kitchen is very beautifully done. I'm not usually a fan of Moroccan, but the subtle way it's been done here is lovely. The table you designed is perfect.

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  37. Loi,
    Lauren's kitchen is lovely. I like the subtle color palate of the tiles she selected. The table you designed is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your vacation photos of Morocco. I've never been but my curiosity has been peeked...I have heard the food is wonderful.
    Karen

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    1. Yes, the food was divine! Although we did not have street vendor food despite the incredible aromas. That's a no-no.

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  38. Loi, love the pictures and especially those painted doors. How beautiful! We have been thinking about cast concrete countertops but weren't sure how they held up to staining. -Tonya

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  39. Loved the pics and the tiles!1 The borders engraved in the stone are simply divine!! Thanks for sharing! xo Leslie

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  40. Loi,

    I love your photos from Morocco!!! I have been there myself and enjoyed it tremendously! It really is a stunning place.

    As for your kitchen design, WOW! What a unique and beautiful room. Even with the busy tiles the room is calm and serene. And the table, oh that is simply fabulous.

    I hope that you are staying warm, and do not run into any power issues. Enjoy your weekend.

    Elizabeth

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  41. Loi,
    Your design aesthetic is multi-dimensional. While you personally love Scandinavian design, you can do Moroccan with aplomb! I love the Casablancan hood shape and the unique details on the table. I especially love the foot on the table leg, as well as the corners. The simple cabinets help the tiles take center stage. Well done!

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    1. Thank you! Lauren's kitchen designers deserve all the credit!!

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  42. Hi Loi, I have yet to visit Morocco, but it is high on my list. To visit Majorelle is a dream. I am fascinated by the design aesthetic, the rich colors, the warmth and history. It seems dreamy. The kitchen you designed is beautiful.
    xoxo,
    P

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  43. Islamic and Middle Eastern art is exquisite, and your photos from Morocco show this so vividly. You've done a terrific job on the table, which fits perfectly into the Moroccan inspired kitchen. Bravo.

    chúc mừng năm mới!

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  44. Those blue shades in the mosaics and the doors-especially that cerulean-are my faves.
    Quite a beautiful travel diary AND kitchen.

    We will forgive you the baggy jeans, LOL.
    In 2002 I was living in Melbourne with my late hubby Daz. Good times...

    Speaking of good times-Happy Year of the Snake to you and yours!
    I have a bowl of oranges, a clean house, and fresh flowers all in place. Here's to us MOVING this year!

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  45. I love that tile in your friend's kitchen. And those Moroccan door designs ..WOW! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your travel photos and design inspiration Loi.

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  46. I am such a big Moroccophile! I have a moroccan tray table in my living room, we just got a line of samples for the simple glazed square moroccan tile as seen with Brooke Shields kitchen in NY. This kitchen you posted is beyond beautiful, the tile is stunning and the clean backdrop for it works effortlessly,what a wonderful post!!
    Always enjoy seeing what inspires you!
    xo Karolyn

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  47. Hello Loi,

    The kitchen is so striking! I love Maroccan style, and am looking forward to a trip to Marrakesh this autumn.

    Sophia

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    1. Welcome, Sophia! Thank you for your visit. Hope to have you back ~ Loi

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  48. Just so divine,
    Love the captured history in all the designs.

    Have a beautiful week

    Doré

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  49. Well where to begin Mr L. The kitchen is beautiful and I love the custom detailing on the table, you really are such a clever stick. One of the inhabitants of this house would have moroccan lanterns hanging from every concievable corner if allowed. Now about those jeans....

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  50. Dear Loi,
    Morocco - a place I would like to visit too. I shall have to have a word with AGA about that. I've read about those courtyard houses and how beautiful they are.
    The tiles in the kitchen really are lovely.
    Ahh yes baggy jeans - but didn't we feel so good when we wore them? ANd I am not sure why I liked it if they had the beginning of a hole in them too - these days I wouldn't be seen dead with a hole in my trousers; but back then . . .

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  51. What a treat for you to share your photos from your trip! The jeans weren't too bad! Loved all of the beautiful architecture! I'm loving everything about Lauren's kitchen! It's truly beautiful! The tiles are fabulous…they remind me a little bit of the ones we have around our pool but hers are a million times prettier! LOVE the table you designed! It's beautiful! I had just looked at those same chairs this morning! The whole thing turned out to be simply stunning! Hope you are doing well!

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  52. I absolutely love this post Loi! Great travel photos--thanks for sharing, baggy jeans and all! And love how you segued to Lauren's gorgeous kitchen! Morocco is definitely on my travel bucket list! My son-in-law was just there and can't say enough about it. Kiss your TT's for me!

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  53. Oh my goodness, dear Loi...where to begin...
    First of all , this is a gorgeous kitchen. Your table is stunning...love the warm wood...and these French chairs are a weakness for me...ha.
    Now...Morocco!! A fascinating, beautiful place...that photo of you is perfectly lovely, by the way! :)
    I have always been obsessed with the tile work, the colors, culture...spectacular...
    Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your trip...I hope to visit someday.
    And I LOVE the marbled album too! :)
    Have a marvelous week, kind and talented friend!
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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  54. LOVE the kitchen, LOVE the jeans, LOVE the photos, LOVE the hood!! xoxoxo, K

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  55. Gorgeous.....totally love the beautiful tile. Love the shape of the hood too. And your cute in fat or skinny jeans!

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  56. Hi Loi,
    This kitchen is a gem!
    The balance of pattern (really stunning tiles),
    shape (the table detail! the hood!),
    and texture (beautiful floors, lovely creamy cabinets) - the space is serene, yet rich and warm.

    Thank you for sharing your work. And your photos. I am very inspired by those painted doors...
    Also - those full jeans are classics - I love that look!
    Suzanne
    Suzanne

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  57. Love her kitchen and the tile! The table you designed is gorgeous to! Love the details....they are perfect.....I passed up some chairs like hers for only $10.00 at an estate sale...I have been kicking my self for months! They would of looked great in my home.

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  58. I love this kitchen Loi! So pretty, oh my! The tiles are gorgeous and that elegant farm table...sigh. Currently obsessed with Moroccan patterns, so your post couldn't be more timely for moi! You rock the jeans BTW! You guys travel to the coolest places.
    Monica

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  59. How brilliant is this!!! I have always had a soft spot for Moroccan but had a hard time incorporating it. I can't get over how the tile pops against the the clean cabinets. I love how effortlessly you incorporated subtle Moroccan motifs!
    Thank you so much for opening my mind Loi!

    sending smiles your way!
    Desiree

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  60. Loi, This is such a lovely kitchen. I love the farmhouse table you designed, you are so creative! And I also liked seeing your travel photos. Everything is so inspiring!

    Enjoy this gray Monday, Liz

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  61. I love the Tone on Tone interpretation of Moroccan style!
    Your attention to detail is amazing. That table!

    You've inspired me to put Morocco on my bucket list!

    xo
    Brooke

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  62. Loi

    I adore that kitchen. It is such a departure for you! I am anxious to hear how she likes her concrete sink over time. Love the table you designed...they look great with those Serena & Lilly Cafe chairs!

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  63. Oh goodness, Loi! The kitchen is beautiful. The tile is stunning.
    Thank you for sharing these fabulous pictures! There is so much to see in this world.
    Happy Monday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  64. Loi, this kitchen is simply gorgeous, a perfect blend of influences with modern living. Thank you for bringing the far away just a little bit closer. I love to wear clothes influenced by places like Morocco-- makes me feel exotic. lol!

    cheers,
    Keri

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  65. Dear Loi,

    Your Tone on Tone touch is impressively evident here in this beautiful Moroccan inspired kitchen. The blues and gray in the tiles are both quiet and invigorating when splashed with that ochre, mustardy core. I am particularly in awe of your table design, which pays tribute to the unmistakable style of this magical, Mediterranean country. Thank you to you and Lauren for sharing and once again, inspiring.

    Poppy xo

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  66. Those tiles really look so amazing.
    Love the colors and patterns.

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  67. Moroccan art and architecture really amaze me, it has unique and impressive designs especially their tiles, carpets, and a lot more. And that design of yours is simply amazing. It's simple yet elegant.

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  68. You have an eye for beauty!!! Love the pictures you have taken and the colours on the tiles are beautiful!! Thanks for these lovely pictures.

    xoxo Rozmeen

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  69. After all those comments, what could I say ? All kind of adjectives have benn used and all of them tell the truth.You have probably a multifaceted talent and me too , enjoyed so much this special post .
    This week, it's your birthday,so HAPPY birthday and wishes for even more trips!
    Love Olympia

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  70. Loi!!!! You did it again. Made me just die a thousand deaths! Those TILES!!!! NOOOO!!! I mean, YESSSSSS!!! And I don't care where you've been, but you are SO coming to Malaysia!

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  71. Thanks Loi, this is a feast for the eye. The kitchen is beautiful, but your designed farm table in walnut is to die for ...

    Best wishes

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  72. Hi Loi,
    I love knowing you worked at the Smithsonian!!! And, I dream of going to Morocco! Your photos are stunning. Love how you were able to help your friend with her Moroccan inspired kitchen and bring it all full circle.

    Hope you are well!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  73. Loi,

    Love this post, tiles, history, and your love for this subject as well. Maybe you had a prior lifetime as a Moroccan? LOL (I know I have) I also love their design, rich history and even get goose bumps when looking at all they bring to the design world. Love the clothes, tiles, colors, food, etc. I love the table you've designed as well. Someday I will get there too...bucket list.

    Have a Happy Valentine's Day too!

    Bette

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  74. I would love to see Morocco, but since I never will, I am happy to see your photos.
    Those blue tiles? They would make my heart sing every single time I looked at them, I love them.

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  75. Stunning, this kitchen is beautiful, so refined and the tile is exquisite! The pictures of Morocco are beautiful, what color!

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  76. From reading the comments it's your birthday, Happy Birthday to you! Thank you so much for stopping by I really enjoyed your comment, love, love the table you designed and the tile is just beautiful...I can only dream!

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  77. How wonderful to see the inspiration of your travels and design aesthetic transformed into this remarkable kitchen. The chairs were an unexpected but perfect touch and the tiles reminiscent of the layers of pattern and color in Morocco. (Was happy to see the same grinder we have in our kitchen that my husband brought back home from Egypt.)

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  78. Beautiful photos! Almost makes me feel like I'm there!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  79. This is beautiful!!! Happy Valentines Day Loi and Happy, happy birthday!!!!

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  80. Loi, I just went on Tazi website and couldn't find the pendant, do you know which one is is? I love it!!!

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    1. Hi Lisa - It is most likely discontinued as Lauren purchased the light fixture over a year ago. So sorry. Loi

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  81. Hello Loi,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope Tom is spoiling you! Beautiful tiles, really sets off the kitchen. We went the year after you and YSL's garden Marjorelle, still stays vividly in my mind, something quite special. Beautiful post!
    Best wishes,
    Ivan

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  82. Stunning! Your beautiful kitchen is making me dream of warm breezes and spicy tagines - perfect for a cold day like today with 18" of snow on the ground. Thank you for sharing your pictures and talend!

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  83. Morocco dreaming now, Loi....fabulous kitchen - just LOVE the tiles and the amazing range hood!!

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  84. Gorgeous! I ejoyed your pictures of Morocco so much, the colors are amazing. I have not been recieving your post via email. I just discovered this today, when I got curious why you had not been posting, welllll, to my surprise you have been posting, I just had not recieved them in my email. Not sure why, but glad I found out so I am going to peruse the post I have missed,
    Kathysue

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    1. Hi, Kathysue - Yes, I've had the same problem. I subscribe to my own posts and sometimes do not receive email notifications of new posts. Don't know why. I appreciate you letting me know. Thanks! Loi

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  85. Wow, that kitchen is gorgeous. And a very nice change from all the white ones we see. Love the table in the centre.

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  86. Hi Loi, wow incredible kitchen!! Every beautiful Moroccan detail. Congratulations on this fabulous room and thanks for sharing. Morocco looks amazing! And you look great :) xo R

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  87. Hello. What a treat to find your blog on one of my 'faves' Velvet and Linen. You are a great designer. LOVE LOVE LOVE the kitchen farm table with the Moroccan detail on the corners. . . and love the table's color! My question is, could you tell me how the lovely tile connects with the other elements in the kitchen? What does it relate to in the rest of the kitchen? I love to learn from good designers, and hope you are able to send an answer. I'm still training my eye.

    Thank you. (I just read a great story that takes place in Morocco and Spain: The Time In Between. So I'm into Morocco right now.)

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  88. OOPS!! I forgot to leave my e-mail so you can respond. Here it is: mlmcjunkin@mac.com (I'm the question above about the Moroccan kitchen.) Thank you!

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  89. It is so gorgeous!!! It's perfect and feels so warm and relaxed. Love it!!
    xoxo,
    Lauren

    ps- Just found you on instagram!!

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  90. I guess I'm really late to the party. I hope it's still going on. Not sure how I missed this post--just saw it on Lauren's Liess' bog--I think it was when I was sick. This kitchen is A.MAZ.ING, Loi. It's not something I ever would have expected from you and I'm completely enchanted. Every little detail is wonderful. Bravo!

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  91. Shut up dude.....that kitchen is spectabulous....just so perfect. You are the kitchen whisperer man.

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Many thanks for your visit and comment. If you have a question, let me know and I will respond here. Loi