Thought I might share a little of my own home-grown prettiness.
Peacock Pavilions guest house in (where else?) Marrakesh. Made with love from scratch.
Ceiling hand stenciled to spec by *amazing* Melanie Royals and the beloved Peacock Painters. Based on a Kyrgyz embroidery design. Vintage bedspread from Rajasthan India with added blue velvet border, vintage Moroccan rug from Taznakht. Medina Pavilion.
Great room in the Peacock Pavilions Atlas Pavilion. This has an amazing Cleopatra style pyramid roof that Architect Husband Chris and his crew wrestled to build (so worth it!). It also has a super cool catwalk with hand embroidered low seating. Hand drilled lanterns from Egypt, Moroccan poufs made from groovy vintage blankets, patchwork carpet bought in Istanbul, lacy sculpted enormous plaster fireplace filled with vintage glove molds (Hands are believed to fight off evil genies in Morocco, who love lurking in fireplaces). Oil paintings by Moroccan and Iraqi artists. Vintage decorative Moroccan metalware from Fez. Red molded plastic furniture from Morocco's hipster 1960s. Down filled couch. Coffee table made from an old Moroccan window grill.
Beautiful staircase designed by Architect Chris, inspired by blowing grass. Stairs stencils of Moroccan henna designs by the uber-talented Melanie Royals and executed by the wonderful Peacock Painters .
All images by former Peacock Pavilions intern Sarah Winward (We miss you, Sarah and husband Dave!). See more pictures of Peacock Pavilions right here on Sarah's lovely blog.
PS Check out my new stock of Moroccan wedding blankets and Moroccan Beni Ourain carpets right here. Dreamy.
In these times of turmoil, of tumult, of turbulence. Yes, in these times of upheaval, of unrest, of uproar. Oh, in these times of clamoring, confusion, and commotion, I thought I would offer you this:
Persian Love Cake.
Persian Love Cake is made with saffron, cardamom, cream and rosewater. But it's also made with love. Other useful ingredients are concern, restraint and doing the right thing. I advise firmly whisking in hopes for peace, moderation, and tolerance. Then baking until lightly golden.
The candied rose petals are optional, of course. But helpful when wishing for rose colored glasses to see the world around you.
If you are wondering what this post is about, I suggest watching the nightly news, followed by a brisk read of Like Water for Chocolate.
PS The rest of the recipe for Persian Love Cake can be found on Epicurious right here. My Persian mother would be so proud.