Moroccan and French vibes in a 2 rooms apartment

It’s been some time since I posted any project of mine. I don’t usually seek clients who would need an interior design proposal from me for 2 reasons: 1. I’m pretty reluctant about convincing others what is beautiful, and 2. how much their interior design would be worth. All my projects so far were strictly for friends who trusted me to come up with a budget-friendly concept. Anyhow, you know me, I love the Nordic style, everything that is Scandinavian, and of course, I cannot resist to vintage pieces. This is exactly why was hard to work on the project I’m writing right now.

This is a 1 bedroom apartment, with an open space living room combined with the kitchen, 1 bathroom, and a small wardrobe. It’s a newly built block, having the apartment on the ground floor. The owner is an extremely nice lady (you know, those kinds of people who are born to be nice to everybody) to whom I could not say “no” after she explained what kind of style she would like to have for the apartment. The basic idea was around Moroccan style with French vibes, a lot of black & white, and orange. I could do French countryside style, but I have nothing to do with the Moroccan style, hence the challenge on this project.

As usual, I was aiming for a mood board that would reflect the apartment’s feelings. The owner provided great pictures, just look at those color palettes! Sadly, when I was running through the color palette generator, the software could not identify the 3 dominant colors due to the overcrowded images. We ended up with dark turquoise, dark orange, and black.

I don’t like over-furnished interiors, so I stick with the Nordic concept of avoiding having too much stuff in the apartment. I’ve created the 2d planning to see what and where to fit to meet the expectations for everyday needs.

The mood board of the living room reflects the requirements from the owner, more precisely to have a brick wall behind the sofa, to have Moroccan elements like the lighting, coffee tables, carpet, and to have a black & white portrait of a famous person. These, all together, are giving a great bohemian vibe.

I guess the bedroom is the most Moroccan room in the whole apartment. Since it’s only a 12 sqm room, I wanted to have a wow effect with the Arabic wallpaper that adds extra depth to the place, and it has the impression of a large, open window.

The tapestry behind the bed is a Dreemzia piece from Unfortunately, this one is no longer available, but you can find many more beautiful, vintage, handcrafted tapestries.

The pendant is a Granada Lanterns product available on L’aviva home. Although it’s not a typical Moroccan lamp, it’s more about imitating the diamond’s shape, still, it has its Eastern style notes. I adore that it’s made of colorless transparent glass, somehow it seems minimalistic to me.

The bathroom had to be fully French, so I went for the black & white combination, making sure that there is enough room for a gallery wall with glamorous photos.

We had some headaches with the kitchen since we needed to incorporate all the electronics without turning into a piece of overcrowded furniture. The upper cabinetry will be black with glass doors to add an extra trick to the furniture. I’m not fully convinced that this is the final way to go, so let’s consider my 3D plan as a draft for the kitchen 😉


Photo credits: 1. Mood board created by based on the images provided by the customer, top and bottom middle photos used from Adobe Spark; 2., 3., 4., 7. & 8. All created by; 5. Dreemzia; 6. L’aviva home

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A home with beautiful neutral tones

Sometimes I have the feeling that beautiful stories find me without me doing any effort. As you know, the majority of the interiors shared on my blog are the homes of some nice people who I don’t know personally, but who are more than kind to let me showing around their interiors. This is the case also with Hannah, and her story has touched me deeply when I was doing my research on her blog. It takes a great courage to talk to the world about your infertility struggling and adoption of a child. If you have time, pour yourself a cup of coffee and read their beautiful story about how they became a family with their daughter, Collette. Such a nice story of people with pure souls.

And now, let’s take a look inside Hannah’s home with super relaxed vibes, neutral colors, and lots of textures. No wonder why this home triggered my attention, as her style is a combination of many things I love, Scandinavian style with the Mediterranean and French countryside touches. Their inner pureness is reflected all over the place. Hannah is living in northern Alabama with her husband, Josh, and their daughter, Coco. They renovated the house where Josh grew up, turning it into a modern, relaxed interior.

Their home is full of natural decorations, neutral colors, rattan baskets, and greenery. I love how they managed to incorporate the Samsung Frame tv on their gallery wall. Degas’ painting The Dancing Class turns out to be the best choice for perfectly fitting the Tv in the gallery wall’s style.

They created this reading nook during the Covid quarantine, and it turned out super nicely with their vintage green book collection. I could hop in right away with a good book, although I’m pretty ok with my reading corner as well 😉

The natural light is flowing abundantly in their living room. If I would have to define the focal point of this room, I could not do it, but according to Hannah the book shelf is the center of attention. The chairs are slipcovered and can be washed, no wonder why this was important to them when choosing this light color. The Gabriel chairs are from Sixpenny, the sofa is the Portola Slipcovered sofa from Lulu and Georgia. I think the coffee table, the wooden stool and the Evet rug from Lulu and Georgia are the perfect combination to get to this neutral living room.

The Z11 Black Silk White Pendant is the absolute focal point in their bedroom. The walls are lime washed and Hannah has chosen the Bone color from the German Bauwerk Colour. By the way, they are shipping worldwide, so do not hesitate to contact them if you fell in love with something from their color palette.

This is one of the most stylish, small bathrooms I’ve ever seen. It’s simply perfect. Most certainly, Hannah knows that the Devil is into the details 🙂

Their entryway is in full sync with the rest of the house. This beautiful door is a Farmhouse Dutch door from Rustica. The bench with its super clean lines is from Maker & Moss.

What a lovely home with warm vibes! I’m grateful to Hannah for letting me/us inside her house, but I’m even more grateful for the fact that her story found me in this period of my life 🤍
You can read more about their home and family life on her blog Thistle Harvest.


Photo credits: @thistle.harvest – shared with her kind permission

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