Thursday, 20 November 2014

Current Obsession: Jute Rugs

Jute Rug

Jute Rug: DIY
Large Handwoven Jute Rug from World Market

I love these handmade Jute rugs and am kicking myself about not buying one a couple of years ago from a local charity shop as my friend told me it looked like a door mat. Okay so it kind of does... but a glorious flower door mat !!

These beauties not only look great on the floor but as seen in image 1 they also look great as a headboard...

What do you think?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Book Review: Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee

Kitchenalia: Furnishing and equipping your kitchen with flea market finds and period pieces By Vinny Lee | Out now in Hardback | £30.00 | Published by Jacqui Small
 Almost everything I prepare or cook in my kitchen involves a little bit of history and 
often a memory. Kitchenalia is all the things you acquire and accumulate to make
 your kitchen a useful and enjoyable place to be 

Written by Vinny Lee, author and interiors editor of The Times Magazine, Kitchenalia is a kitchen Interiors book for people who love cooking and for whom the kitchen is the heart of the home. If like me you can't resist another wooden spoon, copper jellymold, or a vintage Homepride Fred flour shaker this is the book for you.
It is not a book of fancy shiny modern inventions to make cooking easier and quicker it is a book of manual scales, of hand whisking and aprons... What I really like that about this book, is it makes me feel nostalgic about making gingerbread men with my Mum it also makes me look forward to cooking with my son.

Kitchenalia is really inspiring in many ways and full to the brim with beautiful images that leave you dreaming about your perfect kitchen. However unlike a lot of books Kitchenalia also offers small snippets of simple advice for every budget. Advice like: replacing handles and knobs of cupboards, mixing different styles of kitchen chairs, and storing cutlery in jam jars... finally a kitchen book that leaves you feeling inspired rather than depressed....

.....In fact I was so inspired by the section 'Small Storage' that last week I went out and brought myself a second hand Spice Rack. Finally my beautiful spice jars will make it out of the cupboard to a more prouder spot in my kitchen :)

The book is well laid out with a wide variety of images and styles of kitchens, from country eclectic to brushed steel sleek, including a great section entitled 'The Collectors Kitchen. There are beautiful colouful kitchens from the 1950's, serene white kitchens, and faboulous farmhouse kitchens, each with their own whimsical charm.

As you may have guessed I really like this book, it also passed the coffee table test and was cooed at by numerous visitors, including my Mum, who will be getting a copy for Christmas :)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Questions to the Moon... Macrame Window Hanging

SlowDown Productions: Macrame Window hanging

I get quite a few emails from people asking questions about where they can source pieces in photos I publish or asking what I would suggest in a certain room, I answer if I can and have spent hours looking for solutions and it just sprung to mind to make it a feature...

So..... Question 1 from Lacey a fellow Instagramer

" Gabi! I am still trying to nest in my new digs and it's been a frustrating situation! I'm not used to ground level apartments, and I like to be able to see outside and get as much natural light as possible- but now I feel like I live in a fishbowl! Have you run across any good curtain situations that could make this feel cozier? Everything you post is inspiration and right in line with how I decorate so I thought I'd turn to you! Thanks!!"

My first thoughts were Large plants in the window to create a screen, also I think people notice them rather than try to look deeper into the room.... and although this works very well I knew I could give a better answer.....

....then I remembered this beautiful Handmade Window hanging from Etsy shop SlowDown Productions, which I think is the perfect piece to solve Lacey's problem. Not only does it let the light in and stop people looking in but it looks great too... and can be hung over the bed.

I have been contact with the lovely Rachel over at Slowdown Productions to tell her about this post and she has kindly offered Moon to Moon readers 25% off with the coupon code (code-moontomoon) until Nov. 28th if you spend $74!!!

If you have a question you would like answering then please email me at and I will see if I can help

SlowDown Productions: Macrame Plant Holder

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The Beautiful Tangiers Home of... Umberto Pasti

The novelist and horticulturist Umberto Pasti in his sitting room in Tangier, Morocco. Photo: Will Sanders.
Umberto Pasti in his study among old books, textiles and tiles in Tangier, Morocco
Umberto Pasti's rainy season house in Tangiers. World of Interiors, photo: Christopher Simon Sykes.

People talk about his house as if it were a mirage, a thing of perfumes and flowers and mountain vapors, one man’s paradise. In Tangier, you mention the name Umberto Pasti and people often say, “Have you been?” And what they’re referring to is the house and its gardens, standing in the hills not far from the center of the city. As we came outside one evening, the light was going. I could hear running water and the dog leapt up, just as the call to prayer came rolling over the secluded garden. “It used to be very different,” Pasti said, in a near whisper. “Tangier was a small town. It was physically very unspoiled and neglected. I arrived here by accident: I was escaping Marrakesh and social life. It was always very charming, this place, because you were dealing with people who are very used to foreigners.” And this is an idea I hang on to about the life of eccentrics in Tangier: The locals care for the comfort of strangers.

In a large old room smelling of narcissi, Pasti sat me down and smiled through cigarette smoke. The tables around us were filled with strange shells, bones and Neolithic pottery. I looked around as he spoke and you could almost breathe the beauty: a piece of an Islamic column from Spain, an Italian Renaissance stemma, many Berber pots, pine cones and marble busts. Past a big 17th-century German armoire was a fireplace of the same period. An 18th-century Venetian screen held back a little of the evening air, which came, nonetheless, rosemary-scented and chilled. Painted Moroccan chests and side tables were dotted everywhere — “I love patina,” he said — and around the walls was a multitude of astonishing tile panels, some from Seville and Portugal and fired 200 years before the birth of Shakespeare. Pasti writes novels and makes gardens. He is both intensely sociable and extremely private. Walking from room to room in his perfect house, he seemed somewhat like a man in a fairy tale, lost in beauty, hiding behind windows in a secret garden. But then he laughed and puffed on his cigarette and seemed quite normal again. Pasti started as a literary critic and then began collecting strange fragments and rare bulbs, which he would plant in his garden in the Moroccan countryside, and also in pots at his house in Tangier. His first novel is the story of a botanical obsession. “I started collecting wild bulbs more or less 15 years ago,” he said. He sometimes sleeps outside among the plants. In some ways he considers himself to be a kind of doctor to sick plants and sees his place in the country as a kind of botanical hospital.

“So, this is not a retreat?”

“I go to Milan to relax,” he said. “Life here is easy but you are always fighting against pressures, rich foreigners behaving like pigs, and what I find sad is that many are happy with their little drinks and their little pieces of silver on the table. Unless one is blind, one has to suffer a little about what is going on.” He spoke of the threat to “poor Moroccans” and the horrible new marina being built in Tangier. He is generally appalled by change, it seems. His whole life is about restoring and preserving and putting together. He is an obsessive. “This is what I like about interior decoration, the history,” he said. As we left one of the rooms, he pointed past a dozen curiously vibrant fabrics to a wall of grotesque photographs. “I’ve started a collection of Moroccan monsters,” he said. The wall was covered with images of people with genetic abnormalities. “You think I’m mad?” he asked, his bright eyes chuckling. He twisted the stem of his glasses and then let them bounce on his hand-printed Indian shirt.

Interview sourced from THE AESTHETES