Those pictures were taken at a friend house who owns a lovely chalet in the French Alps. I immediately fell in love with her converted attic which serves as a creative studio. What makes this charming attic so unique is the marriage of alpine and Marrakesh design elements which by the way aptly showcase butter-pecan brown Tadelakt walls, adding texture and lots of warmth. The studio is quaint, welcoming and imbued with bohemian flair, wooden parquet dark brown beams, and a gorgeous hand-woven Moroccan rug playfully complement one another without looking awkwardly staged. I believe that your home should (1) be comfortable and (2) utilitarian (3), most importantly should be an extension of you.  In this case, this attic precisely achieved the owner’s goal who found herself inspired after visiting Marrakech.  I’m definitely inspired and need to step-up my design game. In the meantime, I’ll settle with some delicious honey-drizzled baklava. Yum.

xx, Kenza

 

This attic is full of surprises and doesn’t lack rustic character with its stunning wooden parquets, an imposing wooden commode, thick wood beams which gives it alpine warmth.

 

 

 

 

I’m undoubtedly lucky to live in Sunny Los Angeles, but every now I then, I get terribly homesick, finding myself dreaming of retiring in Paris and owning a beautiful pied-a-terre like this beautiful Parisian apartment located in the  6eme arrondissement in super trendy Saint-Germain-des-Prés.   The dramatic entrance embodies opulence at its finest. The exotic wallpaper not only contrasts nicely with the tall black doors but exudes far distant lands.  The built-in Archway screams sophistication while shying away from more austere traditional foyers. It definitely draws you in.  The eclectic colors found throughout the apartment, warm blues, khaki walls, chevron parquetry, and the palatial living room, with its jaw-dropping crown molding, whimsical blue velvet sofa, and luscious emerald green rug are staged unobtrusively to create a convivial atmosphere where sophistication and simplicity will satisfy the most intransigent aficionados.  Enjoy the tour!

xx, Kenza

 

photography and designed via GCG architects Paris

 

 

 

It’s funny when I think how I used to downplay the importance of investing in nice duvet sets. It’s never been a priority to me, but I’m now realizing what a difference a nice duvet cover set makes. Olivier Desforges is one of my favorite duvet brands right now Check out this one.

Lighting is equally important and this massive lamp globe will definitely amp up the atmosphere. Aside from the fact that I pink is such an en vogue color, this globe is also a great conversation starter.

 

I also believe that scents play an important part in creating a relaxing environment. I am obsessed with candles, and those candles here do not disappoint aside from their super luxurious packaging.  The Marrakesh collection from La Note Parisienne is one of my favorite scents. Also worthy of mention is the exotic scent of ortegia, an Italian scent and soap company whose perfumes are directly distilled from Sicilian flowers.  I also recently stumbled upon Lait, a Los Angeles based candle company that makes intoxicating scents. I also find it super RAD that it is a progressive brand that supports the environment, gay rights and more broadly, social justice.

    

 

Of course when it comes to creating your nest, having some comfy pillows to rest your head on is something that should not be neglected. Pillows can liven-up any room and this assortment of velvet pillows from west elm will do just that:

 

Doesn’t this look fab and inviting?

xx, Kenza

 

 

 

 

Life can be chaotic at times. for me– most of the time, it is a swirling wave of chaotic moments where I feel I am no longer in control. Between work, daily commuting, family obligations, you name it, it is easy to lose sight of what matters the most: me, you, us. You get the idea.  The stress of living in a super large city like LA, family obligations, work, making a living, being fab,  fighting age, has caused me to neglect myself a great deal and cut a lot of corners when it comes to caring for myself. Weight gain has been steadily creeping up on me like a tight-fist mother unwilling to let go of her child.  Shedding pounds ain’t easy! But my focus on dropping those stubborn pounds has turned into something obsessive, toxic and I am tired of it. The notion that skinniness is aesthetically more attractive and healthy is outdated and not even factually substantiated. The key thing is living a balanced life, eating healthy, working out, meditating and not depriving yourself, a message reinforced by phenomenal creative powerhouses like Theresa Baxter, an LA-based graphic artist, illustrator and the founder of allmost studio in LA.  Theresa works at the intersection of art, feminism and body positivity. She’s behind the dope collage of mumu mansion and her get free campaign

 

Mumu Mansion otherwise known as Melinda Alexander is a los angeles based activist and the author of get Free, a book with a powerful message and someone I have been religiously following on IG for a while now.    Her website features additional artwork from Theresa.

Theresa’s vision and rituals collection places emphasis on women self-empowerment through rituals and symbolic imagery that is transcending, political and pierces through traditional western cannons of beauty:

 

 

 

 

I love, love her work and the powerful messaging behind it. It is bold, daring, transcending, and in the era of me too movement and black lives matter, it is the kind of art that is needed to empower women to be self-reliant, strong, and unapologetic about being themselves!    Imagine my surprise, when I approached Theresa and asked her if she’d be willing to create this blog’s banner?  The end result? This super funky gif rendering of the Motherfunk banner :

 

 

Ok, shameless plug aside, the key takeaway is to be selfish and to not feel guilty about it. More to come mes amis.

xx, Kenza

 

 

 

The allure of simplicity lies in its purity of lines and clean aesthetic.  Hausmannian buildings are known to be chic and elegant: impeccable crown moldings, white walls, high ceilings, original chevron parquets to die for. It is my hope to one day own a beautiful Hausmannian Pied-à-Terre, but until that moment arrives (I have no doubt it will), I will settle by drooling over unfairly gorgeous apartments to keep me motivated. I believe in visualization and manifesting my reality and this beautiful Parisian apartment does not lack charm. The living room itself sets the tone for what’s to be found throughout this apartment. I’m still swooning over the salon’s global charm. It definitely has the boho appeal I love but without looking Instagram staged.  Did you notice how that glass partial divider adds dimension to this room, creating a clever and unobtrusive separation between the eating area and living room?

No crazy mix of colors, but check out the cool posters and artwork, and the most obvious star of this room: the majestic peacock overlooking the room. Although beautiful, I have strong reservations about this and this blog post no way endorses taxidermy!

Now that I got this out of the way, my eyes are fixated on this imposing built-in bookshelf. I love books and I’m floored by how jaw-dropping this book corner is.  By the way, those colossal french windows are impossible to ignore and can be found throughout this darling apartment.  Accent pieces and colorful pillows add a measured touch of character without going overboard. I also appreciate that from this angle, the dining table on the other side of that glass divider is barely noticeable. How ingenious is that?

By the way, the splendor of this apartment is not solely confined to the living room. The bedrooms are just as opulent and captivating and wait until you see that unforgettable bathroom.

 

 

 

 

 

My infatuation deepens with those enormous lanterns. I mean look at them! What are those? Wow! Stunning to say the least. I have not seen quite anything like this before, but interestingly enough the soft sheer fabric of those lamps do not take away from the rest of this hallway where gorgeous Morrocan rugs adorn the beautiful chevron parquet found throughout this place. Simply breathtaking!

This beautiful Emmanuel Peacock chair found at the end of the hallway is undoubtedly majestic, GOAT to say the least. It’s also on my bucket list! Those chairs aren’t cheap either and will run you for a good $500 and up here in Los Angeles, but they are such an enduring testament of status. I can see myself sitting there, bare naked (no shame!), unbothered, sipping on a sparkly flute of Veuve Clicquot. Ahhh la belle vie.. Now that’s what we French folks call la Joie De Vivre! What’s your Joie De Vivre?

 

The rest of the tour can be accessed here.

Photo credit: Adélaïde Klarwein

xx, Kenza