Now that summer is just about over, I have been looking for ways to incorporate seasonal elements to foreshadow the upcoming Fall season. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this beautiful earthy tone duvet cover set with matching pillows. La Redoute is a French fashion & interior lifestyle and decor brand that has expanded its operation by shipping worldwide.  I also found this other duvet set.  It was a difficult choice, but I ended up going with the first choice given how much I love earthy colors.  I can’t wait to show you guys how this turns out.

Speaking of earthy tones, I ordered online this super comfy wool blend camel coat; I have a feeling that this collection will run out shortly given how reasonably-priced it is.  I might also get the grey one. I have been looking for ways to spruce up my professional wardrobe without trading my comfort. I am Parisian, but I have never liked high heels or stuffy business outfits. When it comes to looking professional at work,  I believe that a nice pair of washed out Levis jeans and a neutral gray coat paired with pink block heels is perfect to look polish, professional without looking too rigid.   Simplicity is key.

xx, Kenza

 

It’s been a year since hubby and I moved into our Spanish Revival apartment in the heart of K-town, Los Angeles.  Our style is essentially a cacophony of vibrant colors, textures, one that reflects my Parisian and Algerian roots, while incorporating some of the local elements that lend themselves to creating a whimsical bohemian haven.

There are several bohemian-inspired furniture shops in LA but Tara Design captured all my attention with its expansive collection of Morrocan, Indonesian, Indian furnitures, textiles, pillows, Indian sari fabrics, Turkish and Moroccan lanterns.

Although a lot of items (the majority really) were out of our price range, we gravitated towards the various textiles which were budget friendly and even found a lovely handmade Indian Quilt which now adorns our living room wall:

 

 

Lanterns for days!! Tara Design did not disappoint!  The lovely owner Larissa curates rare authentic items that guarantee to please the most discernable tastes while also having reasonably priced items, she even offers layaway options which I was excited to hear!

 

Endless collection of quilts!  Our eyes were in for a treat!

 

Those pillows though!

 

xx, Kenza

I’ve always had a personal affinity for brown earthy colors and with the turn of the leaf right around the corner, I have curated some must-have items for fall. Coppertone and terracotta tones can compliment one’s decor and wardrobe in a subtle but whimsical way, without being intrusive. Personally, I have always gravitated towards earthy tones ever since being a kid. Spending time at my aunt’s riad in El Jadida, Morocco.  Earthy tones are part of the natural landscape in North Africa and to this day my north african roots continue to claim me like a tight-fisted mother.

  1. Vermont Tank Body Suits with short shoulders straps or long sleeves;
  2. H&M linen duvet cover set;
  3. In Bed Store 100% Linen duvet cover set has me particularly smitten with its deep tobacco hue.
  4. TAN-LUXE’s Tan Booster;
  5. Jonathan Adler’s Pouli Pouf;
  6. Il Bisonte’s briefcase in soft but rich terracotta color adds dimension and texture and pretty much goes well with everything. Wouldn’t you agree?
  7. Graham Velvet Sofa 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: H&M; Jonathan Adler; Tan-Luxe; Nico Nico Clothing; In Bed Store; Il Bisonte; Urban Outfitter.

xx, Kenza

Redecorating our bedroom into a Moroccan-inspired sanctuary had always been a goal of mine ever since moving into our new K-town apartment.  Work and finances were undoubtedly a challenge in replicating the grandiose version I had in mind, but with some patience, creativity, and thanks to awesome platforms like Pinterest, Etsy, Apartment Therapy to draw inspiration from, we’ve managed to recreate a little Moroccan sanctuary on a relatively tiny budget (yaaas!)

The biggest challenge was finding a queen size Moroccan bed at an affordable price.  All of them were out of our budget range, so we found this lovely Indian-inspired 4 panels screen divider at the Trading Post Sunday flea market on Melrose for less than $300.00 and used it as a headboard.  The overall result was nothing short of breathtaking considering our tiny budget.

 

The Ikea pendant lamp suspended over our bed adds a dramatic look while giving our bedroom a boho feel. I wish you guys could see the lighting at night. The soft yellow lighting really transforms the ambiance. I really wanted to an authentic brass Moroccan lantern, and I’m on the lookout for one in our living room.

 

I have also personalized my end table with an old Parisian painting and an African statue representing my personal roots to both Paris and Africa.  As I see it, bedroom magic for what it stands really hinges on one’s ability to incorporate unique pieces that speak to one’s soul. The Tarot De Marseille Deck and the Bad Spirit Remover candle are also reflective of my spiritual growth.

A bedroom makeover should not be about collecting trophy pieces for the sake of displaying items with no personal connection. It should first and foremost be a refuge, a sanctuary.  With all the obstacles life throws at me, I needed a place to feel safe and shielded from the daily hustle and constant microaggression as an intersectional woman living in this world.  I’m overall pleased with the outcome. But, this bedroom is definitely missing some things: Plants, but as the old saying goes. Rome wasn’t built in one day.

xx, Kenza

Nothing brings me more joy than spending my Sunday scouring antique shops throughout LA.  Olde Good Things was filled with treasures. Although many items were out of my price range, I enjoyed wandering around their store and seeing a bit of history unfold before my eyes.  Olde Good Things is definitely the kind of place where I could spend a good porting of my day marveling at antiques.

I couldn’t hide my happiness upon stepping into the dazzling world of Olde Good Things, an antique store located dead smack in the heart of downtown LA.

 

 

xx, Kenza