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Backyard Bliss with Moroccan Flavor

The backyard seating area is one of my favorite spots of our house. Here I enjoy my first cup of coffee in the morning and plan the day ahead while listening to the birds. It’s also our second dining room and a perfect place to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

To create a warm and inviting space we painted the rear wall of the house a soft yellow and hung an array of lanterns from the rafters. A large mirror reflects their light as well as the greenery from the garden. Additional candle holders on the table and jewel tones round off the dose of Moroccan flair. An old street sign adds a touch of tongue-in-cheek.

 

“Beco do Motta” , a narrow alley a stone’s throw away from the Cathedral, was Diamantina’s red light district through the 1970s. It has been immortalized in a song by famed Brazilian musicians Fernando Brant and Milton Nascimento. We found the battered street sign in the rubble of a renovation site.

 

Jewel tones and Moroccan lanterns set the mood.

 

There’s nothing like candles to create a warm atmosphere.

 

Glass varnish and dimensional paint transformed an ordinary tomato sauce jar.

 

The mirror was rescued from a New York City sidewalk.

 

Lulu photobombing.

 

A detail of the garden is reflected in the large mirror.

 

As night falls the mood grows romantic.

 

Bliss.

 

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Hideaway in the Mountains of Minas Gerais

Some years ago we bought a piece of land in a charming village near Diamantina, just in case some day in the future we would decide to build a home there. Not nine months later construction began ….

The traditional Portuguese colonial architecture of the region was the main influence, tempered with Mediterranean and Moroccan elements.

We were fortunate to find a little old farmhouse slated for demolition in a nearby town, and the salvaged materials served as additional inspiration and enhanced the personality of the house.

The local builders were amazing in executing our ideas, as well as contributing their own.

The result is a laid back retreat surrounded by beautiful nature. Some mornings we wake up with a hummingbird checking out our bedroom. Or on certain evenings, while we sit on the veranda and watch the moon rise over the mountain, an owl might keep us company.

 

View from the garden
View from the garden.

 

The metal entrance gate was salvaged from the long abandoned set of a telenovela
The metal entrance gate was salvaged from the long abandoned set of a telenovela.

 

Part of the living room wall was built from adobe bricks, which came from the demolition of an old farm house
Part of the living room wall was built from adobe bricks, which came from the demolition of an old farm house.

 

The roof beams came from the same demolition site. Some leftover wood was used for the doors of the kitchen cabinets.
The ceiling beams came from the same demolition site. Some leftover wood was used for the doors of the kitchen cabinets.

 

Mirror
The mirror is the work of a local artist friend

 

Sunday breakfast on the veranda - perfect!
Sunday breakfast on the veranda – perfect!

 

The bathrooms were inspired by the hammans of Morocco with a wall finish similar to tadelakt
The bathrooms were inspired by the hammans of Morocco with a wall finish similar to tadelakt.

 

The master bedroom has its own private veranda
The master bedroom has its own private veranda.

 

One of the living room doors reflecting the mountains in the late afternoon sun
One of the living room doors reflecting the mountains in the late afternoon sun.

Soon to come: more details from our perfectly imperfect home.

 

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