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Selman Marrakech - pool - Callooh Callay Blog

Selman Marrakech - hallway - Callooh Callay Blog

I’m daydreaming of Marrakech on this rainy summer day. Morocco is definitely on my bucket list and if I’m going to daydream, then why not dream high end? The Selman Marrakech seems like a wonderful choice for a daydream.

Selman Marrakech - mosaic pillars - Callooh Callay Blog

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The hotel opened in The red brick exterior belies the interior design, handled by architect Jacques Garcia, that displays that distinctive French flair.The lobby sets the tone with an eclectic mix: a marble table from Versace’s home mixes with a Tiffany lamp and a grand Turkish chandelier. Traditional archways and mosaic columns give the place a serene and regal vibe.

Selman Marrakech - silver pendant - Callooh Callay Blog

Selman Marrakech - red room - Callooh Callay Blog

The sprawling property offers 56 guest rooms and five roomy riads. Antique carpets mix with Napoleon III-inspired chairs and ebony plasterwork. The hotel is unified by a gray and silver color scheme but each room offers a bright burst of color. Zellige-style bathrooms are minimalist and beautifully contrasted by gleaming chrome fixtures.

Selman Marrakech - yellow room - Callooh Callay Blog

Selman Marrakech - yellow loungers - Callooh Callay Blog

The spectacular Olympic pool – the longest in Marrakech – is the biggest draw here. The pool is surrounded by luxury four-poster daybeds and towering palms. Surprisingly, the hotel also has a stable of 16 Arabian show ponies. Owner Abdeslam Bennani Smires is a proud rider and offers some of his private stable up to guests. After your ride, luxuriate the numerous treatments available in the Henri Chenot spa.

Selman Marrakech - stable - Callooh Callay Blog

Selman Marrakech - spa - Callooh Callay Blog

Selman Marrakech
B.P 24 530 Marrakech Atlas
Km 5, Route d’Amizmiz
Marrakech 40160, Morocco
Rooms from $450.

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Ace Hotel DTLA Exterior Lobby

It seems kind of strange that NYC and London got outposts of the Ace Hotel before LA but I suppose the Ace team was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to come along. Lucky for everyone, it finally did. The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is fresh off the presses having opened only a few weeks ago in the once famous United Artists theater, a gorgeous Spanish Gothic-style building from 1927.

Ace Hotel DTLA Room


Sticking close to its hipster roots, the 182 rooms and 16 suites are outfitted with everything artisinal and hip. Local conspirators Commune Design handled the interior design as well as the custom furniture fabrication. Rooms are as utilitarian as you would expect from the Ace but include Revo Radios, free internet and Rudy’s toiletries. Suites are a great choice for longstays and include gorgeous marble and brass wet bars that are equipped with mix, booze and fresh citrus in the fridge. So smart.

Ace Hotel DTLA Record Player

This hotel explores a new musical theme for the chain – a dream of the late Ace Hotel Group founder Alex Calderwood. Ace x Rega RP1 turntables and a curated collection of vinyl records can be found in each space. Select suites also include a Martin acoustic guitar and a ceiling spotlight to encourage impromptu performances.

Ace Hotel DTLA Theater

Next door to the hotel, the United Artist’s marquis theater has been transformed into a lush performance space brimming with ornate period details. Each of the 1,600 seats has been reclaimed and reupholstered while a new Art-Deco inspired ticket booth (turned daytime newstand) greets visitors at the entrance.

Ace Hotel DTLA Cafe

LA Chapter, the onsite restaurant, is helmed by chef Ken Addington and serves cuisine that is local, organic and modern (so fitting for LA). For more casual fare, a coffee bar that features Stumptown coffee is available in the lobby. The mostly concrete rooftop bar and pool area was developed to look like Donald Judd’s pool in Marfa and includes a lighting installation by Michael Schmidt.

Ace Hotel DTLA pool

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
929 South Broadway
T. 213.623.3233
Rooms from $199 a night.

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House Tours

AE House, Mexico City[ Contemporist ]

Concrete in Buenos Aires [ Freshome ]

Beautiful mid-century Vancouver apartment [ VIA ]

Artistic in Copenhagen [ Freshome ]

Glass Loggia house, Sydney [ Desire To Inspire ]

DIY & Projects

Wood and gold candles [ A Subtle Revelry ]

DIY modern wall art [ Kara Parslay Designs ]

Himelli DIY [ Hydrangea Girl ]

Sweater vase [ Sweet Paul ]

Tufted headboard [ Little Green Notebook ]

Fashion & Beauty

Neon cameo necklace [ Whimsey Box ]

DIY waxed denim [ Because I'm Addicted ]

Gorgeous painted rhinestone necklace [ Swellmayde ]

Book clutch [ Runway DIY ]

DIY angel top [ Made by Rae ]

Hotels & Travel

If only I had known about this before I went - byronbayfarm  [ Desire To Inspire ]

Casa Lola Trancoso, Brazil [ The Zhush ]

Hôtel Nord Pinus, Provence [ Remodelista ]

Yemanja Resort, Mustique [ Freshome ]

Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China [ Honestly WTF ]

Entertaining & Parties

I am dying over James of Bleubird Vintage’s fabulous wedding (as is everyone else). How ridiculously gorge. [ Parts 1 and 2 ]

Red wine pairings [ Mint Loves Social Club ]

Valentine’s Day girls night in [ The Glitter Guide ]

Stamped party cups [ Oh Happy Day ]

Paint chip photo backdrop [ Kara Paslay Designs ]


Lotta Jansdotter’s toolbox [ DesignSponge]

LOL [ Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table ]

Green cleaning products [ Crazy Sexy LIfe ]

Dooce can be so sad yet so worth reading [ Dooce ]

The most common cooking mistakes [ Cooking Light ]

I tried to make this edition as Valentine’s free as possible. And not just because I happen to be single this year. Every year I get overloaded by all the expectation. Isn’t it better to do something romantic almost any other day? I hope that doesn’t sound too grumpy-pants. Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll continue this pink-free zone next week. xo

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House Tours

Kelly Wearstler in Malibu [ From Me to You ]

Amazing house in the Catskills [ DesignSponge ]

Danish flat with pastels [ La Maison d'Anna G ]

House S in Vienna [ Contemporist ]

House R in Israel [ Freshome ]

DIY & Projects

Industrial mod desk [ Remodelista ]

Stencil pillow [ Wit and Whistle ]

Recycled paper basket [ DesignSponge ]

Matchstick candles [ Poppytalk ]

Gold lampshades [ Kara Paslay ]

Fashion & Beauty

Neon clutch [ Because I'm Addicted ]

Chalk your hair [ The Beauty Department ]

Geometric necklace [ Oh The Lovely Things ]

Peter pan collar [ A Beautiful Mess ]

Colorblock tees [ Uber Chic for Cheap ]

Hotels & Travel

25 hours Hotel HafenCity, Hamburg [ Contemporist ]

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia [ The Luxury Spot ]

La Maison, Paris [ Remodelista ]

Palm Springs [ Poppytalk ]

Miraval, Tucson [ Well and Good NYC ]

Entertaining & Parties

30th birthday brunch [ The Lovely Cupboard ]

Gluten free party snacks [ The Kitchn ]

Mini crepe paper flowers [ Oh Happy Day ]

Easy entertaining with a baked potato bar [ Cup of Jo ]

Gilded thank you cards [ Camille Styles ]


Karim Rashid for Bo Concept [ Contemporist ]

Recycled felt storage baskets [ DesignSponge ]

How to give compliments [ Style United ]

Pantry basics [ The Pioneer Woman ]

Pretty decanters [ DesignSponge ]

I have another busy weekend coming up and I am quite excited for it! I am also going to try to carve out some time to work on some DIYs – and maybe even go for a run. Eeep! Whatever you happen to be up to, I hope it’s turns out great.

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House Tours

Neutral Tribeca loft { Remodelista }

Dwell barn { Design Love Fest }

Lake Travis Residence, Austin, Texas { Contemporist }

Modern wood in Hong Kong { Freshome }

Amazing NYC penthouse { Contemporist }

DIY & Projects

Painted glass bottles { Steven and Chris }

Dog sihlouette project { The Glitter Guide }

Record crates { DesignSponge }

Easy frame project { A Pair and A Spare }

Build your own cupboard { Curbly }

Fashion & Beauty

Neon envelope ipad case. Whoa! { Swellmayde }

Missoni nails { The Beauty Department }

Make your own mittens! { A Beautiful Mess }

Miu Miu tutu { Runway DIY }

Rope bracelet { Made By Girl }

Hotels & Travel

Bora Bora, Tahiti { This Is Glamorous }

The Dylan, Amsterdam { Leclair Decor }

Hôtel du Ministère, Paris { The Designer Pad }

Hix Island House, Puerto Rico { Remodelista }

Hotel Bel Air { Material Girls Blog }

Entertaining & Parties

Party decor { Decor8 }

Seattle wedding at the Corson building { 100 Layer Cake }

A pity party! (a little too late for Blue Monday) { Wit + Delight }

Berry brunch { Coco + Kelley }

Surprise lantern { Oh Happy Day }


Maisonee { Design Sponge }

A lesson on greys { 10 Rooms }

7 ways to refresh your space { Belle Maison }

The work of Kelly Behun { Desire to Inspire }

Clean your kitchen in 20 minutes a day { The Kitchn }

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

If you are looking to give your space a dose of style- whether you are splashing out or on a budget – drop me a line. Check out my Hire Me! page for more details.