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Moroccan Pouf’s: How are they made?

Made by hand in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, our Moroccan Poufs have been handcrafted by specialist artisans over a number of days.  Morocco has long been celebrated for its famous leather tanneries, many of which have been in continuous operation since the eleventh century.  Those same ancient techniques are employed today to create some of the world’s most prized leather goods including the much-loved Moroccan Pouf.

Preparing the leather

The process begins with a piece of leather dyed by hand in a leather tannery. Hundreds of large stone vats, arranged like honeycombs, are filled with various potions designed to speed along the process of turning animal hides into finished leather. Hides are stripped, rehydrated and then immersed into white vats filled to the brim with an aromatic concoction that softens the material.

Moroccan Leather

They are then moved to another set of stone wells that hold an eye-popping array on natural vegetable dyes (think saffron, bark, henna and mint). The hides are manually dipped and stirred in these vats before being laid on the rooftops of the medina to be dried by the sun, followed by a stretching procedure on a wooden frame. The process is extremely labour-intensive, taking an average of 20 days to complete.

Moroccan Colour

Stitching it all together

After the leather has been left to dry in the African sun it is then carefully cut into shape.  Each pouf has at least 36 different pieces which are then hand sewn together with ‘Sabra Silk’.  Sabra Silk is hand loomed from natural fibres which have been harvested from cacti found in the Sahara Desert and dyed with vegetable dye.

The distinctive Moroccan patterns on the upper side of the pouf are sewn on entirely by hand.

The end result

Since Moroccan poufs are not mass produced in a factory, yet made by hand in a small workshop, your pouf is not perfect in its shape, colour or size and can therefore contain imperfections. This not only makes your pouf unique, but confirms its true Moroccan authenticity.

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How to stuff your Moroccan Pouf

Moroccan Pouf Stuffing

Our unstuffed Moroccan poufs can be filled with a variety of different materials depending on what you have available and the kind of finish you wish to achieve.

For a soft and light beanbag-style pouf, we recommend using a filling of polystyrene balls (60L per pouf), foam chips, old plastic bags or scrunched up newspapers. If using polystyrene beads it is advisable to use a liner, for example an old pillow case, and fill in the bath or outside as the beads have a tendency to escape!

To achieve a firmer, heavier pouf try using cotton, felt, or wool fabrics. We’ve also found that old towels and sheets work well – and it’s eco friendly too!

How To Stuff Your Moroccan Pouf

1. Make sure the material you are using is clean and dry
2. The zipper is located on the bottom of the pouf. Unzip the pouf and open it out to its full shape
3. Start by gradually filling the sides at the top of your pouf to ensure that all the nooks and crannies are fully stuffed. This will prevent dimples and bumps in the finished pouf
4. Continue stuffing evenly – add a layer of stuffing and push it down firmly (again, ensuring that the sides and seams are fully filled out) before moving on to add another layer
5.Continue until the pouf is full

The pouf will bed down over time and more filling can then be added as required.

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Pink Moroccan Pouf Tan Brown Moroccan Pouf White Moroccan Pouf
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Willow Style Co: Home of @basicblackandwhite

Willow from @basicblackandwhite styles our swiss cross cushion cover and black turkish towel.

Willow is the ultra loveable mastermind behind Instagram account @basicblackandwhite. Willow’s feed is full of the most divine monochrome inspiration all styled in her very own home!

Willow from @basicblackandwhite styles our swiss cross cushion cover and black turkish towel.

How would you describe your style?

My style is Scandi-inspired, monochrome, minimalistic with very clean lines throughout my home. I believe that less is ALWAYS more when styling my home.

Where do you look to for your inspiration?

I am a mom of three littles, so although I’d love to venture out to local shops, it’s nearly impossible (I have tried!) We are building our dream home soon, so I am always looking to be inspired by interior design and style. My favorite blogs are The Design Chaser, Stylizimoblog and Decordots. I’m also a Pinterest and Instagram fanatic. I love finding new accounts/pages and gleaning ideas off of them, but when I style, I always make it my own. When my followers send me a note saying they used one of my pics for style inspiration, it encourages me to keep going. I love to inspire and be inspired by so many talented people out there.

What are your top three possessions in your home?

My top three possessions are my white Hemishere side table (you’ll see it in 90% of my pictures)! My Eames rocking chair and my dark-stone jute area rug. All of them photograph beautifully and they are so well-made.

Hemishere side table, Eames rocking chair and dark-stone jute area rug

What is your next must-have purchase for your home?

My next purchase is the HAY Design loop stand dining table. I absolutely love the geometric lines. The only problem is is that I can’t decide between black or white. Maybe I need both?! 😁

HAY Design loop stand dining table

We know you love your Turkish Towels! What are your top tips for styling them?

I was blown away when I received my Turkish towels. I wasn’t expecting them to be such a generous size…and on top of that, they are soft and beautifully made. They are one of those things that can be styled in so many ways. They are such a versatile piece in any home, with any style aesthetic. I’ve used them as tea towels on my table, as throw blankets on my couch and as a light summer blanket for my 1.5 year old daughter. My whole family loves them. They’ll always be styled in my home. I’m a big fan!

“When I’m not blogging I’m…..”

I am on Instagram A LOT. The friendships I’ve made have been such a huge blessing to me. I’m very grateful. When I’m not instagramming, I’m hanging with my kids outdoors. We live in a beautiful state and the summers are divine and very HOT! We are very active and love to swim and ski. I’m also a marathon runner, so I’m training outside, quite a bit!

Favourite places to hangout?

The District Coffeehouse, Java Hyde Park, Goldy’s Corner, Goodys Soda Fountain and Candy Store, Boise Frye Company, Idaho Running Company, H&M.

WILLOW’S TOP PICKS

 

Black Turkish Towel Black Swiss Cross Cushion GREY TURKISH TOWEL
Black Turkish Towel
Black & White Swiss Cross Cushion
Grey Turkish Towel

For more divine inspiration, check out Willows Instagram or Blog.

All images in this post are property of Willow @Basicblackandwhite.

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Why the knot cushion is a great seasonal update for your home

Based on traditional nautical knot designs, the knot cushion is a rising interior trend and a great way to give your décor an instant update.

Grey Knot Cushion

Our knot cushions come in a range of gorgeous colours and are lovingly handmade in Melbourne. Plump, cushy and comfortable, these cushions are based on sculptural form rather than pattern for their impact. Pile them up on a sofa or add one to a bed among a nest of other playful cushions for a great effect.

Create a graphic monotone scheme with black, grey and white knot cushions, add a playful pile of knot cushions in pastel, gelato tones of pink and blue or use powder blue and white knot cushions to give the effect of a sky full of fluffy clouds.

The tactile and playful knot cushion began when Icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösps Sigurðardóttir was experimenting to find the best way to make legs for stuffed teddy bears. Suddenly, she had a flash of inspiration and started tying the knitted tubes she was working with into knots.

She says of her sculptural design: “I like that when you take a first look at the cushion you might not really know what it is, and perhaps that is what draws you closer. I have always been attracted to strange and unique things. I try to create unusual designs; products that are unpredictable and make people curious. As a child I was in the Scouts and I was very good at doing knots!”

The knot cushion is inspired by the Turk’s head knot, formed from interwoven strands forming a closed loop. The name comes from its resemblance to a Turkish turban. The knot is primarily used to wrap things like handles, as well as to decorate various objects and is used by Boy Scouts and Girl Guides around the globe as a neckerchief tie called a woggle.

You don’t need your Scout badge, however, to decorate with knot cushions around your home. Just choose from our gorgeous selection and place them around your home wherever they will make you smile!

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Grey Knot Cushion
White Knot Cushion
Charcoal Knot Cushion
Light Blue Knot Cushion Light Pink Knot Cushion
Light Blue Knot Cushion
Light Pink Knot Cushion
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My Fabulous Design: For all things Scandinavian

My Fabulous Design | Scandinavian Minimalist Style

When it comes to simplistic Scandinavian inspiration – Suzanne is our go-to woman. Just take a look at her Instagram (@myfabulousdesign) and you will be lusting over everything!

We were delighted to invite Suzanne, creator of My Fabulous Design to share insights into her design inspo and day to day life in Sydney.

My Fabulous Design

How would you describe your style?

My decorating stye is a ever-changing combination of Scandi-inspired, monochrome and minimalist design with the odd vintage piece – but always, always, with a pop of colour!

Where do you look to for your inspiration?

My main inspiration sources are Pinterest (I could spend hours scrolling through!) and magazines (such as Cereal, Real Living, Fete and Inside Out). For blogs I love following The Design Chaser, The Design Files and The Stylist Splash.

What are your top three possessions in your home?

My top three would have to be my Bernabeifreedman light shade, my vintage sideboard that I have painted white and my vintage timber rocking horse from when I was a child!

What is your next must-have purchase for your home?
I am currently wanting to re-do my kitchen and the floorboards in my home, so they are definitely top of the list! I’d also love to add a new rug to my lounge room.

We know you love your Moroccan Pouf’s! What are your top tips for styling them?
Moroccan Poufs are a fabulous addition to any home. They can be moved around anywhere in the house – it is one of my most versatile pieces! I also like to use them as makeshift tables and spaces to sit. They look great anywhere and I currently have a black and white throw on top of my white Moroccan Pouf in my living room, which looks fab! They are a style piece on their own.

“When I’m not blogging I’m…..”
My day-to-day job is a stay at home mum! I also keep busy as a freelance stylist and creative consultant, as well as blogging and Instagramming at @myfabulousdesign.

Favourite places in Sydney? 

There are too many to list! Cafe wise I love Bread and Circus, The Boathouse and Porch and Parlour. For shopping, I usually head to Koskela, IKEA, Cult Design and The Minimalist. For children clothes and homewares, I love browsing through My Messy Room. When I want to relax, my go-to’s are Icebergs Terrace at Bondi, or Fish and Chips at Watson’s Bay.