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Inspired by.... Paths of Peacock Pavilions

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Friday!

Today is my first post of Inspired by....

I had the honor of staying at the Peacock Pavilions in Marrakesh, Morocco. This place is MAGIC... While staying there you travel from house to house and tent to tent through the olive groves over paths. These are unique paths, each step is either too close or too far apart so that you are conscious of every step you take. You are present! My biggest goal and desire while I was in Morocco was to be present, soak in every moment. From my room in the morning I walked through these olive trees to the main house for breakfast. Starting my day being present in the moment.... this has stayed with me and I am so grateful for Maryam and Chris for creating such a unique and magical place.

Thepath

My Path through the olive grove.

Artistpath

The Path to the artist tent.

Anotherpath

The Path to our house.

I knew I would make a quilt at some point based on my love of these paths and the colors of Peacock Pavilions.....

At the beginning of the year Robert Kaufman asked if I would design a quilt out of their Essex Linen to show at market. Of course I said yes.... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE working with Essex Linen! As I looked through the colors I realized that this was the quilt that I would make to honor those paths!

Some of the beautiful colors from Peacock Pavilions...

Arabiannight

Dinner in a traditional Arabian Tent.... This was our first night there and was the most fun experience... the floors are covered in soft Moroccan rugs you sit on firm embroidered pillows... with soft lighting and bougainvillea hanging from the lights. The tent is covered in traditional Moroccan stencil designs. Seriously how could you not start off your experience with this and not be in LOVE with Peacock Pavilions!!

Beads

Olive

Pillow

Handsoffatima

Fountainflowers

Pillowdetail

Bowl

Oliveleaves

Statue

Thepool

Ppavilions

The Main house...

Peacockpavilions

From the rooftop of our house looking towards the main house over the olive grove.

Nightblues

I loved the nights at Peacock, the pool would darken as the sun went down, the lights would start to glow in the seating area and everything would slowly turn into an Indigo night... so beautiful.

So.... drum roll...... the quilt....

Thequilt

Paths of Peacock Pavilions (photographed on the canyon at our house)

I quilted Olive leaves and Olives all over the paths. I am truly in love with this quilt... the memories of such a special place that helped my path to changing the need to always think about what is next or what I have to do or, or, or to being present and in the moment. Enjoying my children and my husband in the moment! It brings tears to my eyes because I am so full filled by this by the love I receive and give by being in the moment.

I hope you have a magical day!!!

XO

Val

Here is a great description of Peacock Pavilions   from their web site. They are amazing people!

"Peacock Pavilions is a handmade, artisanal boutique hotel in an olive grove on the outskirts of Marrakesh.  Part of the M.Montague offerings,  Peacock Pavilions  was designed and built by American blogger and designer, Maryam Montague, and her American husband, Chris Redecke.  

The hotel, like the rest of M.Montague brand,  supports Project Soar, a non-profit organization established the couple to uplift underprivileged communities, especially its girls and women, through art, and fitness. 10 % of profits from Peacock Pavilions go to sourcing Project Soar.

Maryam, her husband, and two children continue to live at Peacock Pavilions where they share their own slice of a Marrakesh oasis with resident peacocks Maurice, Persephone and Gigi, five cats, one mischievous yellow lab, and any guests lucky enough to be stopping through."

Learn more about MMontague products and experiences at www.mmontague.com

 

Color of the Week... Leprecahun

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Leprechaun

Leprechaunswatch

Leprechaun Kona Solid is a very traditional green. Fits in between lime green and emerald green. Makes me think of  fresh cut grass and a late summer breeze...

3creeks River

Quilt

Pineneedle

Succulents

Bamboo

Moss

Field

I hope your day is full of fresh new green sprouts as a sign of spring coming your way.

Next week is the last posting of Color of the Week....Kinda sad but at the same time so very rewarding to see all the images over the year. I will be doing a BIG give away after the final Color of the Week....stay tuned!

Have a great day!

Xo

Valori

Color of the Week... Cactus

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Cactus

Cactusswatch

This yummy green Kona Solid reminds me of spring green. The new sprouts of wild flowers...young grass and moss. I am so looking forward to spring and gardening...

Grass

Suculant

Chair

Yellowpot

Palm

Greensucculant

Jeanquilt

Had to show a bit of one of mom's quilts. As this green is what we call "Jean green" at the shop.

There are only 3 more weeks of Color of the Week. I can't believe it has almost been a year since I started this blog series. Stay tuned as I have some FABULOUS giveaways!

I have loved doing Color of the Week and have decided to continue with a weekly blog of Inspiration! 

Have a great day!

XOXO

Valori

Color of the Week... Orange Spice

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Orange Spice

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Orange Spice...

There is something about this orange that makes me think of winter... warm fires and hot cider.

Coasters

Pumpkin

Beets

Moss

Sunset

Pottery

Flower

I think I am finally on the up side of the flu...This time of year is so hard with the kids and the germs...

Hope you have a great day!!

XOXO

Valori


Color of the Week... Steel

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Steel... soft greys.. beautiful sun aged wood.

Even though the name implies metal...

Bridge

Metal

Building

Cat

Duke

Rocks

Trees

Sticks

This time of year is very grey in Central Oregon...so I love to try and find some simple beauty within Winter. The sage brush stalks on a wet morning hike stood out beautifully along the side of the trail. My husband and dog patiently waited for me to snap some photos.

Have a great day!

XO

Valori


Color of the Week... Purple

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, February 05, 2015

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Purple

Purpleswatchblog

Purple...Kona Solid... a very royal color. (Not one I take a lot of photos of.....) It is very dark and rich leaning to the blue side of the color spectrum.

Wildflower

Metolius

Redlettuce

Tulip

Flower

Fish

Quote

Finishing Purple with a little words of wisdom with a purple push pin!

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Walnut

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Friday, January 23, 2015

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Walnut

Walnut.swatch

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Walnut...soft cool brown with hints of yellow. The color of shells, walls, & wood.

Building

Marrakech...

Wood

Shell

Mushroom

Statue

Sand

Pottery

Have a great day!

I will be spending the day cuddled on the couch recovering from the flu...

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Starry Night

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, January 15, 2015

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Starry Night

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Starry Night.... dark blue grey... the color of early night.

Mts

Snags

Glass

Design

Sky

Peacock

This last image is from Morocco, the Peacock Pavilions....every night we would walk past this pool and to the left of the lights to a path that lead to our rooms. This sight was different every time I walked by. To say the lease I have tons of images of it.

Have a great day!

XO

Valori


Color of the Week... Indigo

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Friday, January 02, 2015

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Indigo

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Dark as night....yet not black.

Indigo is rich and deep in color.


Glass

Bay

Door

Pumpkin

Sky

Wall

Trees

Happy New Year! I look forward to a great 2015 filled with those I love and things I love to do....

My wish is for you to have the same....

XO

Valori


Color of the Week... Charcoal

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Charcoal

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Charcoal... I think is my favorite piece of Blueprint Basics. Black and white photography is my first love. When I am desiging either a quilt or fabric design I use a gray scale to see what my color values are up to...

Door


Beach

Reflection

Zinnia

Hand

Lights

Flowers

Once in a while turn your camera to black and white and see what the world looks like.

XO

Valori