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Monday, August 30, 2010

Kenya is the new Morocco

The Lamu, Kenya getaway of Marie-Paule Pellé, interior designer and writer for Vogue Décoration and House & Garden.









[Marie Claire Maison Italia]

21 comments:

nkp said...

It's sublime. Here come the tears again. You've been making me awfully weepy lately, tsk tsk!

Mrs Woog said...

Ohhhh I love it all - apart from that kid in my bed.

Pseudo said...

I think we should have the women's colony retreat here. Beautiful

autrichenoire said...

I have mixed feelings about this post Raina. Am happy that the awesomeness that is swahili culture is getting attention and i want to scream at you all to leave my secret happy place alone!(nervous tic getting worse at the thought of lamu becoming Bali)

Ahhh imagining the sound of the evening breeze rustling through those trees in 2nd last image....bliss.

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Really, really special! I want to go there. Hope you are well.

G

my favorite and my best said...

bags=packed.

decor muse said...

kenya is the new morocco - unless you've lived there...

Yana said...

oh that shower is phenom.

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

everything in that second image does it for me- especially that built-in shelving. how unique!

ps- had a good chuckle at your new(?) about me section!

Karena said...

Wonderful spot to get away!!Thanks so much for sharing Raina....divine!!!!

Karena
Art by Karena

Robin said...

Gorgeous. No wonder Kuki Gallmann and Isak Dineson moved there....

lifeinsmallchunks said...

I am ready to go.

Karin

erin@designcrisis said...

Damn. Just damn.

Paul Anater said...

Wealthy westerners should be forbidden from building hideaways in the developing world. Sure, it's a lovely building but I find its location to be bothersome. Now if she built a hideaway in Kenya that let her live like an actual Kenyan, that would be noteworthy.

autrichenoire said...

And how does an actual Kenyan live? Pray tell?
mud huts? paper shanties? trees? I am dying to know.
those foreigners hire armies of otherwise jobless people,shop like mad and inject much needed forex into the economy.
It is not as black and white(no pun intend)as you may assume.

Alexis L., The Studioist said...

I'm really interested in the dialogue between Paul Anater and autrichenoire....

I do think that hideaways an tourism in the developing world is especially problematic but has many shades of grey. As far as Kenya being the new Morocco, unfortunately I think many Western editors would make that equation, unfortunately, which is deeply disrespectful.

The photos are beautiful, of course.

Paul Anater said...

That's the exact thinking that propped up Colonialism. Westerners told themselves that they were actually helping the natives whose land they took. Now maybe if Ms. Pellé paid her Kenyan staff by a western pay standard that argument would hold some water.

It's the same argument that holds together the idea that it's OK to pay teenage Chinese girls 70 cents an hour to make $200 jeans in a Guangzhou sweat shop.

Bromeliad said...

Great place to look at.

autrichenoire said...

The Kenyans themselves don't pay by western pay standards! If you work in Kenya you not only support yourself but a whole bunch of relatives who would otherwise starve that is our idea of social security.Kenya is not Industrialized the economy is mainly supported by tourism and agriculture.
The difference between colonialism and what is happening here is that we are using your resources to build up the next generation by being able to feed and educated our children and soon enough they will be buying back those properties and hiring Italian chefs!Toni Morrison said "If you cant take advantage,take disadvantage"
Give me those foreigners who will pay for an honest days work over those bleeding heart, hand wringing charity workers with their handouts sending the message that Africans cannot do anything for themselves. Now that is true colonialism.
Sorry La Lamp I come here to learn about design so I hereby zip it on this issue.

Paul Anater said...

Autrichenoire: I didn't realize until this morning that you are in Nairobi and I don't want to hijack Raina's blog. I meant no disrespect and I defer to you on this one. I'm curious to hear more of your take on all of this and if you're so inclined, feel free to drop me a note at p.anater@gmail.com --not a trap I promise!

Ceci said...

I know I'm a day late, but...love love LOVE the plantation chairs, the OPEN SHOWER and...WAIT! I have those glass lanterns!!! Got them at Anthropology!

FABULOUS!!