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Out of Africa

A pair of world travelers create a Moroccan getaway fit for royalty.

We nearly keeled over in a fit of design lust when we saw this house in the March 2011 issue of Elle Décor. Owned and decorated by globe-hopping couple Liza Bruce, a fashion designer, and Nicholas Alvis Vega, an artist, it celebrates big, bold colors, unusual shapes, and disparate decorative elements that somehow seem made for each other.

The poolside lounging area, with its Moroccan-star motif—repeated on the daybed, side table, wall sconces, and the pool’s tile mosaic—and profusion of luxurious silk pillows, practically begs for a romantic snuggle. On the terrace, a white floor, walls, and doors throw the plum-tinged pink of the star-shaped table, the floor cushions, and the potted plants into arresting relief. Orange makes a sophisticated appearance in several spots, including the lamps and the platters piled high with fruit. Don’t even get us started on the lush greenery and flowers . . .

We can’t imagine a design that better utilizes the ability of exuberant colors to simultaneously stimulate the senses and cultivate a sense of put-your-feet-up relaxation.


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