Sometimes, the latest interior design trend is the best way to solve a decor dilemma—smart home appliances, updated materials, and popular color schemes can really elevate a space. But other times, looking to the past provides the answers you need to update your home and truly make it shine. If you’re looking to give your bathroom a refresh this season, you might be better off opting for traditional over trendy. Enter tadelakt.
Tadelakt is a waterproof plaster finish that first appeared in ancient Morocco, and is now gaining traction here in the U.S. With a beautiful, organic texture that can be dyed to match any decor scheme, tadelakt just might be the secret to the upgraded bathroom design you’ve been looking for.
The material allows for seamless application, and boasts a texture that’s similar to Italian plaster. But because of its waterproof finish, it can be used inside a bathroom in place of tiles on the walls for a rich, sophisticated look.
If this isn’t a material you’ve heard of before, you’re not alone—here’s everything you need to know about the Moroccan material, plus expert tips for integrating it into your own home.
Tadelakt dates back thousands of years to ancient Morocco, where it was used to finish bathrooms and saunas (thanks to its waterproof qualities!). Its name means “to rub in” or “massage” in Arabic, a testament to its application process, which is carried on by artisans to this day. Made of natural lime plaster, each treatment is carefully tended to and one of a kind.
“Tadelakt is a waterproof lime plaster, and it has been commonly and traditionally used in Moroccan architecture for the longest time,” says Mehreen Baldoni, creative director of Mehreen Baldoni Interiors. “Due to its
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I have no idea what has caused this ‘flame’ in the garden, but perhaps it really does symbolise the heart of it. I was not aware of the flame while I was working in the garden today, removing and cleaning the bricks from the low retaining wall at the back of one of the bold borders, and it only became evident when I looked at the photos later. Looking at the wider picture, when there was about a third of the wall left to remove and clean, you can see that there is a glass sculpture in the border but, at the time the picture was taken, the sun (and it was a sunny day) was behind me and to my right, so it wasn’t shining through the glass. Curiously, as I perched on my makeshift stool, chipping away at the bricks with my lump hammer and chisel, I found myself thinking of earlier civilisations, chipping away with bones and stones to make their artefacts – so could I perhaps have been joined by ghosts from the distant past, huddled round their fire for warmth…?
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As 2024 gets underway, we’ve taken inspiration from Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions and time, who looks both forwards and back. Our gardens have all featured in our pages in the past, but we revisit them here and take a closer look at how they’ve developed over time, and how they’re changing now their owners have new challenges to contend with.
In terms of a review of the year as a whole, there is not a lot to say, with it being more a case of consolidation than of change, building on subtle changes made the year before, like moving snowdrops to the woodland, thinning the apple trees to introduce more light to the woodland edge border below, and extending the blue & white borders. Even the current project, despite the organised mayhem it has generated, will only bring about a subtle change to the garden. Within the garden as a whole, mixed weather patterns created uncertainty in flowering times but there were negligible losses from the previous cold winter and no problems with waterlogging during the last few rainy and unsettled months.
With very best wishes and thanks to all my blogging friends for your continued friendship, wishing you health, happiness, joy and good gardening in 2024.