Transferring the sale and management of the food element of our shop to Todo Papel seemed like the logical next step in a business that is constantly evolving. The larger team will free up more time for us to focus on our furniture and home decor e-commerce site and to dedicate more time to keeping our Cómpeta showroom a go to destination
Our ecommerce shop La Casa Bella and our shop in Cómpeta shop can best be described as the same flavour.
On the site we need continuity so that people can browse and come back and the items are still there to buy. In the shop we need to keep things changing so that people keep coming back. Our aim is to make the shop interesting to visit every time for both locals and visitors from further afield. Many of the products we supply are unique one offs and we are constantly scouring everything from the souks to the trade fairs to find new things. We plan to continue with seasonal ladies fashions and gift and homewares that are a little bit different.
Our furniture business falls roughly into 3 categories projects, Moroccan and non Moroccan
The projects element of our business grew organically from the very start of La Casa Bella. It can involve a single room or terrace or a whole property and involves anything where we are working with our customer to achieve an end result rather just supplying a list of products. Based on our love of gorgeous decor, Debbie’s design qualifications and our ever growing list of diverse contacts we have created some beautiful spaces of which we are extremely proud. Many of our projects start from an enquiry about a furniture package and grow from there. We are putting together more basic packages, for the home and garden which make the bones of a lovely home in various different styles . With just a little tweaking or adding to, something lovely can go to something wow. However small or large the project we aim to create something really special that is unique to you. For more information about our design strategy click here.
We love Morocco, maybe not the 8 hour drive between Tanger Med and Marrakech, where the artisans are, but the people, the food and especially the decor. Buying furniture and furnishings in Morocco is fun, we meet lovely talented people who create beautiful things.
Importing these things into Europe from Morocco, a drug producing, Muslim Country at the edge of the Sub Saharan refugee route is however not fun. The process is tortuous we have spent 18 hours in customs on occasions, had containers held at the port for months and even the straight forward transactions come with mountains of constantly changing paperwork. It’s not without reason. We sit at the gateway to Europe in very turbulent times. The measures that are being taken to keep us all safe never cease to impress us but it makes the import business a painstakingly hard job.
We are very honoured to be working with the Moroccan Artisan board in Tanger making new contacts, discovering new products and working towards an easier supply route. We have high hopes for the future, these wonderful people deserve to have their beautiful products available to the world. Everything we import from Morocco is handmade. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on the website ask us and we’ll try and track it down. It won’t be available immediately, this isn’t like shopping in Ikea, but it will be worth the wait and it will be unique.
Non Moroccan products cover everything from our solid wooden furniture ranges to cushions, lights, lanterns mirrors and ornaments. We have worked with many of our suppliers for over 10 years, others we discovered as recently as last week. We are constantly searching out new and beautiful things and never sell a product range without first having checked it out. Recent additions include the Salvador living and dining distressed pine range which has unusual tiled insets. We believe our pine furniture delivers a price/quality balance that cannot be beaten. We are also introducing new hardwood ranges starting with the Reclaimed Sheesham selection. Each item is made from reclaimed Indian Sheesham Wood, which rather than being discarded is re-imagined into a new piece of furniture. Each piece contains hints of its previous past resulting a mixture of subtle colours to suit any colour scheme.
This move is just the first of many new and exciting plans, so watch this space
Think Pink in Support of Cudeca
On Saturday December 7th we will be hosting a "Think Pink" super sale and fundraising event on behalf of Cudeca
For one very special morning over 500 items of giftware, furniture and Christmas decorations in the "Think Pink" range will be discounted by ...
Every summer as people head out to their home in the sun, many choose to pay a visit to our fabulous emporium of wonderful home décor and wonderful bits and pieces. If you love interesting furnishings & home accents from around the world our shop is not to be missed, ...
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Transferring the sale and management of the food element of our shop to Todo Papel seemed like the logical next step in a business that is constantly evolving. The larger team will free up more time for us to focus on our furniture and home decor e-commerce site and to ...
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We are Debbie and Andy Wilkes, we both love to travel. I’m passionate about colours and fabrics, particularly saris. I love to wander round the souks of Morocco although I'm also very happy in the John Lewis cushion department. Andy is a foodie and is in charge of the food buying for the shop, and usually making dinner too. We’ve added 3 cats to the family since moving here, one that adopted us and one came out of a bin at a few hours old and had to be bottle fed every 2 hours. If you have any queries or you’d just like to contact someone real please do send us a mail, dropl in, or give us a call.