My Marrakesh – The Story of An American Family Setting Up Home in Morocco

September 21, 2006

My Marrakesh - The Story of An American Family Setting Up Home in Morocco
Care to travel to Morocco for a bit? Inspired by decor8, Maryam, an American in Marrakesh, started blogging about her experience living in a foreign land. My Marrakesh is a new blog which tells: “The bemused tales of an American family’s quest to design, build, and decorate a guest house in Morocco. Life, culture, style, shopping. And a couple of belly dancers thrown in there for good measure….” I find the subject quite fascinating, since she is embarking on a major project (home construction), while working full-time and raising a family. Her personal journey documents her life there, along with a good dose of shopping and style sprinkled in. The blog is designed to be about what it’s like to build your dream house (and a guest house!) from scratch in a foreign country.

Marrakesh is an amazing design destination that has inspired artists and designers all over the world. In the coming months, Maryam will have an entry every other day about products inspired by Morocco’s sense of style. She hopes readers will provide advice and opinions as she makes important decor and gardening decisions for her family’s guest house, the Persian Garden Pavillions. You’ll see the whole process unfold before your eyes – from the day the concrete is first poured to the moment her first guest arrives (she’s already promised me that I could visit eventually, so I have dibs!!!).

Read Maryam’s Morrocan adventure here.

(image from my marrakesh)


  • Reply danielle September 21, 2006 at 7:35 am

    I have been to Marrakesh and love it. The beautiful riads, the souk, the atmosphere and people are wonderful. Maryam, I am looking forward to read more of your Marrakesh stories and adventures.

  • Reply sheet September 21, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    Growing up in India ( in 60’s and 70’s) and visiting some houses of american expats I recall –

    They had amazing houses – the best of solid wood indian furniture, modern indian furniture ( mainly dutch designs ) intricate design patterns on canvas or cloth which were hand made by women of different communities, tribes, sects, different kinds of pottery -clay, brass, copper, different kinds and sizes of sculptures of different periods, different colours of rocks, the kitchen – with both modern and traditional kitchen ware -pots and pans were marvellous and not to mention the colourful linen which adorned their sofas and pillows and bedsheets. They were bewitching to the eyes.

    Homes of Americans in India was an image of India in all its splendour and glory.
    The rich colors, textures, patterns, mixed and amalgamated so well that the aroma of indian glory would flow through in american homes in india.

  • Reply Jessica / Fig & Plum September 23, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    sigh – i just returned from a trip to morocco, including marrakech, last month. what inspiration! the riad we stayed (hotel sherazade) in was just amazing, design-wise:


    i love ogling riads. there’s a whole flickr group dedicated to them!


  • Reply Anonymous October 5, 2006 at 1:43 am

    My boyfriend lives in Marrakech and I hope to move there in the near future. So knowing about the culture ther in Marrakech rom an american’s point of view will be very helpful. I love Morocco and already know a lot about it but living there and adaptingto the culture from ours will be interesting to know about.. Looking forward to reading this as much as possible..

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