Saturday, 21 February 2015

Projects in the Riad

Over the three years we have owned our little riad we have done a lot of projects and developments, but no matter how much you do there are always new projects to start and fabolous interior design pieces to buy. A riad also requires constant maintainance to stay beautiful. Here are a few of the things we have done since we arrived mid January:

We got ADSL wifi installed in the riad and now the wifi works all over the house, even on the roof terrace -yay! As an addition Maroc Telecom installed also a stationary phone.

New custom built sofas in a very nice grey fabric. We made them a bit deeper to be more comfortable than the traditional Moroccan sofas normally are. The grey textile bag as well as the throw and cushion with print are all by Finnish design brand Iittala. Antique Copper trey table and Kelim carpet. Classic hand made copper lamp in the corner.

The main salon with new sofas, also a new wooden side table

New covers and cushions for the dining chairs in the salon in same fabric as the sofas (since we bought the riad three years ago we have only eaten here once, we always dine outside)

Our master bathroom lacked storage so we had this solution custom built.

Open shelves for easy display and reach

Drawers and baskets for storage

We are super happy with the wooden pergola on the roof terrace!

Dining and sunbathing areas

Curtains for shade, when needed. Turtle house to the right.

View from the lounge chairs in the pergola 

Our other tented lounge on the roof terrace

From another angle

Inside the tent lounge

Brothers Aziz and Si Mohammed. Our carpenter and textile team who have done all wood works and textiles for the riad. They are super skilled and always deliver beyond expectations.

We had the whole riad re-painted. The facade, the patio, all rooms and inner roofs got a new coat of paint. Here are the painters.

We also bought new high quality beddings in Egyptian cotton for the three bedrooms

Lamps, lamps, lamps
Oh yes, when you are in Marrakech you keep buying lamps. The expression "you can never have too many shoes" that we obeyed in Stockholm has been replaced by "you can never have too many lamps". There are so many beautiful lamps in every corner of this city and wherever you go there is magical light from these hand made art pieces. Since we moved in we have bought some 30 lamps. Except the 30 we already have we added some new ones to the collection in the last weeks. Now we have bought some 45 lamps and are still counting (and that is excluding built in spots and some lamps that came with the house). After all you can never have too many points of light in a room, right?

We custom made these corner lamps in copper for the main lounge in the same design as the rest of the lamps in that room

This is the new ceiling lamp in the master bathroom

Decorative lamp on the wall in the gold lounge

Another lamp in the gold lounge

These blue/white corner lamps were custom made for our two guest rooms.

Silver lamp in one of the stairways

Lamps in the pool area in traditional Moroccan design painted white for a more modern feeling

White lamp in the pool lounge

And finally white corner lamps for the pool side lounge

Take care, we are off to buy some more lamps!