Well it finally got me. Two years after the pandemic started the Covid has found me – and there was I thinking I was an outlier. Clearly not. So this post comes to you from my isolated sick bed – see below – with a few postcards of my trip to Morocco – the covid brain isn’t quite up to analysing beautiful rooms I’m afraid.
I have told you about a building I am working on in St James, Mayfair, – a huge Victorian gothic mansion which is being converted into five flats. I was asked to come up with a design concept and to help out with sourcing. The idea is that, as far as possible, everything will be sustainable (Vita, my eco sofas will be in all the sitting rooms), vintage or made by small British businesses. We offset our trip to Morocco and travelled there to buy vintage rugs – the budget is, of course, tight and getting tighter as the cost of building has increased so much but we managed to source all the rugs needed as well as a few other vintage items for styling.
We stayed at the Riad Dar Assiya in the Medina which has only five rooms – we took three of them – and this very pretty plunge pool which, what with one thing and another, we only really got to stick our feet into. There’s also a very pretty roof terrace with an outdoor shower which is also perfect for sunbathing and cooling off – didn’t have time to do that either.
Above was my room with the courtyard and plunge pool below.
This is a detail from the ceiling in the room behind the pool above.
There are so many rooftop cafes and restaurants in Marrakech. This was taken from Nomad.
This is the terrace of L’Mida – one of the best lunches I have had in three trips to Marrakech.
Walking through the dusty streets of the Medina.
To a stall making freshly squeezed orange juice.
And there I shall leave you as although I can’t claim to be properly ill that small typing has been exhausting.