The Style Files No. 31immerse yourself in this Moroccan summer holiday home dream come true
This week we’re going abroad to embark on a Moroccan house tour adventure. Excitingly for us all, these photos aren’t anywhere else online to view. This Moroccan riad, named ‘Riad Timila’, based in the heart of Marrakech, belongs to a friend & she’s kindly allowed us to share with you these photos of her beautiful home before anyone else! If you’ve always dreamed of the perfect summer home where it’s all about that relaxed style of living, stunning outdoor space, cosy dens & an abundance of space to entertain in, you’ll want to immerse yourself in Grace’s incredible Moroccan home – oh, and luckily for you, you can stay in it too – booking available here.
Was there a design process behind your home?
It evolved through the collaboration of two old friends, both of whom respect each other’s taste, and both of whom share the common aim of creating a cool, comfortable home in which to entertain and relax. It was crucial that the design paid homage to the setting in the heart of the Marrakech medina, without being enslaved by it. So while things like mattresses and pillows were brought from the UK, rugs, textiles, artefacts and ceramics were sourced in Morocco.
What’s the inspiration behind your home?
The riad is a restoration of an ancient building, and we were anxious to preserve its integrity. We love the original thick walls, the courtyards, the tadelakt and the tiles, but wanted to use these to create tranquil bedrooms, great shower rooms, a pool, a fountain and comfortable areas to sit and enjoy dinner, a drink, a book, the view… !
What’s your best advice for creating a home like yours?
Embrace the local, but know where to draw the line – you don’t want to end up with a theme park!
“My style? Sophisticated ethnic luxury”
How would you define your home’s style?
Money no object, where would your dream home be & why?
An ancient castle to restore in Tuscany or Umbria.
If you could only own one homeware item, what would it be?
A really delicious bed with lovely pillows and linen