So now getting back to the Marrakech house design (so exciting!). Actually, that would be the houseS design - we decided to go for a three house concept: one that was to be our own house and two that were to be guest houses. Our own house would have five bedrooms. And both the guest houses together would have five bedrooms. Ten bedrooms…..oh my, it makes me feel so Dallas. I wouldn’t be surprised if JR shows up any minute.
Let me talk a little more about our house first. The concept was to have a house shaped like an L. One side of the L would be the living space or public area, and the other side of the L would be the bedrooms, or private area. The L would wrap around a pool that would be right outside. On the other side of the L would be one separate guest house, which would in effect turn the L into a U. Are you following? There also would be an open pool cabana with beds (!!!) for lounging after your swim while swilling your freshly squeezed orange juice or your lemon spa tea – very swanky.
The heart of the house would be a kind of great room, approximately 1000 square feet with ceilings 16 feet high. Over 400 square feet in the great room would be a dome about 21 feet off the floor. Now I know that a dome is sounding very grand and very, well you know, Vatican. But actually domes are not uncommon in houses in Morocco – they are quite often seen in Arab architecture in general. And I promise this one will not be gilded or have painted angels wafting in and out of clouds. In the great room would be a huge fireplace for cozying up to in Winter – toasting marshmallows with the kids and enjoying hot toddies with friends (now, if I could only figure out what a hot toddy actually was…please post if you know…). There would be large glass doors that would open onto a big covered patio held up with arched pillars (very Moroccan). Doors could remain open, creating a real flow and indoor/outdoor living. On the patio, we would lunch by the pool at our tile tables, or we would just sip wine, gossip and evade work whenever possible (Dear boss, you must know that I am 100% kidding, right?).
There would be a separate dining room with seating for 12. And there would be an adjacent library with our books laid out on tables, our magazines on the rungs of African ladders, and really comfortable (but tidy looking) couches that you sink into and feel like there is simply no need to ever get up. And yet another fireplace in there ….sitting by the fireplace immersed in a good book. What could be better?
Yes, of course the kitchen – modern and fresh – with one of those swinging restaurant doors that you just have to push on – so handy when you are laden down with trays of hors d’oeuvres. On the other side of the house would be the 5 bedrooms on two floors. Our bedroom would be on the second floor and would open on to its own terrace. Finally, a walk in closet, enough storage, and lots of light. Something a little glamorous. Yes, a chandelier, too (no, I don’t mean one of those horrible chandeliers...I mean something very Elle Décor. Can you see it?) The children’s rooms would be airy and fun and each have an extra bed for sleepovers. We would have one guest room and the fifth bedroom will be used as a den, with our television, etc. 4.5 bathrooms and a basement.
On the roof, two pavillions for nighttime cocktails and viewing the stars. We have a huge telescope since we are star and planet fanatics. (And yes, of course there is life on Mars;-)) And now for the office. I am not kidding you the office is the piece de resistance. So good, so special, the only, only office of its kind… (Can you hear the fairgrounds announcer on the speaker: “Step right up folks and see the amazing….” ). Yes, an office so unique that it gets its own blog entry and you’ll see why, next time.