February 8th, 2008

Oh My!! Marrakesh

I am not one to gloat. At least not very much. It’s very hard to write this though without a smile on my lips, a song in my heart and the phrase “neener, neener, neener” running through my mind. Does that make me bad ;-) ? No, seriously, I am thrilled (you’ve guessed!) that I am going to be making two trips to Morocco in the coming months-and that’s not really even the best part. The best part is-why!

Why, you ask? Oh, no big deal, I am just going over there with a small painting group to add my small touch of art and decoration to the magical Maryam’s oasis of comfort and beauty, Peacock Pavilions, which is rising from the olive groves to soon become the Marrakesh destination of choice for weary travellers, saavy shoppers, design and culture lovers and the thousands of people who religiously read and enjoy and rejoice in Maryam’s blog, My Marrakesh, every day. If you read through some (many) of her posts, which you MUST, you will find that she and her handsome architect husband have been working on building their dream (I think she started it) to build a set of guesthouses, and one for them, for a year and a half. It started with a vision-


It’s ALMOST there-


Some beautiful images from My Marrakesh-


Maryam’s passions range from Peacocks to photographing and writing about design. When she’s not working as a personal shopper, she’s travelling to far-flung destinations for her real job working for a human rights organization.


Her love and the joy she receives from her family are permeating through much of her gifted writing.


She has been twice awarded The Rising Blogger Blog Post of the Day here and here.

So, our little group will be staying at Peacock Pavilions in May (first ones-breaking in the beds!) and adding some artistic touches to some walls and ceilings for many guests to enjoy for many years to come. Maryam’s head is full of wonderful design ideas and another one of her passion’s is antique textiles, which are going to be the inspiration for the artwork. More to come….


10 Responses to “Oh My!! Marrakesh”

  1. Mimi Lenox Says:

    Maryam is a treasure in the blogosphere. It was my honor to recommend her for a Rising Blogger award. I can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  2. Thersa Says:


    How exciting for you to travel to exotic locations and leave your mark. Please keep us updated as it is fun living vicariously through your adventures.

    Maryam’s blog is enriching. Thank you for always sharing creative locations.

    Enjoy the day, Thersa

  3. Rhonda Canales Says:

    Melanie, I am so jealous that I cannot make this trip. As we discussed, my son is graduating so close the the end of the trip. I too am anxiously waiting to live vicariously thru your travels to far away destinations. My lip is hanging, but a kid only graduates once. Have a wonderful time and keep us posted.

  4. Bethany Says:

    Oh wow!! How wonderful for you to have this dreamy opportunity!! Sounds like a wonderful experience….enjoy every bit of it :) Can’t wait to see pics of what you create, too!!

  5. Jan Gonzales Says:

    It is my dream to go to Marrakesh and FLorence to gaze upon the beautiful works of art that was created from ages past.(Peacocks are my passion also!! I have two books with the Peacock Pavilions in it.) I would love to go but seeing as how I am not please take lots of wonderful pictures. Jan

  6. Paris Parfait Says:

    No doubt your collaboration with Maryam will produce an extraordinary vision of beauty. Can’t wait to see it!

  7. jhill Says:

    ooooh. i will be staying at peacock pavilions in july and can’t wait to see your work there! how exciting!

  8. Helen morris Says:

    Luck, lucky you(and Maryam). Will look forward to the pics. Did you get my email recently re floors?

  9. Melanie Says:

    Thank you for all the best wishes. I do feel very fortunate. Yes, I might take a picture or two (hundred)! I would love to take lots more people but Peacock Pavilions only sleeps 10! There is the possibility of a second painting trip and I am also thinking it would be lovely to host an annual decorative painting retreat there once a year. I’d better get my reservations in-I think Maryam will have a LONG waiting list!

  10. Di Overton Says:

    I am thrilled for you and can’t wait to see what transpires.