Wednesday, December 02, 2015


A simple breakfast can lead to exiting projects. ( at least if I have the choice) Like the one in Essaouira where I was attracted to the nice lay-out of the ground floor. While standing, looking on how I would shift the colours to a little more earth tones, the owner invited me in and I had a wonderful breakfast and a lovely chat. When I told him I was an architect and decorator he took me on a tour in one of the most exiting properties on Rue Abdelaziz El Fachtali....
But it was until he showed me the terrace and his idea that I got REALLY hooked.
Creating a roof terrace as a garden where you can dine in total privacy with just a glimse of the busy street below. With the soul of the old walls kept as they are, the right lighting ....yes it's going to be magic!

Until we meet over a minttea!
X Marlène

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Monday, November 30, 2015


I'm not a salesman, I'm not even a sales-woman.       So why and how did I end up in Real Estate?
It must be a combination of my profound love for old buildings. Buildings with a story, a history. Or it could be my curiosity to look behind Medina doors in Morocco. It could also be my urge to make people happy. Because for me, there is nothing more fulfilling then give people a home feeling. Both in creating architecture and in searching for the 'right fit' when it comes to buying a house. 
A right fit can be finding the perfect home for a house hunter. But it also means finding the right destination and purpose for an ancient building.  Or the ideal stay in a riad when on holiday...

My heart takes a little jump when this works out. It's my passion. It's what makes me run around in the Medina. It's the trigger in all my photos and most of all it's the smile on my face when I succeed.
Succeed in making it a deal that has something in it for everyone.

Like for these two sympathetic Belgians from Food & Friends that invited me to Le Jardin in Marrakech. Le Jardin is not for sale, nor for hire but it's a place you don't want to miss out on when you visit Marrakech!!!
And don't forget to pass by the shop of one of the most stylish designers in Marrakech.  When I say one of the most, I mean exactly this, the area around le Jardin is loaded with stylish designer shops. From Max & Jan to the designer level at Terrace des Epices. 
So, what are you waiting for to get unique design at a H&M price?

Until we meet over a minttea!
X Marlène

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


When ever I arrive in Essaouira, I get captured by the clear almost sparkling light in this town. Finding this same light in a property in the old Medina was surprising. Houses tend to be a little dark as they are built around court yards. This house however benefits from light coming from two sides, on the first and second floor and this not only makes it bright, it's filled with a fresh breeze whenever you open a window.

Interesting and eclectic, in a prime position within the bustling UNESCO World Heritage Medina, at only a few minutes walk from the beach and the many wonderful restaurants and cafes at Place Moulay Hassan.  The polyglot woman of the house, fell in love with Essaouira when it still was this little blue white fishermen town. The house was purchased some years later and lovingly restored. It was the home away from home for many years. Her beloved Moroccan retreat brought joy to friends and family and many happy moments were shared here.

Children grow , grand children make the family larger and new targets and ideas arise. More exciting times and new property dreams. The time is right for this stylish home to make someone else happy... 
if you are interested, please contact me.

The riad will soon be on (Essaouira) For Sale.
pictures taken november 2015 credits:coco-morocco

Until we meet over a minttea!
X Marlène

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Friday, November 13, 2015


Today was one of these days that took it's own turnings (if you know what I mean) I was invited by my lovely neighbours to go and look at their riad that they rent out in gérance libre. The managers decided to quit after a short period because they were tired on waiting for clients to show up. And the clients that did show up where all super enthusiastic about the rooms but complained about the lack of a pool...

Looking at the website I saw a very traditional riad, one out of many, and I was NOT expecting a lot, the website missed a soul, I missed any personal twist, and links to pages and blogs that were not working....
What I discovered during my visit was surprising.  A  home with a 'soul'. One of these places that could turn into your home away from home ....
I saw the cook preparing a delicious dinner and it all felt so natural, so genuine.

While doing the tour I saw the emotion and the love for her riad talking to my neighbour. She was telling me the stories of her clients, she remembered names and stories and she knew their little preferences. Like the couple from Paris that always wanted the rooftop room. They loved to enjoy their glass of wine in the evening on the terrace just beside their lovely little room...
She told me she made all marmalade at the house together with the cook. Always trying out new cakes and always having breakfast until noon with copious tables filled with all kind of stuff...
The place used to be known because of the lay back atmosphere and the fantastic meals at night on the rooftop...

I don't understand she told me: "my prices were more then double and everyone was pleased"

I do understand a little bit....
It's all about connecting and passion.

And I hope there is a bright new future for the place...

My advice for this riad:
Reflect all this that I experienced on your site, reflect this in your communication and get in contact with your clients rather then sitting and waiting. They might just choose one of the other ones when booking because you don't stick out and expect them to find you. 

pictures taken november 2015 credits:coco-morocco