Cindy’s Minimalist Moroccan Apartment
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Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
I am a Southern Girl Gone Global. I loved my home in Nashville; but when my children left the nest, I decided to fly away, too. And landed in Africa.
I enjoy Marrakesh—a multicultural, mysterious mesh of Arab, Berber, and French influences in kaleidoscope colors. Here I teach English and write about my adventures on four continents. Living abroad means living light because one day I’ll go home toting the same four suitcases I brought. Minimalism is a must, so I carefully feather my new nest with treasures from my travels.
I’d planned to decorate with the natural colors of clay and sand on which the Red City is built. But oranges, reds, and neutrals weren’t me. When I tired of tagines I learned even the expat craves comfort food. Likewise, comfort colors are home.
In Nashville my walls were Tiffany blue and my china was pink floral, so I returned to my signature palette—pinks, blues, and yellows. And though I’ve had to search the souks flanking Jemaa el Fn, the largest market in Africa, for pastels, the pay off is décor that delights me. My space makes me joyful because it’s the colors of pink bougainvillea cascading wildly over every wall here and pink/coral/yellow sunsets announcing every evening.
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