With the monster hit of Avengers Infinity War still going strong at the box office (topping $2 billion worldwide), I'd like to celebrate Tom Hiddleston in his role as…Jonathan Pine, The Night Manager! And by celebrate him, I mean focus solely on the Egyptian interiors of the Nefertiti Hotel in Cairo.
The miniseries does travel across the globe and we could certainly get into Richard Roper's Majorcan villa or the Swiss resort, but I was particularly taken with the Egyptian setting, so that's where we'll deep dive.
The location of the Nefertiti Hotel is actually the Es Saadi Gardens & Resort in the Hivemage area of Marrakech. The design team on the series did renovations so expansive that guests staying in the hotel during filming reportedly left in the mornings on excursions, came back in the evening and had to ask if they arrived at the wrong hotel. Somehow I'd get over it if Tom Hiddleston were hanging out in the lobby.
Every finish is intricate. Carved screens and stones decorate hallways and columns. The materials palette is on the warm side of neutral, so the details are really the stars. Well, behind Tom Hiddleston's Siberian Husky blue eyes.
In addition to pattern and texture on the hard finishes throughout the hotel, they are present on the soft finishes of the furniture and draperies. This is where color becomes more playful and present. My absolute favorite furniture in the entire series is the curved orange leather dining chairs in the hotel restaurant. The fabric is luxurious, the shape is curvaceous and sexy, and the color is rich. Those should be your guiding lights when trying to achieve this style. Also, try to get yourself a Hiddleston to keep in the house. You won't be disappointed.
If you can't kidnap Tom Hiddleston, look for inlay furniture. It's also a conversation piece. Inlay can be expensive, so if it's out of your budget, think about painting a chest of drawers you already own and changing out the hardware to something bold; an animal head or a big stone piece would be divine. Silk draperies with off-white sheers will add elegance to your windows. For your sofa, a visible wooden frame with loose cushions will make your space the perfect place to curl up on a hot summer night (with or without a Hiddleston). For lighting, consider hanging a couple lanterns instead of a standard pendant. Throw down a traditional rug and you've got yourself an Egyptian inspired room.
Get the look
- Sofa: Anthropologie Carved Lovella Daybed
- Dresser: West Elm Bone Inlaid Dresser
- Chairs: Anthropologie Tulip Chair
- Pendants: Arhaus Marrakech Pendant
- Table lamps: Crate & Barrel Axiom Table Lamp
- Floor lamp: Project 62 Globe Floor Lamp
- Rug: World Market Gray Dorsa Rug
- Coffee table: World Market Round Wood Coffee Table
- Curtains: RH Vintage Velvet Drapery