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Steal this style: Moroccan design via Palm Springs

Angela Swinderman Elias
March 11, 2013

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One of the highlights of our recent trip to Palm Springs Modernism Week was touring the magical grounds of Coachella Valley's first designer showcase at the Marrakesh Country Club. The showcase included five properties sprinkled throughout the country club's 14 neighborhoods that date back to the late '60s. Each home offers a unique peek into the club's midcentury history — one even houses Elvis's piano!

First: Making an entrance.

Above and top right: We're tempted to trim our trees to mimic this mod landscaping. One of our favorite tips for tricking out tract-house walls is to camouflage them with climbing foliage. For a midcentury twist, try substituting boxwood for ivy.

Lower right: Interior designer Morraika Simonds proves that you can't go wrong with symmetrical styling. In the Medina House, she flanked the front door with large-scale planters and finished the look with a beautiful pendant light to serve as a focal point.

Paler shades of pink can can look sophisticated when paired with crisp white. This hue seems particularly well suited for desert sunsets.

Next: The Medina House living room.

Above: Simonds took advantage of the narrow nooks created by the living room fireplace to serve as seating and storage — perfect for entertaining!

Right: She used metallic pillows to brighten the calm color palette.

Next: An opulent bedroom.

Above: A bedroom design by Sean Gaston honed in on one essential element — the bed. He piled on pillows in varying patterns and textures to create an eclectic feel but tied it all together with a bolster pillow and bench that match each other. (The bench isn't shown here, but you can see it in PopSugar Home's expanded slideshow.) Placing two large mirrors on either side of the bed is a great alternative to wall art if you want your room to seem larger and brighter.

Right: Because the bed is bursting with vibrant colors and patterns, I like that Gaston kept the other side of the room fairly simple. The large-scale piece of abstract art strikes the perfect balance.

Next: Luxurious and exotic bathroom details.

Above: For bathtubs that don't have a ledge for candles, you can install a lantern on a dimmer for an equally enchanting effect.

Right: For Simonds' bathroom in the Medina House, she mixed Hollywood Regency glamour with traditional Moroccan patterns. Colorful stencils helped to add visual interest.

Last: Unexpected zaps of character.

Above: Designer Jacques Boujaklian camouflaged an entry closet in the El Agadir house with a striking abstract design that complemented the surrounding decor.

Right: In the Malabata house, Eve Remer chose a cheery tangerine chevron fabric for bathroom blinds and Missoni-inspired hand towels to add personality.

See even more pictures from the Marrakesh Designer Showcase on PopSugar Home.