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At Home with Lisa Burke: A Modern Moroccan Home in Essaouira

At Home with Lisa Burke: A Modern Moroccan Home in Essaouira

This month we want to feature the London-based interior designer  Lisa Burke’s house in Morocco. A house full of natural North African beauty. 

I came across Lisa’s interior work and her Moroccan holiday home on Instagram and fell in love with her style.

The house is based in Essaouira, a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast known for its beauty and richness in history.

The project was a  200 years old house in the ancient Medina (old town) of Essaouira, that has been revamped, overseen and project managed by Emma Wilson & Graham Carter, a design team from London.

From the fresh white walls to the antique tiles on the floor to the carved columns, this house is a perfect example of how to marry tradition with the contemporary.

One thing that instantly caught my attention was the large eucalyptus wooden slab dining table, accompanied by clean white chairs which is a great way to add natural texture whilst maintaining a fresh, luxury look.


Lisa decided to style the house with a mix of vintage and modern European and Moroccan furniture, with spending nearly 2 years travelling across France and Morocco sourcing furniture from markets and vintage fairs.

With all four en-suite bedrooms kitted out with antique Moroccan rugs (see our article on African Rugs for more information), the combination of fresh white walls and patterned rugs really does bring the room to life and adds to the North African atmosphere. Not to mention the antique tiles, that were sourced from a flea market in Essaouira and are randomly placed across the floor which is a great way to create new patterns.


The artwork in the home really does compliment the modern north African interior, with pieces from contemporary graffiti artists from the likes of Shepard Fairey, Gustavo Ortiz, an Argentinian artist based in London, Florence Teillet, a French artist who has a studio in Marrakech along with several pieces from the famous Moroccan artist Ben Ali.

If you have fallen in love with this home just as we have then you will be pleased to know that it is available for holiday rentals and photo shoots. You could find more details on or contact Lisa directly

Images by Paulina Arcklin 

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