Make a coffee table in Marakesh Style with Maryam Montague

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In a world filled with beige interiors, Morocco is the perfect antidote: a refuge for addicts of saturated color, a haven for devotees of intricate pattern, a destination for admirers of striking architecture. For anyone who wants to add Morocco’s spicy design mix into their own home, Maryam Montague, the personality behind the award-winning blog My Marrakesh, explains how to do so in her book Marrakesh by Design.

Maryam’s eye for interior design has garnered features on HGTV and the Travel Channel. She also runs her own carpet and textile business, Red Thread Souk. Maryam’s destination, lifestyle, and design blog, My Marrakesh, has millions of followers and was voted Best African Weblog in the 2011 Annual Weblog Awards. Maryam resides in Marrakesh with her husband, their two children, and three peacocks.

I love the DIY ideas in the book, from  how to make the coffee table here to how to make furniture polish to  how to create a morrocan style bed. Maryam even includes recipes for the kind of  beauty treatments one might get at the hammam.

Window frames can be easily converted into tables, and those with decorative metal grilles are particularly appropriate. Most Moroccan window frames have been repainted several times throughout the years, and the underlying colors show through from chips and scratches, adding a nice texture to the piece. Moroccan windows come in many sizes, but they are rarely large enough to make into a dining table; dining tables are best made from an old door. (The steps are similar to those for creating a window coffee table.)

Materials
• Vintage window frame • Sandpaper • Paint, stain, or varnish (optional) • Wood for legs • Circular saw • Corner bracket angles to attach legs • Electric drill • Wood screws • Screwdriver • Table leg levelers/feet (optional) • Glass tabletop, cut to size (optional) • — inch x :-inch wood strips (optional)

Preparation
If necessary, sand the window frame and either stain or paint it. You can choose to simply leave it as is, too. Clean the surface before moving on.

Directions
1. Consider the dimensions of the window frame when sizing the legs. They should not be too spindly or too beefy-proportion is the key. Most legs are well proportioned at 3 inches (7.5 cm) square, but use your judgment and taste. The wood you use should be similar to the wood in the frame, unless the window is painted, in which case you may choose to paint the legs to match. The height of the table must be considered; 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) is fairly standard, but measure other tables to get the exact height you desire. Remember to consider the table leg levelers (see step 3) when cutting the length of wood for the legs with a circular saw. Sand and bevel the bottom of the wood legs slightly to give them a more finished appearance.

2. Fasten the legs to the window frame with the metal brackets. Follow the instructions on the package for installation. It is best to drill pilot holes in the wood so the screws do not split it. The pilot hole should be 1?32 to 1?16 inch (1 to 2 mm) smaller than the screw diameter and is necessary if using a hard wood versus a soft wood, such as pine.

3. If using, fasten the leg levelers/feet. Adjustable leg levelers/feet may be purchased at most hardware stores and help to balance the table on uneven surfaces (or if you accidentally make one of the legs slightly shorter than the others). Attach per instructions on the package.

4. If you want an inset glass tabletop, it will need to sit on a lip or edge support. Cut thin strips of wood approximately : inch (1.9 cm) tall and – inch (1.3 cm) wide. Fasten them with screws below the top edge of the window frame, so that they can support the glass. These strips of wood can be painted or varnished to complement the window frame.

5. Place the glass on top of the table. Give it a final wipe-down and place the table in the location of your choice.

note: The tabletop glass should be . inch to 5?16 inches (6 to 8 mm) thick, depending on the size of the window frame. (Consult with a glass supplier for a recommendation on thickness.) Measure the size carefully, as glass cannot be shaved like wood, and vintage window frames are often slightly out of square. You might consider making a template out of cardboard or kraft paper to bring to the glass supplier. Have the glass edges polished and, for a sophisticated touch, beveled.

Excerpted from Marrakesh by Design by Maryam Montague (Artisan Books). Copyright 2012.

 

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June 19th Show Details: It's all about Dad

Brad Meltzer's Heroes for My Son
Bruce Feiler's Council of Dads
Are you wearing the wrong bra? Probably Not.

June 12th Show: We're getting Cleaner, Slimmer, Lighter- and Lifted
May 29th Show: Kicking off Summer
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May 15, 2011 Show Details
Parenting tips from Tom Sturges
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking

Molly Morgan's Skinny Girl Rules
May 1st, 2011 Show Details
10 Habits of Happy Mothers

Pretty pearls- and a gem of a book
This is not the story you think it is: A season of unlikely happiness
April 24, 2011 Show Details

Who do you think you are? Tracing your family tree
Wear this, Toss that with Amy Goodman
April 3, 2011 Show Details

The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
How Never to Look Fat Again
Tips to help you prosper from Jean Chatzky

Make your own (Irish) luck!
Wednesday Words: Roald Dahl
Feed Your Face

Halfway to Each Other: How a year in Italy brought our family home
How to: Make a Terrarium
Be the Queen of Your Own Life

Good Dog!
Game Night
The Flavor Bible

Steven Raichlen
98 Things We all Need
Food Jobs with Irena Chalmers

Lisa Lillien, The Hungry Girl
Soups on
Ethan Becker chats about Joy of Cooking

Junk Beautiful
Small Space Living: 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid
Winemaker Paul Draper

The Art of Happiness
The Naked Pint with The Beer Chicks
Tips from the happiest cultures in the world

A poem: The Invitation
The Power of Small
Mom still likes you best

Tips for feeding kids
The Busy Mom's Guide
Talk to me like I'm someone you love

10 things to say to keep the peace
The Dating Optimist
Fight Less Love More

Cosmic Coupling
The Hard Times Happiness Revival
Live More Want Less

Tips for renting just about anything
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31 Bootiful Days of October
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May 18, 2014 Show Details: It's a Green Thumbs-Up Show
April 6, 2014 Show Details: SPRING is in the AIR!
April 27, 2014 Show Details: April Showers bring May Flowers

Organic Lawn Care with Matt Mauer and Pure Lawn Organic Lawncare
All fired Up! Get your grill on.
March 16, 2014 Show Details: Color Me Green

February 23, 2014 Show Details: Home Grown Fresh & Hot
WOW your Spring Window Boxes
November 10, 2013 Show Details: It’s a Thankful time of year - Thank you to our Veterans

September 1, 2013 Show Details: Locally Grown...it's all about Cincy
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July 21, 2013 Show Details: Creating Memories...Food, Family and Fun!

Rita's Herb Tips
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Find an hour in your day with organizer Lisa Woodruff
January 13, 2013 Show Details: Fuel Saving Tips for your Car, your Wardrobe and your Body
Health Food for Your Vehicle from Pam Oakes

December 16, 2012 Show Details: MMM, it smells like the Holiday's!
Carter Oosterhouse and a DIY Holiday
December 9, 2012 Show Details: All that Glitters

Ana White and her HANDBUILT HOME
New Year's Eve Feng Shui from Ellen Whitehurst
WOW Windowboxes: A Winter Wonderland

"Take two spoonfuls of sunlight and call me in the morning"
November 11, 2012 Show Details: It's a THANKFUL time of year - Thank you to our Veterans
How to prepare birds for winter and attract winter birds

The Legend of Indian Corn
Pumpkin Topiary
Mary Hunt prepared listeners to debt-proof their kids

Amy McCready discussed how to get your Kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling
September 23, 2012 Show Details: Howdy Y'All! It's an All American week on Amy's Table
September 16, 2012 Details: Bonjour mes amis! It’s tres French this Week on Amy’s Table

August 26, 2012 show details: Back to school, back to your yard and window boxes for WOW curb appeal
Autumn Decor with WOW window boxes
August 19, 2012 Show details: From Picky Eaters and Lunch Wars to Raising an Engaging Child

August 12, 2012 Show details: Making cheese, popsicles- and money!
August 5, 2012 Show details: Sun, Fun, Style and Raising Kids
July 29, 2012 Show details: Crafts, Parties, Supper Clubs and Happiness,

July 15, 2012 show details: Best ribs, Southern charm, worry-free gardening & fun family travel
July 8, 2012 show details: Quickies, Flips and GF Treats
Make a coffee table in Marakesh Style with Maryam Montague

July 1, 2012 show details: Road trips, Marrakesh style, Spirited Cooking- and Cookies
July 24, 2012 show details: Get charisma, cook with soul, read a great book and be a Green Bride!
June 10th show details: Parties, Pure food, Purposeful Kids and Perfect Bathing Suits

Essential Grilling Tools
Dont Host A Party, Host A Memory! Entertaining tips with Hilary Pereira, author of Mermaids & Martinis
May 27th show details: Detox, Declutter, Delight

May 20th show details: Skinny chefs, better junk food, more money- and your psychic abilities
15 Ways to Keep Good Financial Habits with Eric Tyson
May 13th show details: Cooking Mom, Baking Mom, Busy Mom, Mom likes you Best

Make Mom's Day with a beautiful breakfast tray
April 29th show details: Wayne Dyer, Ellen Whitehurst and Emily Maynard
Feng Shui Cleaning Tips from Better Living Expert Ellen Whitehurst

April 22, 2012 show details: Asian, Alison, Anderson and Alpha B*tch
April 15, 2012 show details: Sweet! Pie, Cookies and Cash!
Fresh ideas for Centerpieces

April 1, 2012 show details: Lost and Found (Weight, Meat, Love and Fitness)
March 25, 2012 show details: Finger Food, Flowers, Asian Splendor and Personal Safety
Spring Windowbox Inspiration with Bret Schneider from WOW Windowboxes

March 18, 2012 Show details: Music, Mad Men, Coaching and Confession
February 12, 2012 Show Details: Love, Money, Friendship....and Dessert!
February 5, 2012 Show details: Happiness, Heart, Hops and Hues

The Right Color with Eve Ashcraft
How to: clean those places where germs lurk
How to: Organizing important papers

Get organized with a P-Touch
How to: Sweet Valentine's Day Table Ideas
All in Good Time: 10 questions to ask yourself when de-cluttering

January 22 show details: Chinese New Year, Champagne and Truffles
How to wrap a great looking gift
December 4, 2011 Show Details: Great gifts from the Kitchen

The Organized Life: Holiday Organizing Tips
Christmas Tree Tips from Denny McKeowen
2011 Greater Cincinnati Tour of Kitchens: South Shore

November 6, 2011 Show Details: Life, Love and Ice Cream
Thanksgiving Timeline
October 23, 2011 Show Details: The habits and careers of marvelous Moms

P. Allen Smith's Autumn Inspiration
October 9, 2011 Show: Spooky, Seasonal, Savvy and Sweet
Hang around with Spooky Spiders

Fall Windowbox Ideas with Bret Schneider from WOW Windowboxes
October 2, 2011 Show: Savvy Strategies for a well-run home and family
Stephanie O'Dea's Daily 7: Chores that keep the house in "good enough" order

Ghostly Glow
Sparkly Spiders
Same Place More Space with Karl Champley

September 18, 2011: Celebrating Bad Girls, Great Careers and Dynamite Dining
September 11, 2011 Show: Beauty, Bounty and Boy R Dee
September 4, 2011 Show: Color, Cooking for a Crowd, Cheap Eats and Classrooms

An Organized Entryway
Raising Philanthropic Kids
August 28th Show: Canning, Caring and Cocktails

Tech Savvy: Password Protection
Mid-summer updates: 5 things to perk up your yard
Throw a Back to School Bash

July 31st Show: Feng Shui, Fish, and Good Things in Town
World without Fish
7 Steps to Clearing out the Clutter

Back to School: Make it the best year yet!
July 24th Show: Drinks, Dogs and Dresses
Pet Adoption tips from Harold Dates and the Cincinnati SPCA

July 10th, 2011 Show: Confidence, Love & Vegetables
July 3, 2011 Show Details: Danger, Daring, Defining- and Dinner!
June 19th Show Details: It's all about Dad

June 12th Show: We're getting Cleaner, Slimmer, Lighter- and Lifted
June 5th Show: Strawberries, Salmon, Salads, Steaks and Soup in a Teapot
WOW Windowboxes

Bryn Mooth writes about food at writes4food
May 29th Show: Kicking off Summer
May 15, 2011 Show Details

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
Compost Pile 101
May 1st, 2011 Show Details

April 24, 2011 Show Details
Laine Steelman & the Bellevue Farmers Market at The Party Source
April 3, 2011 Show Details

How to set a table
How to: Make a Terrarium
98 Things We all Need

Pumpkin Pedestal
Lace Pumpkins
10 ways to perk up any space

10 Tips for Flower Arranging
Junk Beautiful
Super Foods for Super Skin

Year round window boxes
Perk up your Porch: Create a welcoming color scheme
Create a pretty porch

Create beautiful outdoor spaces
Spring on my windowsill
Closet organization tips

Attracting Butterflies
Be a dead head
Sweet Easter flowers

Must have: A footed bowl
Pretty Porch Pot
The Busy Mom's Guide

Bar Basics with Jay Dickerson
Live More Want Less
How to effectively clear the clutter

10 Tips for a Top Notch Kitchen
An Autumn Window Box
Keep or toss? A paperwork primer

10 Tips for Enjoying a Snow Day
Easy ideas for Vases
3 Steps to greater Curb Appeal

10 Steps to Organize Anything
Tips for renting just about anything
Cooking with Kids

Best Bedtime Snacks
Basics of a Well-stocked Pantry
Forcing Bulbs

Green Holiday Tips
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