About Us

About us at The Arab Home:

We are so happy you are here and we would love to get to know you! As for us, we are a step-mom and step-daughter duo who love cooking, gardening, and arts and crafts. We are Syrian and Syrian-American, respectively, and enjoy our culture. We cannot wait to share it with you!

Fatimah:

Marhaba! (Welcome!) I came to America from Syria when I was just 17 years old and my childhood and teenage years in Syria have influenced my lifestyle here. Since leaving Syria 20 years ago, I have had four lovely daughters and one adventurous son. I have loved it here as much as I loved living in Syria.

I am so excited to introduce to you my Syrian culture and food. These are traditions and recipes that have been passed on to me from my mother and grandmother in order to share it with the people I love. And now I want to share it with the world.

My husband, children, family, and friends always tell me how much they love my dishes. They always encourage me to start a restaurant. I get most of my cooking inspiration from my beautiful garden and the planning I do for different friends and family gatherings, such as Eid, graduation parties, or weekends with family.

Nature is such an inspiration to me. Ever since I was a child I have always felt connected to it. I grew up in the country in Syria and spent my childhood in orchards and gardens. It is a place and memory I treasure. My Syria is a piece of paradise surrounded with beautiful trees, wild flowers, and fruit. I would wake up every morning to the sweet music of birds and the smell of jasmine in the air. As a child I would watch my mother and grandmother work in our gardens and as I grew older I helped them grow organic vegetables and herbs that we used in our daily dinners.

To create delicious Syrian recipes my family planted everything you could possibly need, ranging from vegetables, fruit trees, olives, lemons, figs, walnuts, and more and more. I brought these traditions to my own family in America. I hope you enjoy reading and try some recipes or gardening tips. I would love to hear about it!

Maryam:

I’m a Syrian-Irish-German-American lawyer who loves arts and crafts. I know it’s a mouthful, right? It’s complex but truthfully, we are all complex. There are no basic people in life. We are full of wonderful contradictions.

Take me, for example. I’m a lawyer, a book-worm, and documentary lover. A typical geek, right? But I’m also an artist, amateur poet, a hiker, and avid adventurer. Why stop at one or two identities? 

As for the art, it all started with my mom. She took me to the State Fair every year and helped me enter every type of crafts competition imaginable. I fell in love with arts and crafts. I found cross stitching on my own though. I was in middle school and while wandering around Michael’s I happened upon a beginner’s guide to cross stitching. I gave it a try and my step-mom made my first piece into a pillow. I have been hooked ever since.

But after over a decade of cross-stitching I had yet to find diverse patterns. It is a rare and dying out craft. It’s picked up interest after modern-day patterns started being published. Despite this, I still struggle to find any kind of arabic cross-stitch patterns. So I decided to make my own. After a year of that I decided to share my designs the world.

I’m still uploading designs so I really appreciate feedback. If you have something in specific in mind, send me an email and I’ll see if I can do a custom design.

See you around!