Betterliving September/October 2019

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Sep/Oct 2019

The magazine of Betterhomes

HOT PROPERTY

HOMES

WITH

ROOM

TO GROW

FAMILY

SPECIAL

30 pages of top

tips & buys

HOW TO

CREATE A

STYLISH

LIBRARY

WALL

ECO-FRIENDLY

IDEAS TO

TRY NOW

Playful

touches

for kids’

rooms

Go on, dive in!

A Palm Jumeirah villa that’s perfect for bringing up water babies

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Welcome to the issue

Feathering a family nest in the UAE, when you’re far from

home, can take time, money, and a whole lot of creativity.

The good news is that, whether you’re renting for just a

while or putting down roots for the long haul, there are lots

of ways to make your own mark on a place. In this issue,

we have devoted a whopping 30 pages to happy family

living. From brood-friendly bathroom designs that tick all

the boxes (page 22) to easy ways to bring the cute factor to

kids’ bedrooms (page 28), and our guide to creating a library

wall that bookworms of all ages will adore (page 54) – our

tip-packed features have you covered. One family that has

it sussed is the Viel clan, who are making the most of their

Palm Jumeirah address with lots of quality time outdoors

– turn to page 48 for a sneak peek at their stunning abode.

Feeling inspired? On page 62 you’ll find six fabulous family

homes on the market that offer plenty of room to grow.

Happy nesting!

The Better Living team, @bliving.me

Kids Teepee Bookcase from

Woood, around Dhs891 (GBP199),

Cuckooland.com

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welcome letter | CONTENTS

48

Managing Director

Victoria Thatcher

Chief Creative Officer

John Thatcher

Managing Editor

Faye Bartle

faye@hotmedia.me

Content Writers

Sophia Dyer

Habiba Azab

Editorial Assistant

Ronak Sagar

Art Director

Kerri Bennett

Senior Designer

Hiral Kapadia

Production Manager

Muthu Kumar

Advertising Group Manager

Sukaina Hussein

+971 50 515 9691

To contact any of the

above people, email

firstname@hotmedia.me

CONTENTS

Reproduction in whole or in part

without written permission from

HOT Media is strictly prohibited.

HOT Media does not accept liability

for omissions or errors in Better

Living magazine.

SHOP

06-16

Animal accents to go wild over; all the latest news;

what’s in store at Kulture House; slow cookers

designed to get dinner on the table, pronto

INSPIRE

17-60

How to welcome beautifully bold shades into your

home; family bathroom designs that tick all the

boxes; playful touches for kids’ bedrooms; C’est Ici

founders Monica and Tatiana share how to let your

style DNA shine; easy ways to run a more eco-friendly

house; at home with Comptoir 102’s Emma Sawko;

Edwina Viel invites us to experience beachside living

MOVE

62-67

Family homes with room to grow; our guide to

living in Motor City

Tel: +971 4 364 2876

Fax: +971 4 369 7494

bhomes.com

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@betterhomesuae

@betterhomesuae

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UPDATES | wish list

MOST COVETED

Top

picks

Animal accents on our radar…

1 Hold your horses... this noble steed statue

will take pride of place in your living room.

Horse Head, Dhs107, 2XL Furniture &

Home Décor, 2xlme.com

2 Cute as a button, there’s nothing cheesy

about these cheese board knives. Three Mouse

Knives with Cheese Board, Dhs135, Kikkerland,

available at Namshi, en-ae.namshi.com

3 This eye-catching tiger wall hanging is the

perfect addition to your little cub’s room.

Fiona Walker Large Tiger Head, Dhs450, Tribe,

tribedubai.com

4 Bring a touch of the wild into your bathroom

with this leopard-print set. Home Centre,

Dhs29, homecentre.com

5 Practical yet with a friendly face, this giraffe

stool will brighten up a kids’ room or study

nook. Funny Giraffe Stool, Dhs298,

KARE, kareuae.ae

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This issue’s

Pinboard

Our round-up of the latest in

homewares, news and interiors trends

LIGHT

WORK

Recently launched in

the UAE, these Tobias

string bulb lights by

Sirius are a dreamy

way to illuminate your

outdoor space. Pick

yours up just in time for

winter entertaining at

tablelights.me

Baguette Mirror, Dhs15,967.40 (US$4,347),

Pheasant for Baker, bakerfurniture.com

The midas touch

GOLD TONES COMMAND ATTENTION,

AND WE’RE LOVING THESE GORGEOUSLY

GILDED PIECES IN STORE NOW. THE

STRIKING PHEASANT FOR BAKER MIRROR

IS PART OF A NEW COLLECTION INSPIRED

BY GEOMETRY WHILE THE COFFEE TABLE

FROM THE NEW JONATHAN CHARLES

COLLECTION AT INTERIORS PUTS HIGH-

QUALITY WORKMANSHIP IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

Curved Edge Antique Satin Gold Brass & White

Calcutta Marble Coffee Table, price upon request,

from Interiors, interiorsfurniture.com

Good scents.

73% of people

in the UAE

prefer fresh

aromas to

warm, woody

or spicy scents,

says a survey

by IKEA. View

the 2020

catalogue,

in store and

online now,

ikea.com

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trending | UPDATES

DESIGNER DREAMS

Inspired by the hues of the ocean and the beach, the

aptly-named Pacific bed linen by Hugo Boss brings

the allure of the shimmering coast into your bedroom.

Part of the fashion brand’s first ever home collection,

the high-quality cotton sheets feature blue-green tones

sitting pretty alongside golden hues, with a soft ribbon

detail running through the design. From Dhs1,395,

available at Robinsons, robinsons.me

Feel the power

WHY NOT TACKLE

THOSE MINOR HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

YOURSELF? ALL

YOU NEED IS SOME

FANCY NEW HAND

TOOLS, LIKE THESE

SLEEK DIY HEROES

FROM BOSCH.

Bosch Zamo digital

laser measure, Dhs399;

Bosch IXO cordless

screwdriver, Dhs199,

bosch.com

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Hacker Kitchens Studio

Dubai, Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road

+971 (0) 4 3990425

hacker.ae

innerspaceME.com

info@innerspaceME.com


trending | UPDATES

By Caprice Home Freya Duvet

AT HOME WITH CAPRICE

If you want to turn your bedroom into an

ultra-feminine boudoir, look no further

than the glamorous By Caprice Home

collection, which is now available at Dwell

stores in Dubai. The dazzling range,

which includes bedding, cushions, throws

and home accessories, is the brainchild

of supermodel turned entrepreneur

Caprice Bourret, who decided to put her

modelling days behind her in order to

reinvent her career at the age of 35.

“My mum is a successful interior

designer based in LA and I learned a

great deal from her growing up,” says

Caprice. “She helped inspire my passion

for interiors and property. Your home

is where you spend the majority of your

time and it’s important you feel happy,

relaxed and comfortable there.”

The London-based star, who has

appeared on the cover of Vogue, found

this season’s inspiration in decadence

and sparkles. The result is a new drop

of matching bedding sets, duvets,

pillowcases, cushions, runners and

curtains that really shine.

“Everyone needs a little glamour in

their life and By Caprice Home doesn’t

disappoint. One of my personal favourite

bedding sets this season is the By Caprice

Loretta set – it is very sophisticated and

combines fresh simplicity with pretty

sparkle,” she says. “The material is super

soft and features a silver bow as the

perfect finishing touch.”

Available at Dwell stores in Dubai.

To find out more, visit bycapricehome.

com and follow @bycapricehome

On our radar

Cool new buys we can’t keep our hands off…

TIME FOR TEA Throw a fashionable tea party

and sip on brews made using the loose leaves

from these pretty caddies designed by Matthew

Williamson. Dhs310, Newby London, newbyteas.ae

BIRD SONG This special edition Alexander

McQueen cushion features iridescent

hummingbirds hand woven in silk. Dhs3,900,

The Rug Company, therugcompany.com

STELLAR ADDITION This rattan mirror in

jet black will be the star of any living space

or bedroom. Dhs523.95, Versmissen at

chattelsandmore.com

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UPDATES | trending

A BISHOP DESIGN FEAT

WE’RE COVETING THIS WOW

FAMILY HOME IN PEARL

JUMEIRAH DESIGNED BY THE

INNOVATIVE BISHOP DESIGN

BY PAUL BISHOP. LUXURY

WAS THE BRIEF, WITH A

TOUCH OF KARDASHIAN

GLAMOUR SETTING THE

TONE FOR GRAND PARTIES.

A DESIGN ELEMENT

THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE

IS THE UP-LIT ELEVATED

PLATFORM IN THE LOUNGE

AREA, WHICH PROVIDES

AN INSTANT FOCAL POINT.

WEAREBISHOPDESIGN.COM

REVIEWED FOR YOU

THE WHISPER MATTRESS

When Italian mattress brand Whisper asked us to trial a mattress,

we were delighted. We felt a little less special, however, when

we learned that every Whisper customer gets to trial their new

mattress for 100 days, with a full refund if they aren’t happy.

Backed by 30 years of sleep research, the mattresses have

space-age features, including a silver yarn stitching to keep dust

mites at bay and a plug-in grounding technology called silver

shield, which blocks EMF waves from mobiles and other gadgets.

With a promise that we’d wake feeling happier and healthier,

we were keen to hit the sack. After adjusting the foam to our

desired firmness, we are sleeping a little better and our bad back

has improved so we won’t be sending it back any time soon.

Now, if only Whisper could invent a ‘child shield’ to prevent our

kids jumping in at 2am. From 2,999 for a 90x200cm mattress.

Exclusively available to buy online in the UAE, whisper-sleep.ae

We’re loving this

eye-catching wall

décor by KARE.

The statement

pieces are ideal for

walls that require

more than just

a lick of paint.

kareuae.ae

Wall Light Vintage

NY, Dhs2,099

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GROHE x Better Living

BATHROOM

SYNC

Say “hello” to the toilet of tomorrow

GROHE Manual Bidet Seat

As technology evolves all

aspects of our life, the humble

toilet is not forgotten. Experts

in innovation, GROHE’s smart

toilet solutions take personal hygiene to

the next level. The range consists of two

hi-tech devices that fit harmoniously

in your bathroom, so whether you are a

homeowner or tenant, you can bring your

standard toilet into the 21st century.

The GROHE Sensia Arena is a smart

toilet with a sleek, high-end finish.

Combining the functions of a toilet and a

bidet, you can expect a new standard of

personal hygiene at the touch of a button.

Use either your smartphone or the

control panel to customise your perfect

settings. The broad range of intelligent

features include two adjustable selfcleaning

spray heads, odour extraction

and a powerful triple vortex flush, while

the HyperClean ceramic finish means

bacteria is kept at bay.

There’s no need to remodel your

bathroom with GROHE’s Manual Bidet

Seat, which requires no electricity.

Designed to fit seamlessly on to your

current toilet, you can wave goodbye

to the handheld shattaf, thanks to the

hygienic built-in bidet system. Two

dedicated spray arms, with adjustable

intensity, are designed to keep you feeling

fresh with the turn of a handle.

To find out more visit,

grohe-middleeast.com

GROHE Manual Bidet Seat

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etter buys | SHOP

SLOW

COOKERS

Bring out the flavour in your food

and free-up precious time with these

all -singing, all-dancing kitchen aids

THE CREATIVE GENIUS

Consider the Thermomix TM 5 your full-time sous-chef.

Its impressive prep and knife skills mean your time spent in

the kitchen is dramatically reduced. Plus, you can still take

all the credit for the cooking. What’s more, you can access

a recipe book by Cuckidoo via the touchscreen, so you’ll

never be without inspiration. Price upon request,

uae.thermomix.com

CULT CLASSIC

There’s no faffing around with this simple

yet reliable slow cooker. The Kenwood

Multicooker 350W has a simple oval

shape with a no frills dial so you can select

your perfect setting and simply leave it

to do the rest. Its 6.5-litre capacity means

second helpings are always on the cards.

Dhs219, available from Jashanmal Home,

jashanmalhome.com

THE GRAIN

SLAYER

Versatile and easy to use, the

Breville Multi Chef (BRC600) is a

3.7-litre searing slow cooker, 10-

cup rice cooker, risotto maker and

steamer in one. As such, it’s a dab

hand at making creamy risottos,

fluffy rice and even quinoa. You

can remove the cord and serve the

food directly at the table. Dhs549

including VAT, breville.ae

THE HARD WORKER

Keep your kitchen free from clutter with this handy

nine-in-one cooking device. Along with being an

excellent slow cooker, the Nutricook Smart Pot by

Nutribullet also has dedicated functions to cook rice,

eggs and soup, as well as to make yoghurt, sauté

vegetables and more. Use the 14 Easy Touch Cooking

Programmes to dream up quick yet nutritious

homemade meals in super-fast time. Dhs559, available

from Danube Home, uae.danubehome.com

BEFORE YOU BUY...

Useful and economical, the humble slow cooker makes it a cinch to prepare healthy meals from scratch. Simply load

up your ingredients, choose your setting and leave the clever device to do it all for you. Before you buy, consider how

many mouths you need to feed and if your favourite meals are a good fit for your prospective model’s shape and size.

Batch cookers and families seeking hearty meals, such as whole cooked chicken, should look for larger, oval-shaped

designs, for instance. If you won’t be there to switch it on and off, opt for one with a digital timer that can be preprogrammed.

Lastly, if you’re not a fan of washing up, make sure the lid and cooking pot is dishwasher safe.

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SHOP | must-shop

WHAT’S IN

STORE

KULTURE

HOUSE

THE STORY SO FAR: Located in

the heart of Jumeirah, occupying a

renovated villa, Kulture House is a

vibrant café cum boutique that’s sure

to catch your eye. The owners of the

inviting space have curated a curious

collection of travel-inspired pieces

from around the world, born from their

love of exploration. On top of serving

up delicious eats that draw a crowd,

the venue hosts several pop-up shops

throughout the year, creating a lively

community feel.

THE LOOK: An eclectic mix of brightly

coloured artistic designs that’ll add a

uniquely bohemian look to your home.

SIGNATURE BUYS: Pick up a rare find

from the tribal-inspired homeware

range that’s sourced from Africa

and Portugal. The funky collection,

available in store all-year-round, will

provide a talking point for alfresco

dinner parties, while the woven tribal

vases are a tasteful addition to any

living space.

WHAT’S NEW? The most recent

pop-up, running until 30 September

is TropiKulture, a fashion-based

collection of pieces from local and

global brands.

GOOD TO KNOW: Most items are

sourced ethically and abide by fair

trade regulations. So not only will you

be nabbing a stunning piece that’s not

available to the masses, but you’ll also

be supporting independent artisans

with every purchase.

Find Kulture House at 106 Jumeirah

Beach Road, opposite Beach Centre.

Call 04 399 1790, and follow

@kulturehousedubai

WHY WE RATE IT

Frequent pop-up shops mean

there’s always something

new. Plus, most of the items

support fair trade.

FAVOURITE FINDS

Wooden bowl with

African beading,

Dhs185 each

Yellow African

bowl, Dhs189

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trend | INSPIRATION

Colour

WA S H

Stand out from the

crowd by welcoming

beautifully bold

shades into your home

Photo credit: Furniture Village

GREEN LIGHT Soothing

shades of green are commonly

used to help bring the outdoors

in, and now the hue has made its

way to the dinner table. “Start

small with teal linens topped by

a green dinnerware set accented

with deeper green charger plates,

emerald accessories and tinted

glasses,” says Rabia. “You can

enhance the look by placing

plants around your home – be

sure to go with oversized pots to

master the outdoors-in effect.”

DO IT YOURSELF In the mood

for a little DIY? “Pick up some

mismatched vintage candlesticks

and sponge-paint them in a

translucent shade of aquamarine.

You can then proudly display your

workmanship,” suggests Rabia.

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TIP “If your room is mostly neutral, add

interest with red accents. If you’re

feeling bold, paint a wall red, but use

a dark or unsaturated shade – the sombre

hue gives an elegant feel,” says Anam.

Photo credit: Furniture Village

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trend | INSPIRATION

SINGING THE BLUES “Paint your hallway a daring

shade of deep blue for a surprisingly regal feel, or use a blue

backdrop for a photo wall for a contrast that really pops,”

says Rabia Sarfaraz, principal interior designer at In House

Interiors (inhouseinteriors.me). “For larger rooms, keep the

walls white and hang oversized metallic frames featuring

blue toned patterned wallpaper.”

SOFT FURNISHINGS If you don’t want to commit to

paint, “you could introduce bright blue armchairs or a wing

chair into your lounge to complement a light-coloured sofa

adorned with cushions in a variety of shades of blue,” says

Rabia. Check out KARE’s range of blue sofas and armchairs.

We rate the Sofa Black Gianna Velvet Bluegreen 3-Seater

(Dh6,654, available at kareuae.ae).

Photo credit: Furniture Village

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INSPIRATION | trend

Using colour to make a statement in your home is an easy

and cost effective way to switch up your surroundings.

“Don’t be afraid to use bright colours,” says Anam

Siddiqui of The Home Boutique (@thehomeboutiqueuae).

“The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a

vibrant yet stylish home. If you’re feeling apprehensive,

however, simply start by introducing some choice accents.

Yellow and red tones add warmth to a room, which means

they’re the perfect pick for comfort pieces, such as sofas.”

Blues are considered calming while greens hues are

known to be grounding. Read on for some expert tips on

introducing washes of wonderful colour into your abode

Photo credit: Furniture Village

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Your passport to the Middle East's first fully

bookable travel inspiration website

Extend your journey with World Traveller magazine

by heading online to read more inspirational and

exclusive travel content and take advantage of upto-the-minute

hotel and holiday features

Dream Read Click Book


One for all

Make bathtime fun with these family-friendly

bathroom designs that tick all the boxes

Hansgrohe, hansgrohe.com

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family bathrooms | INSPIRATION

SPLASH

AROUND

Take the stress out

of shower time by

choosing a design

with safety features

for little hands. The

Croma E shower

design by Hansgrohe

uses CoolContact

technology, meaning

the theromstat mixer

is cool to touch at all

times. The height of

the hand shower can

easily be adjusted.

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family bathrooms | INSPIRATION

TIDY TOTS

Keep a shared bathroom clean and

well organised with lots of extra open

storage. These Brookline shelves from

Home Centre are affordable, practical

and stylish. Plus, they’ll help keep

sibling squabbles at bay.

Home Centre, homecentre.com

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INSPIRATION | family bathrooms

Duravit, duravit.com

SOFTLY

DOES IT

Got a baby on the

way? Steer clear of

sharp edges. Duravit

has teamed up with

Sieger to design this

sleek, rounded edge

bathroom that’ll

stand the test of

time. Handleless

cabinets add to

the streamlined

aesthetic, and

will help keep

little fingers out of

those drawers.

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DuraSquare: Now with the new bathroom furniture series XSquare.

The exact and precise edges of the DuraSquare bathroom series blends perfectly with the latest furniture collection

XSquare designed by Kurt Merki Jr. Handle-free fronts, striking chrome profiles and 28 furniture finishes enable an

individual bathroom design. Co-ordinating mirrors feature a touch-free control panel for demisting and light or

dimming functions. Duravit Middle East SAL (Off-Shore), info@lb.duravit.com, Duravit Middle East SAL Off Shore -

UAE Rep Office info@ae.duravit.com, Duravit Saudi Arabia LLC, info@sa.duravit.com. www.duravit.com


LET’S

P L A Y

Design a bedroom your

little one will adore

Havhusene loft bed by JYSK

Help the bedtime routine flow a little easier by choosing a fun bed that your

child can’t wait to climb into each night (some form of ladder is usually a

good incentive). This cabin bed from JYSK (so popular it’s sold out until

2020), not only looks cute but maximises the space beneath it, creating extra

room to play. Havhusene Loft Bed, Dhs1,950, JYSK

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2kids’ rooms | INSPIRATION

KEEP MONSTERS AWAY WITH A

FEARSOME NIGHTLIGHT. OPT FOR

A DESIGN THAT’S EASY FOR LITTLE

FINGERS TO SWITCH ON AND OFF,

AND WHICH IS IN KEEPING WITH

THE ROOM’S THEME. WE LOVE

THIS ANIMAL LED WALL LAMP

FROM IKEA. DH125, IKEA.COM/AE

Place shelves at a

child-friendly height,

so toys can be easily

reached, and then

collected and stashed

away again when it’s

time to tidy up.3

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DISCOVER MAGIC

Presenting you with our unique floating dessert at Masala Library

by Jiggs Kalra. Enjoy this delicious 70% dark chocolate treat as

part of the restaurant’s signature 12-course Tasting Menu.

Available daily from 6pm until 12am

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, PO Box 121000, Dubai, UAE

T +971.4.414.3000 | jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com | masalalibrarydxb


A Montessori-style floor bed not only looks magical, but it can

help to support your child’s independence and spacial awareness

by giving them the freedom to explore.

kids’ rooms | INSPIRATION

4

Home styled by

C’est Ici. Photos by

Natelee Cocks

A DESK IS A

USEFUL ADDITION

FOR KIDS OF ALL

AGES WHO’LL

BENEFIT FROM A

DEDICATED SPACE

FOR EVERYTHING

FROM COLOURING

TO CRACKING

THROUGH THEIR

HOMEWORK.

ANNA STUDY

DESK, DHS560,

HOMECENTRE.COM

5

6

They’re only little once, so be

open to being guided by their

interests and desires for their

room. Kids’ bedroom furniture

and accessories have come a

long way, so you’re sure to find

lots of fun yet stylish ways to

run with a theme. Elephant

Lamp, Dhs149, Zara Home.

zarahome.com

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INSPIRATION | kids’ rooms

7

Make sure there’s at least one

playful element in the room,

whether it’s a hammock-style

swing or a ball pit. Flex your

creative muscles! Ball Pit

Round M Jungle Balls, Dhs799,

Misioo, fivelittleducksme.com

WITH

Photo: Five Little Ducks

Tribe Dubai Zara Sofa styled by Escape Home

8

A TWO-TONED WALL IS AN

EASY WAY TO ADD SOME

INTEREST. THE MOST COMMON

WAY TO DO SO IS BY DIVIDING

THE WALL HORIZONTALLY

– JUST BE SURE TO APPLY

YOUR DARKER SHADE ON THE

LOWER PART. YOU CAN USE

THE LINE AS A GUIDE FOR

PLACING SHELVES ADORNED

VIBRANT PRINTS.

Stay organised with cheap

and cheerful storage

solutions. Savvy parents

swear by the Trofast unit

from Ikea, which adds a

pop of colour to the room.

Dhs205, ikea.com/me

9

10

A simple way to jazz up a plain white chest

of drawers is by switching up the knobs –

there are loads of cute designs in the shops.

Animal-shaped kids’ door knobs. Dhs49

(pack of two), Zara Home, zarahome.com

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expert advice | INSPIRATION

Ask the

DESIGNER

C’est Ici founders Monica Durou and Tatiana Jaramillio

explain how to let your style DNA shine

Your style DNA is a reflection of

who you are, and therefore a key

component when approaching

interior design. One of the reasons

we co-founded C’est Ici was because

we wanted to help people define their

authentic interior style. We live in a

world full of trends, so we say focus on

what makes you happy, not what is in

fashion. The most important part of

building a home is to feel comfortable in

it, so make it personal by adding your

own unique touch.

Get to know what you love by

seeking lots of inspiration. Mood

boards are the best place to start when

approaching a space. We recommend

creating one for each room you want

to design. Your physical or digital

board can include just about anything,

including photography, designs,

illustrations, colour palettes, textures

and descriptive words. Anything that

inspires you will help you to define the

direction you want your project to go in.

A home’s design and personality

should reflect the lives lived

within it. We believe your home should

be a reflection of who you are and a

collection of what you love. Showcasing

your personality in your space is all

about imperfection, it is a combination

of your life, encompassing the past,

present and future.

It’s not what you have but how you

style it. More often than not, we hear

our clients say, “I love this, but it doesn’t

really go with the style of the room”.

We think that pieces you love can look

great in any space, so we always use our

clients’ most beloved belongings in our

designs. Don’t put a heavy emphasis on

style. Simply display your oldest, most

treasured objects and adorn the walls

with memories from your travels.

Start with your favourite colour,

or the one you have in mind for the

room. The first step is deciding what

you want the vibe to be. Next, choose

colours that feel like the mood you want

to evoke. In general, pick dark shades

if you want to ramp up the drama. Or,

if you’re going for a serene feel, opt for

lighter hues. Follow the 60-30-10 rule:

60% should be the dominant colour on

the walls and rugs, while 30% is the

secondary tone, supporting the main

colour with soft furnishings. The final

10%, which is the most fun, is the accent

colour designed to add a vibrant pop

with accessories.

To find out, more visit

cesticidecor.com and follow

@cestici_ on Instagram

Monica and Tatiana, founders of C’est Ici

Window shop some of your favourite

interior brands and make a list of all the

things you like. Adding them to your mood

board will give you a good visualisation of

your style and guide you budget wise.

TIP

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Photo: Tribe Dubai,

tribedubai.com

FOOTPRINTS

IN THE SAND

Concerned about the impact your home life is having on the environment?

Follow these easy tips for leading a more sustainable lifestyle

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eco living | INSPIRATION

MATERIAL GIRL

There’s a growing collection of local

businesses flying the flag for ecofriendly

furniture and accessories.

Tribe Dubai (tribedubai.com), located

in The Courtyard in Al Quoz, only uses

biodegradable materials and avoids those

obtained through deforestation. Plus, its

products only feature all-natural dyes.

Its founder Jo England lists bamboo

and rattan as top sustainable choices.

“Bamboo is one of the eco-friendliest

products out there as it grows quickly

and is ideal for furniture, bowls, plates

and storage. Look for handcrafted pieces

that stand the test of time while also

hugely benefiting the communities in

which they were made.”

Similarly, Home and Soul

(homeandsouldubai.com), located in

Al Wasl, is incorporating sustainable

materials into each new collection to add

to its existing line-up of pieces made

from ethically-sourced materials.

“We source globally and work with

enterprises that are committed to using

sustainable materials, and not producing

in sweatshops,” says founder, Carol

Sukkar. “We need to take collective

responsibility to save our planet and

purchasing sustainable pieces is a small

but impactful stride you can make in

your home.”

Clockwise from top left: The Odger

Chair, Dhs295 from IKEA, is a woodplastic

composite containing wood

fibre waste; Halle Vase, Dhs175 and

Cirebon Basket, Dhs250, both from

Home & Soul

The Blueair JOY S,

Dhs699, is ideal for

compact living spaces,

blueair.com

CLEARING

THE AIR

Keeping your indoor air quality in

check will help to create a healthier

environment. A major cause of indoor air

pollution is volatile organic compounds

(VOCs), which are emitted as gases from

a variety of household products, such as

paint, carpeting and laminated furniture.

Keep a lid on it by getting an air purifier

that’ll help to trap airborne pollutants

and remove allergens from the air. Next,

consider swapping chemical cleaning

agents for eco-friendly alternatives. Local

maid service Eco Clean (ecoclean.ae) will

make your home sparkle using all-natural

products. “Our main priority is to improve

the air quality and hygiene in our clients’

homes while protecting the environment,”

says operations manager Sevda Garaeva.

“We use only non-toxic, environmentally

certified products.”

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KITCHEN

SMARTS

While you may already be a dab hand

at recycling, and have made the switch

to energy-efficient lighting, there are

lots more ways to run an eco-friendly

kitchen. Waving goodbye to singleuse

plastics is a hot topic, and there

are plenty of alternatives to hand.

Simply swap out plastic straws and

containers in favour of metal, glass, and

bamboo versions, or washable fabric

pouches. They are widely available,

including at The Goodness Company

(the-goodnesscompany.com), which has

recently launched in Dubai, offering

everything from glass straws, to pure

copper tumblers and more.

Cookware may also deserve a rethink,

with non-stick pans under the spotlight.

If you’re concerned, consider opting for

a more traditional option, such as cast

iron or stainless steel.

Once mealtimes are over, throw

any food leftovers into an organic

composting bin, for an easy way to turn

kitchen waste into a nourishing treat

for your garden. You won’t need to

worry about the smell, as most modern

designs will lock away any odour. Check

out the Bokashi Bin, Dhs294, from

mygreenchapter.com.

The Goodness Company,

the-goodnesscompany.com

“Swap out single-use

plastics for metal or

glass containers when

storing food”

4 My Earth Sandwich Wrap,

Dhs45, Eggs & Soldiers,

eggsnsoldiers.com

Eco Lunchbox Tri Bento Stainless Steel

Stacking Lunchbox, Dhs103, Eggs & Soldiers,

eggsnsoldiers.com

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eco living | INSPIRATION

BE A WATER

WARRIOR

An effective way to save water is to fit a water

flow reducer to shower heads and taps. This

can help to cut down your consumption by

upwards of 50 percent, and that’s going to have

a significant knock-on effect on your DEWA

bill. We recommend The Power Shower by Pure

Blue, as its patented technology maintains a

high pressure feel, so you can do your bit for

planet Earth without sacrificing on luxury. If

you’re in the market for a totally new shower,

consider the GROHE SmartControl shower,

which has a handy ‘Eco’ setting.

When shopping for appliances, look for

a UAE Energy Efficiency Standardization

and Labelling rated (EESL) model. The most

efficient washing machines and dishwashers

use around 30 percent less water and consume

roughly 40 percent less energy than standard

models so are well worth the investment.

GROHE Smart Control shower

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at home with | INSPIRATION

A HOUSE

LESS

ORDINARY

Rock chic with a dash of funky charm, Parisian

entrepreneur Emma Sawko, owner of Comptoir

102, shares the secrets of her eclectic abode

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INSPIRATION | at home with

verybody said ‘you’re crazy if you

“Etake it; it’s an absolute mess’. But

there was a certain kind of energy that

lured me to this Jumeirah villa, and I

haven’t looked back.”

A true Parisian, Emma Sawko is

a connoisseur of all things design,

fashion and food. Always choosing

instinct over logic, the interiors

aficionado followed her design vision

through, despite the scepticism. “I

always go with what I feel; I go with

passion. The place always inspires how

it’s going to end up. At first glance, I

liked the volume of the house and the

natural lighting cascading in. It had a

vibe that piqued my interest”.

Her move to the Middle East in 2010

was the driving force that launched

her cool concept store Comptoir 102.

The boutique-meets-organic-café is a

treasure trove of curiosities, with its

curated collection of fashion, jewellery,

furniture and home accessories from

around the globe, something that is

strikingly reflected in the décor of

Emma’s own home. “I don’t know

what inspired what. My aesthetic is

in the way I dress, decorate, eat and

work. Be it New York, Paris or Dubai,

all my houses have the same feel.

Interior decoration has always been

something that I love and take with

me everywhere I go. Especially when I

moved to Dubai, it was extremely hard

to find anything in the market that

matched my taste. I wanted to create

something different that mirrored who

I am and that would enable me to add

my own touch to the community.”

THE NEUTRAL HUES OF THE LIVING ROOM WALLS PUT THE

BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ARTIST REZA DERAKSHANI INTO FOCUS

EDGY FINDS

The contemporary design of Franck

Dorat’s wire sculptures add a distinctive

touch that stands out.

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INSPIRATION | at home with

MIX AND MATCH

The curved staircase catches the eye with

its sleek shape and elegant finish. The

striking artworks and accessories allow

Emma’s personality to shine through.

SET THE TONE

Earthy tones exude tranquillity and create

an inviting haven for sleep.

Just a few minutes away from her

store, the property’s convenient location

was a key factor that sealed the deal

for Emma. “I knew I was going to

work a lot, so the proximity was very

important to me. I wanted to be near

my kids and involve them in my project

as much as possible. Every day after

school they would pass by the shop,

have a snack and then walk back home.

I love the neighbourhood, everything is

so accessible and you can simply walk or

cycle – there’s no need for a car”.

Currently living between Paris and

Dubai, Emma attributes her French

roots to her boho-chic-meets-rockchick

aesthetic. “I don’t know how

or why, but anyone who sees me

instantly knows I’m French. As far as

I remember I’ve always had a taste

for decorations, it’s something that’s

very important to me. Even when I

was studying with no money in a small

studio, I still wanted to feel really good

in my space and create a creative vibe

with the small details”.

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“I wanted to feel good

in my space and foster

a creative vibe with the

small details”

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With travel an integral part of her

everyday life, it follows that many

of the pieces adorning every nook

are sourced from abroad. “I collected

most of my art pieces from travelling.

In New York, I spent a lot of time in

galleries and at art exhibitions but

when I arrived here I started to get

interested in the art of the region –

the scene is very rich. Currently, my

absolute favourite is Rokni Haerizadeh,

an Iranian artist represented in

galleries such as Gallery Issabelle Van

Den Eynde in Alserkal Avenue.”

With a thriving business,

adventurous spirit and creative

ventures, everyday is a whirlwind in

the Sawko household, something that

makes time spent with family extra

special. “My favourite space in the

house is the kitchen. My husband and

I work a lot, but here we exchange

stories over good food and talk with

the kids about their day. It’s a moment

that’s warm and precious, and I look

forward to it every day. I also love

to cook so, to me, the kitchen is the

beating heart of our home”.

“I always go with what I feel; I go

with passion. The place always inspires

how it’s going to end up like”

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at home with | INSPIRATION

Sass & Belle Tribal

Skull Wire Jewelry

Holder, Dhs55,

Namshi, en-ae.

namshi.com

Willow Easy Fit

Pendant, Very,

around Dhs310

(GBP69.99),

very.co.uk

Ballet Flower Canvas Painting, Dhs399,

Home Centre, homecentre.com

GET

THE

LOOK

Flower-shaped Bowl, Dhs39,

Zara Home, zarahome.com

Bishop stool by

India Mahdavi,

Dhs6,550,

available at

Comptoir 102,

comptoir102.com

Short Vesuvius Vase, Jonathan

Adler, around Dhs746 (GBP168)

uk.jonathanadler.com

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INSPIRATION | outdoor space

BEACH

BABIES

Lazy days on the sand and plenty of pool-time fun... Edwina Viel and

family are embracing life on the shore at their Palm Jumeirah villa

Photographs by: Muthu Kumar

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Suncream slathered on and

inflatables at the ready. The

Viel clan – Luca, 10, Sofia, 8,

Lorenzo, 7 and Leonardo, 5 – are

excitedly getting ready for a dip in the

sea, a simple joy they have the pleasure

of experiencing every day due to their

coveted address on Palm Jumeirah.

Indeed, their gorgeous villa comes

complete with its own private stretch

of beach, fulfilling Edwina’s dream to

swap city life for a more outdoorsy

lifestyle. “The kids are dedicated water

babies,” she laughs, as the family’s

West Highland terrier Whiskey

scampers around her feet. “Each of my

children could swim from the age of

around 20 months, and we definitely

aim to make the most of our location

by the water.”

Edwina (a Singaporean raised in the

UK) and her Italian husband Maurizio,

a plastic surgeon, moved to Dubai from

London in 2009 to set-up a branch of

his business here. They immediately

started looking for a home by the

sea as an antidote to the built-up

environment they’d experienced in

the UK capital. “Although it was only

available to rent at the time, this villa

appealed to us as it was jointly owned

by two Australian families so we knew

they would be likely to want to sell

at some point in the future,” explains

Edwina. Two years later, her prediction

came true and the Viel’s seized the

opportunity to snap up the property.

Ever since, as the brood has grown,

the villa’s dreamy outdoor space has

provided an idyllic playground. “Walks

along the beach have become a family

ritual,” says Edwina. “We often cycle

down to the edge of the frond for a

picnic on the sand. As the beach is

THE VIEL FAMILY’S GORGEOUS

PALM JUMEIRAH VILLA COMES

COMPLETE WITH ITS OWN

PRIVATE STRETCH OF

BEACH, PROVIDING AN

IDYLLIC NATURAL PLAYGROUND

FOR THE CHILDREN

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outdoor space | INSPIRATION

“Each of my children could swim from the

age of around 20 months”

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private, there’s never many people

around, which is nice, and at the

weekend we can throw open the patio

doors without feeling overlooked.

“Luca is the keen fisherman of the

family,” she says. “Maurizio taught

him how to fish and, depending on the

season, he can often catch hammour

and crab. He has the patience to wait

for two to three hours for a bite, which

is great for a boy of his age. Plus, he

knows how to prepare them so we can

eat them for supper.”

An accomplished sailor (a skill he

learnt at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club),

Luca is clearly confident on the water,

and naturally takes on the role of

sibling herder, helping his mum ensure

all the younger ones are towing the

line when it comes to paddling across

the waterway.

“Sofia has had a passion for

watersports from a young age while

Lorenzo excels at kayaking, although

he’s currently much more obsessed

with Formula One. Leonardo is a

strong swimmer in his own right,”

she summarises.

Over the years, the outdoor space,

which has a sparkling swimming pool

and elevated garden area, has played

host to numerous kids’ birthday parties

complete with bouncy castles and

Shetland ponies. Edwina has made

some stylish upgrades to the space

by laying new tiles, buying some cosy

seating from Al-Futtaim ACE and

planting banana trees for a tropical

vibe – “we use the leaves to wrap

around the fish Luca has caught for

cooking”. Currently, she’s devoting

all her attention to establishing a

herb garden, with lemongrass from

Sri Lanka and coriander already

taking hold. In the future, Edwina

is considering moving the site of the

swimming pool so it’s directly in front

of the house, creating an infinity-style

edge overlooking the beach. “It’s a big

job as it involves extending the garden,

but I think it’ll be worth it, so watch

this space.”

“Luca is the keen fisherman of the family

– he often catches hammour and crab”

A former investment manager,

Edwina runs a popular parenting

and lifestyle blog, Seashells

On The Palm. Check it out at

seashellsonthepalm.com and

@seashellsonthepalm

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outdoor space | INSPIRATION

THE SPACE HAS PLAYED HOST

TO NUMEROUS KIDS’ BIRTHDAY

PARTIES OVER THE YEARS

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Neville Johnson

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library wall | INSPIRATION

Wel l

read

Whether you’re a selfconfessed

bookworm,

or want to encourage

your kids to read, an

at-home library wall is

a stylish solution that

gives back

You don’t need a grand estate in

order to have a library at home.

The rise of bespoke fitted furniture

solutions, and the luxury of having

a large number of skilled carpenters

to call upon in the emirates, means

that the stylishly high-brow library

wall concept is now open to everyone.

“Even the most awkward of angles,

corners and alcoves can become a

useful and integral part of your

home’s design,” says Simon Tcherniak,

senior designer at Neville Johnson

(nevillejohnson.co.uk). “By using these

typically wasted areas, new spaces

for bookshelves, storage and display

shelving can become a stylish and

feasible option. If you have the space,

you can consider incorporating an

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elegant sliding ladder that’ll add

an interesting element, with the

additional benefit of allowing you

to reach books in the tallest part of

the room.”

It’s a good idea to seek the opinion

of a contractor for peace of mind

that it’s built on solid foundations.

“To ensure your shelving will have

longevity and strength enough to

hold all your books and trinkets, it is

essential to consider if there is a solid

wall to fix the units to,” says Simon.

“Bespoke fitted furniture companies

will individually fix back panels to

the wall to further strengthen the

design, but a solid base is a must.”

An expert will be able to help you

decide upon the best fit solution

for your space. “When planning the

design, to reinforce that strength of

the shelving, the lower tall cabinets

can act as supporting units,”

suggests Simon. “This combines both

practicality with an individual and

striking design.”

BRILLIANT BOOKENDS

Neville Johnson

From left: 1 Ferm Living Luru Bookends (set of two), around Dhs529 (GPB118), available

from Amara, amara.com 2 Peacock Book Ends, around Dhs152 (GBP34), Oliver Bonas,

oliverbonas.com 3 Debenhams Star by Julien Macdonald white agate bookend, around

Dhs89 (GBP20) per piece, available from Debenhams, debenhams.com

CARPENTERS WE RATE

MLIDS Technical Services in Al Quoz

(give Khalid a ring on 050 420 4182);

Handy Scandy (Bjorn and his team

do a stellar job, call 800 722639,

handyscandy.com); Jumeirah Carpenter

(+971 4 338 3231, jumeirahcarpenter.

com) is a popular choice.

Cuckooland.com

Tip

STOCK YOUR

LIBRARY WITHOUT

SPENDING A FORTUNE

THANKS TO DUBAI’S

SECONDHAND BOOK

SHOPS, SUCH AS

HOUSE OF PROSE

(HOUSEOFPROSE.

COM)

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library wall | INSPIRATION

DO IT

YOUR SHELF

From top: 1 Vita Wooden Bookshelf

in Black and Acacia, around Dhs6,479

(GPB1,445), cuckooland.com 2 Dorothea

Metal Book Case in solid mango wood

and brass, around Dhs1,789 (GBP399),

Cult Furniture, cultfurniture.com 3 The

Frama Shelf Library, around Dhs10,109

(GBP2,254), nest.co.uk

Novel accents

Neville Johnson

When building your own library, think about how you would prefer to organise it. “You

could sort your books by colour, author, series or genre,” suggests Stephany Hanna,

interior architect and designer at Step into Detail (@stepintodetail). “Also, don’t be too

formal. Add a twist with some candles, frames, small plants, and stylish book ends.”

Relaxing furniture placed around the shelves will help create a welcoming space. “It’s

a must for enjoying your reading time,” says Stephany. “Even if the library is located in

your office, it would be nice to add a comfy furniture piece in one corner, such as a sofa

bed, rocking chair or a lounge armchair. Lastly, choose some ambient lighting fixtures,

like wall lamps or LED strips inside the shelves to give the space a cosy feel.” All that’s

left to do is add some accent lights to your reading nook, and get stuck into a good book.

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A TWIST ON

TRADITION

How a starter home in Mirdif was

transformed by marrying tradition

with contemporary flair

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home makeover | INSPIRATION

Before

When Dubai-based newlyweds Yara and

Eddy contacted Nisrine Moghraby

of Harf Noon Design Studios to help

create their Mirdif love nest, they

were certain of one thing – that it be built

around their collection of vintage carpets.

Given to the couple as wedding gifts, their

ensemble of richly bold rugs were a sure place

to start for Nisrine. “I instantly knew that

the colour scheme had to complement them

without being overpowering,” she says. The

young couple wanted to focus on makingover

the entertaining spaces, including the

l i v i n g/d i n i n g s p a c e a n d t h e T V r o o m u p s t a i r s .

Since the carpets were naturally colourful,

they became the focal point for each of the

rooms. Nisrine selected shades from them, and

chose funky accessories to match. Meanwhile,

the walls were kept simple, with a lick of

white paint and a large black and white

p h o t o g r a p h fo r “ s o m e a r c h i t e c t u r a l i n t e r e s t ”.

Moving upstairs to the TV room, Nisrine

removed all of the couple’s existing furniture,

leaving just the sofa. The multipurpose room

was made-over with a slender desk, TV cabinet

and storage units for the couple’s books and

trinkets. “We wanted to nod to the Star Wars

theme that was afoot in the room previously, as

this was a part of the husband’s bachelor days,”

says Nisrine. “We kept the youthful spirit alive

by framing some fun posters and adding a bean

bag for hours of comfortable gaming.”

Upon completion, the once blank slate

had taken a starting point from the antique

carpets and run with a quirky yet trendy feel.

In Nisrine’s words, “the house has a consistent

charm and unique character that mirrors its

owner’s optimism and new life as a couple.”

Turn the page to read our tops tips on

planning a similar makeover in your home ➤

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INSPIRATION | home makeover

Make it happen

Want your own funky

yet original space?

Nisrine Moghraby

shares her top tips

1 Use one main element as your focal point,

as we did with the rugs here. Complement it

with a statement artwork in muted tones that

doesn’t distract.

2 Start with simple white walls so that

everything pops against them. You can always

add wallpaper or bright posters to bring some

colour in.

3 Keep the rest of the furniture colours neutral

– we opted for light grey, which stands out

against the walls without overpowering the

brightness in the carpets. We used throw

cushions to tie in the neutral colours and the

bright carpets.

4 Opt for a glass coffee table, which will

allow a statement carpet or flooring to show

through. A dark metal hardware table works

well, as the industrial feel complements

traditional elements for a modern spin.

5 Accessorise with minimalistic yet statement

pieces that are fun and young. This will add a

quirky vibe without it feeling cluttered.

THE VERDICT

“We love our home’s new

look. The creative, super

sleek finish is better than

anything we could have

imagined for our home.”

Yara and Eddy

Photos by Harf Noon Studios, harfnoondesignstudio.com

Before

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FAMILY

ABODES

Six

of the

best

Fab family homes, with

plenty of room to grow

FOR SALE

AED3,550,000

1TOWNHOUSE, MOTOR CITY

Located in the highly sought-after Green Community, this three-bed

townhouse is ideal for family get-togethers with its spacious extended

kitchen, large lounge, separate dining room and roomy reception areas.

Being a corner unit, alfresco entertainment is also on the cards as the

property has ample garden space with a barbecue area and pergola.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: TH355049,

RERA Permit No. 1475723839. Nearby school and nursery: Jumeirah English

Speaking School, Building Blocks Nursery.

Bed: 3

Bath: 4

Parking: 2

FOR SALE

AED15,900,000

2AL BARSHA 3, AL BARSHA

If you have a taste for the finer things in life, you’ll appreciate this

fully-furnished villa where a theme of contemporary luxury reigns

supreme. Perfect for large families, each of the five bedrooms have an ensuite

bathroom and fitted wardrobes. The showstopper abode is decked out

with high-end furniture from the likes of Fendi and Roberto Cavalli, while the

landscaped garden and swimming pool has the wow factor.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: BHM-S-170347,

RERA Permit No. 0574909058. Nearby school and nursery: American School

of Dubai, The Children’s Garden.

Bed: 5

Bath: 6

Parking: 2

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Bed: 4

Bath: 5

Parking: 2

FOR SALE

AED3,800,000

3SADAF 2, JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE

This fully upgraded, duplex apartment situated in the popular JBR

is the modern answer to family living. Natural light floods the space

through the large windows and provide dreamy Dubai Marina views. The

sleek kitchen is another highlight, along with the wooden floors upstairs.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: AP300281,

RERA Permit No. 1685276749. Nearby school and nursery: Regent

International School, Kidville JBR.

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FOR SALE

AED5,000,000

4ORANGE LAKE, JUMEIRAH

GOLF ESTATES

Get acquainted with this brand

new lake view property in the familyfriendly

development of Orange Lake.

The Spanish-style villa benefits from

smart home technology and highquality

finishings, including parquet

flooring and marble countertops. The

European vibe continues outside with a

private pool and dining area.

For further details, call 04 409 0998

and quote REF: VI364315, RERA Permit

No. 0642861431. Nearby school and

nursery: Dubai British School, Building

Blocks Nursery.

Beds: 4

Bath: 5

Parking: 2

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FOR SALE

AED6,300,000

5SAADIYAT BEACH VILLAS, SAADIYAT ISLAND

This distinctive four-bedroom villa is situated on the family-friendly Saadiyat

Island in Abu Dhabi. A stone’s throw from the beach and close to Louvre Abu

Dhabi, among other attractions, there’s plenty to keep the brood entertained here.

Come home to this spacious, arabesque designed home (think arched doorways

and gleaming mosaics) complete with lush garden.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI349995. Nearby school and

nursery: Repton School Abu Dhabi, Redwood Montessori Nursery.

Beds: 4

Bath: 5

Parking: 3

FOR RENT

AED230,000 per year

6LEGACY, JUMEIRAH PARK

Having been upgraded with family living in mind, there’s living space aplenty

here. The large lounge and dining area has been extended to provide a

garden facing, sun room while the granite-topped kitchen is fully-equipped with

appliances and comes complete with a breakfast bar. Sitting pretty within the villaonly

community of Jumeirah Park, this is suburban living at its finest.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI339612, RERA Permit No. 1633676627.

Nearby school and nursery: Dubai British School, Marina Village Nursery.

Beds: 4

Bath: 5

Parking: 2

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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO

MOTOR CITY

Located beside Dubai Autodrome,

Motor City is a popular residential

area and self-contained

neighbourhood in Dubailand with a

variety of amenities on the doorstep.

Home to apartments and villas,

this popular area nurtures a strong

community feel with its mix of

convenience, activity and fun.

WHY MOVE THERE?

On top of being, as its name suggest,

a thrilling hub for motorsports, Motor

City is a coveted residential community

with an impressive roster of shops,

attractions and entertainment. Those

with an active lifestyle will feel right at

home here, with the landscaped parks

attracting dedicated joggers and the

fully-equipped gym at Fitness First

drawing a motivated crowd. If you

prefer to relax over a cup of coffee

with friends, there’s plenty of places to

do so here.

THE COMMUNITY

The spacious plots and green areas

draw families and professionals

alike who value the relaxed feel of

the neighbourhood, which is largely

pedestrianised. Green Community

Motor City comprises a number of

villas, while Uptown Motor City offers

townhouses, apartments and studios.

TRANSPORT

With easy access to Sheikh

Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and

Al Khail Road, you’ll reach Dubai

Marina in around 15-minutes by car

and Downtown Dubai in around 25

minutes. There are several bus routes

that connect the community to the

wider city.

SCHOOLS

GEMS Metropole School is situated

in Uptown Motor City, while Victory

Heights Primary School is a short

drive away. For tots, Emirates British

Nursery and Jebel Ali Village Nursery

are located within the community.

SHOPPING

The large Spinneys supermarket is

ideal for the weekly shop, while First

Avenue Mall has over 50 shops and

15 places to eat and drink, including

Bath & Body Works, Al-Futtaim ACE,

Chili’s, Burgerfuel and Starbucks.

Meet the neighbours

Anna Wallentén (@anna.wallenten) has lived in Motor City for 12 years

“My parents were two of the first residents to move into Motor City in 2007. Twelve years down

the line, and three apartments later, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love it here due to

the community atmosphere and the close proximity to pools and shops. I work from home as a

Peak Performance Expert, and I love welcoming my clients to this homely neighbourhood.”

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area guide | PROPERTY

Ask the agent

Robert Villalobos is the

Branch Manager at Motor City

Betterhomes. If you would like

to contact him for property

consultations, or to learn of

any open house dates in the

area, simply call 04 408 1000.

OFF-PLAN

PROPERTY FOCUS

Arabian Ranches III,

Spring

Motor City is suitable for a variety of people.

Professionals and couples will enjoy the apartment

style living and array of amenities on the doorstep

in Uptown Motor City. Families who require a

larger living and outdoor space, however, will feel

right at home in Green Community, Motor City.

There is a lively community feel that is very

family orientated, especially during the cooler

months when the residents spend more time

outside. The weekends are bustling due to the

fantastic high-street, which has restaurants, a

variety of shops, and soft play areas. Of course,

Dubai Autodrome creates a buzz in the community,

especially on race days. Various events throughout

the year attract a steady crowd of motorsport

enthusiasts and make for great family days out.

Currently, prices are falling, so now is a great

time to rent or buy. In Uptown Motor City the studio

apartments start from Dhs500,000 to buy and from

Dhs40,000 per annum to rent. In Motor City’s Green

Community, townhouses, villas and bungalows start

from around Dhs3.2m to buy and Dhs180,000 to rent.

If you’re interested in living here, you’ll need to be

quick, as the properties in the Green Community

go quickly, so there is often low availability.

Visit the new Betterhomes branch at Office 2101,

Control Tower, Motor City, 04 885 1848

PROPERTIES IN MOTOR CITY

For Sale

AED975,000. Sherlock House 2, Motor City.

2 bed, 3 bath, 2 parking, 1,471 sq.ft.

3.2m

could buy you a

bungalow in the

coveted Green

Community

Motor City

For Rent

AED43k per year. Weston Court 1, Motor

City, Studio, 2 bath, 1 parking, 641 sq.ft.

WHAT IS IT?

Spring is one of three neighbourhoods

in Arabian Ranches III – a premium

family-centric gated community that

follows the blueprint of the existing

Ranches developments in Dubailand.

It offers a blend of indoor and outdoor

attractions for residents of all ages.

WHERE IS IT LOCATED? Along Sheikh

Mohammed bin Zayed Road,

20-minutes from Downtown Dubai

and just five-minutes away from the

popular Global Village.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES?

Encouraging outdoor living with a

community clubhouse, tree house

play area, kids’ pool, trampoline park

and barbecue area, the community is

pegged as a family-friendly haven in

which to escape the buzz of the city.

Its modern townhouses each feature

landscaped plots.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Three- or four-bedroom townhouses,

with plenty of natural light. there are

two design options: the elegant Cream

facade design or the deeper-hued

Chestnut aesthetic.

EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE?

October 2022.

IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE?

There is a 5% down payment upon

booking; 5% is to be paid within

30 days of booking; the 2 nd to 10 th

payments of 5% every four months;

15% upon completion; and the 12 th -17 th

instalments of 5% paid post completion.

For further information, call

Betterhomes on 04 409 0998

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