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Nov/Dec 2019

The magazine of Betterhomes

OUTDOOR

LIVING

Top tips

for gorgeous

gardens

HOT PROPERTY

OFF-PLAN

PROJECTS

ON OUR

RADAR

HOW TO

CHOOSE

A KITCHEN

WORKTOP

FESTIVE STYLING

Create a winter

wonderland

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

How Emma Hutton transformed her rental into a lush green oasis


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Welcome to the issue

The busy season is upon us, and with the wonderful

winter weather inviting us to get up off our sofas and

enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll want to ensure your

garden is looking its best. While many of us can only

dream of nurturing a space as elegant and welcoming

as that of interior designer Emma Hutton (see our

cover story on p50), our top 10 tips on the little

touches that make a big difference are sure to help

you on your way (p34). Plus, we share some magical

festive styling advice (p29), put kitchen worktops

through their paces (p54) and bring you all the latest

kitchen and bathroom updates (from p13).

Happy nesting!

The Better Living team, @bliving.me

Chattels & More

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welcome letter | CONTENTS

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CONTENTS

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Living magazine.

SHOP

10-20

The latest news and updates; dinner party pieces

that’ll wow your guests; a look inside The Den at

City Walk; and coffee machines to covet.

INSPIRE

23-60

How to embrace darker shades this winter;

festive touches for your home; 10 easy ways to

get your garden guest ready; be inspired by these

gorgeous homes and gardens in the UAE; a guide to

selecting the best kitchen worktop for you; and how

a clever renovation breathed new life into a villa in

The Springs.

MOVE

62-67

Off-plan developments on our radar, and our guide to

living in Business Bay.

Tel: +971 4 364 2876

Fax: +971 4 369 7494

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This issue’s

Pinboard

Our round-up of the latest in

homewares, news and interiors trends

GOLDEN ERA

Inspired by European designs

of a bygone era, Baker has

launched their Stately Homes

collection for the autumn.

The antique style pieces are now

available at the Iconic Homes

showroom in Dubai Design

District so you can bring a

touch of old world glamour

into your home.

New shops on

the block

Roll up! The last few months have

seen some new shops opening

around town, here are the ones we

are most excited about.

Pan Emirates in Burjuman.

Shop here for a mix of styles,

from glamorous to modern

sleek. Crate and Barrel in

Dubai Mall. Expect all the

regular high-quality and highly

stylish pieces. IKEA in Festival

Plaza. The new bigger branch

is set to open in December

where you can use screens to

design your rooms.

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trending | UPDATES

Light it Up

A STUNNING

CENTREPIECE

ON YOUR TABLE

OR A GORGEOUS

GIFT, INTERIORS’

CANDLEHOLDER

COLLECTION IS

PERFECT FOR

THE SEASON.

LIANNA CANDLEHOLD

ER,DHS1,3000,INTERIO

RSFURNITURE.COM

Book of the month: Dubai-based

author, Rachael Lynn explores

themes around finding your feet as

an expatriate woman and shares her

tips on feeling At home anywhere.

A warming read that will resonate

with any woman living overseas.

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trending | UPDATES

HIGH-TEK KITCHEN

Experts in innovation, German

brand TEKA’s built-in appliances

revolutionise kitchens. Each item

is expertly designed in order

to fit in with your lifestyle and

space. Creating a practical yet

elegant look, they give a seamless

aesthetic while also being highly

efficient. TEKA is your go-to for

ideas and inspiration, from hi-tech

induction hobs to ovens pre-set

with recipes and island hoods that

make a statement – you can build

your dream kitchen around your

top picks. teka.com/en-ae/

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

KEEP YOUR FOOD

FRESHER FOR

LONGER WITH

FISHER & PAYKEL’S

NEW VARIABLE

TEMPERATURE

TECHNOLOGY, QUAD

DOOR FRIDGE.

CHOOSE A DIFFERENT

SETTING FOR EACH

COMPARTMENT WITH

FOUR SIMPLE OPTIONS.

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Top taps

Three fabulous faucets we’re lusting over…

BLACK & GOLD Jazz up your washbasin with this

bold geometrically designed faucet with brushed

gold detailing and matte black holding.

Price upon request, Axor, axor-design.com

SLEEK CHIC Keep the fuss to a minimum

with a tap that distracts no attention from a

breathtaking bathroom. Price upon request,

Wolo at casamilanohome.com

PRETTY IN ROSE GOLD Bringing a

feminine touch to your bathroom, this

gorgeous spout makes a luxury statement.

Around Dhs2,250 ($612.50), kohler.com

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UPDATES | trending

On our

radar

What’s hot for your

bathroom this season…

BUBBLE BATH

An art piece in and of itself, this tub by Newton commands attention.

Sparking a Marmite moment (you either love or hate it), there’s no

denying its artistic merit. Crafted from gold painted cast iron, the black

and gold lacquered spheres create a bubble like appearance, while the

curved shape denotes a high-level of comfort. Find it at Casa Milano’s new

flagship store on Sheikh Zayed Road. casamilanoitaly.com

Track your water consumption from

anywhere in the world with GROHE’s

Sense Guard. grohe-gcc.com

Leaving a floral note in the washroom.

Dutchmaster Blush Floral by Kohler,

Approx Dhs4,157 ($1,132).

me.kohler.com

NEW BOUTIQUE SHOWROOM

AL HASHIMYA’S KOHLER BOUTIQUE SHOWROOM IN

ABU DHABI IS THE EPITOME OF LIFE ECHOING ART.

THE LUXURY BATHROOM BRAND BLENDS HIGH-END

PRODUCTS WITH WORLD-CLASS DESIGN FOR A DREAMY

BATHROOM EFFECT. THE SHOWROOM EXHIBITS AN

ARRAY OF THE BRAND’S ARTIST EDITION® SINKS

THAT ARE DESIGNED BY KOHLER’S OWN ARTISANS.

ME.KOHLER.COM

Understated elegance crafted by Paolo

Ulian from 16-layered marble for

Antoniolupi. antoniolupi.it

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Better Living x IKEA

’Tis the season

Getting into the festive spirit is easy with IKEA

Whether the weather outside is frightful

or delightful – it's the season to get

cosy. Inspired by creating a feeling

of belonging at home, IKEA’s limited

edition VÄRMER Collection hits stores just in time

for Christmas. The pieces are holiday-inspired but

have a timeless and functional feel so you can use

them all winter long. To create this collection, IKEA

invited two designer families from two different

parts of the world to create a collection inspired by

their everyday lives. The idea was to capture the

holiday spirit of both the Northern and Southern

Hemisphere, so no matter where you live, you can

achieve a seasonal look.

Naeem Biviji and Bethan Rayne, from Kenya,

wanted their products to be fun and reflect the

seasonal mood. Meanwhile, Swedish designers Sarah

Fager and Jens Fager wanted to create festive

products that were both practical and joyful. The

result? A holiday look and festive feel with IKEA’s

Scandinavian practicality as a given.

To find out more, visit ikea.com/ae

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UPDATES | favourite finds

DINNER PARTY

Wish

list

Five finds we’re coveting…

1 Get the party started with this cool (literally)

pineapple ice bucket. Pineapple Ceramic Ice

Bucket, Dhs198, Party Camel, partycamel.com

2 The centrepiece of any good party table is

the cake – not least when it’s displayed on this

beauty. Bras Mesh Cake Stand, Dhs375, EICI

available at jashanmalgroup.com

3 Deck the table with these dinner plates that

invoke the spirit of the season. Porcelain dinner

plate, Dhs79, Zara Home, zarahome.com/ae

4 These glamorous 22-karat gold flaked,

double-walled cups call for a tea party at once.

Six Accents Double Walled Teacups, Dhs371,

Silsal, silsal.com

5 Candlelit dinners have never been more

chic than with these gilded sticks. COBRA

Candleholder set (medium) Dhs760,

Georg Jensen, georgjensen.com

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SHOP | must-shop

WHAT’S IN

STORE

THE DEN

THE STORY SO FAR: The brainchild

of Nadia Sallustio, The Den was born

from a love of all things artistic. Having

studied art at university in Belgium,

Nadia began her career by working in

a gallery before becoming an interior

designer, but her goal was always to

own a boutique. In 2016, her vision

became a reality when she opened her

eclectically ambient ‘den’ in City Walk.

Bringing her eye for style to the UAE’s

interiors’ scene, The Den has become

a purveyor of beautiful European

homeware in Dubai.

THE LOOK: The expertly curated

selection of pieces achieve a stylish

but comforting feel.

SIGNATURE BUYS: The Den is the

only UAE-based distributor of Parisian

artist and designer Maison Sarah

Lavoine. Bringing a large selection of

the house’s typically French designs

to Dubai, you’ll find plenty of Sarah’s

signature blue colour in store.

WHAT’S NEW? Keep your eyes peeled

for a brand new collection from Maison

Sarah Lavoine landing in store soon.

Also, new to the shop floor is Belgium

brand POMAX, which flies the flag for

practical yet trendy pieces.

GOOD TO KNOW: On top of being a

haven for high-end designs, The Den

also offers an in-house interior styling

service. From selecting the perfect

colours for your home to sourcing the

furniture, it’s a one-stop shop. Plus,

Nadia oversees the whole process, from

the initial home visit to the set-up, to

ensure her creative flair is present.

The Den is located in City Walk 2, Shop

1205. 056 466 2338, @theden.dubai,

thedenconcept.com

FAVOURITE FINDS

Roman Column

Limestone, Dhs350

Carnival Night

Light, Dhs45.95

WHY WE RATE IT

A reflection of Nadia

Sallustio’s chic home style,

it is the place to go for l’art

de vivre

Palm Beach Tray (size 38), Dhs273

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Happy D.2 Plus. Shape, colour and comfort.

Current trends unified in one new bathroom series: an iconic design of harmonious rounded corners. Anthracite Matt sophisticatedly

combined or expressively contrasting. Light or dark wood tones, satin matt finishes, gently sliding handleless pull-out compartments with

self-closing and interior lighting. Design by sieger design. 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


SHOP | better buys

COFFEE

MACHINES

Revolutionise your morning cup o’ joe

with these brilliant brewers

THE MILKY WAY

If you love a milky brew, the Scultura

Espresso ECZ from De’Longhi is an all-in-one

cappuccino system that delivers a smooth

result. Using coffee pods, your cup will be the

richest and creamiest of them all. Dhs999,

available at jashanmalhome.com

EASY DOES IT

An expertly-brewed cup is a given with any

Nepresso machine, but the VerutoPlus Deluxe Black

uses new Centrifusion technology to ensure the

coffee is brewed to perfection. The sleek machine

takes Nepresso’s tasty pods and makes your

drink with just one-touch. Dhs1,249, available at

ae.buynespresso.com

RETRO ROAST

Turning its ’50s-inspired

aesthetic to the humble

espresso machine, Smeg’s

ECF01 is a stylish addition

to any coffee lover’s kitchen.

Not only is it devilishly cute,

but the machine brews a

mean espresso using ground

coffee and paper pads for a

traditional Italian cup. There’s

a Thermoblock heating

system, which allows for the

ideal temperature, while the

15-bar pressure ensures the

perfect espresso every time.

Dhs1,399, available from

betterlifeuae.com/smeg

CORTADO CHIC

This elegant A1 machine by Jura

prepares a quality cup that will

prove the envy of any barista.

The innovative Pulse Extraction

Process means the beans are

ground to a high standard every

time and you have maximum

choice for the type of brew.

There’s a modern touch panel for

you to choose the strength and

size of your morning cup. Price

upon request, available in store at

Better Life, betterlifeuae.com

ON-THE-GO

Get your caffeine fix on the move with the

Wacaco Nanopresso. This limited edition,

handheld machine allows you to load up

the hot water and Nepresso capsule to

suit your taste. Perfect for busy lifestyles,

it’s lightweight and easy to clean. Dhs299,

available from jashanmalhome.com

BEFORE YOU BUY...

There’s a coffee machine for everyone. From the after-dinner party host to one whose day doesn’t start until

they’ve had their caffeine fix, your espresso-ul mate is out there. Be sure to note the bar pressure, as it’s usually

a good indication of the quality of brew – to avoid a bitter taste, the optimum pressure is between 15-19 bar. Real

connoisseurs will want to choose a machine that grinds the beans on the spot for a richer flavour, but bear in mind

that these machines require more maintenance whereas a capsule machine generally requires less effort to keep it

in tip-top condition. Also check the wattage, which is a good indicator of how quickly your drink will be ready.

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JAQUAR x Better Living

Wellness solutions at Jaquar

BATHROOMS

MADE

BEAUTIFUL

Bring your dreams to life

with Jaquar

Does your ideal bathroom exist as a mere figment of

your imagination, or a carefully curated Pinterest

board?

Here to turn your visions into reality is Jaquar

World’s showroom. A one-stop shop, there’s a large array of

products, from high-tech showers to wellness-based steam

and sauna cabins. Make the most of the immersive element

here by trying out the products for size before deciding.

Along with Jaquar’s premium range, those looking for

something a bit more luxurious will love the Artize pieces

which marry expert craftsmanship with timeless style.

What’s more, when visiting the showroom, Jaquar’s team

of experts will be on hand to advise you on the perfect

solutions for your space. Taking into account your

bathroom goal, the specialist consultants will guide you

through the whole process and recommend the products

that synergise and best suit your needs. Using your vision,

the showroom experts and Jaquar’s first-class products,

your dream bathroom is nigh.

You can experience the

complete bathroom solution at

Jaquar World, Store 7, Umm

Al Sheif, Sheikh Zayed Road

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Meet the beauty of water.

A design masterpiece

for your bathroom.

New! Looks remarkable, feels incredible.

Rainfinity by hansgrohe.


trend | INSPIRATION

Paint it

black

Why we’re embracing the

dark side this winter...

As Mick Jagger sings, ‘no colours anymore, I want

them to turn black’, we’re following suit by ditching

the light in favour of the dark this season. Indeed,

when it comes to making a bold statement in your

home, shades of black are the way to go. “Using

deeper tones can create an illusion of more space,”

enthuses Smita John, founder of Desire Path

(desirepathfzllc.com). “The key here is to choose

the best dark shades for the right elements of your

chosen room.”

Amara, amara.com

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GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE

A black kitchen adds a bold

architectural element to your home.

If you’re not in the position to have a

total revamp, you can simply paint or

wrap the cupboards and update the

hardware. For a more manageable

makeover, refresh other prominent

features in the space. “When updated,

existing architectural elements, such

as mouldings and trims, can add new

depth to a room,” says Smita. “Use

a combination of dark colours or

different textures – applying glossy

finishes can create subtle areas of

interest in the surroundings.”

Kitchen Makers Haddon in Charcoal and

Burnished Bronze

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trend | INSPIRATION

TIP “If you’re worried it will

look too harsh, soften the

look with metals, such as

copper or brass,” says Monica

de Giovanni from The Home

Stylist (thehomestylist.biz)

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INSPIRATION | trend

STATEMENT WALL “If you’re not ready to fully commit, you

can dip a toe into the look by painting a dark feature wall,” says

Monica. Far from making a room appear smaller, darker shades

can actually create an illusion of space by absorbing the light. “It

will make the room appear cosier,” she says.

YIN AND YANG “Dark colours paired with a lighter palette

can instil a dramatic atmosphere in a room while, at the same

time unifying different elements and bringing a sense of cohesion

to the look,” says Smita. “Consider using a predominantly light or

dark palette and accessorising with pieces in the opposite shade

for the best effect.”

Cult Furniture, cultfurniture.com

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Better Living x KÄRCHER

W

hether your abode has top

tiles, wonderful wooden

floors or majestic marble

running throughout, keeping

your hard floors clean can be a long

(and tedious) process. Dragging a heavy

vacuum cleaner around the house, and

then having to retrace your steps with

a mop and bucket, often means that

cleaning the floors lands right at the

bottom of the to-do list.

Here to shake up the process, saving

you valuable time and effort, is The

Hard Floor Cleaner FC5 from Kärcher.

Combining the dry dirt suction of a

Squeaky-clean

Ditch the clunky mop and bucket in favour of this all-in-one clean machine

vacuum cleaner with wet mopping

means this handy all-in-one device

gets the job done in half the time.

Using award-winning German designed

technology, the FC5 will clean your

floors in one go, tackling all manner of

dirt, from pet hair to sand and spilt milk.

The clever machine uses two

fast-rotating microfibre rollers that

are continuously moistened with a

detergent solution. Dirt is loosened

and lifted from the floor with one quick

motion, meaning laborious elbow grease

is a thing of the past. The remaining

liquid is collected in a separate tank that

can be easily emptied before using its

self-rinse function.

What’s more, it’s both eco-friendly and

kind to your pocket, as you

can clean a surface area of 60 square

metres with just 400 millilitres of water

– a drastic improvement on water

consumption compared to the traditional

mop and bucket. Plus, it takes up less

room to store. With expertly cleaned

floors in half the time, you can spend

more time doing the things you love.

To find out more about the Kärcher

Hard Floor Cleaner FC5, visit karcher.ae

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festive styling | INSPIRATION

Jingle all

the way

Turn your home into

a winter wonderland with

these Santa-approved

styling tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year,

when welcoming wreaths are hung on

front doors, families gather round to

decorate the tree, and stockings hang

from bannisters waiting to be stuffed

with presents on Christmas Eve.

Whether you want to create a warm

and cosy traditional setting, or prefer

to stay on trend with this year’s biggest

colour combinations, our insider tips

and tricks for styling your home for the

festive season are sure to work their

magic. So stick the one hit wonders on,

roll up your sleeves and let’s get this

party started…

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TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST

You can’t go wrong with the classic colour combination of red and

white. “The softness of this duo can be complemented by frosted

greens and rustic style decorations, such as holly sprigs and

wicker tree skirts, to create a modern yet timeless festive style,”

says Janet Waite of Seasons by Design (@seasons_by_design).

BERRY CHRISTMAS

Berry tones are big for 2019. Layer up shades of red and purple,

such as burgundy and rich violets, for a stunning burst of berry

goodness. Add some razzle dazzle with mixed metallics that lend a

warm glow.

STARRY NIGHTS

“Deep blue and teal green is another trending colour combination

this year,” says Janet. “It’s ideal if you’re seeking a stylish and

sophisticated look, and is best accessorised with ornaments and

ribbons in vintage gold.”

Marks & Spencer

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festive styling | INSPIRATION

HANG THOSE STOCKINGS. In the

absence of a fireplace, you can simply

hang stockings on the bannister instead

for an equally traditional look. “Or, if

you’re going for a bohemian luxe vibe,

you will need a natural bamboo ladder

or one that’s painted white. Decorate

with fairy lights and hang stockings on

the various rungs and accessorise with

pampas grass and gold stars,” says Kym

Jackson Shen, director of Haute Boheme

(hauteboheme.ae).

LAYER UP WITH LUXE

ACCESSORIES. You don’t have to

limit your festive touches to ornaments

you’ll only use once a year. This is a

great time for a mini makeover that

will see you through the season. Focus

on layering up natural textures,

such as faux fur, fresh greenery and

wooden accents for a veritable winter

wonderland that’s also a neutral base to

build upon.

CREATE A COLOUR STORY. Once

you’ve settled on your colour scheme,

look for clever ways to weave it through

your home. It can be as easy as the

wrapping paper you use for the presents

under the tree – keeping it all on scheme

will take your look to the next level.

DON’T FORGET THE SCENT.

Create a warm and fuzzy festive

ambience by ensuring your home smells

like Christmas. Light a scented candle,

bake cookies, and introduce some fresh

festive foliage to spark nostalgia.

MAKE THE MOST OF THE GREAT

OUTDOORS. “The weather is perfect

on Christmas day in Dubai,” says Kym.

“If you’re entertaining guests outdoors,

hang a long lath of bamboo from your

pergola horizontally with rope or

chain. Next, use fishing line to hang

glass baubles from the bamboo and

fill them with small tealight candles.

Decorate with faux festive flowers (you

can get these from Dragon Mart) –

think pampas grass, raffia, gold palm

fans, and baby’s breath for a gorgeous

bohemian style Christmas.”

FESTIVE

TOUCHES

Steiff Collectors

1

4

2

3

NO FIREPLACE?

SIMPLY HANG

STOCKINGS FROM

THE BANNISTER

FOR AN EQUALLY

TRADITIONAL

LOOK

5 6

7

8

From top: 1 Retro Peacock Feather

Tree Decoration, around Dhs33 (GPB7),

Laura Ashley 2 Wicked Candle, Dhs70,

Marks & Spencer 3 Shimmering Star,

Dhs125, Marks & Spencer 4 Jeweled Ball,

Dhs31, Chattels & More 5 Christmas Tree,

Dhs1,753, Chattels & More (from 1.20 to

2.5 metres( 6 Gingillo Filled Cushion,

Dhs129, Home Centre 7 Reindeer décor,

Dhs89, Zara Home 8 6 Luxury Crackers,

Dhs130, Lakeland

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INSPIRATION | festive styling

Home Centre

THE FESTIVE TABLE

“The festive décor will make or break

the atmosphere of your lunch or dinner

party,” says Tanya Ivin Karam of

Interior TakeOver (@interiortakeover,

interiortakeover.com). “Rule number one

is to play around with different heights in

terms of accessories on the table. Whether

it’s adding candlesticks or miniature

Christmas trees of different levels, it keeps

the eye entertained. Just be sure, however,

that they’re not blocking anyone’s view, as

this can be a barrier to conversation.”

With a wide choice of Christmas

decorations in the shops these days,

you can let your personality shine. “My

favourite way to go is to have a neutral

base,” says Tanya. “This year I’ve opted for

whites and silvers – something you’ll never

get bored of. This allows you to change

up your feature colour from year to year

in a subtle way and without breaking

the bank. I’m all about brushed gold

and bronze this year but if you want to

incorporate a trending colour, I’d say to go

for a deep blue.”

When it comes to illuminating the table,

candles are your friend. “They always

create the best mood lighting – especially

at Christmas,” she says. “Have some tall

hurricane lanterns placed on the floor

around the room and on the buffet table.

Next, add small tealights or beautiful

candlesticks to the tabletop. Try to keep

some accessories with reflective surfaces

near the candles to allow the light to

bounce around.”

Weave in fresh foliage by investing in

a beautiful centrepiece. “Or, for a more

modern touch, consider placing a fragrant

piece of fresh foliage on each plate or as a

napkin ring décor,” suggests Tanya. “For

the finishing touches, layer on smaller

décor items in different textures and

finishes to create a sense of luxury. Opt

for velvet ornaments or ties around your

napkins, rich metallic details that reflect

the light and crystal for extra shine.”

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LET’S GO

OUTSIDE

Winter has arrived – hurrah! Follow our

top tips for getting your garden guestready,

so you can make the most of the

glorious weather

“When choosing your outdoor

seating and cushions, make sure

the fabric is durable and easy to

clean,” says Kelly Morrison, cofounder

of Great Outdoor Living (@

greatoutdoorliving.ae). “One way to

check is to splash some water onto

the fabric – if the water beads and

runs off then it’s a good choice.”

Next

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outdoor Warm entertaining touches | INSPIRATION

2

Add some tropical vibes to your table

with some leaf-patterned dinnerware.

Invest in a dedicated outdoor set that’s

break-resistant so you have peace of

mind if the little ones are running wild.

“PLACE A LARGE

BOWL OF SUCCULENTS

AT THE CENTRE OF

YOUR COFFEE TABLE

TO ENSURE YOU ARE

RIGHT ON TREND, AND

THROW A GORGEOUS

MIX OF CUSHIONS WITH

A NATURAL, ORGANIC

FEEL ONTO EACH CHAIR,”

4SUGGESTS JULIA.

3

Shipyard Wall

Light in copper,

around Dhs2,683

(£569), Davey

Lighting,

originalbtc.com

Matalan

5

“HELP KEEP BUGS AT

BAY WITH CITRONELLA

CANDLES, AN OVERHEAD

FAN TO HELP KEEP

CRITTERS MOVING AND

FRAGRANT HERBS, SUCH

AS LAVENDER, MINT, TANSY

AND ROSEMARY, WHICH ARE

NATURAL REPELLENTS,”

SAYS KELLY.

“Aim to incorporate three types of

lighting into your garden: ambient

indirect light that illuminates the

entire area, such as wall lights; task

light to highlight specific areas, like

up-lighters along a pathway; and

decorative to diffuse the brightness

and add a more intimate feel – think

flameless wax candles,” says Julia

Woodger, interior designer at Stella +

The Stars, stellaandthestars.net

T Inspires by Tara, @t.inspires

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SIEMENS x Better Living

The 21st

century home

Life just got a whole lot easier

It’s no secret that technology is slowly

touching every aspect of our lives. Often

streamlining the laborious tasks of times

gone by, it’s freeing us up to focus on what we

enjoy most.

Here to revolutionise the way we function

at home, is the Home Connect app and Wi-Fienabled

Siemens Home Appliances. By using

Home Connect on your smartphone, you can

manage your household appliances from afar,

saving you time and effort. Adding a little luxury

to the everyday, you can have your coffee

brewing and ready before you’ve emerged from

under the duvet. When entertaining, you can

use the app to place orders with your coffee

machine, which will get to work on making your

desired drinks. When you’re done with the

mugs, the Easy Start feature will recommend

the dishwasher setting that’s best for the load

before getting started – without you having to

press any buttons.

The handy Tab Counter monitors how many

dishwasher tabs you have via the app and,

when they are running low, you’ll be reminded

to buy some more via a push notification.

Make your home an intelligent one with

Siemens Home Appliances, which are available

in Better Life Stores at Mall Of The Emirates, City

Centre Mirdif and Sharaf DG at The Dubai Mall.

All you need to do is connect to your

smart appliances via the Home Connect app

(available on the App Store). It’s technology for

a simpler life.

betterlifeuae.com/brand/siemens

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John Lewis & Partners

6

“Outdoor rugs are a great way to define a space.

Position one large rug to anchor the dining table

and chairs, and then place another underneath the

seating area and coffee table to highlight an area in

which to sit and enjoy good conversation,” says Julia.

outdoor entertaining | INSPIRATION

For a magical ambience, a string of

fairy lights won’t let you down. Wind

them around your pergola or hang

them in the garden, such as from the

7tree branches, for a boho vibe.

Svartrå

LED lighting chain,

Dhs175, IKEA

“CONSIDER THE SUN

ORIENTATION SO YOUR

GUESTS AREN’T LEFT

SQUINTING ALL DAY.

GAZEBOS, PERGOLAS

AND UMBRELLAS ARE

NOT ONLY FUNCTIONAL,

BUT PROVIDE A COSY

ENVIRONMENT AND AN

EASY WAY TO DEFINE

THE SPACE,” SAYS JULIA.

Celeste Blue and White Striped

Sunshade, around Dhs3,773 (£800),

8Raj Tent Club, rajtentclub.com

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INSPIRATION | outdoor entertaining

Introduce some crowdpleasers

that encourage

guests to linger for

longer. From a charcoal

grill perfect for smaller

gardens, to a glamorous

fire pit – they’ll see

you through the season.

9

Just make sure you take

good care of your buys

so they go the distance.

“Get an outdoor storage

box to keep all your

lovely garden cushions

packed away on those

dusty weather days,”

adds Tara.

Firewood, 40L,

birch, Dhs49,

ACE

Stone-shaped Fire Pit,

Dhs899, ACE

Weber Original Kettle

barbecue E-5710,

Dhs999, ACE

MEASURE UP BEFORE YOU

BUY. “AIM FOR A SPACE OF

APPROXIMATELY 90CM BETWEEN

EACH PIECE OF FURNITURE,

FOR EASE OF MOVEMENT, AND

AROUND 40CM FROM SEATING

TO COFFEE TABLE SO THAT

DRINKS ARE ALWAYS WITHIN

REACH,” SAYS JULIA. LAURA

STEEL SOFA GREEN, DHS1,249,

DANUBE HOME

10

Sanipex Gallery, sanipexgroup.com

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expert advice | INSPIRATION

Ask the

DESIGNER

Adriana of Adriana Hoyos Furnishings tells us how to

bring a timeless and warm style our homes

Make sure your furniture looks

good from all angles. It’s something

I consider when designing my pieces,

as it ensures they can be used in many

different room layouts. A common

conundrum that people experience when

styling their home, is finding a sofa that

looks as good from the back as it does

from the front. This is especially relevant

as the move towards open-plan living

means that sofas aren’t just pushed up

against walls anymore. So before you

buy, as well as measuring up, make

sure you appreciate the design from all

angles. The Galapagos Sofa features a

French oak wood back with golden or

silver buttons while the Chocolate Sofa

has wooden shelving built into the back

that’s available in many different hues.

Choose pieces that speak to you.

Look for design features that are a

bit unusual. A popular piece among

clients is my Caramelo chair, which

stands out with its six-legged design.

When you look at it from the back, it

appears similar to a corset, so has a

very powerful, feminine silhouette. The

blend of curvy lines and classic details

give it an eclectic and elegant style that

will carry through to your space.

Customise your favourite pieces

for the best effect. If you fall in

love with the design of a piece, make

sure it is the very best fit for your

home by investigating your options

for customising it. I thought it was

important to offer this service as

part of my collection, as it means

each customer can walk away with

a bespoke piece, which really helps

with building a unique home style. I

offer a range of fabrics and leathers,

wood and finishes that you can choose

from. Opting for leather instead of

fabric, can instantly give a feminine

design a masculine edge. [If you are

purchasing items from a store or brand

that doesn’t allow for customisation,

however, you can weigh up the pros

and cons of doing it yourself.]

Keep it neutral. If you are a serial

renter, as many expats in the UAE are,

it can be frustrating to fully furnish a

home only to discover the pieces don’t

work as well when you move. Minimise

the urge to buy all-new furniture

every time you switch properties by

investing in larger pieces in neutral

colours that are easier to transition

from place to place. You can layer on

pops of colour with accessories.

Adriana Hoyos Furnishings

is available exclusively at

Bloomingdale’s Home, Lower

Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall,

@bloomingdaleshome

In Dubai, customers have a preference TIP

for lighter fabrics, royal blue accents and

larger, bespoke pieces. Don’t become a slave

to trends, however – have the confidence to

follow your instincts.

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How Elena Danci’s artistic nature and love of quirky

objects inspired her ever-evolving bold home


at home with | INSPIRATION

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“I

’ve always been interested in

quirky objects,” explains Elena

Danici, who is stylishly dressed

in all black with a pair of slick

grey trainers. “My home style has been

built around my passion for attentiongrabbing

objects,” she says. And indeed,

her rented two-storey Barsha home is an

edgy departure from the norm.

Originally from Moldova, Elena and

her French-Canadian husband Yan

moved to Dubai 17 years ago and have

since welcomed two children to their

clan: Maya (7) and Max (3). “We moved

into this house when I was pregnant with

Maya. We liked the community feeling of

the compound and the floor-to-ceiling

windows in the house,” she says while

glancing at her phone that flashes almost

constantly with work emails. With a

full-time job in IT, and a background in

dance (she is classically trained), Elena’s

juxtaposing style is a reflection of her life.

“I like things that don’t match, and I

also like to change things up often,” she

explains. “When I find something I love, I

will modify my home to accommodate it.

My husband has come to know that, when

I return to the house with a new object,

it means some DIY projects will surely

follow,” she laughs.

A family affair, Yan and the kids are

often a part of the ever-changing design

process. “All the furniture in our house

has been repainted a different colour

multiple times. It is one of our favourite

things to do as a family,” says Elena.

After word spread about their

eclectic home, Elena’s passion turned

into a side business. “Although I still

treat it as a hobby, last year I started

offering my styling services to people,”

she says. “I don’t just copy and paste my

style into other people’s homes however

– partly because I rarely meet anyone

who wants to go this crazy. Instead,

I work with the client to incorporate

their likes alongside my signature

tongue in cheek aesthetic.”

When I find an object I love,

I will modify my home around it

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At at home with | INSPIRATION

“MY HUSBAND SURPRISED ME BY

INTRODUCING THE BRICK WALL.

IT WAS SUCH AN EYESORE

BEFORE, AS IT WAS SO PLAIN

AND LONG. ONE NIGHT I GOT IN

FROM A BUSINESS TRIP

AT 1AM, TURNED ON THE

LIGHT AND SAW IT – IT WAS

PRETTY ROMANTIC”

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THE KIDS’ ROOM:

A room with playful appeal, Maya and

Max are obviously pleased to show

off their funky bedroom. Elena is also

proud of this one, “It’s my favourite

room in the house, as it’s always a

creative challenge. As the kids grow, I

constantly need to find ways to evolve

it. Initially, the space was my office, but

when Max was born we wanted the kids

to move into one room so we would still

have a guest room available. Maya can

be strong willed with her requests so

it’s fun to fit her wishes around Max’s

three-year old boy things.”

CREATE A ROOM THEY CAN

GROW WITH BY SWITCHING UP

THE PIECES IN LINE WITH THEIR

EVER-CHANGING INTERESTS

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at home with | INSPIRATION

“I TAKE INSPIRATION

FROM EVERYTHING –

FROM MAGAZINES, TO THE

WAY PEOPLE DRESS AND,

OF COURSE, MY TRAVELS”

THE BEDROOM:

“I love combining black and white in

the home. It works as a perfect base

for splashes of colour to go on top,”

says Elena. “As we’re renting we can’t

change everything, but we do find

affordable ways to make a difference.”

Adding a cost-effective wooden flooring

over tiles can make a big impact in a

rented villa without breaking the bank

or upsetting your landlord.

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ELENA BRINGS HER HOME STYLE DNA

INTO THE GARDEN WITH QUIRKY

FURNITURE, SUCH AS THIS RECLAIMED

WOODEN PALLET SEATING

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Retro Palm Leaf Glass

Pendant Light, around

Dhs402 (£85),

Cult Furniture,

cultfurniture.com

at home with | INSPIRATION

Ferrer Wall Décor,

Dhs104,

Home Centre,

homecentre.com

Yellow ‘Peace’ Candle

Hand, Dhs165,

Audenza,

audenza.com

GET

THE

LOOK

Elephant Wall Hanger

Origami, Dhs295,

Present Time,

namshi.com

Tobias chair, Dhs275,

IKEA, ikea.com

Fringe Cushion with

Insert, Dhs125,

Noire Edit,

namshi.com

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THERE ARE SEVERAL NOOKS

THROUGHOUT THE GARDEN

THAT DIVIDE UP THE LARGE

SPACE AND MAKE IT PERFECT

FOR ENTERTAINING LARGE

GROUPS DURING THE WINTER


outdoor space | INSPIRATION

Take it

OUTSIDE

Interior designer Emma Hutton on creating an

outdoor space that’s full of character

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INSPIRATION | Outdoor space

THE PORCH FEATURES A LARGE

L-SHAPED SOFA – AN IDEAL

AREA IN WHICH TO RELAX

WITH A MORNING COFFEE

“ I of over 20 years, there’s a

don’t follow trends, I just use

what I love,” explains Emma,

and as an interior designer

reason everything she turns her hand

to – from her outfit to her garden looks

effortlessly stylish.

Originally from Ireland, Emma

Hutton (@emmahuttoninteriors,

emmahuttoninteriors.com) moved to

Dubai with her husband, Scott “for just

one year. But 12 years, two kids and two

dogs later, we’re not going anywhere

soon!” she laughs as Chase the French

bulldog affectionately brushes up against

her legs. Her family home in Jumeirah

3 was “massively different” when they

moved in five years ago. “It was a bright

mustard-yellow colour with plain cobble

block in the garden. Luckily, our landlord

is really lovely and has allowed us to make

changes over the years,” she says. “This

is the first year I feel as if the garden

is really where I want it to be,” Emma

confesses as she looks around the garden.

The large space is awash with green

hues from a myriad of plants, with

accents of royal blue expertly weaved

in through the use of accessories, and

a playful citrus fruit theme running

throughout. “As soon as the summer’s

over I overhaul the garden for the winter

months. First, I head to the garden centre

and bring a truck load of plants back with

me. I like to place the plants and make

them look pretty but tending to them isn’t

really my forte,” Emma explains.

“I have a really nice gardener from

Planters (planters.ae) who comes twice

a week and does a great job of keeping

everything alive.”

With several entertaining nooks tucked

beneath the shade of the many trees and

shrubs, her ‘wow factor’ garden yearns

for alfresco parties. “During the winter

we entertain in the garden almost every

weekend,” says Emma. “We love having

our friends come over as we have a good

set-up for it and they like coming here

as it’s easy with the kids. We’ll often

do a barbecue and spend the afternoon

relaxing outside.”

There’s a bar just inside the reception

room of the house, alluding to parties

that flow from the home out to the

spacious garden. “I take inspiration from

my everyday life when approaching the

garden. I use my taste for interiors and

bring it outside,” says Emma. There is

a seamless transition between the fun

exterior of the house and the equally

vibrant interiors. “I always tell people

not to be afraid of using items that were

designed for use inside. For example,

you may not think about it ordinarily,

but using mirrors outside can be a

really clever way to play with space and

lighting. I have three in the garden, the

placement is careful so they don’t reflect

the sun too much but still make a big

difference to the space,” she explains.

What’s more, using items that you have

previously used inside your home can

create an interesting aesthetic. “I had a

lamp outside, which was cool, but now

I have a ceiling light instead.” Emma’s

inside-out décor philosophy is evident

with various sun hats dotted around the

garden showcasing her funky style.

An established interior designer,

Emma lends her eye for creating outdoor

entertaining spaces for her clients. “I

advise people to put as much effort into

the garden as you they do inside, so they

have a space to entertain outside,” she

says. “I love looking around for pieces in

different places and styling them in the

garden. Home Centre and Homes R Us are

two of my favourites for affordable pieces.”

With the harsh sunlight year-round, it’s

a good idea to use more affordable pieces

outside so you can replace them seasonally.

“You can change the feel of your garden

by switching up the pieces and adding new

items,” says Emma. “Now that it is finally

winter, and I’ve got the garden sorted,

I can’t wait to start entertaining – I’ll

probably start this weekend,” she

says excitedly.

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outdoor space | INSPIRATION

I take inspiration

from my everyday

life, using my taste

for the interiors

of my home

and bringing it

outside...

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WE CAN

WORK IT OUT

Planning a kitchen reno? Use our guide to selecting the

best material for the kitchen worktop of your dreams

QUARTZ

What is it? One of nature’s toughest

materials, quartz countertops are

engineered from crushed pieces of

quartz bonded together. (Different to

granite counters, which are mined from

pure stone).

Where to use it: Anywhere.

How durable is it? “It is as durable as

concrete and stone, so it won’t chip or

break easily,” says Ethiraj Gajabushanam,

General Manager of bespoke kitchen

fittings provider Al Mashrabia Furniture

(a division of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group,

www.algurg.com), which supplies La

Cucina fitted kitchens in the UAE.

Care tips: “Quartz is nonabsorbent, so it

resists stains much better than granite,

marble and concrete,” he says. “Plus, it

won’t harbour viruses or bacteria.”

Suits you if: You want a luxurious look

that’ll stand the test of time.

SILESTONE

What is it? Silestone by Cosentino

is an engineered quartz surface that

combines the beauty of natural stone

with added longevity.

Where to use it: Impressively versatile,

you can use it on everything from

worktops to backsplash and more.

How durable is it? “It is 95% quartz

bonded with 5% resin, making it an

incredibly hard and durable surface,”

says Eddy Abou Khalil, regional director,

Cosentino Middle East (cosentino.com).

“Plus, it’s virtually nonporous and highly

resistant to household stains.”

Care tips: “It’s almost scorch resistant,”

says Eddy. “But to prevent damage, do

not place frying pans (or other items

that give off heat) directly onto the

surface. For everyday maintenance, just

use water and soap, and take a gentle

scouring pad to stubborn stains.”

Suits you if: You’re particular about your

hue – it’s available in over 75 colours.

GRANITE

What is it? From quarry to kitchen,

polished granite slabs are brimming with

natural colour and pattern.

Where to use it: Anywhere.

How durable is it? It’s scratch- and

heat-resistant but can crack or chip if

delivered a blow. It’s porous by nature,

so can be more prone to stains.

Care tips: It’s easy to clean with warm

water and a mild detergent.

Suits you if: “La Cucina recommends

granite after quartz, especially if you’re

seeking a forever countertop on a

budget,” says Ethiraj. “However once

granite is glued onto the cabinets, it’s

quite difficult to remove.”

MARBLE

What is it? Visually striking on

account of its natural veining, marble

countertops are popular for their beauty

and warmth.

Where to use it: “Marble can take the

heat in the kitchen, but it is not the

best for food preparation areas, as it’s

porous,” says Ethiraj.

How durable is it? It’s softer than

granite so may be more prone to

scratches or chips.

Care tips: Marble countertops are high

maintenance in the kitchen. “It stains

easily and you have to be cleaning it

constantly should a spill occur,” says

Martin Hibbit, managing director of

Another Level (@anotherlevelllc).

Suits you if: You’re seeking a luxe look,

but haven’t the budget for quartz.

GLASS

What is it? A sleek and stylish choice,

toughened glass is available in a variety

of colours and finishes.

Where to use it: Everywhere.

How durable is it? “The glass used in our

countertop has a thickness of 12mm and

Caesarstone White Attica (stone)

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kitchen worktops | INSPIRATION

WHEN CHOOSING

A MATERIAL,

AIM TO STRIKE

A BALANCE

BETWEEN

BUDGET, LOOK

AND HOW MUCH

TIME YOU’LL

NEED TO SPEND

MAINTAINING IT

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Silestone by Cosentino

Tip

IMPRESSIVELY

VERSATILE, YOU CAN

USE SILESTONE ON

EVERYTHING FROM

WORKTOPS TO

BACKSPLASH. PLUS,

IT’S PRACTICALLY

SCORCH-RESISTANT

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kitchen worktops | INSPIRATION

has characteristics of great resistance,”

says Fabiana Scavolini, CEO of Scavolini.

“It is easy to clean and very hygienic.”

Care tips: It doesn’t stain, so simply

wipe clean.

Suits you if: You’re seeking a

contemporary, high-end look.

ACRYLIC

What is it? A solid resin with a hard,

plastic-like surface and a glossy finish.

How durable is it? “It’s seamless,

nonporous, and resistant to heat,

moisture and bacteria,” says Nicholas

Papadopoulos, General Manager,

Mac Al Gurg (part of Easa Saleh Al

Gurg Group), which offers bespoke

acrylic kitchen countertop designs by

Tristone. “It maintains its unique colour

and properties for many years if it is

properly maintained.”

Where to use it: Anywhere.

Suits you if: You want it bold. The way

it’s made (thermoformed and joined

seamlessly) means you can create a

bespoke design. It comes in a variety of

colours and patterns.

Care tips: Keep it gleaming with a good

scrub. For stubborn marks, a complete

re-polishing will restore the finish.

STAINLESS STEEL

What is it? Stylish and practical,

stainless steel is an increasingly popular

choice due to its versatility.

Where to use it: Anywhere, but consider

placing it in on dedicated food prep areas

for a chef’s kitchen style look and feel.

How durable is it? “It’s subject to

scratches that, over time, add a distinctive

and valuable element,” says Scavolini.

Care tips: It’s nonporous, so simply wipe

clean with warm, soapy water.

Suits you if: You’re seeking a hardworking

yet aesthetically pleasing option

that offers a point of difference. “Steel

has notes that reflect a contemporary

style and design,” adds Scavolini.

HARD WOOD

What is it? A beautifully warm natural

material, the most popular woods used

for kitchen countertops include oak,

maple and cherry.

Where to use it: Everywhere, but aim to

keep it clean and dry.

How durable is it? “It’s durable and a

good option if it’s within your budget,”

says Martin. “It can expand and shrink

due to humidity, however, so make sure

it’s properly sealed.”

Care tips: Simply clean with soap

and water. Treat it regularly with a

protective oil to keep it looking its best.

Suits you if: You want a classic solution

for a good price.

QUARTZ RESISTS STAINS MUCH

BETTER THAN GRANITE,

MARBLE AND CONCRETE

La Cucina quartz countertop

WORKTOPS

WE WANT

*Provided it is professionally installed by Cosentino approved fabricators

Poggenpohl +VENOVO

From top: 1 Caesarstone Rugged

Concrete, POA, caesarstone.com

2 Möllekulla oak veneer worktop (186 x

3.8cm), Dhs445, IKEA, ikea.com 3 Don’t

want to replace it? Why not wrap your

existing worktop with vinyl? Available

in numerous designs from Totally

Wrapped, from around Dhs3,000-

5,000 for a complete kitchen makeover,

totallywrapped.ae

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A FRESH

PERSPECTIVE

How Perfect Proportions breathed a new

lease of life into this Springs home

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home renovation | INSPIRATION

THE WOODEN

BEAMS CREATE A

PARTITION EFFECT

WITHOUT TAKING

UP MUCH SPACE

Having bought the property earlier this

year, the owners of this 3-bedroomed

house in The Springs reached out

to Clarice Claudette from Perfect

Proportions to help them freshen up their abode.

The vision was to create a versatile space that

was both roomy and comfortable. With this in

mind, the first thing on the team’s agenda was

to knock down the dividing kitchen wall to

create an open-plan living area.

“We raised the kitchen’s low ceiling by

relocating the AC and boiler unit to the

entryway,” says Clarice. “This gave us plenty

of room to incorporate an island unit with a

breakfast bar.” Ideal for entertaining in, the

space was kept neutral and bright with an

aquatic tone, inspired by the family’s muchloved

swimming pool, used as an accent colour

throughout. For the furniture, the team were

able to upcycle some of the clients’ previous

pieces. The dining table chairs were painted and

distressed while the backs were reupholstered

with a neutral-toned fabric.

In contrast to the neutral living space, the

family wanted the master bedroom to feel more

luxurious with a black and white theme. “We

decided to run with the modern look, adding

exotic prints for a bold feel,” Clarice explains.

The large charcoal headboard was chosen for

its dramatic statement effect and complemented

with bespoke golden bedside tables.

“A sophisticated ambience was created by

using an avid play of different fabrics and

colours,” she adds. The finishing touch – a white

buffalo skull – is a fun statement, seamlessly

blending the bold and elegant theme.”

Before

Turn the page to read our tops tips on

planning a similar renovation in your home ➤

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INSPIRATION | home renovation

THE VERDICT

“The clients love their new

home and are extremely

happy living there, as it’s

not only beautiful but

functional as well.”

Creating space

Want your own bright and

spacious home? Follow Clarice

Claudette’s top tips:

1 If you’re a homeowner looking for more

space, consider making your living area openplan

by knocking down the dividing wall. This

will give your entertaining space a new lease

of life. You can also free-up more room in

your home by gaining permission from the

developer for an extension where appropriate.

This should add value to your home.

2 Moving the washing machine into one of the

kitchen cabinets can free-up the utility room

to a useful, much larger storage space.

3 If your kitchen ceiling is low, it may be a

good idea to move the AC unit and boiler into

the entryway, if possible, to open up the room.

4 Keep colours neutral in order to maintain

an airy feel. I suggest opting for a limestone

colour on the walls as it blends well with any

accent colour you choose.

5 When working with black and white, using

a gold accent can add a sophisticated and

luxurious feel to the room. Adding bold prints

keep it fun and fresh.

6 Have a look at switching the window in the

kitchen for a French door so you can free-flow

onto the patio.

THE BOLD PRINTS

ADD A LAYER OF

EXCITEMENT TO

THE ROOM

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Blossom Nursery.

COMPLETION

DATE: Q4

2021

1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS

STARTING PRICE AED1.3M WITH TWO YEARS POST-HANDOVER PAYMENT PLAN

2SOUTH BEACH AT EMAAR BEACHFRONT

Move over South Beach Miami – Dubai’s holiday spirited seafronted

community is here. There’s a 24/7 concierge service for all the hotel

style apartments here along with all the modern luxuries. Plus there’s various

shopping and dining options situated along the private beach strip and

Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah are just five minutes away.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 or email offplan@bhomes.com

Nearby school and nursery: Dubai College, Raffles Nursery.

COMPLETION

DATE: Q4

2021

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COMPLETETION

DATE:

SEPTEMBER

2022

APARTMENTS, TOWNHOUSES AND PENTHOUSES

STARTING FROM AED975,888

3MINA RASHID BY EMAAR

Offering contemporary waterfront living with glittering glass

façades, floor-to-ceiling windows and generous balconies, this

luxury seafront community is set to become Dubai’s answer to Monte

Carlo. The QE2’s on the doorstep, as is a waterfront promenade, which will

be home to myriad retail and dining options.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 or email offplan@bhomes.com

Nearby school and nursery: Dubai English Speaking School, Little Nest Nursery.

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MANSIONS, VILLAS , APARTMENTS

STARTING FROM AED 1.2 MILLION WITH

THREE-YEAR SERVICE CHARGE WAIVER

4RESIDENCES, MOHAMMED BIN

RASHID AL MAKTOUM CITY,

DISTRICT ONE

Visually minimalistic, each home here

has been designed to marry modern

functionality with traditional design.

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide

views of either the Crystal Lagoon or

neighbouring green spaces. Located in

Meydan, you’ll have the Racecourse and

new mall on your doorstep.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 or

email offplan@bhomes.com

Nearby school and nursery:

Hartland International School, Safari Kid

Nursery.

COMPLETION

DATES VARY

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3-4 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSES

STARTING FROM AED1.4M WITH A THREE-YEAR SERVICE CHARGE WAIVER

5ARABIAN RANCHES III, RUBA BY EMAAR

Choose from either the Siraj, Atheer or Manar Collection style of townhouse

– each is well geared to family living. Boasting private gardens along with

shared communal green spaces, a club house and large swimming pool, this

pedestrianised neighbourhood features an 18-hole championship golf course and is

set to host several shops and three restaurants.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 or email offplan@bhomes.com

Nearby school and nursery: The Aquila School, Step By Step Nursery.

COMPLETION

DATE: Q2

2022

1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS AND 2 BEDROOM DUPLEXES

STARTING FROM AED870,000 WITH FIVE-YEAR POST-HANDOVER PLAN

6MUDON VIEWS BY DUBAI PROPERTIES

A collection of contemporary apartments nestled among the park and golf

course greenery of Mudon. Situated within an established community, there’s

a family-friendly feel here with shops, swimming pools and community schools in

the neighbourhood. Conveniently located off Al Qudra Road, close to Hessa Street

and Umm Suqeim Street, it’s just a 30-minute drive to Downtown Dubai.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 or email offplan@bhomes.com

Nearby school and nursery: Jebel Ali School, Blossom Nursery

COMPLETION

DATE: 2020

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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO

BUSINESS BAY

The edgy sister of DIFC, Business Bay is

a nucleus of residential and recreational

action. Situated along the Dubai Creek,

many of the apartments here boast

waterfront views. A myriad of high rise

buildings, the community here is abuzz

with life and dining options to suit all

tastes.

WHY MOVE THERE?

If you’re a city dweller by nature, Business

Bay gets you more bang for your buck

than Downtown, whilst landing you a

stone’s throw away from all the action.

The apartment blocks here offer stunning

waterfront or city landscape vistas along

with a wide variety of amenities, from

gyms to supermarkets. Those who work

in the neighbouring commercial hubs

(DIFC, Downtown, Dubai World Trade

Centre) will find the Bay’s ease of access

to major roads a drawcard. The high-end

hotels here mean there’s several finedining

outlets on your doorstep.

THE COMMUNITY

The bustling city vibe attracts a broad

crowd, from professionals to young

families so there’s a real mixing pot feel

here. You’ll often see residents walking by

the waterfront, dining in quaint eateries

or browsing the local shops of an evening

and at the weekend.

SCHOOLS

There are no schools directly located

within Business Bay however there

are many within easy access, such as

Jumeirah English Speaking School

along Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai

International School in Al Quoz.

Located within the Bay, there’s Blossom

Nursery and Hummingbird Nursery for

the little ones.

TRANSPORT

Ideal for those who rely on public

transport – there’s a dedicated metro

station along with plenty of bus-stops

and taxis passing through. Connected

to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road

getting in-and-out here is simple.

SHOPPING

The dedicated shopping mall, Bay

Avenue is home to both a Spinneys and

Choitrams for the weekly shop. Along

with a host of other useful outlets such

as pharmacies, dry cleaners and

Al Ansari Exchange.

Meet the neighbours

Betsey Austin has lived in Business Bay for one year

“Business Bay is a fantastic place to live. I am minutes away from the Dubai Mall, multiple

grocery stores, yoga studios, and countless restaurants. I also can’t complain about the Burj

Khalifa views. One of my favourite things is the easy access to Al Khail and Sheikh Zayed. It

makes the commute to work and getting around the city quick and stress-free.”

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area guide | PROPERTY

Ask the agent

Charan Vanjani is the Business

Bay expert at 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

Q&A with the expert

Business Bay is a central business district in Dubai.

It consists of a plethora of companies & residential

skyscrapers. A lot of working professionals choose

to live in this area so that they are close to their

offices and have a shorter daily commute. This

major business hub has around 240 buildings, both

commercial and residential. The area also has a

few restaurants and shops, along with the canal

that make for great evening entertainment.

There are many unique features that attract

people to this area. The breathtaking views

of the Canal, Creek and Downtown Dubai are

probably the drawcard for most. Along with the

fact that rents are generally lower than of the

nearby areas of Downtown & DIFC. Business Bay

is highly accessible via many roads, meaning it

is easier to commute to other areas in Dubai.

There are various different properties available

in Business Bay. Since the area is developing,

most of the buildings are fairly new or brand

new. Generally, the rent prices for a one-bedroom

apartment range from Dhs60,000 to Dhs70,000 and

Dhs80,000 to Dhs100,000 for a two-bedroom. It is

a buyer’s market at the moment as there are so

many new properties popping up. You can buy a

one-bedroom for Dhs700,000 to Dhs1m or a twobed

for Dhs1.3-1.5m depending on the building.

PROPERTIES IN BUSINESS BAY

For Sale

AED975,000. Ubora Tower 4, Business Bay.

1 bed, 2 bath, 1 parking, 1,055 sq.ft.

1.3m

could buy you

a two-bedroom

apartment in

Business Bay

For Rent

AED66k per year. Westburry Tower 2,

Business Bay, 1 bed, 2 bath, 1 parking,

892 sq.ft.

Betterhomes have a dedicated team

of agents who specialise in off-plan

properties. We caught up with team

manager, Wassim Abdallah to get his

expert opinion on buying off-plan.

WHY IS BUYING OFF-PLAN A GOOD IDEA?

There are several reasons, to start

with, you’ll get a brand new property

for a lower price and often a flexible

payment plan. There are a wide variety

of places to choose from and the

investments usually return a high rental

yield. Plus, there’s buyer protection

laws in place that keep you safe.

ARE OFF-PLAN PROPERTIES SUITABLE

FOR FAMILIES?

Yes, they work well for end users as

you can move in to the new house

immediately and use the payment

plan instead of taking a bank loan with

heavy interest.

CAN YOU GET A MORTGAGE APPROVED?

Yes, for some off-plan projects

and developers like Emaar offer a

mortgage when you reach 50% of the

total price.

IS THE DEPOSIT CHEAPER?

Yes, the deposit or first payment

is usually 5% of the total which is

cheaper than in the secondary market

which has a minimum of 25%.

HOW WILL YOU SAVE MONEY?

There are several waivers in place to

save you money, such as the service

charge, property management fees

and commission. There are also postpayment

plans which mean you can

pay the rest of the fees up to five years

after completion.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO BUY OFF-

PLAN AT THE MOMENT?

Anything along the beach front is a

sound option when investing in an offplan

property.

For further information, call

Betterhomes on 04 409 0998

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