Betterliving January/February 2019

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LET’S

STAY HOME

19

pages

devoted to

creating pockets

of calm

The magazine of Betterhomes

BEFORE & AFTER

A villa in The

Meadows gets

a luxe makeover

10

WAYS TO

DECLUTTER

WITH THE

KONMARI

METHOD

HOW TO

STYLE A

DREAMY GUEST

BEDROOM

My happy space

Interior designer Nadia Sallustio's bright and cheerful home in The Lakes


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Welcome to the issue

If you’re feeling the urge to restyle your home – whether it’s knocking down an

interior wall here, or switching up the cushions there – rest assured you’re not

alone. The start of a new year is prime time for a revamp. So if your mantra is

‘out with the old and in with the new’ we’re here to inspire you. We’re focusing

on easy ways to declutter and get organised, with a whopping 19 pages

dedicated to creating pockets of calm. From styling a dreamy guest bedroom

for your visitors to relax in (p28) to an easy introduction to the KonMari method

of decluttering (p34) and creating a calm home office space to work from

(p50), let us ease you into 2020 in style.

Enjoy your home,

The Better Living team, @bliving.me

DFS French Connection Hoxton three-seater sofa and footstool in rose, around

Dhs4,556 (£949) and around Dhs1,915 (£399), courtesy of DFS Furniture

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welcome letter | CONTENTS

Managing Director

Victoria Thatcher

Chief Creative Officer

John Thatcher

Group Content Director

Faye Bartle

faye@hotmedia.me

Content & Social Editor

Hayley Kadrou

hayley@hotmedia.me

Content Writer

Sophia Dyer

sophia@hotmedia.me

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

SHOP

10-20

All the latest news and updates; top picks for a

more tranquil home; our guide to buying a whizzy

food processor

INSPIRE

23-56

Why we’re crushing on soft pink – and how to use

it in your home; tips on styling the perfect guest

bedroom; 10 ways to adopt the famous Japanese

home decluttering method of KonMari; interior

architect and designer Stephany Hanna tells us how

to style a hygge master suite; a European style home

in The Lakes; a Jumeirah Park garden that’s ideal for

family gatherings; design your dream home office;

and a villa in The Meadows gets a luxe makeover

MOVE

58-63

Homes within a stone’s throw of serene green spaces,

and our guide to living in The Springs

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without written permission from

HOT Media is strictly prohibited.

HOT Media does not accept liability

for omissions or errors in Better

Living magazine.

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This issue’s

Pinboard

Our round-up of the latest in

homewares news and interiors trends

INSTIL

CALM

STAY ON TOP OF THE

TRENDS BY SNAGGING

ONE OF THESE PANTONE

COLOUR OF THE YEAR

INSPIRED RUGS FROM

THE RUG COMPANY.

PANTONE DESCRIBE THE

‘CLASSIC BLUE’ TONE

AS BOTH TIMELESS

AND ELEGANT WHILE

BRINGING A SENSE OF

PEACE TO THE PSYCHE –

SOUNDS GOOD TO US.

Marina, Perennials

Price upon request

Fishes, Edward Barber & Jay

Osgerby, Price upon request

On our radar

Three cool finds to freshen up your living space…

HIGH TEA Complementing hues of teal

and gold ramp up the elegance when serving

an afternoon tea for friends. Dhs1,373,

aura, @auraliving_ae

KEEP CALM Let the scent of eucalyptus

and rosemary transform your home

into a serene, spa-like haven.

Dhs125, rituals.com

KHALEEJI CUTE Make a fun statement

on your sofa or bed with one of these

adorable character cushions.

Dhs89, littlemajlis.com

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trending | UPDATES

Preciosa Lighting’s

famous Pearl Curtain

Make a bright start

Preciosa Lighting, (the brains behind the crystal trees at the Mandarin Oriental

Jumeira, Dubai), has shed light on its predictions for 2020’s lighting trends. Gulf

managing director Martin Fryzelka suggests going au naturel as “floral themes

will be particularly popular this year”. Opt for natural finishes such as warm golds

and copper to complement the earthy theme. In the bedroom, keep the mood relaxed

with wall sconces as opposed to ceiling shades. preciosalighting.com

Psst...

Dubai favourite,

Dragon City

(home of Dragon

Mart), has recently

unveiled a new

retail complex.

The four-storey

mall has over

150 shops and

kiosks bringing

you an even more

diverse shopping

experience, along

with lots of extra

parking to boot.

dragonmart.ae

Prevention. Protection. Safety.

Special Edition:

Neon Safes

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Wellness Haven at Saray Spa.

Renew for the journey ahead.

A relaxing realm of quiet luxury, Saray Spa at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is an authentic wellness Spa,

where ancient healing techniques and locally sourced natural ingredients are combined to enhance the

well-being of each guest. The Spa features 17 treatment rooms, inclusive of two private Hammam rooms,

one Dead Sea treatment room boasting the UAE’s only Dead Sea Floatation Pool found within, and two

Private Luxury Spa Suites. Experience the wonders of the Middle East through Arabian Body Rituals

or Hammam Rituals, or benefit from the resultsoriented facials. An exclusive retail boutique offers luxurious

gifts and spa products for every occasion.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai | Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, PO Box 121000, Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 414 6754 | mhrs.dxbjw.spa@marriott.com | jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

*Terms and conditions: Offer is subject to availability and advance reservations are required. This is a limited time offer.


trending | UPDATES

FRESH ON

THE GO

Need a helping hand in

the kitchen? Call upon

Zahra Abdalla who

has launched her own

healthy food concept,

Zahra’s Kitchen, which

delivers wholesome

meals, snacks and

drinks to your door.

Order on Zomato,

Deliveroo & Uber Eats

POP OF COLOUR

ADD A NEW LEASE OF LIFE TO YOUR

KITCHEN WITH A GROHE PVD SINK

THAT NOT ONLY LOOKS GOOD BUT IS 10

TIMES MORE SCRATCH RESISTANT THAN

CHROME. GROHE-MIDDLEEAST.COM

The dark ages

Bringing plenty of drama to the kitchen is

Silestone’s newest shade, Eternal Noir. The

colour, which is deeply rich with white and

gold veins running throughout, commands

attention with its iconic look. Designed

with those who are not afraid of the dark,

the counter is sure to attract those looking

to make a bold statement. The ethereal

shade sits harmoniously with metals, cut

crystal and wood to create a kitchen full of

class. cosentino.com

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UPDATES | trending

BOLD BASINS

Roca has launched new hues of its

iconically curved Beyond vitreous

china basins. The fresh shades include

onyx (pictured), pearl, beige and

coffee. Ideal for those who want their

bathroom to speak of effortless style.

AWAKEN THE SENSES

LET THE HANSGROHE RAINSCENT SHOWER

TABS TRANSFORM YOUR SHOWER INTO A

FRAGRANTLY ZEN EXPERIENCE. PLACE THE

TABS ON THE FLOOR AND LET THE AROMA

EASE YOUR STRESS. HANSGROHE.COM

Leave

your mark

The experts at AXOR

know that total

customisation is

key. It’s exactly why

the cutting-edge

company has devised

the FinishPlus,

offering a faucet with

15 surface different

finishes to choose

from, so you can

create your dream

bathroom – down to

the last tap.

axor-design.com

One-stop shop

Looking to overhaul your bathroom? We say head to the

Jaquar showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road where experts will

help you select a whole new set-up. jaquarworld.com

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PROMOTION

A MINDFUL

HOME MAKEOVER

Furnish with a conscience with West Elm, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids

A

sign of the times, it’s no longer

enough that furniture simply

looks good – an increasing

number of people want to

know more about the items we

are purchasing, where they have

come from, and the impact they are

having on the environment. Indeed,

sustainability is no longer just a buzz

word, but a commitment to caring for

the planet, and a choice we make with

every considered purchase.

Taking their role as a global brand

seriously, West Elm, Pottery Barn and

Pottery Barn Kids are devoted to the

cause, implementing strict standards

for the way their products are made.

Renowned for its high-quality

furniture that teams modern styles

with affordable price points, West Elm

furniture and accessories not only

look great, but they do good too. In

2014, it became the first homeware

store to offer Fair Trade certified

products. What’s more, the company

has continued its dedication to fair

wages, sourcing handcrafted pieces

from a global artisan network. All

the materials are mindfully selected,

and this year it has pledged that 50

percent of all wood will be obtained

from sustainable forests.

The sentiment is mirrored at Pottery

Barn, with information on how each of

the products have been made clearly

visible on the label. Many of the pieces

have been handcrafted from recycled,

re-harvested or responsibly sourced

non-toxic materials. Plus, by embracing

ethical labour practices, the stylish

homeware brand supports Fair Trade,

so you can rest assured that a portion

of the proceeds is directly supporting

the livelihoods of its creators.

At Pottery Barn Kids, children’s

health is paramount, which is why

the brand has created Greenguard

Certified Products that contribute to

clean indoor air. Each of the pieces

carrying the Greenguard Gold symbol

are made from materials with low

chemical emissions and are screened

for more than 10,000 chemicals,

which are commonly known to

pollute indoor air. When you

purchase kids’ furniture here,

you’re not only contributing

towards a greener world but also

ensuring a cleaner and healthier

home for your family.

Visit westelm.me, potterybarn.ae

potterybarnkids.me and join us on

social media @westelmmena,

@potterybarnmena and

@potterybarnkidsmena

The West

Elm factory

West Elm home

accessories on

the move

handcrafted

fair trade

sustainably sourced

organic

greenguard certified

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UPDATES | favourite finds

A feeling of zen

Wish

list

Five finds we’re coveting…

1 Re-centre yourself with this soothing yin

and yang fountain that invokes a calming

ambience. Yin Yang Round Table Fountain,

Dhs116, Home Centre, homecentre.com

2 Brew your herbal tea to perfection

in this stylish infuser. Tila Tea

Infuser, around Dhs80 (£16.50),

Oliver Bonas, oliverbonas.com

3 Illuminate the path to relaxation with a

trio of brushed gold effect candle holders.

Three-pack Rambia Candle Holder,

Dhs230, Premier available at namshi.com

4 Thought to help relieve the mind of

stress and anxiety, amethyst clusters bring

a sense of peace into the home. Amethyst

Clusters (set of two), Dhs1,800, Revelation

by Uttermost available at uttermost.com

5 The sweet fragrance of the saffron flower

combined with fresh bergamot will grace

your home with a serene aroma.

Mystic Saffron Reed Diffusers, Dhs259,

Zara Home, zarahome.com/ae

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SHOP | must-shop

WHAT’S IN

STORE

O’DE

ROSE

THE STORY SO FAR: When Nadine

Khoury moved to Dubai from Lebanon

in 2008, she was left feeling uninspired

by the shopping malls and the lack

of Middle Eastern designs available.

With a vision to create a shopping

experience for the senses, she set up

O’de Rose in a quirky Jumeirah villa.

The premise was to showcase local

designers and those emerging in the

region to create an ‘Aladdin’s Cave of

Wonders’ look and feel. For the last

11 years, the boutique’s distinctive

identity has endured and the brand has

grown. Expanding to an online shop in

2012, O’de Rose has become a go-to

hub for pieces by local designers.

THE LOOK: An eclectic mix of

arabesque designs that make your

home stand out from the crowd.

WHAT’S NEW? New pieces land in

store each month and are featured

on the website’s homepage so you

can stay up to date. We’re loving this

season’s geometric bowls – they’re

perfect for elevating your tablescape

when entertaining.

GOOD TO KNOW: Each of the

products in the store are carefully

selected for their unique design and

high quality. A conscious effort is made

to showcase regional designers so your

buys will be support local artisans. The

boutique is constantly evolving and

bringing in new trend pieces, meaning

there are different items to browse

every time you shop.

DELIVERY DETAILS: Free delivery

within Dubai.

O’de Rose is located on Al Wasl Road,

Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai. Call 04 348

7990, follow @oderosedubai

WHY WE RATE IT

A treasure trove of statement pieces,

you’ll find beautifully unique items here

that’ll add a touch of Arabia to your home.

FAVOURITE FINDS

Ceramic Kaftan Vase

Large, Dhs840

Crescent

(medium),

Dhs367.50

Lidded Pomegrante,

Dhs194.25

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Facebook.com/zeninteriors

@zeninteriors

Sheikh Zayed Road, Essa Lutfi Building,

No. 2, Al Barsha

PO Box 74416, Dubai UAE

Tel: +971 4340 5050

www.zeninteriors.net


SHOP | better buys

FOOD

PROCESSORS

Chop down your time spent prepping

meals with these super slicers

THE ALL-IN-ONE

Taking the hassle out of meal prep, the Kenwood Multipro Compact

Sliver Processor has mighty blades that will see your fruit and

vegetables slayed in no time. The multi-use processor comes with

a removable liquidiser for soup and there’s even a dough tool for

whipping up pizza bases. Dhs629, available at jashanmalhome.com

SMALL AND

MIGHTY

Perfect for whipping up dips

and sauces, the Lakeland Mini

Chopper Plus finely chops

ingredients while the small

feed hole means adding oil or

seasoning is simple. Dhs90,

available from Lakeland

NOT JUST A

PRETTY BLADE

A timeless design, the KitchenAid

100-year Limited Edition Queen

of Hearts Mini Food Chopper is

an iconic piece of kitchenware

– both in look and function. The

single blade processor has two

speed settings that allows you

to chop your food from coarse

to fine, so whether it’s chunky

pico de gallo or creamy hummus

you’re after, this stylish machine

has you covered. Dhs399,

available at tavolashop.com

SIMPLE

YET

EFFICIENT

With just three

buttons, the

Magimix Compact

3200 XL gets the

job done. The motor

automatically adjusts

according to the

job, and the three

bowl sizes make it

extremely versatile.

Dhs1,094, available

at tavolashop.com

SLICE AND DICE

The four blades of the Breville

Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro make light work

of vegetable prep. Use the slicing disc

with its 24 settings to slice vegetables

as thin as 0.5mm or as thick as 8cm.

Dhs2,249, available at breville.ae

BEFORE YOU BUY...

Once you’ve got one of these versatile machines to hand, using a chopping board and knife will be but a distant

memory. Choose the right one for your culinary needs by checking the specs. Those with a higher wattage are

better equipped to deal with harder foods such as raw carrots, for instance. You’ll also want to select the right size

depending on how many people you cook for, an 11-cup size is ideal for a family of four. If you’re only interested in

whipping up sauces or dips, opt for a more compact machine with a smaller work bowl and feed hole.

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Do your bit for the zero waste movement by giving

your plastic bottles a new lease of life

ECO BRICKS x Better Living

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Children

learning

how to make

Ecobricks

A dog kennel

made from

Ecobricks

Pouring the last slurp of your

favourite drink into your glass,

you’re left holding a large plastic

bottle which, just as with the most

of your rubbish, you toss into the bin

never to think about again. Sadly,

this waste product is now fated to

join a barrage of non-biodegradable

materials in the ground, each slowly

releasing toxic fumes and chemicals

into the natural environment.

Fortunately, the owner of foldable

furniture shop Casa-Elan, Ratna Sharma,

is determined to rewrite the story of our

disregarded bottles, giving them a new

purpose in the local community.

Ecobricks are formed by taking

plastic or glass bottles and combining

them with recycled concrete from

construction sites, so when they are

laid and encased in cob mortar, the

blocks become a greener alternative to

ordinary bricks.

Once created, the Ecobricks are laid

by Ratna and her team at Casa-Elan

to create kennels for abandoned dogs

and cats at animal shelters (another

of Ratna’s passions). The concept is

also used to demonstrate the benefits

of upcycling in schools. Once children

have learnt how to form the Ecobricks,

they can build structures for herb

gardens or play-areas.

In a bid to arm the public with

knowledge on how to reuse their

rubbish, Ratna also runs workshops,

sharing her love of repurposing and

living a zero waste lifestyle. You can

donate your unwanted plastic and

glass bottles directly to the scheme by

contacting Ratna on: +971 55 312 4555

or by visiting zerowaste-uae.com

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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


trend | INSPIRATION

Made you blush

No longer reserved for little girls’ bedrooms, pink is the new neutral

Furniture Village, furniturevillage.co.uk

It’s common knowledge that neutral

colours create a calming ambience in the

home. Joining beige, grey and white as a

zen-inducing tone comes blush pink. “Pink

can be a great neutral in your home,” says

Nicole Butler of Nicole Butler Design (@

nicolebutlerdesign). “Muted tones of the

feminine shade can bring warmth to a

room without commanding all of the

attention.” Read on for tips on choosing

and combining shades in your home.

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INSPIRATION | trend

TIP

“Use pink to

liven up a dull

space by introducing

subtle contrasts,

such as a soft blush

pink sofa in a white

room, or a dusty

pink throw on the

bed in a fawn room.

Statement artworks

are an effective

way to enhance a

monochrome set-up,”

says Nicola.

Furniture Village, furniturevillage.co.uk

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WINNING COMBINATION “If you’re worried about pink

looking too feminine or young in the home, combine the

colour with a complementary tone,” suggests Nicole. “For

example, I like to team blush pink with deep moody greys

and matte blacks – pairings that exude sophistication and

class.” The more muted hued pinks go perfectly with other

pastel colours, such as mauve and peach.

TEXTURE MATTERS “When you’re accessorising a

room, remember that texture can make a big difference,”

says Nicole. “A pale pink pillow takes on a life of its own in

a lush velvet or suede fabric.” Unleash your playful side by

incorporating shades of pink that you may ordinarily shy

away from, as “texture adds a layer of complexity and drama

to an otherwise flat colour.”

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INSPIRATION | trend

PINK HARMONY “As you would when following any home

interior trend, the trick to applying pink tones successfully is

to harmoniously blend them with your existing décor,” Nicole

advises. Start small by introducing accessories, that way you

can play around with the colour in your space.

KEEP IT SIMPLE “There are over 50 shades of pink, most

of which work well together. You can combine multiple hues

alongside natural textures and materials to strike the perfect

pink balance without it becoming overbearing,” enthuses Nicole.

Furniture Village, furniturevillage.co.uk

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GROHE x Better Living

GROHE

Blue Home

QUENCH

YOUR THIRST

Drink more water this year with GROHE

Considering water makes up twothirds

of our body weight, it’s no

wonder healthcare professionals

are constantly advising us to drink

more H20. If 2020 is the year you’ve

committed yourself to increasing your

water intake, GROHE Blue Home makes

it that bit easier. A revolution in drinking

water, the built-in tap delivers filtered

still or sparkling water at the touch of

a button.

Kind to the planet, good for your

health and easy on the pocket, the smart

device will help you to eliminate bottled

water from your home for good. The

smart device is functional and stylish too,

in the form of sleek and slim kitchen taps.

Tapping into its smart technology,

users are notified through the GROHE

ONDUS app when the filter or CO2

bottle needs replacing, meaning you

won’t ever have to worry about running

short. It’s healthy too, with GROHE

research finding that those who use the

water system drink up to 35 percent

more than users of bottled water. The

Ultrasafe filter not only significantly

improves the taste and removes

chlorine, and pesticides from the water,

but also eliminates bacteria, using stateof-the-art

filter technology.

The elegant GROHE Blue Home

comes with different spout versions

that will fit any sink or kitchen. It is the

symbiosis of refined, timeless design

and innovative features that make it a

pleasure to use. With its dual intuitive

operation, normal mixed water is

available as well as filtered, chilled

and sparkling water.

In addition to the duo version, GROHE

also offers a mono model, which is

equipped with intuitive operation.

What’s more, it can be optimally

installed as a supplement to an existing

kitchen faucet.

The GROHE Blue Home starter set

consists of a tap and cooler with an

integrated Ultrasafe filter and CO2

bottle. The compact water system fits

into even the smallest kitchen – all you

need is a cabinet measuring at least 40

centimetres wide to house the cooler.

Plus, it’s higher capacity version, Blue

Professional, is also available for smallto-medium

offices and communal areas.

Visit grohe-mena.com

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Amtico Rural Oak in parquet laying pattern, from around Dhs266 (GPB55) per sq m, amtico.com

A WARM

WELCOME

Make your visitors feel right at home in a dreamy

guest bedroom that ticks all the boxes

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guest bedroom styling | INSPIRATION

It’s wintertime in Dubai, and we’ve never

felt so popular with friends and family

arriving from all corners of the Earth. If

you too are throwing open your doors to

visitors, read our handy guide to creating

a boutique hotel inspired guest bedroom.

Invest in a great bed. As the bed will

be a focal point of the room, consider

making a statement with an oversized

headboard or a four-poster design.

Among our favourite places to shop are:

Vox Furniture (voxfurniture.ae) for its

Scandinavian style designs and Helmii

(helmii.com) for its luxurious range of

king-sized beds (you can even design

your own online and get it delivered

direct to your door – we say choose the

high headboard with deep tufting for a

hotel-style look and feel and opt for added

built-in storage).

Pick the perfect mattress. It may not

be slept on for the majority of the year,

but you still need to ensure you choose

a comfortable, quality mattress so your

guests can get a great night’s sleep.

Helmii lets you test their mattresses

for 40 nights and if you (or your guests)

don’t love it you can get a full refund.

King Koil (kingkoilme.com) is another

firm favourite for its specialised

mattresses developed in collaboration

with the International Chiropractors

Association (great if you have elderly

guests coming to town), and Whisper

(whisper-sleep.ae) for its Essential

Mattress, which cools as it comforts

thanks to its clever silver technology –

they’ll even deliver it within 24 hours

(in the UAE).

Load up on bedding. Opt for a light

duvet – a 4.5 Tog is ideal for summer

weather use – with a throw for those

who aren’t used to the A/C. Splash out

on the highest thread count sheets you

can afford – anywhere between 200 and

800 should get the nod of approval. We

like Next (next.ae), which has a brilliant

range to choose from, including the 600

Thread Count Cotton Sateen Collection

Luxe Duvet Cover And Pillowcase Set

in white or grey for Dhs231 (to fit a

UK double). Dwell (liwastores.com/

dwell) is another purveyor of luxurious

linens from the likes of Christy. Linen

Obsession (linenobsession.ae) is another

go-to with its namesake hotel bedding

collection offering 300 and 500 thread

count sheets in 100% cotton sateen (the

double duvet cover set in 300 thread

count is priced at Dhs348.50).

Aura FW19 collection

EVERYONE’S PILLOW

PREFERENCE IS DIFFERENT

SO GIVE YOUR GUESTS THE

LUXURY OF CHOICE. WE

SUGGEST HAVING TWO FIRM

AND TWO SOFT PILLOWS

ON THE BED. KEEP AN

EXTRA SET OF MEDIUM

PILLOWS IN THE WARDROBE

SO IF YOU HAVE A FUSSY

SLEEPER ON YOUR HANDS,

YOU’LL HAVE ALL

BASES COVERED.

Paris Lattice,

Chasing Paper

GIVE WALLS THE

WOW FACTOR

“Statement walls will give a

boutique hotel feel, which

is sure to wow your guests,”

says Ash Young, interior

stylist at Adore Décor DXB

(@adoredecordxb). “You

could opt for botanical

prints on wallpaper, cushions

or bedding to add a more

tropical, holiday vibe.”

“Removable wallpaper is a

relatively quick way to upgrade

your guest bedroom and

create a show-stopping design

moment,” adds Elizabeth Rees,

founder of Chasing Paper

(chasingpaper.com). “With our

peel-and-stick fabric wallpaper,

the installation process is easy.

If you have a large bedroom, it

can add warmth and cosiness;

and if it’s a smaller space, you

can trick the eye into thinking

it’s bigger with the right choice

of print.”

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IKEA

MAXIMISE THE

WARDROBE SPACE

IN THE ROOM

Make sure your guests have plenty

of space to hang their clothes, tidy

away their shoes and stash their

suitcases. Before they arrive, check

that the wardrobe is fully stocked

with hangers fit for all types of

clothing and accessories. If you

don’t have existing shelving built

in for shoes, IKEA’s clever hanging

storage, such as the Rassla (Dhs39),

which has five compartments,

provides the ideal solution without

you needing to spend a fortune on

bespoke cabinetry. If your wardrobe

is shallow and there’s not enough

space under the bed for stashing

suitcases, think about placing a

large trunk at the end of the bed

in which they can easily stow away

their luggage.

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guest bedroom styling | INSPIRATION

Nail the lighting. When it comes

to finding the perfect pendant

or chandelier, the Huda Lighting

showroom on Umm Suqeim Street

(hudalighting.com) has a fabulous

range of high-end designs while I Light

You (ilightyou.ae) has an illuminating

collection you can browse and buy

online. Pop a lamp on the nightstand or

plump for stylish wall sconces. This will

allow your guests to read in bed and,

more importantly, turn off the lights

once they’re safely tucked in so they

won’t be stumbling around in the dark

in an unfamiliar environment.

Dress the windows. Creating an

environment for a good night’s sleep

is key, especially if your guests will be

battling jetlag. Black-out curtains or

blinds are a must and you can buy them

off the rack or commission a bespoke

pair. Add tie backs for a more polished

look and if the room is overlooked,

make sure you add a net curtain to give

your guests plenty of privacy.

Style it up. Bedside tables, a fulllength

mirror, and a clock are among

the basics that can help a room feel

more finished, while a dressing table

is a nice addition if space allows. Select

some wall art that offers a sense of

place – it can make a real difference

to the guest experience. Drawdeck’s

(drawdeck.com) fantastic range of

prints, including its Dubai city map

(from Dhs111) and Waiting for Summer

pool print (From Dhs93) will help create

a holiday vibe.

Add the finishing touches. Make

your guests feel pampered with some

added extras that are akin to what they

may find in a boutique hotel. “A basket

brimming with miniature toiletries,

a vase of fragrant fresh flowers and

some scented candles are all thoughtful

touches that will ensure that your

guests have an enjoyable stay,” says

Young. Add to that dressing gowns,

slippers and a generous supply of fluffy

towels and you’re sure to have happy

campers. More welcoming touches

include a stash of good books to read, as

well as those all-important operating

instructions for the air conditioning.

COSY

TOUCHES

From left: 1 BHS Beryl

table lamp, around

Dhs242 (GBP50), bhs.

com 2 Ariel Drum

Chandelier, Dhs4,890,

Ethan Allen 3 Cushion

Cover in dark brown

& gold, Dhs86, 2XL

Furniture & Home

Décor 4 Mini Infinity

Longlife, Dhs650,

Plaisir Cadeaux et

Fleurs 5 Harve chair,

Dhs2,171, 2XL Furniture

& Home Décor

A MIRROR

WILL HELP TO

BOUNCE LIGHT

AROUND THE

ROOM

Ethan Allen

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Ask the

DESIGNER

Stephany Hanna, interior architect and designer at

Step Into Detail tells us how to have a hygge bedroom

Styling by: Hiral Kapadia Photography by: Muthu Kumar

Get rid of anything that doesn’t

make you feel happy – it’s the law

according to hygge. You don’t need to

splash out on expensive furniture. Simply

choose pieces that you love, from a cosy

knitted throw to a vase of fresh flowers.

Hang fairy lights over the headboard for

a sense of softness in the space.

It may be trendy, but plain

white walls won’t give you the

cosy, contented feel you crave in a

master bedroom. Choose a calming

shade of blue or green for the walls and

paint them for an instant style upgrade.

I’m a fan of darker hues, which bring

about a bolder change.

Avoid pattered bed linen, which

can make the room look messy. Stick

to plain colours and natural, textured

materials such as linen. Having too

many cushions isn’t practical: stick to

two large pillows at the back followed by

two smaller ones and up to three scatter

cushions. It’s enough for a boutique hotel

style feel but won’t take you ages to move

back and forth each day. Use a wicker

basket to store any excess cushions in

while you sleep.

Adding art is an opportunity to

show your personality – and you

can easily do so on a budget. Choose

photography you love rather than

something you see commonly in other

people’s homes – I often download free

photography from Unsplash to print

and frame. Simply select a theme (my

favourite is architecture) and create a

story. Don’t be afraid to try new things

– the ‘Wake Up’ print in my room that

extends beyond the frame was very easy

to do and adds character to the room.

Having an old-fashioned tiled

floor is a common bugbear in the

UAE. If you’re stuck with unsightly

tiles, a large rug can work wonders.

And if you own the place or don’t mind

spending a bit more money, Floorworld’s

luxury vinyl planks, which click into

place on top of your existing tiles, can

make a huge difference to the look and

feel of the space.

When it comes to the finishing

touches, a good mantra to keep

in mind is “excuse the mess but I

live here”. A great taste bedroom isn’t

overly styled or streamlined but is a

relaxing space that works for you. Make

it practical and stylish by having your

slippers laid out ready and task lighting

that’s within easy reach of the bed. I’m

not a fan of symmetrical side tables but

you should have at least one while, lastly,

a footstool or pouffe is handy for laying

clothes on.

Email info@stepintodetail.com or

follow @stepintodetail

Stephany Hanna at home in The Springs

Those perfectly styled bedrooms we see TIP

on Pinterest aren’t necessarily what will

make you feel nurtured and cosy in your

own home. Find a style that speaks to you and

create a retreat in which you can fully unwind.

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HOW TO MASTER THE

KONMARI

METHOD

Professional organisation expert Salam Shaban

(@tidymess_dxb) tells us how to adopt Marie

Kondo’s famous home tidying practice

The hit book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, introduced

us to an organisation practice that ‘sparks joy’, giving you extra motivation to

streamline your abode. “The KonMari method declutters your home once and for

all,” says Salam, a trainee consultant. “It’s important to complete the process in

order as it takes you on a journey from the easiest category (your closet) to the

hardest (sentimental items).”

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konmari | INSPIRATION

2“Start by tackling your

closet,” says Salam. “Take

every item off the hanger

and out of the wardrobe,

then hold each piece to see

how it makes you feel – does

it spark joy? If an item no

longer makes you feel good,

thank it for its time serving

you and put it in a pile to

donate. Only place items

back into your closet that

you absolutely love.”

4

STUK box, Dhs15, IKEA

Fold your clothes and stack

them vertically so you can see

all your options without having

to dig around. In-drawer

storage boxes or baskets will

help keep everything in order.

3IT MAY BE FUNCTIONAL,

BUT MAKE SURE ANY

STORAGE ON DISPLAY

IS PLEASING TO LOOK

AT. “THE GOAL IS THAT

EVERYTHING IN YOUR

HOME MAKES YOU FEEL

HAPPY,” SAYS SALAM.

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4

5

Next, sort out your

books. “Remove them

from the shelves and

hold each one. Ask

yourself ‘if I spilt

coffee on this, how

would I feel?’ This

way you can decide

if you really love it

and want to keep it

or not,” says Salam.

6“TACKLING YOUR

PAPERWORK CAN BE

TRICKY AS IT CAN

EASILY ACCUMULATE,”

SAYS SALAM. “TAKE

THE TIME TO GO

THROUGH IT PROPERLY

AND ONLY KEEP THE

REALLY IMPORTANT

DOCUMENTS. THE

AMOUNT YOU NO

LONGER NEED, AND

CAN GET RID OF, MAY

SURPRISE YOU.”

7

“Use this time to create a proper filing

system,” says Salam. “Designate a place

in your home where you can put all your

papers, and then sort through them

once a week to put them into the correct

places or to shred and recycle them.”

IF YOU HAVEN’T GOT ENOUGH

STORAGE, LOOK FOR CLEVER

WAYS TO BUILD MORE INTO

YOUR HOME. EKET WALL-

MOUNTED STORAGE, DHS390,

IKEA, IKEA.COM/AE

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8

konmari | INSPIRATION

The next step is ‘kimono’, meaning ‘small items’ in Japanese

and representing miscellaneous objects. “Here, the focus is on

practicality rather than joy, so keep all things useful. An iron

may not spark joy, but perfectly pressed clothes do,” says Salam.

THE LAST ELEMENT IS

CALLED MEMENTOES,

COVERING EVERYTHING

SENTIMENTAL. “THIS IS

THE HARDEST STEP, SO

BE SURE TO USE YOUR

SENSE OF JOY FOR

THIS, AND ONLY

KEEP THINGS THAT

REALLY RAISE A

SMILE,” 9SAYS SALAM.

Although it may be

tempting to stock up

on Instagrammable

cupboard organisers,

leave this for the

end once you know

what you need.“Not

everything has

to look perfect,

it just has to be

practical,” says

Salam.“When you

open the kitchen

cabinet you should

only need to move

one thing to reach

the item you need.”

10

FÖRVAR,

Dhs7, IKEA

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DISTINCTLY

Mine

How this villa in The Lakes

was transformed into a

European style home

Styling by: Hiral Kapadia

Photographs by: Muthu Kumar

“I wanted to create a clear European

style, like something you’d find in

Brussels or Paris, for our family home,”

explains Nadia Sallustio who completely

gutted and reimagined her stunning

home in The Lakes.

She bought the four-bedroom villa

four years ago, together with her

husband Fabio, and it took nine months

of work before they could finally move

in. “We modified everything. From the

interior walls to the ceiling height and

the windows. The only thing we kept

were the outside walls,” laughs Nadia,

who owns the stylish The Den home

interiors boutique in Dubai. The sheer

scale of the work, and the attention to

detail with which it has been carried out,

is evident in the villa’s elegant charm.

Not their first rodeo, the couple (who

have three children and a cat) had also

renovated their previous home in The

Meadows. “I’ve always been interested

in designing homes,” explains Nadia.

“When I was a child my favourite toy

to play with was Barbie’s furniture. I

used to design a big apartment on my

parent’s dining room table, using my

mum’s small cacti as accessories.”

Bringing her lifelong passion for

design to life, Nadia, who has a degree in

Fine Art, drew and designed the whole

house herself, sourcing all the materials

needed to create her dream family home.

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at home with | INSPIRATION

THE DUSTY PINK WALL CREATES A

WARM AMBIENCE IN THE LIVING ROOM,

WHERE BRIGHT ACCESSORIES ARE

USED TO ADD POPS OF COLOUR

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HOMELY TOUCHES

“I wanted the house to feel homely and friendly. Plus, I love using

colour to create an ambience,” explains Nadia. “We entertain

a lot, so we extended to create a conservatory dining room,

which gives the kitchen an open feel. Interiors LLC took on the

practical side of the renovation while I advised and styled.”

FLOWING FREELY

The living spaces flow effortlessly into one another with

strategically placed windows emphasising the sense of movement.

The kitchen seamlessly unfolds to the dining space, which is

bathed in natural light due to its floor-to-ceiling windows.

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at home with | INSPIRATION

“WE WANTED TO CREATE

AN OPEN KITCHEN THAT

WE CAN SHARE FAMILY

MOMENTS IN. HAVING

PLENTY OF DAYLIGHT WAS

IMPORTANT FOR THIS”

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INSPIRATION | At home with

TRANQUIL SLUMBER

“There used to be a window behind the bed but we

decided to create a false wall in front of it so we had

the perfect spot to place the bed frame against,” says

Nadia. The muted tones of the bedroom and lack

of electronics create an inviting space in which to

unwind after a long day.

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At at home with | INSPIRATION

MUM’S THE WORD

Taking her creative flair into the bedrooms for her three children,

Nadia has crafted fun and playful spaces that reflect each of their

personalities. “Maya (14) likes to change her room a lot (pictured

right) so I show her how to mix colour and design,” says Nadia.

“MY SON SAM LION

HAD TO HAVE A

JUNGLE THEMED

ROOM, IT’S SIMPLY

IN HIS NATURE”

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INSPIRATION | at home with

TAKING IT ALFRESCO

“The garden was the last thing we

completed. We chose to put in a saltwater

pool from Absolute Pools and replace

the grass with decking as it’s less

maintenance. My husband loves gardening

so he did the planting himself,” says

Nadia. The perimeter is lined with olive

trees, while an electronic sunshade juts

out at the touch of a button in order to

shield the table and chairs from the sun,

bringing a European feel to the garden. “I

do the inside and my husband handles the

outside so we make a great team.”

I do the inside and my

husband handles the

outside – we’re a team

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Adrian Side Table Set,

Dhs1,330, Indigo Living

Salamanca

Light (small),

Dhs590, Home

and Soul

FIND THESE QUIRKY POTS

AT NADIA’S BOUTIQUE,

THE DEN, IN CITY WALK

Cushion cover with raised geometric

design, Dhs99, Zara Home

GET

THE

LOOK

Plate Isa

Black/Gold,

Dhs94,

The Den

LIVSVERK,

Vase, blue,

Dhs65, IKEA

Double Circle Mirror, Dhs3,245, Indigo Living

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INSPIRATION | home outdoor renovation space

Party in the back

With its design inspired by a humble tile, Shireen Humphreys’ self-styled

Jumeirah Park garden has been transformed from a once-bland space

into a hotspot for family-friendly social gatherings

we bought our home

in 2014, the back garden

“When

was little more than a

sandpit,” laughs Shireen as she

curls up on the outdoor sofa with

a cup of herbal tea. “My husband

and I are famous in our friend circle

for hosting alfresco parties so it

was important to make the space

well-geared for social gatherings.”

The renovation started in 2016

and took around a year to complete.

“The biggest task was relocating

the swimming pool to a more

central position, leaving space for

an outdoor kitchen in line with

the lounge area. We couldn’t get a

digger into the garden so it had to

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e hand dug, which was no mean feat.”

It took around two to three weeks to

complete. In that time, Shireen was

busy falling in love with the tiles.

“I took a shine to the blue, white and

lemon Italian tiles that were shown to

us by our contractor,” she says. The

hitch? It would take five months to

ship them to Dubai. “It seemed like a

long time to wait but, for me, they were

integral to the design,” justifies Shireen.

“Plus, it allowed me to go ahead and

work on weaving in my accent colours

throughout the rest of the design.”

Using small blue-hued tiles for

the pool gives it a luxurious and

inviting edge while a transparent

safety screen means the space is

secure for little wanderers, without

compromising on its style credentials.

Another practical choice that has

paid dividends has been opting for

artificial grass. “There are so many

great options available nowadays in

terms of texture and colour and it

doesn’t get hot under foot. It has been

fantastic in terms of maintenance,”

she adds.

Most of the outdoor furniture was

bought from La Veranda, with the

concrete look dining table a savvy

choice. “The wicker look doesn’t work

for me as it can get burnt to a crisp

under the Dubai sun,” says Shireen.

“However, it’s so heavy that we had

to specify the exact spot that it was

placed upon delivery as it wouldn’t be

possible to move it again by hand.”

“We have Bose speakers situated

at various points around the garden

so we can create a party ambience

with music,” she says. “Lighting was

another important aspect for me – the

pergola is illuminated from within its

pillars, which is really pretty at night.”

The garden is lush with greenery

and with spotlights leading

guests along the winding garden

path edged by large tropical

plants, it’s clear to see that the

party is always at Shireen’s.

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outdoor space | INSPIRATION

THE ACCENT COLOURS

USED THROUGHOUT THE

GARDEN TOOK THEIR CUE

FROM THESE BEAUTIFUL

FLOOR TILES FROM ITALY

Small tiles in two different

shades of blue give the swimming

pool a luxurious edge

Styling by Hiral Kapadia Photographs by: Muthu Kumar

HOW TO GROW A SIMPLE YET

STYLISH TROPICAL GARDEN

You can’t go wrong with a classic

colour palette of green, pink and

white. Shireen chose a mixture of

frangipani, bougainvillea, banana

plant, ficus and champa plant for

a tropical ambience that is easy to

maintain in the desert.

Get a great gardener. It takes

more than keeping the plants

well watered to achieve a standout

yard. Shireen’s garden is kept

in check by a talented gardener

Barbar Ali of View Flower

Landscaping, 055 291 3542).

Fake it ’til you make it. Consider

artificial grass as an eco-friendly

way to greenover your garden.

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THINK BIG

Transform your home office space

into the perfect working environment

Image: Swoon Editions, swooneditions.com Words by: Melanie Swan

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home office | INSPIRATION

Oak Furnitureland, oakfurnitureland.co.uk

UTILISE THE SPACE BESIDE

THE WINDOW FOR A DESK

AND REAP THE BENEFITS

OF NATURAL LIGHT,

WHICH STUDIES HAVE

SHOWN CAN HELP TO AID

CONCENTRATION AND

BOOST YOUR MOOD

EXECUTIVE

ESSENTIALS

There’s an increasing number of

people working remotely, starting

their own business, or working on

passion projects at home – if you’re one

of them, having a functional office space

that ignites the imagination is essential.

A quiet, light-filled zone that caters to all

your needs is key in making sure you are

at your most creative and productive.

Our experts share their top tips…

CLAIM YOUR SPACE

Even if you don’t have a dedicated

office space in your home, you can

easily turn a would-be bedroom into a

cosy work area. “It’s easy to do. You just

need to organise the furniture layout in

a way that makes the space functional

yet homely,” says Dubai based interior

designer Vincenzo Visciglia of Aavva

Interiors. “Utilise the space under the

window for a desk – it doesn’t have to

be massive.” There are loads of great

options around or you can even have

one custom-made by a local carpenter

such as Art and Craft Furniture (located

on Umm Suqeim Road.)

If you’re converting a box room into

an office, utilise the space with an

L-shaped desk with shelves and cabinets

around it. If natural light is lacking, you

could look at the possibility of building

in a window, if you can get the required

permissions. Visciglia says: “You can

convert a maid’s room into an office

by simply opening up the doorway

by swapping out the wood for a glass

partition door that lets the light in.”

FIND A COMFY CHAIR

“Balancing comfort and aesthetic is

very important,” says Clarice Claudette

Jimenez, interior designer at Perfect

Proportions (perfectproportions.ae).

“Make sure you have enough space

for everything to flow. Finding the

right desk chair can prove challenging.

Choose one that’s the right height for

your desk and adjust it according to

your body – ease of movement is key.”

DO A SOUND CHECK

“Making your office space acoustically

sound will help shield you from noisy

distractions, affording you the privacy

you need to take calls at any time,”

says Ranim Mortada, of Ranim Mortada

Interiors in Dubai (@ranimmortada_

interiors). The easiest way to improve

the acoustics is to layer up fabrics. Rugs

are an easy solution and add a nice

feeling under-foot, while fabric roman

blinds or curtains will help, even if they

remain open to allow for natural light.

For something a little more powerful,

she suggests acoustic panels, which can

easily be installed on the ceilings and

walls. “The most stylish acoustic panels

can look like pieces of art,” she adds.

ILLUMINATE THE AREA

Ranim says while natural light is ideal,

there are many other ways to brighten

up your space. “A good tip is to

strategically place a mirror on the wall

to reflect and maximise the natural light.

From top: 1 KVARNVIK

Storage Box with Lid, grey, 30x30x30cm,

Dhs49, IKEA 2 ROMMA Cable

Management Box with Lid (white),

Dhs29, IKEA 3 Langley Button Swivel

Office Chair, Faux Leather Upholstered,

Tan, around Dhs1,350 (GBP 279.00), Cult

Furniture, cultfurniture.com

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Wentworth Study in ‘Sorrel’, Neville Johnson

AMPLE OPEN AND CLOSED STORAGE OPTIONS

AND A SPACIOUS WORKING AREA MAKE THIS

A COVETED HOME OFFICE SET-UP

This, of course, has the added benefit

of optically opening up the space.”

She suggests avoiding downlights and

spotlights in rooms with low ceilings,

which can cause glare, discomfort

and cast shadows. She suggests using

dimmable spotlights instead for general

lighting, warm white LED lighting and

adjustable desk lamps.

GET ORGANISED

“Clutter is your biggest enemy,” says

Clarice. “Opt for built-in cabinets for

storage and incorporate some open

shelving on which you can place your

storage boxes and ornaments. Less is

more – don’t over-decorate your open

shelves. Stack books according to their

colour and size.”

“Pretty labelled storage boxes can

be a neat way to store away non-daily

essentials,” agrees Ranim. “However,

consistency is key and preferably all

boxes should be of the same design.

I particularly like IKEA’s monochrome

storage boxes, which have a fabric

finish. Mixing up storage containers with

decorative items or books on shelves

keeps the look personalised and airy.

I like to place the boxes diagonally to

each other for balance or line them up

on the bottom shelf if the shelf cabinet

is at floor level.”

If you need to store away larger

equipment, such as a printer, choose

a low cabinet and make sure it has a

cut out through which you can feed

the cables.

WAVE GOODBYE TO

UGLY CABLES

It’s impossible to avoid cabling

altogether, however hi-tech we become.

Get your cord chaos under control with

cord winders, tubing, or a wire organiser

attached to the desk. This helps keep

things tidy, safe and brings the mess

off the floor. For the ones on the desk,

invest in an attractive cord cover or feed

the cords into a desk grommet – a hole

in your desk which threads the cords

under the desk and hides them.

ADD PLENTY OF

PERSONAL TOUCHES

“Don’t be afraid to go all out by

personalising your home office to your

liking,” says Clarice. “This should inspire

you to work even more. Think of your

style, be chic and functional. A gallery

wall styled with paintings, travel pictures

and accessories is a great idea. Just be

creative.”

Don’t forget the greenery. Plants not

only add a dash of colour and bring

the outside in, but they help clean the

air and studies have shown that being

around them can aid productivity. Lowmaintenance

plants include spider plants

and peace lilies.

And while your family may be just

the other side of the door, photos can

lend a sense of warmth when you’re

trudging through the day’s tasks. You

can display them on wire grids, peg

boards or white boards.

DESKTOP

BUDDIES

From top: 1 Orchid Arrangement

in Glass Vase White, Dhs973,

Chattels & More 2 Aysha Bookends,

Dhs1,500 (set of two), Interiors

3 Nespresso VertuoPlus, Dhs1,299/

VertuoPlus Deluxe, Dhs1,499,

ae.buynespresso.com

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home office | INSPIRATION

Tip

IF YOU ARE A SERIAL

PINNER-UPPER, YOU

COULD CONSIDER

COVERING AN ENTIRE

WALL IN CORKBOARD.

IT GOES ESPECIALLY

WELL WITH A SCANDI

STYLE THEME

Desenio, desenio.com

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FLAWLESS

FINISH

How Zen Interiors masterminded

a showstopping modern villa for

a family in The Meadows

Having bought this four-bedroom home

in The Meadows from abroad, the

homeowners were eager to put a fresh

stamp on the property before moving in. As

they were not yet in the country, the entire

project was handed over to Zen Interiors,

with a simple request – that the family move

into a fully renovated home by the time they

landed in three month’s time. Their main

requirement was to have the house strike a

balance between a classic and modern aesthetic

with each room having the ‘wow factor’.

To begin with, Zen Interiors took to creating a

contemporary feel in the home’s infrastructure

by revamping the dated features. The ceilings

were altered in height and design to give

the rooms a distinctly 21 st century feel. The

traditional style staircase was renovated for a

sleeker look and a custom walk-in wardrobe

was added to the master bedroom. Finally, a

partition wall was added to the living area,

complete with a contemporary quilted design

on one side where the TV could be mounted. All

the structural changes provided a clear modern

foundation from which to build on further.

As the family didn’t plan on bringing any

furniture with them, the Zen team had a blank

canvas for which they could curate a collection

of pieces that worked harmoniously together.

Making the most of the fresh slate, the team

brought in the classical feel requested through

the furnishings and styling. Their in-house

carpenters and tailors were called upon to

create timeless furniture in neutral colours that

would stand the test of time.

Wanting to add extra interest with a brighter

hue to the home, accents of walnut and metal

were weaved throughout via accessories and

furnishings. Taking into account the client’s

desire for an elegant finish, all the pieces were

designed and styled especially to uphold the

high quality look and feel. So when the family

arrived, they were delighted to be able to move

straight into their dream home.

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home renovation | INSPIRATION

NEUTRAL HUES

MAKE FOR A

TIMELESS LOOK

Turn the page to read our tops tips on planning a similar renovation in your home ➤

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INSPIRATION | home renovation

Wow’s the word

Merete Broen, head of the

design department at

Zen Interiors, shares her

top tips for a luxe home...

1 Take the time to research the style you

would like to achieve with the furnishings.

Create a moodboard for the look that you

want the home to spark when you walk in.

This way you’ll have a better idea of what to

search for when you’re shopping.

2 Select the general colour scheme before

you start buying any items. If you want to

create a timeless look, opt for a neutral palette

that will see you through various trends and

will always look classy.

3 Don’t be afraid to break up the colour

scheme with accent pieces. This will help add

character to your home and allows you to give

your space a fresh look by updating these

smaller furnishings when you fancy a change.

4 Selecting the right wallpaper and fabric is

key to achieving a luxurious finish. It is often

worth investing here if you’re after that ultrahigh-end

look and feel.

5 Chrome fittings and accessories can add a

polished feel to a room without breaking the

bank. Plus, they go with most colour schemes

and give a modern effect.

THE POOL’S

MODERN FINISH

EXUDES LUXURY

Before

THE VERDICT

“All the work was

completed quickly and to a

high quality. I am extremely

happy with the result,

especially the elegant and

flawless finish,”

– the homeowner

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HOMES

NEAR GREEN

SPACES

Six

of the

best

Enviably located close to

Dubai’s best parks, these

homes make it easy to

enjoy the great outdoors

FOR SALE

AED650,000

1

MIRDIF TULIP, MIRDIF

On the edge of Mirdif by Mushrif park, this 520 st ft studio has an openplan

kitchen with white goods along with fitted wardrobes. Its Mirdif

location means access to the centre of Dubai is only a short drive away

and for those who rely on public transport, Rashidiya Metro Station is close

by. The popular Mushrif Park is a drawcard as it attracts a crowd who enjoy

spending their weekends picnicking or cooking up a barbecue with friends.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 and quote REF: BHM-S-98512, RERA

Permit No. 8097 Nearby school and nursery: Crystal Valley Nursery, Uptown

School Dubai

Studio

Bath: 1

Parking: 1

FOR SALE

AED1,700,000

2EXECUTIVE TOWER F, BUSINESS BAY

Modern city living at its finest, the building is equipped with swimming

pools, a gym and landscaped plaza. Business Bay is known for its

community feel providing shops and restaurants on site along with excellent

transport links. Perfect for those who love to exercise, Bay Avenue Park has

a jogging track, two outdoor gyms, a skate park and trampoline area, along

with offering activities such as sunrise yoga.

Bed: 2

Bath: 3

Parking: 1

For further details, call 04 409 0991 and quote REF: BHM-S-167919, RERA Permit

No. 30078 Nearby school and nursery: Ladybird Nursery, Horizon School

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Bed: 5

Bath: 7

Parking: 5

FOR SALE

AED30,000,000

3AL SAFA 1, AL SAFA

This large property sits in one of Dubai’s most coveted

neighbourhoods boasting close proximity to the popular Safa Park

along with a host of small shops and restaurants. And if you don’t fancy

the walk, the villa boasts 25,000 sq ft of land (which can home three more

villas), with two beautifully landscaped gardens in the front and back.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 and quote REF: BHM-S-97405, RERA

Permit No. 22741

Nearby school and nursery: Jumeirah International Nursery, Jumeirah

English Speaking School

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FOR SALE

AED4,990,000

4AL WARQAA 3, AL WARQA’A

A decadently Arabesque style

villa with ample space for large

families. There are three kitchens

along with eight bedrooms and nine

bathrooms, so you need not think twice

about hosting occasions at home.

There’s a shopping plaza in walking

distance along with Al Warqaa Jogging

and Running Track for those who like

to exercise alfresco. Conveniently

located, there’s easy access to Sheikh

Mohammad Bin Zayed and Emirates

Road. For further details, call 04 409

0991 and quote REF: BHM-S-167833, RERA

Permit No. 44409 Nearby school and

nursery: Future International Nursery,

Ignite School

Bed: 8

Bath: 9

Parking: 3

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FOR SALE

AED3,050,000

5YANSOON 7, OLD TOWN

A spacious three bedroom apartment located in the happening area of Old

Town. Ideal for those who enjoy walking, you’ll find all the amenities you need

on your doorstep at The Dubai Mall, which is home to over 1,300 shops and 200 food

outlets. Plus, just a short walk away there’s Burj Park, which provides stunning views of

Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain.

For further details, call 04 409 0991 and quote REF: BHM-S-146464, REAR PERMIT: 41161

Nearby school and nursery: Horizon School, Blossom Nursery Downtown

Bed: 3

Bath: 4

Parking: 2

FOR SALE

AED1,350,000

6WORLD TRADE CENTRE RESIDENCE, WORLD TRADE CENTRE

A five-star residential tower alongside the Dubai World Trade Centre, this

high-rise has lots of amenities including a rooftop pool and gym. Residents

who enjoy spending time outdoors can make the most of their close proximity to

Zabeel Park, which has a boating lake and jogging track along with top attractions

such as the Dinosaur Park and Dubai Frame.

Bed: 2

Bath: 2.5

Parking: 1

For further details, call 04 409 0991 and quote REF: BHM-S-170606, RERA Permit No.

42728 Nearby school and nursery: Step Up Nursery, GEMS Wellington Primary School

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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO

THE SPRINGS

Characterised by its landscaped

gardens, tranquil lakes and community

feel, The Springs offers quintessential

family-living. A collection of

townhouses provide the calming

antidote to the bustling city and

provides a serene environment in

which to settle for the long haul.

WHY MOVE THERE?

Those looking for a quiet neighbourhood

in which to nurture a brood, small or

large, will find a home to nest in here.

From smaller two beds to spacious four

beds with a study, there are options

should your family grow in size. The

gated dwelling is conveniently located,

meaning you’re close enough to the

city, while being just far away enough

to claim suburban living. There are

lots of amenities, with everything from

swimming pools, to a cinema and host

of restaurants on your doorstep, so the

community boasts a buzz of its own

in the evenings and at weekends.

THE COMMUNITY

Drawing a friendly crowd who like

to socialise locally, there are several

community events throughout the

year along with barbecue areas

and parks in which to socialise with

neighbours. You’ll often see children

playing outside, people walking dogs

or going for a run along the paths.

SCHOOLS

There are a number of nurseries on site

including Raffles Nursery and Jebel Ali

Village Nursery. For older children Dubai

British School offers British education

for children up to 18 years old.

TRANSPORT

Mostly suitable for those who drive,

The Springs is easily connected via Al

Khamila and First Al Khail Street. It’s just

a 15-minute drive from Dubai Marina and

Dubai Media City and 35-minutes from

Dubai International Airport. There’s also a

bus service that takes you out of the area.

SHOPPING

The popular Springs Souk houses a

variety of shops and eateries including

Aldo, Marks & Spencer and Carluccio’s.

There’s also a host of practical outlets

such as a dry cleaners, a pet shop,

opticians and salon. Plus, there’s a

large Carrefour for the weekly shop.

Meet the neighbours

Jonathan and Louise Hallmark have lived in The Springs since 2019

“We love The Springs for a number of reasons. Its close proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road means

getting around Dubai is simple. The price point is competitive and, as we have a small child,

having a villa is ideal. It’s lovely to be surrounded by greenery and the recreational facilities are

fantastic. Plus, we have the Springs Souk and Meadows Town Centre within walking distance.”

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area guide | PROPERTY

Ask the agent

Alois Kugendran is The Springs

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

Burj Crown by Emaar

The Springs is a very relaxed community, perfect for

newlyweds and young families. As a gated community

with lakes, greenery, parks and pools it has a very

family orientated feel. The large number of families

mean there’s a strong community vibe here. Plus,

the close accessibility to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al

Khail Road means the work commute is stress-free.

It’s a mature community with many amenities.

The Springs Souk has a cinema, plenty of shops,

restaurants and cafés. This year, there will be

another souk opening, which will have even more

restaurants overlooking the waterfront. What’s

more, some of the villas are within walking distance

of the Montgomerie Golf Club in Emirates Hills.

We’re seeing a lot of migration from apartment

renters who are coming to enjoy the lifestyle that

this villa community offers. All the properties in The

Springs are townhouses with two to three bedrooms,

some also having a maid’s room and study.

It’s a great area to buy here if you’re laying down

roots or investing. A two-bedroom townhouse, plus

study starts from Dhs1.1m to buy and can go up to

Dhs3m for a three-bedroom with a study and maid’s

room. It is also a great time to rent as the prices have

averaged out. You can rent a two-bedroom plus maid’s

room for Dhs80,000, while prices start at Dhs115,000

for a three-bedroom villa with a maid’s room.

PROPERTIES IN THE SPRINGS

For Sale

AED1.15 million. Springs 3, The Springs

2 bed, 3 bath, 1 parking, 1,857 sq.ft.

1.1m

could buy you

a two-bedroom

townhouse in

The Springs

For Rent

AED85k per year. Springs 3, The Springs,

2 bed, 2 bath, 2 parking, 1,647 sq.ft.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Emaar’s most prestigious project

of 2020, the Burj Crown is a luxury

44-storey high-rise in Downtown

Dubai consisting of 400 modern

apartments. The exclusive building, set

to boast Downtown Dubai views, is

being designed by Hong-Kong based

architecture firm LWK Partners (who

are responsible for creative builds in

urban environments across Asia).

WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

Landing you right in the heart of the

city, the modern tower will be located

in The Opera District on bustling

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Boulevard where it will overlook the

Dubai Opera.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES?

Contemporary living at its finest, the

building will have lots of amenities,

including the Leisure Deck (a large

outdoor area with green space) and

the Active Roof, with Burj Khalifa views.

Ideal for outdoor living, there’ll be

swimming pools and a play area too.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Choose from one-, two- and threebedroom

apartments finished to a

luxurious standard.

EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE?

October 2023.

IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN?

A one-bedroom starts from

Dhs1,068,888. The competitive pricing

plan begins with a 10 percent down

payment on booking followed by five

percent every five months until 50

percent on completion.

For further information, call

Betterhomes on 04 409 0998

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