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BEFORE & AFTER
A villa in The Meadows gets a luxe makeover
WAYS TO DECLUTTER WITH THE KONMARI METHOD
STYLE A DREAMY GUEST BEDROOM
My happy space Interior designer Nadia Sallustio's bright and cheerful home in The Lakes
CREATED AT DRIFT BEACH, DUBAI
WHERE DIVERSITY UNITES
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
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DFS French Connection Hoxton three-seater sofa and footstool in rose, around Dhs4,556 (£949) and around Dhs1,915 (£399), courtesy of DFS Furniture
Welcome to the issue
welcome letter | CONTENTS
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All the latest news and updates; top picks for a more tranquil home; our guide to buying a whizzy food processor
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
Why we’re crushing on soft pink – and how to use 58-63 Homes within a stone’s throw of serene green spaces, it in your home; tips on styling the perfect guest bedroom; 10 ways to adopt the famous Japanese and our guide to living in The Springs
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Pinboard Our round-up of the latest in homewares news and interiors trends
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
On our radar
HIGH TEA Complementing hues of teal and gold ramp up the elegance when serving an afternoon tea for friends. Dhs1,373, aura, @auraliving_ae
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Fishes, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Price upon request
Three cool finds to freshen up your living space…
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
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
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 UAEâ€™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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com *Terms and conditions: Offer is subject to availability and advance reservations are required. This is a limited time offer.
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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
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 14 | bhomes.com
A MINDFUL HOME MAKEOVER
Furnish with a conscience with West Elm, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids
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
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UPDATES | favourite finds
A feeling of zen
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
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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.
Ceramic Kaftan Vase Large, Dhs840
Crescent (medium), Dhs367.50
Lidded Pomegrante, Dhs194.25
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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ECO BRICKS x Better Living
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Do your bit for the zero waste movement by giving your plastic bottles a new lease of life
Children learning how to make Ecobricks
ouring the last slurp of your favourite drink into your glass, youâ€™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
A dog kennel made from Ecobricks
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 Ratnaâ€™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 bhomes.com | 21
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 restaurantâ€™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
Furniture Village, furniturevillage.co.uk
No longer reserved for little girls’ bedrooms, pink is the new neutral
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. bhomes.com | 23
INSPIRATION | trend
Furniture Village, furniturevillage.co.uk
â€œUse 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,â€? says Nicola.
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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
Furniture Village, furniturevillage.co.uk
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.
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GROHE x Better Living
GROHE Blue Home
QUENCH YOUR THIRST Drink more water this year with GROHE
onsidering 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 bhomes.com | 27
Amtico Rural Oak in parquet laying pattern, from around Dhs266 (GPB55) per sq m, amtico.com
A WARM WELCOME
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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).
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
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.
GIVE WALLS THE WOW FACTOR
Paris Lattice, Chasing Paper
“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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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
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expert advice | INSPIRATION
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
Stephany Hanna at home in The Springs
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 email@example.com or follow @stepintodetail
Those perfectly styled bedrooms we see 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
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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Main photos taken at Salam Shaban’s home in Al Barsha South
Professional organisation expert Salam Shaban (@tidymess_dxb) tells us how to adopt Marie Kondo’s famous home tidying practice
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.”
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.
STUK box, Dhs15, IKEA
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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.
“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.”
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“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.”
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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,” SAYS 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.”
FÖRVAR, Dhs7, IKEA
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e n Mi DISTINCTLY
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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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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“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.”
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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“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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â€œThere 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,â€? 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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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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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.”
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Adrian Side Table Set, Dhs1,330, Indigo Living
Salamanca Light (small), Dhs590, Home and Soul
FIND THESE QUIRKY POTS AT NADIAâ€™S BOUTIQUE, THE DEN, IN CITY WALK
Cushion cover with raised geometric design, Dhs99, Zara Home
GET THE LOOK
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LIVSVERK, Vase, blue, Dhs65, IKEA
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INSPIRATION | outdoor home 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
hen we bought our home in 2014, the back garden 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
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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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be 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
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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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THE ACCENT COLOURS USED THROUGHOUT THE GARDEN TOOK THEIR CUE FROM THESE BEAUTIFUL FLOOR TILES FROM ITALY
Styling by Hiral Kapadia Photographs by: Muthu Kumar
Small tiles in two different shades of blue give the swimming pool a luxurious edge
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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Transform your home office space into the perfect working environment
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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
here’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…
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.”
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.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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FLAWLESS FINISH How Zen Interiors masterminded a showstopping modern villa for a family in The Meadows
aving 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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NEUTRAL HUES MAKE FOR A TIMELESS LOOK
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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 Dubaiâ€™s best parks, these homes make it easy to enjoy the great outdoors
Studio Bath: 1 Parking: 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
Bed: 2 Bath: 3 Parking: 1
E X E C U T I V E T O W E R F, B U S I N E S S B AY
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.
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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AL SAFA 1, AL SAFA
This large property sits in one of Dubaiâ€™s most coveted
neighbourhoods boasting close proximity to the popular Safa Park
along with a host of small shops and restaurants. And if you donâ€™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 Bed: 5 Bath: 7 Parking: 5
English Speaking School
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Bed: 8 Bath: 9 Parking: 3
AL 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
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Bed: 3 Bath: 4 Parking: 2
YANSOON 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: 2 Bath: 2.5 Parking: 1 FOR SALE
WORLD 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.
For further details, call 04 409 0991 and quote REF: BHM-S-170606, RERA Permit No.
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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO
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
Meet the neighbours
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.
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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Ask the agent
OFF-PLAN PROPERTY FOCUS Burj Crown by Emaar
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. 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.
could buy you a two-bedroom townhouse in The Springs
PROPERTIES IN THE SPRINGS
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?
IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN?
For Sale AED1.15 million. Springs 3, The Springs 2 bed, 3 bath, 1 parking, 1,857 sq.ft.
For Rent AED85k per year. Springs 3, The Springs, 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 parking, 1,647 sq.ft.
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 bhomes.com | 63
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