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t seems there’s no escaping the heat this summer. Those of us who are heading to Europe for their holidays will be experiencing record-breaking temperatures and the longest heatwave on the continent since 1976. With this in mind, we’ve decided to embrace the heat in this month’s issue of Betterhomes magazine, with some Club Tropicana vibes (page 27) and kitchen inspiration (page 34). We’ll help you cool down, too, with shades of fresh mint (page 19), top tips on reducing direct sunlight in your home from interior designer Rhian Clarke (page 25) and our edit of stylish pitchers (page 68). We were also lucky enough to tour a couple of dream homes for this issue. Carlo Nassif, managing director of Graniti Building Materials, showed us his Jumeirah Golf Estates villa, with Nemr Sidani of In Design, revealing how he created such a stunning home interior (page 38). Further afield, interior decorator Lucinda Loya had a different set of challenges for styling her own family home in Kentucky, USA (page 46). And if you’re looking for a characterful villa in a family-friendly neighbourhood, don’t miss our guide to Jumeirah Park (page 53).


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Cecilie Manz, designer


Inspiration, innovation and need-to-know updates



Step outside your comfort zone

Designer Sejal Patel on playfulness





Prestigious Jumeirah Park


Liven up your home








Find your new home with our pick of properties to buy





Make the heart of your home shine

Rent a home in a beautiful community



Make your shelves a talking point

A custom-designed Jumeirah Golf Estates villa

Choose Yellow Brick Road Nusery



Rhian Clarke, interior stylist

A timeless family home




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Our edit of stylish pitchers

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This uplifting palette – think fresh white, cool grey, pastel pink and Mediterranean blue – is perfect for creating feel-good vibes when you’re entertaining this summer. Ekedalen dining table and six-chair set, Dhs2,365, Färgrik 18-piece dinnerware service, various prices, Flimra glasses, Dhs12 each, IKEA, | 13


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@francescaanichiniphotography “Photographing interiors is an unusual exploration of art, design and architecture,” says Florenceborn and based Francesca Anichini. Her stunning editorial and commercial photography work takes her around her home country, Italy, as well as around the world.

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If you’re looking for some kitchen inspiration for a small space, then look no further than Kim Lewis’ tiny 560 sq. ft. home in south Austin, Texas. The interior designer, perhaps best known as the lead designer behind ABC’s Extreme Makeover, celebrates small spaces, with her eclectic, whimsical and efficiently designed home. In the kitchen specifically, Kim aimed to design a space that matched form and function, incorporating elements from the past and present. Reclaimed wood flooring was salvaged from a 1960s house in East Austin, Bluestar and Big Chill appliances are reminiscent of the ’70s and a Kohler sink and Silestone countertops add a modern, practical touch. “My husband and I live outside of town, so we cook at home a lot,” says Kim. “And durability is everything in a small space.”


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Save water, reduce your energy bills and choose some sleek-looking bathroom designs with Ideal Standard’s (idealstandardgulf. com) innovative solutions. The bathroom company offers the Idealrain collection of efficient shower systems, with precisiondesigned flow engines; Connect Airmixers, also with water saving characteristics; and its AquaBlade® flush technology, which allows extremely low level flushing that nevertheless delivers a remarkably clean toilet bowl.


SAVE Butterfly chair, Dhs1,995, WHITE MOSS

Fashion-loving interiors enthusiasts can now head to Matchesfashion. com for their designer homeware fix. It’s the online destination for the likes of printed crockery and embroidered cushions by Gucci (pictured), Pendleton blankets by Calvin Klein, gorgeous glassware by Campbell Rey and modernist objects by Carl Aubock. | 15

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1. Mhy pendant lamp, Dhs996.45, MUUTO at D.TALES 2. Mint cushion, Dhs89, ZARA HOME 3. Hanging planter, Dhs45, SASS & BELLE at NAMSHI 4. Oslo two-seater, Dhs1,580, MUUTO at D.TALES 5. Patchwork turquoise rug, Dhs1,899, KARE 6. Blue string thermos, Dhs440, FARAH at THOUQI 7. Tutenvasen vase, Dhs226, ROSENTHAL at AMARA 8. Vintage tray, Dhs1,095, NADA DEBS at THOUQI CITIES STORE | 19

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1. Soleil drawer tower Dhs1,050, KARE 2. Candle holders, Dhs245, AL HUZAIFA 3. Aurora marble geo vase, Dhs80, NAMSHI 4. Wooden stool, Dhs399, ZARA HOME 5. Sculpture, Dhs120, AL HUZAIFA 6. Abstract hand-tufted pillow, Dhs525, TOM DIXON at AMARA 7. Abstract tray, Dhs147, BLUEBELLGRAY at AMARA 6




Step outside your comfort zone and create an eye-catching blend


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“Abstract design transcends a singular style,” explains Martin Waller, dubbed the ‘Indiana Jones of design’ and the founder of interiors brand Andrew Martin. “It is an amalgamation of eras, cultures and looks until there are no longer boundaries. Start with one piece, whether it be your childhood teddy bear or a singular flick of colour in a painting on your wall, and play around with it, using materials and shades that explore the possibilities of clashing and coordinating to let the piece tell its story. “Don’t hold back. More is more in terms of layering textures and hues. Mirror and metallic finishes, meanwhile, play with a sense of reality, surrealism and reflection.”


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Wildebeest sofa, Dhs15,120, ZIMBELA

FDXonline, the UAE’s leading furniture and décor exchange online outlet, offers you the opportunity to buy as well as sell new, ex showroom and unique pre-owned pieces of luxury furniture, decor and/ or home interiors, in a convenient and safe online platform. What’s more, most of the items can be viewed by appointment, on request. As well as individual sellers, many exclusive and well-known furniture merchandisers list their products at substantial discount on FDX, offering a variety of exclusive brands at exceptional prices. Value-added benefits You can rest assured that all of your home interior needs will be met with dedicated attention. Buyers can choose from a wide range of manufacturers and exclusive discounts. Meanwhile, sellers (individual and retail) can showcase products to a large network of interior decorators, décor enthusiasts, real estate agents and relocation specialists. FDX also offers a secure and convenient pick-up and delivery services. Helix coffee table, Plus, for a small fee, a ‘List it for me service’ includes Dhs6,785 CATTELAN ITALIA from WESTERN professional photography and product listings. FURNITURE Exceptional quality All of the items on sale undergo a strict quality and authenticity test. However, should your purchased item not match the listing in terms of appearance, condition, brand, size, or authenticity, you will be able to return the item for a full refund.

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Round laminate petrified wood stool, Dhs3,496.50, JATRA

Nihau chair, Dhs718, KARTELL

IDEAS Be inspired by Pan Emirates’ tactile pieces, such as this jewel-tone seating, offset by Art Deco-influenced gold and glass accents.Tawno three-seater sofa, Dhs2,295, Tawno armchair, Dhs1,395, Magnifying glass pendant lamp, Dhs1,099, New Discovery metal table lamp, Dhs399, Slimter end table, Dhs1,295, Jillcom coffee table, Dhs1,495, Deco candleholder, Dhs99, Pan Emirates, | 23

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20th Century Fashion, Dhs85, TASCHEN at NAMSHI

Vieux Luxembourg Brindille salad plate, Dhs3,453 (USD940), VILLEROY & BOCH

Tangerine Tea fragrance sticks, Dhs255, RITUALS



Natureinspired vase, Dhs625, AL HUZAIFA

Make your shelves a talking point “Consider the type of bookcase you have. Its size and arrangement of the shelves will determine how many accessories and how they should be distributed,” says Mei Al Hakim, interior designer at IDdesign. “Remember that less is more when it comes to decorating your bookcase. Colour coordinate your books, if possible, for a beautiful effect, and let the colours and materials from the surrounding room lead the direction of accessory choice. Use different scales and heights to add a sense of drama. You can personalise the bookcase by using photo frames, accessories collected from your travels, special gifts from loved ones and inherited family pieces.”

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SWITCH IT Change the decoration according to the season

Ferns porcelain bowl, Dhs80, URBAN NEST

Rose Blossom Blue frame, Dhs240, KARE

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Our interiors expert answers your queries and shares her hidden gems in the city Any more COpy

MY LITTLE BLACK BOOK FOR RUGS: Local brand Infiltrada’s (@infiltrada_ interiors) range of hide rugs are lifetime pieces in the most amazing colours – think emerald, cobalt blue, lavender and teal. My other go-to local brands for bespoke dhurries and custom carpets are From Jaipur with Love ( and The Home Boutique ( These ethical suppliers employ artisans.

FOR HOME SCENTS: Rhian Clarke, founder of Rhian Clarke Home LLC I have a small, awkward-shaped, ground-floor washroom. What tips do you have for maximising this space? Washrooms are typically small spaces, but can be very easily transformed to give the illusion of being more spacious. Using the same tiles in a large size on the floor and walls will give a more streamlined look, while the installation of a full wall mirror behind the countertop makes it look like the space has doubled. Choose your sanitaryware carefully: a wall-mounted WC will take up less space than a floor-standing WC, and the use of a countertop basin will free up space underneath for storage. Keeping the room uncluttered is also key. Finally, see if the door to the room can be re-hung to open outwards rather than inwards. The living space in my villa is like a greenhouse in the summer. What advice can you give? This is a very common challenge in the UAE. Having blackout curtains drawn all day and the

A/C permanently set to the lowest temperature is not an ideal solution. Firstly, take a look at what you can do outside the house. Installing an awning that can be drawn down during the peak sunshine hours will provide additional shade over the windows without permanently darkening the room. Heat-reducing window film also protects up to 80% heat and UV transference, and you can apply it yourself to reduce installation costs. Take a look at your landscaping too, as trees or plants in oversized planters in strategic positions can provide permanent shade, while also adding a pleasing outlook. What advice do you have for converting the box-like maid’s room into a study? Repurposing the maid’s room is very easily done. Take exact measurements and draw out on paper what you need the space to do – plan the desk space, drawer space and shelving. Try to maximise every possible centimetre available, from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Then, you will be hard pressed to find a more flexible and affordable range than from good old IKEA, which offers plenty of solutions for every small and awkward space.

Dubai-based Ahla Jaw’s ( scent diffusers are sleek and so easily blend in with the décor. My chosen scent is diffused at pre-set times during the day, so that my home always smells amazing. I change the scents every month, as there are so many to try.

FOR STATEMENT PIECES: I prefer to support local businesses where possible, and Boobury’s (booburysfurniture. com) is the place to go if you are looking for a top quality, ‘forever’ chesterfield leather sofa (see below). The owner is also a supporter of other local brands so there always new pieces to discover, such as calligraphy tables by TAMstuff (tamstuff. com), alongside vintage finds from the UK.

DREAM BUY: Hans Wegner’s iconic PP130 Circle Chair by PP Mobler (pictured left). I had the honour of meeting the grandson of Soren Holst Pedersen recently at Ikon House (, who spoke of the history of this particular chair as well as other iconic chairs manufactured by their company.

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STEAL MY STYLE CECILIE MANZ The award-winning designer on keeping it warm and simple with some good sounds


Delicious food and good music is always a great starting point.

TRAVEL INSPIRATIONS Cycling to work in Copenhagen and travels to Japan.


I never use wallpaper – I like to keep it fresh, with matte white walls.


Clean spaces and a warm atmosphere – I like wood for adding simplicity and cosiness.


Excellent sound quality is crucial, and if you don’t have a built-in sound system in your home, it should look good – speakers should be functional and simultaneously aesthetically pleasing.

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Something that provides joy now and creates memories for later.

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JUNGLE FEVER Liven up your home with some Club Tropicana vibes


Dutch concept store Urban Nest has plenty of nature-inspired pieces, from tropical print daybeds to their popular air plants suspended in geometric hangers. We’re coveting some of their simple, retro ceramic serveware. Set of four large ’70s bowls, Dhs180, green dinner place, Dhs70, green side plate, Dhs40, Urban Nest, | 27


Boasting pops of bold colours, H&M Home celebrates island sunshine and the tropical beach life, with its summer collection. Bed sheet, Dhs79, blanket, Dhs99, H&M Home,

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Aptly named Singita, which means ‘Place of Miracles’, this stunning patterned forest design has been hand-painted, using decorative plant motifs and foliage that adorns the dishes and bowls created by South African collective Ardmore’s artists. Singita wallpaper, Dhs1,760 for a roll of 10 metres, Cole & Son. Available from Lelievre Middle East LLC, 04 430 9599

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Fine fronded bamboo-type leaves grow from above and below in this playful motif. Jungle Leaves wallpaper, Dhs208.95 per sqm, Mr Perswall at D.tales, | 31


Sejal Patel, lead designer at design firm Gensler, on functionality, playfulness and the power of design Interview: Lucy Land


orn into the heart of the Indian textile industry, Sejal Patel’s passion for design was ignited in childhood. She went on to study interior design at London Metropolitan University and has been working in the region for more than a decade. We speak to the designer about what drives her... How big an impact did your textile designer father have on your career? I grew up around my father’s textile business in India and, as a child, I was exposed to the colourful and vibrant art of fabrics. I began drawing and creating various forms of art with my hands and this further sparked my interest in patterns and artistic materials. With my father’s support, my artistic passions were nurtured and I was naturally led into a career in interiors. I believe my deep love for patterns and fabric is related to their strong connection with people, as they are the result of human craftsmanship and in a way, part of a universal language that binds us all together. Besides their aesthetic characteristics, fabrics also have a very important purpose in our lives: they provide shelter to the body and thus respond to our primary needs. What’s your design ethos? I believe that we can and must change the world through our everyday actions. It is in this way that I naturally embrace the founding and driving principle of Gensler, which is creating a better world through the power of design. How is the regional design scene developing? The Middle East, and particularly Dubai, boasts a very vibrant stage for both the internationally acclaimed hospitality brands, as well as new and locally established brands and concepts. More importantly, all sectors, including retail, workplaces, commercial, residential, and even healthcare, are now leaning towards the influence of hospitality design. Designers are becoming more and more involved in mixed-use projects where hospitality permeates design, and this is a growing trend.

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What are you currently working on? Our team is currently involved in an interesting mixed-use luxury project in Saudi Arabia. The project focuses on providing a unique destination that targets women for wellness activities as well as other specialised events. Additionally, we are also working on the refurbishment and repositioning of several upscale hotels in the region. Other projects include collaborations with our architecture teams on international lifestyle residential projects, primarily targeting millennials. When you’re not working, where can we find you? Being in Dubai and in this industry, we often work to crazy deadlines. It is important to find the right work-life balance: time off is needed to relax and to spend valuable time with family and friends. I often travel to new places and experience the outdoors, taking in as much as I can from what life has to offer, as well as taking some inspiration back to apply to my work. When in Dubai, I spend time in my studio – painting, creating jewellery pieces and making digital art. What is your top home décor tip? I always suggest to my residential clients that they invest in a few valuable pieces that reveal their personality and taste. Accessories and art can be easily moved around and updated in order to give a new look to your home, but a good piece will always retain its worth in a space. What piece of furniture can you not live without? I’ve had a love of swings ever since I can remember. It brings me back to my roots – you can always find this playful piece indoors and outdoors in many homes in India. The swing is a very interesting piece, as it couples functionality with leisure and playfulness, and it is also multi-generational – anyone can enjoy it. Sejal Patel is a brand ambassador for INDEX Dubai interiors exhibition, taking place 16–18 September

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KITCHEN SUPERSTAR Make the heart of your home shine with our inspired edit

Versatile living

We love the clean and contemporary look of Teka’s ( new range of modular stainless hobs, with its minimalist flat design and smart, squared corners. The EFX Modular collection offers a wide range that can be mixed and matched for the personal needs of the chef in your home – choose from vitroceramic, hot plate, gas, barbeque grill, fryer and teppanyaki.

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Functional form

Combining a playful colour palette with the warmth of a slightly tapered hearth shape, the new Smart Deco range hood, from Swiss kitchen specialist Franke (, offers a wide range of functions. An intuitive panel makes the hood simple to operate, its smooth surface is easy to clean and the filters can be readily washed in the dishwasher, while an energy-efficient LED lighting strip evenly illuminates the stove top. | 35

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No plastic, fantastic

Make heavy plastic bottles of water a thing of the past with Grohe’s ( Blue Home, a compact drinking water system that consists of a special faucet and a cooler with integrated filter and carbonator. Enjoy filtered water straight from the tap and reduce your carbon footprint, too.

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Hand mixer, Dhs131, SIEMENS at BETTER LIFE

Natural air purifying pot, Dhs367, from BETTER LIFE

Vitamix 5200 classic blender, Dhs2,720, from TAVOLA

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Carlo Nassif, managing director of Graniti Building Materials, and his family have created their ideal home in Jumeirah Golf Estates Words: Lucy Land Photographs: Muthu Kumar


e fell in love with the house when we switched on the lights,” enthuses Carlo Nassif, managing director at Graniti Building Materials. “Light changes everything – it is the most important element.” Although Carlo and his wife Deng were equally excited about their new home in Jumeirah Golf Estates, it wasn’t love at first sight for their two children, Elie, 17, and Carlene, 16. Having previously lived in The Meadows for 14 years, the children were reluctant to move away from their friends and school. For the 1,019 sqm project, Carlo employed Nemr Sidani, chief creative officer at interior design consultancy InDesign, whose professionalism and style he had admired for a long time. “Maximising natural light is crucial,” Nemr concurs. “We

even ensured daylight entered the basement.” The home is also stunningly illuminated, using spotlights, clever recessed lighting, night lighting in the bathrooms, and beautiful statement pendants. What’s more, most of the home is automated, using German brand Hager, while much of the furniture and lighting was imported from Europe. Carlo chose Jumeirah Golf Estates for its location away from the city’s hustle and bustle, its golf course and city views, and because it afforded the opportunity to buy his own plot of land and to build his own home. The project took two-and-a-half years to complete. “I have very modern taste in architecture, but we were obliged to meet a certain style criteria for the exterior,” Carlo reveals. To make up for any constraints, Carlo went | 39

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EACH SPACE HAS TO HAVE ITS UNIQUE DEFINITION all out on the interior. The stunning entrance features impressive doubleheight ceilings. A gorgeous Irmler piano takes centre stage and, behind it, a water, wood and porcelain feature adds a beautiful design element that also successfully breaks up the space without interrupting the views through to the back of the house. “You still have the view, but you also have a bit of privacy created by a decorative feature, while the sound of water is soothing,” Nemr says. The entrance is connected to seven spaces, from the working and show kitchens through to a workstation, living, entertaining and dining areas. The vast, open-plan interior presented its challenges. “Each space has to have its unique definition, without overlapping its neighbouring space or being too busy. Simultaneously, each space has to flow onto the next and there needs to be a strong communication throughout the house,”

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explains Nemr. As well as ensuring the refined materials, colours and design elements complemented each other, Nemr added a slight drop in floor level for two areas on the ground floor, which not only emphasised the separate zones but also further enhanced the views. Carlo spends most of his time in his green chair in one of the slightly lower areas, which is placed opposite a living wall and overlooks the outdoor swimming pool, with the city skyline beyond. “It’s a very serene space,” he says. “I own a large company, so work can be frenetic, but the minute I enter my home, I forget everything else. I enjoy coming home and I like my space.” The staircase provides another stunning design element, with its cladded wall connecting the basement to the top floor. The basement area, with its high-tech cinema, gym, bar, billiards table and table tennis, is Carlo’s favourite space. He describes it as a man’s cave, but there’s also a working area for his wife and it’s where the children hold their parties, with direct access from the garden. “It’s a very important space for the kids,” Carlo says. “In the previous house, they used to sit in the living room,

STYLE TIPS Nemr Sidani The role of the interior designer is… To find out what the client wants – it is their kingdom. My style rule is… Don’t imitate. Be creative and honest about what you enjoy and how you will use your space. You can create your dream home… By defining what makes you happy.

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HOME COMFORTS Carlo Nassif My wife and I started our life together in a studio. We were happy there because we styled it the way we liked it. Nowadays, if we’re not staying at a super luxurious hotel, we would rather be at home. Home is… Where you can relax.

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GET THE LOOK Melt pendant in copper, Dhs3,285 (GBP680), TOM DIXON

Abstract artwork, Dhs 1,595, AL HUZAIFA

Bouble decoration, Dhs3,150, ADRIANI ROSSI at WESTERN FURNITURE

but now they can spend time playing with their friends in the basement.” Already familiar with Carlo’s style, Nemr created 3D renders of the interior design and provided guidelines for the furniture and lighting. The family then travelled together to choose everything. Making the most of Graniti Building Materials’ specialism, porcelain, Corian, marble and ceramic have been used beautifully throughout, from pretty wall designs to oversized slabs for floors and bathroom walls, plus woodlook tiles that flow into real wood. The house has the feel of a warm, luxury hotel. However, its functionality is also crucial. There’s a kitchen on the first floor, for example,

so that the family can enjoy Friday breakfast together, close to their bedrooms. “Each space is functional but aesthetically pleasing,” Nemr says. “We have ensured form follows function and that every family member is really happy with the space.” When Nemr asked Carlo what he’d change if he built a new house, his response was telling; “Nothing. I would just have more space, such as more parking, a bigger gym and my wife wants more dressing space.” “The family could create their dream home,” Nemr says. “And the more they use their space, the more they realise how they use it.”

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Interior decorator Lucinda Loya has transformed a 19th century mansion into a timeless family home Words: Lucy Land Photographs: Julie Soefer | 47

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was very excited to return to my roots and buy this home in an area I grew up in – it is very special to me,” enthuses Houston-based interior decorator Lucinda Loya. She is referring to an Italianate mansion in Kentucky, USA, that dates back to 1875. Later divided into numerous family apartments, Lucinda decided to return the property to its former glory and incorporate design elements from the period it was built until 1976, when she left Louisville at 12 years old. “The aim was to remain authentic to all aspects of these periods,” she explains. “Although other modern elements were considered to ensure the home also remains current.” The property was in a serious state of disrepair when Lucinda purchased it, although the original architecture and some fixtures were still intact. She repurposed and refinished what was salvageable. In contrast to working on projects for clients, Lucinda enjoyed free reign with decorating her own property. “For the first time in my career, I was allowed to decorate through pure emotion,” she says. “As any designer knows, however, decisionmaking becomes much tougher when the sky is the limit.” The long period of time provided the parameters, while a vibrant colour scheme had no boundaries, as she sought to create an energy-filled home. “I associate colour

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I WANTED TO MAINTAIN A SENSE OF PERSONALITY IN THE HOME and maximalism with the time period I stayed true to,” she says. “I wanted to maintain a sense of personality in the home that would represent timelessness, yet also offer a unique, stylish aesthetic. Juxtaposition was my only constant.” She was based in New York and Houston, simultaneously working on other projects while undertaking her personal venture. However, with modern communications, this didn’t prove a problem. In contrast, installing a large piece of art provided a real

challenge. “At 60 inches wide, the porcelain dining room chandelier by Francesca DiMattio was very slowly and carefully moved into the home through a 62-inch door opening,” Lucinda reveals. “There was only a one-inch clearance on either side, not to mention its weight to consider.” The gallery sent art representatives from New York City to oversee the installation and it took a team of four men, one of whom heroically shimmied on his back through the home and into the dining room, holding the fragile

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yet heavy piece – rocking and bouncing – in place. Four hours passed, and the chandelier was installed in the home without any damage. Sourcing period pieces that would complement the home, while it was still undergoing renovation work, also proved difficult. “When I purchased the home, and because of my appreciation of the few family heirlooms still existing, some were donated by dear family members,” she reveals. She also scoured neighbourhood vintage boutiques, antique shops, and the internet for other items, filling in the gaps where necessary with quirky modern pieces, while others were custom-made for a few key areas. A keen art collector, Lucinda’s approach is to primarily consider what she loves and what speaks to her. Purchasing art as an investment has

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I FIND BEAUTY IN REMNANTS AND THINGS OF LITTLE VALUE always come second. “I am a collector of all things and I often find beauty in remnants and things of little value,” she says. “My goal is to create a beautiful atmosphere when decorating with art. However, some of our most valuable pieces also live in this home.” By being able to dip into a long time period, from 1875 to 1976, Lucinda has played with an eclectic mix of styles, including Italian, English, American ’70s hippy chic, Art Deco, mid-century modern and the horsy influence of the local town. “The disorderly mix through time allowed everything to make sense.” It’s not surprising that Lucinda’s design firm is one of the most soughtafter in Houston. The resulting home

interior is eclectic, luxurious and playful. She has artfully combined a high-end style with a sense of whimsy for a warm and cosy feel. For Lucinda, the home provides a happy retreat for her family and is full of meaning. “The location, the family heirlooms and collections, the atmosphere one experiences when entering – these are all happy reminders of my childhood,” she says. “For many years, I longed for a place that would allow me to maintain that constant connection to my childhood. Although it is not my primary residence, it gives me a beautiful sense of nostalgia that I can share with my family.”

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GET THE LOOK Zelda acrylic chandelier, Dhs10,867, ETHAN ALLEN

Steel decoration, Dhs1,070, AL HUZAIFA Gold Love Cage, Dhs787.50, FOREVER ROSE


HOME COMFORTS My top home décor tip is… Always consider lifestyle, but purchase characterful pieces that you love. Fill in with practical items where necessary, and a home will become your personal haven. My design principle is… If it’s old, allow it to be old, and if it’s new, it should look current. I am not very keen on replicas, unless they read as a very authentic piece from a particular time period. Home is… A place to feel comfortable and safe, to grow and be inspired.

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JUMEIRAH PARK Alia Jamal, branch manager at Betterhomes, on living in a prestigious, family-friendly community

Surrounded by expansive, verdant eco-friendly parks and green spaces, and home to plenty of integrated amenities, Jumeirah Park is one of the newest villa communities that is located close to all of the main roads of Dubai, offering easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road, Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. Boasting approximately 3,000 villas, the family-orientated neighbourhood is situated at the heart of Dubai’s major freehold areas. As well as its community retail centre, Jumeirah Park is very close to Jumeirah Islands Club, with its gym and aerobics studio, casual café and modern restaurant, children’s play area and swimming pool. Springs Town Centre, with its boutiques, salons and Spinneys supermarket, is also nearby, while Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates, and Dubai Marina Mall are within five to 15 minutes’ drive. Meanwhile, developer Nakheel has announced plans to build a new health, fitness and leisure centre in Jumeirah Park. Comprising of nine districts within 370 hectares, its beautifully designed Villa types Three-bedroom Legacy Small Three-bedroom Legacy Large Three-bedroom Regional Small Three-bedroom Regional Large Four-bedroom Regional Large Four-bedroom Legacy Nova Four-bedroom Legacy Five-bedroom Regional Large

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villas all come with double garages, spacious floor plans and are available in four architectural styles: Legacy, Regional, Heritage and Legacy Nova. They all offer plenty of privacy and space for a private swimming pool and/or a landscaped garden with a barbecue area. Characterised by red-tiled roofs, mosaic designs on the interior walls and natural colours throughout, the Legacy villas also come with customised swimming pools. The Heritage villas are inspired by French architecture, while the Regional villas feature traditional Arabic architectural flourishes. The Legacy Nova villas have been designed to maximise light and space, boasting the following: an expansive roof terrace, an additional terrace above the double garage, and a giant skylight window above the stairs. The three-bedroom properties are available in three sizes in terms of built-up area: a Legacy Small villa has a built-up area of 3,036 sq. ft.; a Heritage villa comes with 3,997 sq. ft.; and Legacy Large has an area of 4,035 sqft. Four-bedroom Regional villas Approximate price to rent Dhs160,000-190,000 Dhs195,000-225,000 Dhs155,000-185,000 Dhs165,000-195,000 Dhs225,00-260,000 Dhs160,000-200,000 Dhs175,000-225,000 Dhs240,000-280,000

have 4,335 sq. ft. and Legacy villas offer a built-up area of 4,851 sq. ft. The Legacy Nova villas stretch to an impressive 4,892 sq. ft., while fivebedroom Regional villas boast a built-up area of 4,689 sq. ft. Although there aren’t any buses available within Jumeirah Park, they operate from Springs Town Centre, which is within 1km of Jumeirah Park Pavilion, and taxis are easily available. Dubai British School is located within Jumeirah Park, while Emirates International School, Dubai British Foundation School, The Winchester School, Regent International School and Springs Town Center Nursery are among the excellent educational facilities located nearby. “I like being in a peaceful community yet still very close to the hustle and bustle, with only a 10-minute drive to Dubai Marina,” says Abed Kosovo, who lives with his mother in a rented three-bedroom Legacy Small villa in Jumeirah Park. “My mother loves the community and has made many friends here. I hope we continue to stay here and one day buy our very own villa.” Approximate price to buy Dhs2,800,000-3,600,000 Dhs2,900,000-4,500,000 Dhs3,200,000-3,400,000 Dhs2,600,000-3,400,000 Dhs4,300,000-4,700,000 Dhs3,200,000-5,000,000 Dhs3,200,000-5,200,000 Dhs4,700,000-6,300,000

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HERITAGE LARGE 3-Bedroom villa, Jumeirah Park

SUPERIOR LOCATION This spacious, three-bedroom villa features a common family area on the first floor as well as a spacious and open-plan ground level, with plenty of light. Privacy is assured by the large plot size and high fence lines. The property includes a large garden, a maid’s room, and a garage. Jumeirah Park is a fast evolving, quiet and peaceful community and, when complete, will be one of the most beautiful, green and eco-friendly areas to live in Dubai. With its growing number of parks and green spaces across 350 hectares, Jumeirah Park is a family-orientated development, with villas for both sale and lease. The villas have large gardens, while community play areas are in the pipeline. The local shopping complex, Jumeirah Park Village, houses a number of amenities, including a supermarket, restaurants, cafes, retail outlets, beauty salons and laundry facilities.

AED 3, 250,000

T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 3,999 sq. ft. Reference No: VI358638 RERA Permit No. 1664330618

Listed by Abdelkarim Al Nabulsi

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Nova Villas Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI359780 Neveen Abdulahad RERA Permit No. 0832939436

Regional Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI357306 Richard Beaumont RERA Permit No. 1255897787

AED 3,999,999 4 BR 5,632 sq. ft.

Regional Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI357370 Arvinder Singh RERA Permit No. 1368670541

Small AED 4, 350,000 Legacy Jumeirah Park 4 BR 4,335 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI346451 Pravin Patrick DMello RERA Permit No. 1867945549

AED 4,690,000 4 BR 4,600 sq. ft.

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Heritage Large

AED 3,980,000

Ref No. VI357961 Richard Beaumont RERA Permit No. 0738597038

3 BR 3,750 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Park

Legacy Large Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI354701 Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed RERA Permit No. 1795764009

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AED 3,650,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.

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5-Bedroom villa, Jumeirah Park

PRIVILEGED LOCATION Featuring Arabic flourishes, this large five-bedroom villa boasts a plot size of 4,689 sq. ft. With a generous floorplan, the ground floor features a grand foyer entrance, an open-plan living and dining area, a family and breakfast room, kitchen, office/bedroom, plus maid’s room and two bathrooms. There are four bedrooms on the first floor, with three bathrooms and a family area. The master bedroom has a generous dressing room and its own terrace, while two other bedrooms share another terrace. The villa also boasts a spacious garden and a double garage. Jumeirah Park is a serene community, with plenty of integrated amenities. Once Jumeirah Park is complete, this community will include children’s daycare centres, a community clubhouse and a number of new schools will join the existing Dubai British School in The Springs and Emirates International School in The Meadows.

AED 5, 200,000

T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 4,689 sq. ft. Reference No: VI354948 RERA Permit No. 0172640773

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Regional Large

AED 4, 300,000

Heritage Large

AED 3,500,000

Ref No. VI354978 Sherif Nabil RERA Permit No. 0476379627

4 BR 4,350 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI352955 Micky Satikuvar RERA Permit No. 1786240545

3 BR 3,530 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Park

Regional Small Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI346455 Richard Beaumont RERA Permit No. 0948575971

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Park AED 4,600,000 Regional Jumeirah Park 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI356650 Gulshan Ara RERA Permit No. 0713022353

AED 3,900,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.

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Jumeirah Park Ref No. VI358736 Lauren Hutton RERA Permit No. 1814670148


Jumeirah Park Ref No. VI359563 Fadi El Fares RERA Permit No. 0824379933

AED 175,000 4 BR 3,380 sq. ft.

Legacy Small Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI358873 Abdelkarim Al Nabulsi RERA Permit No. 0075304585

Small AED 260,000 Legacy Jumeirah Park 4 BR 4,350 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI359822 Urvashi Sidhapara RERA Permit No. 0844844678

AED 165,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

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Jumeirah Park Ref No. VI359645 Philip Hoskin RERA Permit No. 1194219844


Jumeirah Park Ref No. VI357823 Zena Aboud RERA Permit No. 1960370536

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AED 260,000 4 BR 4,851 sq. ft.

AED 300,000 5 BR 5,300 sq. ft.

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4-Bedroom villa, Jumeirah Park

E XC E P TI O N A L D E A L Betterhomes is pleased to offer this luxurious, four-bedroom Legacy villa, located in District 4, the heart of Jumeirah Park. It is comprised of four good-sized en-suite bedrooms with built-in closets, a spacious open-plan living and dining room, an extra family room on the first floor, plus a closed kitchen. The villa offers a beautiful sun room, with a stunning view of the garden, swimming pool and the skyline. Its beautifully landscaped garden has a barbecue kitchen, with a sink; a swimming pool; tree house and swings for children; plus a very large pergola. The property sits on a10,067.27 sq. ft. plot and comes with a maid’s room and covered parking. It offers a fantastic leasing opportunity in one of Dubai’s most sought-after residential communities.

AED 263,000

T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 4,893 sq. ft. Reference No: VI351819 RERA Permit No. 0922616968

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Regional Small

AED 170,000

Ref No. VI49649 Urvashi Sidhapara RERA Permit No. 1827685226

3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Park

Nova Villas Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI320856 Wael Gomaa RERA Permit No. 1080354323

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Legacy Small Jumeirah Park

Ref No. VI318211 Rasha Moslyh RERA Permit No. 1081192972

AED 160,000 Legacy Jumeirah Park 4 BR 4,892 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI336591 Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed RERA Permit No. 2107644258

AED 165,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

AED 180,000 4 BR 3,380 sq. ft.

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4-Bedroom villa, Jumeirah Park

A F FO R DA B LE LUXU RY Located in Jumeirah Park, Cluster K, District 3, which is arguably the best location in Jumeirah Park due to its close proximity to Jumeirah Islands and its community centre, this stunning four-bedroom Legacy villa has been renovated and maintained to a very high standard by its present owners. The property offers four spacious bedrooms, a large lounge and dining area, which has been extended to provide a sun lounge that faces a large rear landscaped garden and private swimming pool. There is also a closed kitchen, fully fitted with modern cupboards, granite counter tops and major appliances, a laundry room and a maid’s room. A true family home, with high ceilings, modern finishings and lots of storage, it has been gorgeously designed for comfort. This home includes a double lock-up garage and has exquisite curtaining, which is an optional extra.

AED 285,000

T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 4,335 sq. ft. Reference No: VI339612 RERA Permit No. 0762776294

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Three homes within 15 minutes’ drive of Beautiful Minds Nurseries


Bernadette King-Turner, founding partner and managing director of Beautiful Minds Nurseries, on creating a supportive environment What sets your nursery apart from others in the city?

Yellow Brick Road Nursery fully embraces the British Early Years Foundation Stage, inspired by the Reggio approach. Our philosophy is that children are capable, collaborative learners. We support the children in whatever way they express themselves, whether that’s through science, maths, words, art, music, drama or technology. We are always mindful of what children need – we listen to them with an open heart and a fresh mind. We use open-ended (a material that can be transformed), natural resources as much as possible to aid the process of learning, elaborating and building upon constructivist ideas.

Tell us about your team…

The teaching ethos is based on Holacracy® (a method of decentralised management), which empowers our qualified, professional women. We address each other as either teacher or supervising teacher; we do not consider any staff person to be an ‘assistant’ to another. Our nursery staff teams are purpose-driven for the betterment of each child entrusted in their care. For example, we never interfere with a child’s work; and we do not draw outlines

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for the children to fill in. When they are ready, children create from their own minds and not that of others. Each member of staff receives more than 40 hours of professional development each year, with ongoing provision for additional learning on best practice. With an excellent staff mentoring system, each new member is welcomed, cared for and immediately feels part of our holistic team. What’s more, as the nursery curriculum is taught in three languages – English, Arabic and Mandarin, the staff also learn the languages.

Is there anything else parents should know about?

Al Badia Residences Dubai Festival City Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed Ref No. AP336405 RERA Permit No. 0538602251

Al Badia Hillside Village Dubai Festival City Sana Hajjar Ref No. AP356560 RERA Permit No. 1396650689

AED 3,900,000

4 BR 3,112 sq. ft.

AED 850,000

Studio 878 sq. ft.

Breakfast and lunch are freshly prepared each day in the nursery kitchens, and the nursery dining rooms are extra special. These are the spaces where the children learn about family etiquette, responsibility, caring, sharing, patience, appreciation and respect. The dining rooms have self-serve tables and the children take responsibility for their own nutrition. For our children of determination, it is wonderful to see the other children supporting and serving them throughout the meal times.

What do your key facilities include?

Our bright, stimulating, open-plan nursery has many special facilities and activities, including drumming, kung fu, ballet, organic vegetable gardens and so much more.

Al Meraikhi 3 Deira Sheldon Fernandes Ref No. APM288441 RERA Permit No. 1898901809

AED 120,000

3R 2,000 sq. ft.

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