New Year, New You, New Home

A new year often brings with it the desire to re-evaluate the way that we live our lives. Many of us will have made resolutions as the clock struck midnight on the first day of January that involve starting the year afresh: breaking old habits, embarking on new challenges – to be fitter, stronger, happier. […]

Let’s Go Outside

While our friends and family in the upper half of the equator are huddled around their log fires and spending much of their time indoors, here in the UAE we’ve turned the air conditioning off, flung open our windows and making the most of whatever outside space our homes are blessed with. Even the tiniest […]

5 TIPS TO TURN YOUR HOUSE INTO A HOLIDAY HOME

1. Color – Bring fresh colors into your house. Very popular and fresh is the color of the year: emerald green. Also applicable are light blue colors. 2. Materials – Get rid of velvets, fur and shaggy rugs that will make the house feel warmer. Instead bring in cotton and linen sheers. 3. Patterns – […]

FENG SHUI

An increasing number of customers are asking designers to prepare their home in line with the principles of Feng Shui. So what is Feng Shui? In short, it is an ancient Chinese system of architecture and design that promotes the free flowing of ch’i- universal life energy. Some people may be skeptical towards this type […]

THE CHALLENGES OF FURNISHING A LARGE VILLA

An apartment can be easy to design and furnish, as the spaces dictate what will go where. In the bedroom, the bed will probably go against the wall with the two sockets. But with a large villa, the spaces are much larger and deciding ‘what goes where’ is not as simple. The most daunting areas […]

TOP TIPS FOR OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Functional – don’t overestimate how often you are going to use your outdoor furniture. Perhaps start with a few basic pieces like a sofa or sunbed. Different – try and be creative with your outdoor furniture, like putting a daybed in the corner of the garden for some peace and quiet. Colours – use fresh […]

HOW TO SELECT AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

Not everybody has the spare time to design their own home, which is why there is help out there. Whether you decide to use a freelance designer or an interior design company, there are a few precautions that you should take to help you the right selection and ensure you will be happy with the […]

INTERIOR DESIGNING A CORE AND SHELL PROPERTY

There is no shortage of quality property on the market in Dubai. Most come complete with the essential items that most people take for granted: floors, ceilings and walls. But there are also properties on the market that do not have these in, otherwise known as ‘core and shell’. There are villas in Arabian Ranches […]

INTRODUCING TEXTURE TO YOUR HOME

Most people create accent features in a room with colour, but trying this with texture gives a much more interesting look. We like to approach the idea of texture as story telling, creating layers of texture in a room to add instant impact. Wall panels of wood or fabric are easy ways to create an […]

FLOORING

In colder climates, carpets are often used for insulation and warmth. In the UAE and the warmer countries that we work in, designing properties for clients in Africa and India, we are constantly looking for alternative flooring solutions that keep a house cool, while being aesthetically pleasing and practical at the same time. Most of […]