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So you must be curious how the house of a designer and a Film Director actually looks like? A house that also has two young kids!!

Curiosity aside, I present to you our home... our sanctuary.

As you come into the house you are welcomed by a lot of light! I have magnified that effect using a huge mirror and console which we bought years ago from home centre. The mirrors not only reflect the light nicely but allow for constant update without limiting us in colors and style. I simply layered it with stacks of books, a couple of candles, fresh orchids and glass vases that were filled with lemons (fake ones of course!). You can read more about how I styled here.

Where there was once an entryway into the kitchen is now a modified wall where I've applied our removable wallpaper with the beautiful work of the song write Chafic El Moghraby, also my father in law. This was our first dance song and something really close to our hearts. It had to be in the foreground of our home.

In the background of the combined living and dining room is our ‘L-shaped supple leather’ sofa from The One which provides a comfortable place to sit in the living room, it holds loads of small black & white cushions from while a lovely grey carpet from Carpet Centre's Argento collection grounds the space and adds softness to the floors.

A square glass coffee table is offsetted with a styled round metal table and coffee table next to the grey studded arm chairs both from Marina Home. A grey leather bench from Crate & Barrel completes the seating in the living room.

I had focused on neutralising the palette rather than modifying the layout of the two-storey house, enlisting the help of Jotun Paints to create a neutral grey that would work with the tiles and kitchen stonework. The black soft furnishings are easily updated from season to season too but for now they are styled with Ikat cushions from Tribe Dubai and a throw and houndstooth ones from The One, we also found those great cushions with vintage Egyptian actors from Bloomingdales.

My own painted blue abstract artwork is a feature of the living room, along with a collection of styled vignettes on the coffee table. The custom-made media unit houses all my husbands CD's and on top of it I created a vignette around my now framed grandmother's wedding clogs where next to it lies my husbands 8mm camera!