DESIGN FILES :: A SHARJAH ABODE FIT FOR A MODERN FAMILY
What do you do when you have just moved into your newly built house and have been quite occupied with settling in that it becomes quite overwhelming? You call the experts for help!
We were very delighted to have been called in to assist this lovely family in Sharjah to finish off what they have started and give them the home of their dreams.
They had heard about Half Noon Design Studio services from another client and knew they would get the classy and inviting space they wanted and within the budget they had set.
Although they had picked the furniture for the living area, and the curtains and lighting, the dining and the entrance were yet to be tackled. We had a meeting and profiled what worked and what didn't and the best layout to work with so that it is kid friendly yet no skimpy on accessories. Offered ample seating without feeling cluttered and was just inviting and warm. (The before pictures are at the end!).
The first step was to check what they already owned so that we don't pay on what they didn't need. We also flipped the two arm chairs so they rest against the window instead of the middle of the room. This helped anchor the room and give it a better flow. We also decided to let go of the Television unit and hang the TV directly on the wall since the unit didn't have any utilitarian need except to hold the television stand.
From there on we designed the overall scheme of the space, the colors and the pieces that best completed it. By brining the two sofas off the wall we were able to get a more cosy seating arrangement especially with the Navy bench we added for Crate & Barrel which closed the circle. To anchor it we added the Merinos Carpet that grounded it all together. We completed the living space with agate lighting on both end tables and accessories from 2XL, The One, Zara Home as well as coffee table books form Virgin (here's a list of my favorite titles)
For the dining area, we opted for a lighter colored wood in the herringbone pattern. It's worthy to note that the trend now is to mix different colored woods and you are no longer obliged to have it all matchy matchy. The dining chairs had that same metal finish with a toned down gold that echoed what was on the selected artworks. For artwork, the clients had already bought the Marina Home Ayat al Kursi and we thought it would be ideal to have it hung on that wall as its grand size meant it was the first thing you saw as you entered the space.
Again we accessorised it all with beautiful Limoges porcelain vases the client received as a gift and added a mix of faux and real flowers to finish it off.
Of course, plants are always the best thing to liven up the space so we added two medium sized ones under the metal art. And for extra counter space, we got a bar cart that now holds arabic coffee and tea and sweet and savoury delights ready to be served when guests arrive.
The entrance on the other hand was bare, which meant the freedom to do whatever we wanted! With that we decided to go with an extra long credenza from 2Xl in neutral tones to balance off the woods in the living room.
We flanked it with two extra large mirrors from Home Centre with their silver frames and styled it all with golden accessories from Interiors and 2XL. Adding two table lamps with their golden and perplex details further added to the glamour of the entryway. Opposite to the credenza we added two arm chairs in a beautiful lush velvet green blue tone that complimented the gold and silver in the space. Zara throw pillows in blue and gold tones added an extra oomph. A standing lamp with amazing brass details was added in between the two chairs with a smaller side table. We finally added beautiful artwork panels, metal art and framed Amethyst frames to fill all the empty walls.
To ground this immense entrance we chose a beautiful blue colored carpet from Carpet Centre to warm it up and added extra green plants in every corner. We also added a small entry console next to the stairs heading up which made it easy to leave keys and perfumes on the way out of the house.
Looking back at the space before pictures we truly find that carefully selected furniture and accessories have the power to entirely transform the space into the gem it oughts to be. Best of all our client was immensely happy with the result and decided to work together on other parts of the house in the near future.
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Before // Living Room
Before // Dining Space