Sep 30, 2014

Private Villa - Salon, Dining, and Family Room, a project by me

Hi all,

This is the last mini project I've worked on, thought I'd share it with you. If you want to decorate your home on your own but need someone to put you on the right track and give you an "action plan" then you'd need to hire me to do the same work I've done for my latest client. The fees are much reduced than when hiring me to do full design/ execution/ furniture supplying/ project management.

Project Scope;
- An initial visit to the villa to see the rooms and meet with the client to determine what style/ needs they have for the rooms they need to have designed in their home.
-Creating a Color Scheme.
-Creating a mood/furniture board.
-Creating a furniture layout for each room.
-A final visit to present the design and discuss it with the client.
The project included 2 rooms/ 3 spaces;
- A family room for doing crafts, watching TV, storing media, books, and crafts supplies on the first floor (kids friendly).
- Connected formal sitting room & dining room on the ground floor for adult entertaining.
budget was open as per the client's request.
when asked, the clients' collective favorite colors were
Black, white, greys, blues, green (emerald, dark green), red, plum, pale pink & purple, and pale lemon yellow. 
I started with visiting the villa, talking to the clients about their needs in each space and how many people they wanted to be able to host, activities taking place in every room, and the style of their preference.
the style of their preference for the interiros of their formal dining/sitting was a rather complex one; eclictic, chinoiserie chic, old world meets modern, colonial!
Taking dimensions I produced plans and did a few layouts for them to choose from and then created colors and furniture boards that fit both; their style and needs.

Get 50% off on your Dressing Room design fees

Hi ladies and gents! in relevance to my last post here on the blog, I've decided to offer a 50% off design fees offer for dressing rooms design where I'd design and execute the dressing room of your dreams. The total fee for designing and executing dressing rooms would be a fixed price of a total of 1500 Qr per dressing room and that will include designing the entire space of the dressing room; wardrobes, vanity, lighting, walls, seating, decor, etc. and transforming the place from an empty room to a completed wardrobe.

The offer is valid until the 31st of December. Grab this offer now and start the year with a brand new room in your house fit for a fashionista. For info or to use this offer contact me via e-mail at

Terms & Conditions Apply;

-The fees for getting your dressing room designed and managing fit-out + specifying and supplying furniture and fittings will be a unified fee of 1500 Qr

-This offer only applies to Dressing Rooms design fees and does extend to other rooms within your house.
-This offer applies to design fees and does not include the actual cost of materials & furniture specified in the design.
-By using this offer you agree to have your dressing room photographed and the photos be used for advertising purposes.
-This offer ends by the end of this year 2014
-The designer has the right to change any terms and conditions at any time during the length of this offer without changing this ad.

Sep 29, 2014

Dream Closets

I'm yet to meet a single person male or female who would not like a walk-in closet/dressing room and I've met quiet a few who are absolutely in LOVE with the idea of having their own celebrity style walk-in closet thus I figured I'll write about dressing rooms and what you need in one to make it stand out and be ELLE Decor worthy.

So what's a dressing room for as oppose to say having a wardrobe or closet in your bedroom. A dressing room is a place where you go in to plan or put on an outfit as oppose to "storing clothes" which is what a closet or a wardrobe is for.

In a dressing room you are; storing clothes and accessories, displaying special items, getting your hair and makeup done, trying on different clothes/shoes, and finally emerging in an "outfit"

So what would you need in a dressing room for it to be both, efficient and awe worthy?

Just like a wardrobe or a closet; one of the main purposes of a dressing room is storing and displaying clothes. That job is performed by closets, shelves, hanging rods, drawers, etc...(which is basically what a wardrobes/closets fit-out company would do for you such as; American Wardrobe, Creative Wardrobe, IKEA and any of the other redundant shops in Doha,

The type and amount of storage depends on 3 main factors; the room area, the type of clothes you want to store/display, and the amount of clothes you want to store/display. Now whether you want to "store" or "display" your clothes that is also an additional factor.

While you might want to hide away all of your clothes in closed wardrobes and drawers

Or put a few special items on display

others might like to go all out and have open storage for everything that they own

And some might even go the extra mile to do a very extravagant display of something they cherish so much, wedding gown in a box frame ladies? or are you more of a "display it on a mannequin" kind of bride

Adrienne Maloof, former cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had her wedding gown displayed oh-so beautifully in a clear box frame
a gown put on display on a mannequin in a shop. This could very much be done in your own dressing room for an exclusive boutique sort of feel. 

or maybe it's jewelry, makeup, or bags and shoes that you like to keep out in a special display?
The choices of how to display these items are endless and they depend again on space, quantity, and type of items. It could be a jeweler stand, a counter with a clear top or clear boxes just like at jewelry boutiques, an open or glass front armoire, shelves, and just a corner in the dressing room, the last will make the piece look like it's a sculpture or a vase on display!

Now for the utilitarian makeup savvy artist the top vanity is a dream come true , but you can still get your beauty on (hair & makeup) at a fit for a Hollywood star vanity and get to store all of your makeup and hair products. Be it modern and more on the utilitarian side or fancy and old world glamorous, a vanity table, mirror, and chair are a must have in a good dressing room.

This leads us to the trying clothes on and getting ready role of the dressing room. Now what's also essential in a dressing room for getting ready is for it to be equipped with the following; seating, to sit and put shoes on or to wait while someone else is trying clothes on, a hanger/table to put whatever you want to wear on while your getting ready, a full size mirror, and adequate lighting.

Now with seating and the mirrors you can either make them statement pieces or make them blend in with the rest of the interiors and be a built in within the wardrobe set.

I absolutely love having hangers and counter tops or tables for laying out or hanging clothes out to wear them. It helps a lot too if you need to get something steamed.

Would you like a hotel bellboy sort of golden rail cart to hang your clothes out on for steaming? I wouldn't mind! will make you feel like you are staying at a hotel.

And last but not least is what I believe to be the most important thing in a dressing room, adequate lighting. You want your dressing room to be well lit with soft general lighting that is a mix of slightly warm light and daylight in order to be able to see the true colors of your clothing/make up yet still get the tone improvement effect of having the warmer lights. Steer clear from directional lighting and strong lights that cast harsh shadows because they will put a super model to shame (changing room meltdown flashback anyone?)

So whether you've got a small space to use as a dressing room

or a huge space

got a classic style

or a quirky one

There is always room for dressing rooms love!

Just remember:

Put your clothes away
But show off some
Vanity Fair
Get Ready
and Go!

What do you think? do you have a dressing room envy? or do you already have your dream closet fitted?


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