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                                Ask A designer




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



                                                                                       My little
                                                                                       black
                        Fabidha Safar               permits, I like to add a bench or
                        Rahman,                     a couple of statement chairs on    book
                        interior designer           either side of a side table placed
                        at Design Matter            along one wall. If the space is    For paint
                                                    narrow, a table or console with a   MAS paints (mas-paints.com)
            I have an awkward alcove                display of tall vases with flowers   has a huge collection of textured
            space on the upstairs                   or candles works well. Hang a      paint finishes that can be
            landing area that                       feature artwork or a mirror to     customised to create any colour.
            I would like to                          dress the wall and complete       For regular paint, I love Benjamin
            transform into a                          the look.                        Moore (benjaminmooore.com)
            quiet space for the                          To exploit the height,        and its infinite range of colours.
            children. What do                           you can use a long feature
            you suggest?                                chandelier or a cluster of     For Finishing touches
            I would recommend                           pendants at different heights   When I’m short on time I like
            transforming this area                         to instantly draw the eye   to shop at places that provide
            into a lovely, cosy corner                        upwards. If you’re       a variety of products and style
            for reading. All you need is to                     a collector of art,    options. Bloomingdale’s Home,
            furnish it with a rug and some                       photographs,          Galleries Lafayette, Kare and
            colourful floor cushions, bean                        artisan/folk         Indigo Living all provide a one-
            bags or a daybed along with                            masks or            stop shop for everything, from
            a short shelf stocked with                             ceramics, the       accents and accessories to little
            books and crayons. You can                             double-height       touches that complete the space.
            ramp up the cool factor by                             space is your       What’s your dreaM buy?
            putting a fabric teepee tent                          opportunity          Melt pendant lights (pictured)
            on the rug. Check out online                          to display them      from Tom Dixon (tomdixon.net)
            parents’ store JustKidding                          as a collection        and Little Palm stools by Khalid
            (justkidding-me.com) or head to                    without crowding        Shafar (khalidshafar.com).
            Indigo Living on Sheikh Zayed Road             the wall.
            for inspiration.
            I have a large bedroom and I
            would like to include a dressing
            area within it. How can I achieve
            this yet retain flow in the space?
            I have previously added a dressing
            space to a spacious bedroom by
            creating a wall-to-ceiling wardrobe
            and an in-built dressing table along
            a far wall, while situating the bed right
            in the centre of the room. A large 2.9m
            wide by 1.8m-high headboard provided
            privacy for the dressing area. It also
            simultaneously divided the large room
            visually, yet allowed access and light
            into the space. As an alternative to
            a bespoke design, you can make your
            own selection, and add a large room
            divider to help separate the spaces.

            How should I dress a double-
            height foyer between the dining
            and living areas to make it
            comfortable and luxurious?
            A double-height foyer is a designer’s
            dream come true and there are a
            number of ways to furnish it. If space   Design Matter

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