Home is where the heart is

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Carolyn No Comments

For our second home tour, we headed off to a beautiful villa in the Green Community. We were lucky to capture the home before Jeanine and Mark began packing it up for their 15th move. Although the Holmes family have moved from one house to another, it is a priority to make each one feel homely as soon as possible. I found this very encouraging as being an expat you often feel like it is a waste to spend time creating a home when at the back of your mind you think you might move again. Jeanine and Mark reminded me of how important it is to surround yourself with the things you love and to build a nest wherever you go, a place you can call home. It was treat to visit this home as it was a warm and inviting environment filled with love. (Photos: Ilse Belle Photography)
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Photographs taken and edited by Ilse Belle Photography.  Visit her website or facebook page.

 I love my home..

It is where my family and I feel most comfortable and love spending time together with friends or family.

My favourite aspect/item in my home…

I would have to say, that would be the silver tray I keep in my dressing room with all my perfume bottles on – it belonged to my Grandfather and it was something he loved dearly and used often to entertain our extended family. When I dress in the morning, it’s one of the first things I see and it gives me a ‘warm fuzzy’ feeling.

My favourite room in our house…

Our Art Room, which initially was a guest bedroom. It’s also my husband Mark’s and I’s study and somehow by the end of the day it’s the one place in the house where the whole family seems to gather to either read, do craft, a project or simply surf the net.

My style is…

Modern with a touch of Africa.

I am inspired by…

One of the positive aspects of being an expat and travelling the world is that you meet people from all over and are exposed to different cultures. I think living a large part of my life in South Africa and West Africa I’ve found the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made have inspired me over the years. I think this is also a reason why my tastes and styles have changed over the years.

Tips for expats decorating their homes…

Buy pieces that are unique to the part of the world that you are in, this way you not only take with you a piece of furniture but some memories and a little bit of this part of the world which not many people will have in their home.

Decorating my home in the UAE…

Alhough I brought a lot of my furniture with me, I did manage to find odd pieces I was looking for quite easily with the range of stores available to us here in the UAE.

Any advice for home decor enthusiasts…

‘Keep it simple’ – that way it will be easy to incorporate whatever it is you’re buying into your next home.

My biggest challenge was…

Making a garden, it’s taken me almost three years to have a successful vegetable garden and the price of the water doesn’t help. It was only once I started making my own compost and was able to balance shade with sun that I managed to get it right.

My favourite decor store…

I have a couple actually, I love Pottery Barn as well as Crate and Barrel. Can’t say I have a lot of pieces from these shops but the few I have are good pieces. The shop I seem to buy all my soft furnishings would have to be Ikea. It’s value for money and it’s perfect for buying the odd piece if you like to ‘chop and change’ colour schemes as often as I do.

My favourite destinations…

Would have to be Cape Town, South Africa – it’s a culture all of it’s own. The people are friendly and probably the most creative people I’ve seen – they can make something out of nothing. I also love the fact that they recycle old furniture, they rarely thrown things away. And besides how can one not be taken by the views and the scenery.

What I love about Dubai…

It would have to be the peace of mind I have here raising my children. I never fear for my family’s safety…..other than on Sheikh Zayed Road!

 




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