Meadows Villa Makeover : The Living Room


Meadows Villa Makeover : The Living Room


We’ve got another reveal for you this week as we continue our Meadows Villa Makeover Series. The next instalment is the the living room – an open plan area next to the kitchen of this family villa. If you haven’t seen the first feature on the TV lounge be sure not to miss that one.

When we first saw this space in it’s previous state, my immediate thought was that it lacked a reflection of the warmth and character of family who occupy it. As the room is open plan with the kitchen – notably one of the busiest spaces in any home – it needed to feel inviting for everyone. And as with almost any room in need of a makeover, it was begging to be lighted and brightened up. The first big change we implemented was a fresh coat of paint for both the living room and the kitchen and the area immediately came to life with a beautiful tranquil shade of what I would call a greyish green, namely Pale Linden by Jotun. We replaced the old brown sofas with a sexy tan leather number from West Elm and two luxurious velvet lounge chairs from Indigo Living. We teamed the sofa with playful and contrasting patterned cushions from Cape Town-based, Skinny laMinx, a chic textile and homeware shop from the Mother City (previously featured on the blog). Like many expat families in the UAE, this family have blended nationalities, and you will note distinct features that reflect both the British and South African heritage in their home.

Aside of the cushions and the hide rug, one stunning African hallmark in this room is the beautiful art piece, titled Red Riding Hood & The Wolf, by South African artist, Marie Stander. The piece was commissioned by our client and it couldn’t be more perfect for this room.

A combination of brass and gold metal finishes add a modern touch to this now contemporary space. The fabulous branch light is a West Elm classic that we loved in combination with the hammered brass drum coffee table from Pottery Barn. With the help of some simple accessories and two large framed family photos, this space now feels calm, fresh and inviting.

We are really happy with the new look and feel of this room. Take a glimpse at what it looked like before at the end of the post.

Just off the kitchen is the main entry way in the home – it’s small space that doesn’t quite justify it’s own feature so we thought we would add some visuals here. This hallway got a fresh coat of paint and some new furniture in for form of dresser with plenty of storage space (by Indigo Living), a mirror from Home & Soul and some funky Vogel wall hooks. A few simple changes packed a big visual punch in here.

All image by Natelee Cocks

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