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Designer floor fillers from The Rug Company

Selina Denman   |  November 27, 2012

There's nothing like a good rug to finish off an interior. You can use them to define areas, break up open-plan spaces, introduce colour or pattern into a neutral scheme, or warm up a minimal interior. The problem is, finding decent rugs in the UAE can be a bit of a challenge. There's plenty of the beautifully... Read more


Poptastic furniture that'll brighten up your day

Selina Denman   |  November 20, 2012

In last weekend's edition of House & Home, we introduced you to the fabulous pop artist Maria Iqbal. Iqbal, who was born in Afghanistan and raised in Dubai, went on to spend ten years working in advertising in the US and India. But, recognising that the advertising industry would never give her the kind of creative... Read more


Beautiful laser cut prints, made in Abu Dhabi

Helen McLaughlin   |  May 15, 2012

In our special Local Heroes issue of House & Home in March, one of our featured artists was the Abu Dhabi-based illustrator Kate Forrester, whose seriously beautiful hand-drawn typography has graced the pages of The National and been commissioned by an impressive roll call of international clients including Tiffany,... Read more


New Autumn/Winter accessories for the home

Selina Denman   |  October 7, 2012

It's our favourite time of year... not just because the weather's getting better but because Dubai's homeware stores are starting to unveil their Autumn/Winter collections. There's no better time to go shopping for a little something for your home, and since Dubai Mall has just announced that it'll be open 24-hours a... Read more


The remarkable works of the Bouroullec brothers

Selina Denman   |  September 5, 2012

This Friday's edition of House & Home features an exclusive interview with Ronan Bouroullec of the Bouroullec Brothers, who are two of the most highly-regarded designers of our age. Since they first joined forces in the 1990s, the brothers have produced iconic designs for some of the biggest names in the industry,... Read more


Home Centre room makeovers: before and after

Selina Denman   |  August 6, 2012

In a recent edition of House & Home, we covered the second annual Home Centre Room Makeover Contest, which saw Home Centre hand out room makeovers worth Dh10,000 to 20 winners across the GCC. Around 3,500 people entered the competition in the hope of winning a revamped room. See how one of the makeovers unfolded in ... Read more


Inside an Asian-themed holiday home in Anguilla

Selina Denman   |  August 2, 2012

This Friday’s House & Home section features a fabulous Caribbean getaway belonging to American couple Melody and Jon Dill. The Dills had been visiting Anguilla in the British West Indies for 20 years before they started construction of their stunning, four-bedroom holiday home. They were very clear about what they... Read more


A truckload of trial and error

Selina Denman   |  July 25, 2011

Furnishing your home can be overwhelming, so it pays to take things slowly © Courtesy Maison D'Art Designing a home isn't easy - no matter what they say.  In the old days, it was a case of putting all the right elements in all the right places. Three piece suite? Check. Two side tables? Check.... Read more


Democratising design

Helen McLaughlin   |  July 28, 2011

In an era shaped by mass production, discerning consumers are on the search for products that are unique. The premium is on items that are original and personalised - even if that sometimes also means imperfect. People want to own products that they can connect with; that resonate. Essentially, they want... Read more


Get in line

Helen McLaughlin   |  July 26, 2011

Using horizontal stripes on a wall can make a narrow space look wider © Duncan Chard for The National To say that stripes are on-trend is something of a misnomer. As far as we're concerned, they were never off. There's much to love about the common stripe. It's crisp, clean and classically chic, but also a great... Read more