I have been in Dubai for 6 weeks, and our apartment for just shy of 4 – hard to believe! And I have a feeling time will just go by more quickly once the holiday and visiting season is in full swing. 🙂 So on the anniversary on our 4 weeks in our Dubai digs here in the marina, I give you part uno of our little (literally, approximately 900 square feet to put it in perspective) apartment. While the unit isnt as large as we were accustomed to in Charlotte, Atlanta, or Durham for that matter, I think it has and will be good for hoarder Barr and shopping fiend Abby in the long run – there just isnt any room for superfluous stuff! (And boy did we embarrassingly have a lot of stuff…) I actually want kind of waiting until we had managed to store most of our clothes, shoes, golf paraphernalia, etc before taking pictures, hence the 4 week delay. Along these same lines, the bedroom pictures are going to be in part two because it’s currently a disaster!
That all being said, the apartment we selected has been fab – we are really pleased thus far! The location is ideal; with Barr’s work schedule being what it is, it’s been amazing to have a lot going on right outside our building as well as lots of shops and such nearby. Not to mention there is a great 10k running loop around the marina – get ready, Mom! Last, but certainly not least, the location is literally a 5 minute walk from the beach as well as the metro, which has been delightful given our lack of car situation.
Entry way & our makeshift Ikea closet/storage (say hi to our suitcases on top!)
Guest bathroom – please note the authentic African mask that we procured in Cape Town
The living room
The coffee table/linen closet
Friends! Oh and the tv console/book shelf – Ikea furniture is so multipurpose!
The kitchen from the living room – BOO!
Kitchen shot – I mopped the floor just for yall
Living room from the kitchen
Close up of our fridge
So now a few questions for my loyal readers (hi Mom!) First, below are the two pictures that I had shipped from the states to be hung here – the walls are concrete, making hanging things a bit challenging as I need our maintenance men to help out (and the maintenance folks here, while helpful once theyre here in our unit, are exactly speedy). Now that youve seen the vast expanse of white walls, any recommendations/thoughts on where to hang them? (OR if you have any tips to hang pictures on concrete walls yourself, that would be equally helpful)…
Picture from the states #1 – beautiful needlepoint done by my talented Mema (she just started a Dubai one!)
Picture from the states #2 (to be framed) – artwork by uber fabulous KJane Studio
Project number two: I have two pillows for the sofa that I want/need (?) to get covered. I’ve been visiting the textile souk looking for some fab local fabric to have made into pillow covers, but it’s been challenging to find fabric in a pattern and texture that I like and would match the “vibe” of the room as well as me and Barr’s taste. While I havent completely given up (I love a good challenge), I did find these awesome pillows from a local designer.
Aina is the local designer, and we were really drawn to the use of the “dalla” as well as the lovely embroidery; some favorites are below. From their Facebook page: Aina uses the “Dalla”(coffee pot) symbol as an icon to represent the Dirham coin of the U.A.E. Depicting history, roots and heritage, this embroidery is created with attention to design and detail in every piece, making each “Dalla” unique to its owner.
The bare pillow 😦
Pillows by Aina
So there you have it: part 1 of the apartment tour. Tomorrow I’ll bring you the master bed and bathroom – I hope yall can get through the day waiting for that post 😉 Until next time…