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Dubai Digs II

Here are the final few snaps of our apartment – the master bed and bathroom – exciting stuff over here 🙂

The bedroom is still a bit bare in my opinion: we need to hang some pictures/mirror and add a rug, but it’s a work in progress! Here is a little mood board of my psuedo inspiration for the room – Barr and I both love the colors and patterns of Ming and Delft pottery – it’s just so clean and classic! Here’s what we’re kind of working with…

General bedroom inspiration - love the colors and patterns!

General bedroom inspiration – love the colors and patterns!

And here’s our current reality – obviously we have a ways to go (I hate these lamps):

Part of the bed. Some notes: if I could monogram everything I would, yes we have a mini Dash, and yes I know that picture is probably too small for that wall but it matched my motif inspiration!

Part of the bed. Some notes: if I could monogram everything I would, yes we have a mini Dash, and yes I know that picture is probably too small for that wall but it matched my motif inspiration!

The dresser and entry way leading to the kitchen/living room - note the slam dunk of a lamp I found!

The dresser and entry way leading to the kitchen/living room – note the slam dunk of a lamp I found! Would love to find a statement mirror for over the dresser…

Bedroom - Barr will cringe when he sees that I left my bathroom and his hangers on the bed, but hey, this is real life here

Bedroom – Barr will cringe when he sees that I left my bathroom and his hangers on the bed, but hey, this is real life here

It’s also an interesting balance to strike in our apartment here as we of course want it to feel homey and comfortable, but at time same time, when we move back to the states (eventually), we’ll be limited on the furniture and knick knacks we can bring back – so it’s just deciding what and how to spend our money on those sorts of things! A silk rug and a local piece of art are on our wish list.

Here are the two areas of the apartment that we’ve really struggled with: the closet and bathroom as both are quite a bit smaller than we’ve previously had. It was initially an adjustment, but we’ve found that it’s really not as bad as we thought.

Where some of my shoes live. I dont have a problem; YOU have a problem! (Okay, I have a problem)

Where some of my shoes live. I dont have a problem; YOU have a problem! (Okay, I have a problem)

The closet is two sided, divided in half by a sliding mirror door.

The closet is two sided, divided in half by a sliding mirror door.

One side of the bathroom (note the toilet seat, David ;)

One side of the bathroom (note the toilet seat, David 😉

The shower - thrilling!

The shower – thrilling!

So there you have it! The whole kit and caboodle. It’s cozy and we’re really loving it so far. The one thing the pictures dont do is give justice to the location and view, which was the real selling point; we feel very blessed to have lucked into the building and location. Hope everyone is having a great hump day, is eating an absurd amount of candy ahead of trick or treaters arriving (I know I always had to wait until October 31 to actually buy the candy), and until next time….

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Dubai Digs I

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!)

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

Guest bathroom – please note the authentic African mask that we procured in Cape Town

The living room

The living room

The coffee table/linen closet

The coffee table/linen closet

Friends! Oh and the tv console/book shelf - Ikea furniture is so multipurpose!

Friends! Oh and the tv console/book shelf – Ikea furniture is so multipurpose!

The kitchen from the living room - BOO!

The kitchen from the living room – BOO!

Kitchen shot - I mopped the floor just for yall

Kitchen shot – I mopped the floor just for yall

Living room from the kitchen

Living room from the kitchen

Close up of our fridge

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 #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

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 :(

The bare pillow 😦

Pillows by Aina

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…