A Saudi-Inspired Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I hope many of you will be milking your families for some love and cute homemade cards this weekend! I do feel slightly horrible though since Saudi’s celebration of this epic day is apparently on March 21st… I guess I’ll just have to make sure I remind all of you […]

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Finding Antiques in the EP

Ever since I moved here from Canada, I’ve found that I’m becoming more and more interested in buying antiques from the region for my home. I’m not really interested in huge pieces of furniture, but I think it’d be great to have a few accent pieces that have more meaning behind them and that would […]

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A Blend of East & West

Teresa moved to Dhahran from Los Angeles about 4 years ago with a half a container full of household items and a few pieces of furniture for her new abode. While that’s not really a lot of stuff for a family of four, Teresa wanted to bring the essentials so that she could fill in the rest […]

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RK Interiors: Design in Saudi Arabia

I met Racha Kayali at the opening of the Arabian Collections Gallery a couple months ago. She was introduced to me as the mastermind behind the showroom, as her company had constructed and designed the entirely new space in Amwaj Plaza in Al-Khobar. After chatting with her about her amazing work at the gallery, I walked away […]

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Home & Garden Tour

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Dhahran Garden Group’s annual Home & Garden Tour – an amazing showcase of some of the homes and gardens that we have here in Dhahran! What I love about this event is that you get to see a lot of the same types of houses in the compound, done […]

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Magic Within by Manal Shakir

While this is not really a design related post, it is definitely related to Saudi, is about the creative process, and of course, is quite dear to my heart! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been out of kingdom and in Karachi, Pakistan, preparing for the launch of my sister’s debut novel, “Magic Within,” published by HarperCollins Publishers […]

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It’s All About Creativity!

I love Erlina’s home. It’s trendy, stylish, comfortable, and is made up of my current favorite colors in the world – grays, blues and whites. Clearly, the Kim family and I are on the same wavelength… But what I really love is the way that Erlina and her husband have used creative and inexpensive ideas to infuse oodles of character into their home. […]

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Glam Up Your Yard

Compound life doesn’t really lend itself to expressing your individuality. Most compounds try to keep their houses, facilities and anything else as standard and uniform as they can get. It’s not a bad thing, but it can be hard to find a way to distinguish yourself from others or express your own style. Yet… I’ve noticed […]

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Arabian Collections Gallery

Local art is tricky to find in Saudi Arabia. It’s almost like you have to be in the “in crowd” to find out about the latest exhibitions, the gallery openings, the art shows, and whatever other kind of exclusive event people can think of. It’s fun when you’re one of the movers and shakers of Dhahran, but not […]

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From Fabric to Custom

From Fabric to Custom

In this region of the world, transforming fabric into a custom piece is not too difficult to do, and can be a reasonably priced option for people living here. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in the market, it’s worth considering having a piece made or a worn out piece reupholstered. This is […]

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