I started “The Design Souk” in 2014, when I felt that I had finally figured out how to go about decorating my new home in Saudi Arabia. My husband and I had moved into a small rental home, so I was in need of some inspiration, and some very clever ideas, to help create a comfortable and functional space.

I’ve always loved decorating, and finding any excuse to buy gorgeous home accessories, so I started exploring, in search of the most stylish shopping finds on this side of the world. It was in this state of mind that I thought that a blog would be a really great way to be able to share local gems with others who were struggling to find what they wanted. Since then, I’d like to think that it’s expanded beyond being just a local guide, and hope that it’s now a source of inspiration for décor lovers outside of Saudi Arabia as well!

As you may or may not know, I love posting about my decorating obsessions, the changes to my own home, tours of my friend’s amazing homes and gardens, as well as trends, tips and tricks that I think you should know about. If you enjoy travel posts, I also write about my trips around the world, and have written quite a few pieces for the Arab News Lifestyle section as well. And then when I’m not writing about decorating, I spend my time helping people with their decorating dilemmas at home, so if you haven’t seen those transformations yet, be sure to check out the Projects page for some pretty cool before and afters!

If you’re brand new to the site (welcome!) and don’t really know where to start, here are just a few of my favorite posts to help you get started:

Thank you so so much for your support and I hope that my posts can help you create an amazing and comfortable home, wherever you are!

xoxo Naveen

To get in touch, email: thedesignsouk@gmail.com



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