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How this interior designer created her living space around her contemporary art collection

Using her favourite art work along with a collection of unique objects picked during her travels around the world, here’s how Masoomeh Hilal created a relaxing feel in her villa

The furniture is kept neutral so that the art work, rugs and accessories can take centre stage

“As soon as my husband, Badru, and I walked through the gate, we knew this was the one,” says interior designer Masoomeh Hilal, referring to spacious single-storey villa that the couple share with their two children.

“As the children were older, we decided on an independent villa that isn’t located in a gated community – I liked the idea of not being part of a cookie-cutter neighbourhood.”

This villa ticked a lot of boxes: it’s located close enough to Badru’s workplace in Downtown Dubai; it’s near to Mall of the Emirates; and its spacious layout, with its wrap around garden, offering privacy, reminds her of houses from her home country, Pakistan.

Masoomeh started collecting contemporary artworks when she married 15 years ago, so these are often the starting point for styling each room. “I choose art that I fall in love with, and never with a particular space or style in mind.”

Much of her modern art collection is colourful so she keeps her sofas and much of her furniture neutral to allow the art, rugs and accessories, which she picks up during travels, to stand out. “I love playing with soft colours, and it’s always more fun using them in plenty of space.”

With her soft colour scheme, artful mix of clean, modern lines and vintage pieces, plus her use of symmetry, Masoomeh has created a strong sense of flow between the living spaces, dining area and TV room.

“I like having two sofas and two armchairs to complete a seating arrangement,” she says. “You can play around with other pieces in a room that don’t have a balanced look, but I like symmetry for a calm effect.

The family’s garden is an extension of their living space – ideal for hosting parties alfreso

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Products from first slide to last:

  • Paris art on paper, Dhs999*, BoConcept
  • Epime cushion, Dhs230*, Indigo Living
  • Edel vase, Dhs299*, BoConcept
  • Versailles Cubes urn, Dh2,125* (GBP448), Jonathan Adler
  • Jacques table lamp, Dhs3,771* (GBP795), Jonathan Adler
  • Caracas ottoman, Dhs4,638* (GBP978), Jonathan Adler

*Prices of the products are as per March 2019

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