Want to feel like you’re on holiday everyday? Then take inspiration from Alexandra Conti whose home renovation has left her villa in The Meadows, Dubai, looking like a luxury resort
Originally from France, Alexandra Conti cites interior designer Sarah Lavoine as one of her major influences.
Indeed, Conti has artfully mixed and matched styles, such as a playful beanbag by local brand Fringe Society Design next to a classic Eames lounger in the living space, while her strong sense of space, light and colour is also evident in her home and garden.
Here’s how she achieved her home-renovation vision, from room to room.
“I like to create spaces that reflect who we are,” says Alexandra, whose passion for interiors, yoga and travelling is revealed throughout the villa she shares with her husband, Gianni, and their two children, seven-year-old Romane and three-year-old Samuel.
“We wanted a resort feel so a boutique hotel in Mauritius, which had a swimming pool with large tiles of different colours provided the inspiration for ours,” the Interior Designer tells B. Living.
Alexandra and her husband submitted their own plans for the garden to the landscape company. “My husband enjoys a daily swim so we wanted a 12-metre lap pool for him and for the kids to use at weekends.”
The living space
Soon after moving into her Meadows 4 villa two years ago, Alexandra worked with Gallagher Technical Services (GTS) to open up the ground floor, removing a wall between the living and dining areas and replacing pillars close to the entrance with a feature wall.
“It allows in the light yet provides a division between the lounge and entrance spaces and also offers room to display mementoes picked up on our travels,” she reveals.
The couple also wanted a sense of flow between the indoors and outside, so the garden ground was levelled out to bring it in line with the inside. “I like a Zen-like atmosphere, which is definitely connected to my interest in yoga.”
“Another energy is created when you bring a different colour to a wall.” Jotun paints have been used throughout the home, while the artworks are created from photographs taken by Alexandra during family holidays.
“I like to keep things calm in the bedrooms, so I avoid bright colours,” she tells us.
While a mix of on-trend subway and hexagonal tiles have been chosen, the monochrome palette ensures a classic look to suit everyone’s taste.
“I did all the calculations for the tiling because I couldn’t get anyone else to
do it,” admits Alexandra. The tiles are from Spanish brand Argenta Ceramica, while the kitchen has been designed by Kaiser.
Previously a corner kitchen, with a breakfast bar and a separate family room, the kitchen was moved to the area nearer to the window. “We chose a full, open space, with a central island that is easily accessible.”
Having beautifully remodelled the kitchen, she wanted to draw the eye towards it so she had a sliding door made, with a visible mechanism.