Beauty boss Maha Morley-Kirk from Pinky Goat reveals how she created a minimalistic and industrial style in her peach hued home
“I’m a very visual person, and very minimalistic. If my home is messy I can’t stand it,” admits Maha, owner of lash and brow brand Pinky Goat.
Having bought her four-bedroom family home in 2016 because it was so close to her daughters school Maha completed all the work on her villa before moving in.
With a food blog in the works, Maha spends a lot of time in the kitchen so she wanted to create an open-plan space, making it easier to socialise while cooking. Knocking down the interior wall this open-plan look was achieved.
Using Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, Maha decided upon a peach and grey warehouse style look, using cement style floor tile from RAK Ceramics along with Blushing Peach paint from Jotun.
“Dubai is always sunny so it’s easy to feel like you’re on holiday and when it came to the interior design my husband Richard and I wanted to push that vibe by creating a very open, relaxing space,” she says.
The living room
The living room features wall art from Drawdeck, with peach cushions and a jute rug from The One pulling the look together. A calm space that also benefits from natural light, the area near the patio doors is currently Maha’s temporary yoga studio; at least until she renovates the master terrace into a sun room.
The shelves are piled high with gorgeous linens, faux flowers, vintage cutlery and Maha’s handmade pottery while fairy lights add a whimsical feel to the work area.
Taking the concept of an open house to the max, the stunning master suite is reminiscent of a spa retreat with its open bathroom (yes, there’s really no door) with a sleek free-standing bathtub from RAK Ceramics, and matte black fixtures. The open, walk-in closet allows Maha to maintain a perfectly curated wardrobe. Yet more books can be found on her nightstand beside the Marina Home bed – Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker is a current favourite.
The finishing touches
Fresh flowers and books are key to Maha’s home style. These Pottery Barn bookshelves are stacked with coffee tables tomes, novels and recipe books, with a rotating selection on loan from the local library. “I’m a social media freak so my antidote is to sit and read,” she says.
“I need greenery around me for energy,” says Maha, who laid a real lawn in the back garden so her daughter could pracitse her gymnastics. A wood effect tile was chosen for the entertaining areas, with Pottery Barn dining furniture providing a stylish place for guests to enjoy those summer barbecues.
“I have a ‘no take away’ rule,” says Maha. “I love to bake and I also savour my green tea and coffee. I like to grind the beans in the morning – the aroma is amazing.” The front garden is where the wild herbs grow, including thyme, rosemary and mint. “In my old home in Lebanon we have olive trees so it reminds me of that,” she says. “I also have fig, lime, lemon and mango trees here with a pomegranate tree arriving soon from Dubai Garden Centre.”