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In harmony… with the desert

In harmony… with the desert


Lost in the middle of the Sharjah desert in the United Arab Emirates, this 200 m2 contemporary farmhouse is entirely designed and executed by interior architect Maia Aoun Sayad.

The idea is to create a haven of peace in the middle of an arid desert, where life is good all year round. A second home, designed by Maia Aoun Sayad, where you can spend the weekend in total disconnection. From an architectural point of view, the focus is on functionality, followed by interior design down to the smallest detail. A harmony is established between inside and outside. The result is unusual serenity. Four openings, from all four directions, bathe the main room in light at all times. Large windows replace walls. Rectangular proportions expand the space, blending luxury and comfort. The exterior is arranged according to the position of the sun, providing shade from the scorching heat. The teak wood pergola houses an outdoor lounge with mountain views. The farmhouse extends to include annexes, individual suites, kitchen block, spa and gym. In the bedroom, bespoke monochrome oasis wallpaper evokes palm groves and is enhanced by the mustard color of the bed. A Berber rug emphasizes the bohemian feel. Sconces by DCW Editions complete the cosy ambience, while the HKliving armchair in teak and abaca wood adds the finishing touch. The kitchen has a continuous layout. Tall units conceal the pillar and occupy the entire wall. The sink and oven are on the same level. In one of the bathrooms, glass bricks are used for ultimate luminosity reflected by a custom-made mirror, not forgetting the skylight above the shower. The room appears as if carved from a block of stone, thanks to the terrazzo covering the floor and walls. A deck overlooks the infinity pool. The outdoor bathroom is all about privacy. On the pool side, a bench, a passageway leading to the bathroom and an outdoor kitchen with barbecue and integrated fridge. The air-conditioning is installed above the kitchen area, for maximum natural light provided by large, high windows. In the living room, which exudes well-being and tranquillity, linen curtains, immaculate white sofas and natural materials: terracotta pedestal tables, teak wood tables, jute carpets and cement tiles.

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