Based in Doha, Qatar, this family home manages to combine suburban style with timeless British elegance.
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Positioned a short stroll from the Museum of Islamic Art, this impressive new-build villa adds ‘international design values and British woodcraft’ to the stunning multicultural setting of Doha, which is often described as ‘the shining jewel of Qatar’.
So naturally, with a location so fabulous, it follows that the property itself needed to look just as wow-worthy. From the jaw-dropping front door (feast your eyes on it above) to the intricately carved Moroccan sliding doors of the salon area (shown below), every detail is carefully chosen and intricately brought to life via a team of visionary experts.
The project in a nutshell:
Who lives here? A family with three children
The property: A suburban new-build villa in Doha, Qatar
Designer: Katherine Pooley
The style: Modern functionality with an impressive splash of design-led detail
So how did the transformation make the transition from dream to reality? After an on-site survey by the William Garvey team, conceptual sketches of smart-yet-stylish furniture solutions were created in collaboration with interior designer Katherine Pooley, before being approved and brought to life at the Garvey workshop in Honiton, Devon. .
From Devon back to Doha, the completed property features an endless array of inspiring and unique design and furniture details, which capture the eye and imagination from the moment you step over the threshold. Consider, if you will, the beautifully lit powder room – shown below – constructed with early colonial features and made with an ebonised American walnut exterior. Ornate detail aside it’s also highly functional: that washstand features an astonishing four drawers.
On to the bedrooms. The master suite features an impressive pair of double cupboards, with overhead storage providing extra space. There’s a story behind the material choice here, as the William Garvey team explains: “The wardrobes have rosewood interiors and frames, which perfectly inset the Altfield Kyoto Hemp fabric wrapped door panels for a tactile surface texture that exudes ‘Ma’ (the Japanese interior design principles for creating a zen interior).”
The three childrens’ bedrooms were all designed with the individual requirements of the occupants in mind: after all, whilst younger children like to play, older children are more likely to want somewhere comfortable where they can lounge and relax.
This impressive white-and-navy bedroom combines form with function to perfection: the desk is built into the fitted wardrobes, providing a comfortable central space to position a laptop or television screen.
Our favourite? This decadent space, which features these impressive magenta-toned wardrobes as well as a cocoon-style chair, made for curling up in with a good book.
Another pleasing addition to this family-oriented home? The play room: a colourful space that encourages creative play as much as it does homework completion.
Speaking to EKBB about how to decide what a child’s bedroom needs, Bill Garvey, MD at William Garvey, explains: “All children will eventually embark on the big move from primary to secondary school and you may find that your child is starting to outgrow their bedroom – not just because their tastes have changed but because their needs have, too.”
He continues: “If you’re considering redesigning your child’s bedroom, it’s important to keep their new bedroom as organised as possible.
“It can be a real challenge to sort out a child’s bedroom as it is, but when they move to secondary school they’re likely to be bombared with piles of books and folders, with no place to keep them all.
“By making storage, a key element in the design of their room, you will hopefully avoid any incidents of their PE kit or homework going missing!”