“My husband and I bought this house in an auction after we saw the mock-up villa and I immediately fell in love with it,” begins Eliane Amer.
The family home in Jumeirah Islands, which Eliane shares with her husband Wael Amer and two children Tia, eight, and Adam, seven, is part of a new collection of mansions handed over last year and is an elegant space made up of clean, contemporary lines, rich textures and meticulous furniture and accessory combinations.
“We moved to Dubai in 2006 from London when my husband moved from Shell London to Trafigura Middle East,” Eliane says. “We owned a house in Jumeirah Islands before buying this one in 2008, although we were only able to move in here in April 2012. It’s the perfect house for our small family as it’s not too big but not too small and the spacious layout suits our lifestyles perfectly.”
Modern and airy, the home’s colour palette is a combination of white and beige with warm chocolate brown hues in the floors and ceiling panels.
Furnished with design brand greats including Fendi, Andrew Martin, Philippe Coudray and Swarovksi, it’s clear that Eliane, who is CEO of Warde Fabrics and Trevi Design, makes impeccable interior choices that rank high in the style stakes.
“I love interior design and running Warde, my fabric and wallcoverings business, means that I get to stay on top of the latest styles and trends,” she says. “My home’s look is modern with a touch of classic, so I wanted the furniture to be contemporary but I also wanted to scatter a few more traditional-looking pieces here and there.”
A great example of this is in the downstairs salon where milky Chesterfield sofas sit alongside grand, silver-legged Baroque-style armchairs with Eliane’s sophisticated yet youthful personality coming through in the armchair’s street scene fabric.
“The main reception sofas are from Fendi, the tables from Andrew Martin and the two armchairs from Philippe Coudray. I think they add a wonderful dose of polished colour to an otherwise neutral space,” she says.
With its lustrous surfaces and traditional lampshade chandelier, the room had the potential to feel cold and old-fashioned, but Eliane says she warmed up the space with a textured Fendi rug and a contemporary floor lamp by Andrew Martin. “While all the hues in my home are light and neutral, I like bursts of colour to come through in the home’s artwork.”
Eliane admits that, aside from her artwork – of which she has a covetable collection including pieces by Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, Tomasz Rut, Marcus Glenn and Itzchak Tarkay – her weakness is lighting. “I’m in love with Barovier & Toso lights at the moment,” she says. “Its Italian Murano glass chandeliers are amazing.”
Upstairs, Eliane says her favourite space is her dressing room. “It was custom-made by my company Trevi and I adore sitting there for hours with my music and books. I love fashion as much as I do interiors and I find the pairing of fabric, colour and texture for curtains as inspiring as I imagine designing a piece of clothing would be.”
Eliane admits that with such a wide selection of fabrics at her disposal because of her business, it was tricky to make the final choices for her own home.
“Yes, it was difficult to choose,” she says laughing. “But when the new collections come out I always find something that matches the theme of each room. Warde’s senior sales manager Nelly did a great job of helping me choose what to put in each space. The result was amazing.”
As for future additions to her home’s interior Eliane says, “I will be adding chandeliers throughout and I’m planning to turn the ground floor living room into an Arabesque-style space by adding two more classic armchairs with Arabesque fabric from Warde, as well as more cushions. I’d also like to add more rugs. Other than that, everything is just perfect.”