Without doubt, Covid-19 has changed our world in so many ways and certainly the way we look at interiors. Several countries have faced extended restrictions and therefore, the perspective of our own home has become our main sanctuary and safe place.
Whether you are buying a home or renovating your current abode in the midst of a pandemic, although somewhat challenging, it can be done. Monica Arango, co-founder of C’est ici, an interior design and interior fitout company in Dubai, has plenty of tips to offer 
on how to update your home during these times to make your home a perfect sanctuary:

Making space
Everything has become a trend during COVID-19. We have seen home build gyms, home-offices and spaces that we never thought of contemplating bringing home. A house isn’t just a place to sleep any more, it’s your office, your social space, your exercise space, and more – and people will be looking to create a home that reflects this. We’ll start to see the incorporation of desks and workspaces into bedrooms and living rooms as part of the norm. We advise making smart spaces by decluttering and moving around the existing. Spend a good amount of time minimizing the way you live and start giving away all those things that you don’t need. Decluttering can be overwhelming, especially in spaces that have been overlooked for years. Make a plan and set each space as a project. Give yourself a deadline and start creating spaces that work for you. If you use Pinterest, create a board for each of the projects and collect inspirations along the way. Move around the existing and start creating your own sanctuary at home.

Spend a good amount of time planning your makeover

Buy local
Buying local and online has become one of the norms now. There has been a huge shift in thinking as we look to shop locally to avoid lengthy shipping delays from overseas suppliers and also support our local sellers in the region. Lucky for the UAE, we have plenty of choices and new shops that source locally including bespoke furniture.

Bring the Indoors In
Apart from Covid-19 restrictions the intense summer heat means it is difficult to enjoy our gardens and outdoor spaces. The main aim of our new homes is leaning towards a safe place reflecting a calm and peaceful space with lots of greenery. Windows and natural light have been valued and appreciated like never before. We recommend making use of the light at home and place beautiful greenery indoors. The Garden Center and local suppliers at Al Warsan have endless solutions for indoor greenery. Invest a good amount of time selecting indoor greens that survive. It’s all about creating a sanctuary and the ability to socialize from home bringing the greenery in to help create better air quality and a soothing greenscape indoors.

Stop the compulsory shopping and buy smart for your space

The Importance of function and form
Spend a good amount of time planning your makeover. During our extended time at home, we've placed more importance than ever on the interior spaces of our homes from how they function to what they look like. While the style and aesthetic of your home plays a crucial role, the functionality of things play even a more important role than before. Stop the compulsory shopping and buy smart for your space. While we love trends and to incorporate them here and there, our tip is that you spend your money in functional and transitional pieces that will last for a long time – specifically the basic pieces. Leave the trends for the accessorizing and styling. We recommend you spend more time planning out spaces and investing in good quality pieces that will last for a long time.

Your DNA
Focus on your DNA and uniqueness in every home. C’est ici focuses on creating the unexpected in most of our projects with a pinch of your own origins. We recommend that you do that at home. Stop comparing your home to your neighbors and start the makeover of your home on things that work for you and your family. Always inject a pinch of your origins on your interiors and create the unexpected. Get inspired and build your own sanctuary that works for you.