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Na­dia Sal­lus­tio from Bel­gium is a mother-of-three and the owner of in­te­ri­ors store The Den. Here she takes us for a walk around her own home and tells us about her favourite pieces

Where is your home and what sort of build­ing is it?

I live in the Lakes in Dubai. It’s a stun­ning area with beau­ti­ful places to walk and many green spa­ces. My home is a de­tached villa, which we’re cur­rently in the process of ren­o­vat­ing. I live with my hus­band Fabio and my three beau­ti­ful chil­dren. Our home is busy at all times so I need to make sure we all have our own space. Hav­ing three young chil­dren means our home needs to be both prac­ti­cal as well as stylish, and I be­lieve you can have both if you put thought and ef­fort into each room. Be­ing a de­signer I wanted to put my own stamp on the prop­erty and make the space work for my fam­ily; I think it’s im­por­tant to make your home space re­flect your per­son­al­ity and needs. How long have you been liv­ing there and how long did it take for you to get your home look­ing as it does? What kind of a process has it been? We’ve only been liv­ing here a year, and we bought the prop­erty be­cause we knew we had ma­jor plans to ren­o­vate. The process has been stress­ful at times, as I wanted to cause as lit­tle dis­rup­tion as pos­si­ble to my fam­ily and try­ing to or­gan­ise builders around school times can be dif­fi­cult. I think plan­ning is the key to any suc­cess­ful project. I’ve taken my time to make sure each area of the prop­erty is fin­ished off cor­rectly as at­ten­tion to de­tail is my forté; get­ting the project right first time may take more time and ef­fort, but I en­sured each sec­tion of the build was cor­rect be­fore we moved on. I knew what I wanted from the very be­gin­ning, so hir­ing a very ex­pe­ri­enced team of builders was the only op­tion for me. It’s taken the full year to get to the stage we are at now but we still have ar­eas that need to be fin­ished. We’re get­ting there, but there’s no rush!

How would you de­scribe your in­te­ri­ors style in three words? When did you first be­come in­ter­ested in decor?

I would de­scribe my in­te­ri­ors as chic, clas­sic and el­e­gant. From a very young age I had an in­ter­est in art, which led me to in­te­rior de­sign, so I guess you could say I was just born with it. As a painter trained at Les Beaux-Arts in Bel­gium, I was ob­sessed with de­tails, colours, light and ma­te­ri­als with­out com­pro­mis­ing on either com­fort or plea­sure. This love for colours and fab­rics al­lowed me to ex­per­i­ment with my soft fur­nish­ings as well as my sur­round­ings.

What in­spires your in­te­ri­ors choices?

I am largely in­spired by my trav­el­ling and sur­round­ings. In this vi­brant city of Dubai I have

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