Flow­ers are Priya Jelly’s busi­ness – and dream (she’s got Am­s­ter­dam’s tulips and Ja­pan’s cherry blos­soms on her bucket list).

In be­tween just tak­ing it easy, the founder of Dubai-based flo­ral com­pany Mai­son Des Fleurs spends her week­end cook­ing, kick-box­ing and dream­ing of see­ing Ja­pan’s cherry blos­soms

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Fri­days are mostly a fam­ily day – I tend to spend most of my time at home watch­ing TV on the couch with my hus­band, not want­ing to go out be­cause that’s how I re­fuel on en­ergy for the up­com­ing week.


…had a client re­quest a bizarre flower ar­range­ment. How­ever, one of our client’s or­ders in­cluded turn­ing a pri­vate beach into a flower gar­den and flower car­pet. That was ex­cit­ing.


My dad used to say, “Make sure you marry a man who can cook”. I never used to cook un­til I met my hus­band. Fun­nily enough, cook­ing is now my pas­sion apart from flow­ers. I find cook­ing ther­a­peu­tic and eat at home as much as I can.


Travel is the only thing I splurge on. My bucket list des­ti­na­tion is Ja­pan to see the sakura (cherry blos­soms) be­cause usu­ally at that time of year (March) I am swamped and can never get away from work. I haven’t been to the tulip fields in Am­s­ter­dam, but that’s on my bucket list, too.


Ev­ery week­end, I’m binge-watch­ing crime drama se­ries Blind Spot and Suits. Once I start on a TV show I tend to con­tinue watch­ing it right un­til the last episode. I want to check out Le­goland, though. Maybe I will leave the house to do that.


I like all kinds of mu­sic but I’d only brave the chaos of a con­cert venue for Bey­oncé. Who wouldn’t want to see her live? And Michael Jack­son, if he were still alive. I often go to La Pe­tite Mai­son and La Can­tine du Fabourg for their good mu­sic.


I’m half-Sin­ga­porean and half-In­dian and moved to Dubai 12 years ago. This is a city where any­thing is pos­si­ble, which is how we came to start a desert flo­ral com­pany that de­liv­ers flower ar­range­ments ev­ery­where and to every­one.


Ex­er­cise at least five times a week and eat clean – your body will thank you in the long run. That’s the best ad­vice I have to of­fer. Kale sal­ads and kick­box­ing classes are how I stay healthy.


Work­ing with flow­ers has taught me that me that life has its ups and downs – thorns if you will – but it’s beau­ti­ful all the same. You have to have hope, as long as you have hope you can han­dle what­ever life throws at you.


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