De­sign for Life

Tai­lor­ing the ren­o­va­tion of their Ara­bian Ranches villa to suit her fam­ily’s needs, Kerry Hay­worth now has the el­e­gant and time­less home she al­ways wanted


Take a tour of this serene Ara­bian Ranches villa – one of the fi­nal­ists of our Home of the Year 2016.

Kerry Hay­worth en­joyed ren­o­vat­ing her Ara­bian Ranches home so much, she’s now con­tem­plat­ing em­bark­ing on an in­te­rior de­sign course and turn­ing her pas­sion for de­sign into her vo­ca­tion. ‘I’ve al­ways loved read­ing in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines and re­ally wanted to put my stamp on my own house one day, but I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to love the process so much,’ she says. When Kerry moved to Dubai four years ago with her hus­band, who works in avi­a­tion, they were im­me­di­ately at­tracted to the com­mu­nity feel of Ara­bian Ranches. With the golf club, restau­rants, cof­fee shops and parks just a short stroll away, it seemed the per­fect place to bring up their lit­tle daugh­ter. The cou­ple looked at many houses within the Ranches com­mu­nity, and Kerry was able to see the po­ten­tial of this villa straight away. ‘As soon as you open the front door, the whole house is open in front of you and it feels so light and airy,’ says Kerry. ‘We could im­me­di­ately see the po­ten­tial of what this house could be.’ In­stead of be­ing daunted by the idea of a to­tal ren­o­va­tion, Kerry was ex­cited by it. ‘By chang­ing ev­ery­thing, we were able to de­sign and cre­ate our ideal home that works for our fam­ily.’ First to go was a cen­tral fire­place that di­vided the din­ing area and liv­ing area, which meant the space was then flooded with nat­u­ral light. Kerry’s fo­cus was on stream­lin­ing the in­te­ri­ors as much as pos­si­ble to max­imise the spa­cious feel­ing, and ev­ery­thing from the decor to the de­sign of the kitchen cab­i­nets was cho­sen with this in mind. ‘I was so ex­cited to de­sign a kitchen that would work for the way I like to cook and so­cialise with fam­ily and friends. The kitchen opens up to the fam­ily room and is the hub of our home. I wanted a flow be­tween the two rooms so it had to look sleek as well as be­ing func­tional.’ Kerry opted for white han­dle­less doors and se­lected a con­trast­ing grey Alu­minio Nube sile­stone work­top. The large grey floor tiles in the kitchen and fam­ily room were im­ported from Italy, but in the rest of the house Kerry chose an engi­neered wood called Oak Trol­laborg from Kahrs. ‘I ab­so­lutely love the look that the floor­ing has added to the house and the dif­fer­ent

colours that can be seen in the nat­u­ral grain through­out the day.’ As for the other colours in the home, Kerry is unashamedly a firm fan of neu­trals. ‘My ob­ses­sion with grey tones is ev­i­dent through­out the house,’ she laughs. ‘And clut­ter drives me mad, so I tend to veer to­wards sim­ple, nat­u­ral styles, tex­tures and colours. I have a ten­dency to get bored with colours and pat­terns quite quickly, and al­ways keep­ing a neu­tral base al­lows me to have fun with the ac­ces­sories.’ Kerry ad­mits to al­ways hav­ing a clear vi­sion of how she wanted the house to look: ‘I’m even pre­pared to go with­out a piece of fur­ni­ture un­til I find ex­actly what I’m look­ing for,’ she says. ‘A case in point is the din­ing ta­ble. We ate in the kitchen for a long time un­til I found the right one. My pa­tience fi­nally paid off when I found the Skye ta­ble from Ma­rina Home. It suits the space per­fectly and re­ceives so many com­pli­ments.’ ‘Al­though I’m so pleased the house fi­nally looks and feels how I imag­ined, I do feel a bit sad that the whole ren­o­va­tion process is over,’ Kerry says. ‘Nev­er­the­less, I’m look­ing for­ward to our home grow­ing and evolv­ing or­gan­i­cally in the years to come.’


The Remo White kitchen cup­boards were im­ported from the UK, and Kerry loves their stream­lined de­sign.

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