Meet Alamira Reem Bani Hashim and Arsalan Al Hashimi, two halves of the husband-and-wife team that is bringing eclectic bohemian flair into the city’s homes and spaces. Their love for life is contagious. And their taste in interior decoration? Impeccable.
While you wouldn’t expect an Ironman triathlete and a doctor in urban planning to be behind one of the city’s coolest interiors concepts, Bani Hashim and Al Hashimi’s shared personal passion for beautiful, comfortable homes led to the launch of The Native Bohemians earlier this year.
“When we got married, we started working on our apartment together and discovered that we were both passionate about interiors and making homes beautiful, livable, and functional. We are such homebodies, so we wanted to create a space that was our haven, as one would,” says Bani Hashim. Today, she shares the creative process with her husband, whom she insists plays a crucial role in balancing out her aesthetic with a more masculine touch.
What started out as a personal project quickly began to capture people’s attention, laying the groundwork for what was to become a full-fledged business. “The Native Bohemians grew organically through a few projects that we did for family and friends in 2014 and 2015, and then, we started to gain traction slowly through references and word of mouth,” they share. The Native Bohemians now offers services ranging from interior consultation and styling to furniture selection, customization, and upcycling (the duo doesn’t believe in waste and advocates the creative reusing of existing pieces of furniture).
When asked about their company’s name, Bani Hashim explains that they simply juxtaposed two words that reflected how they perceived themselves in the universe. “It’s about a feeling of rootedness, but also wanderlust and a love for travel. It’s about being grounded, but also spiritual gypsy souls. It’s about being from here, but also from everywhere else, carrying with us all the different cultures and places in the world that we have been to,” she tells Savoir Flair.
It’s about being grounded, but also spiritual gypsy souls. It’s about being from here, but also from everywhere else.
The beauty of working with a home-grown boutique company is very often the fact that the owners’ own philosophies and values seep into the business to create a personal experience unlike any other, and it is this very fact that makes this company so unique. The result is a very holistic view on life and the importance of the home in particular. “We believe that spaces have a real impact on how people feel – our well-being is very much affected by our physical surroundings. Our ultimate goal is to use the transformative qualities of design to elicit feelings of happiness and comfort and promote a sense of peace,” they explain.
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Browse through the gallery below to follow Bani Hashim and Al Hashimi into their beautiful home.
“These chairs are from Tribe, the coolest furniture store in Dubai. We hand-painted the ceramic blue-and-green jug and made the branch wall hanging in the background using yarn and a twig found in the sand.”
“Our couches are from Crate & Barrel, the coffee table is from Mudo, the carpet is from West Elm, and the ceiling lamps were from Arsalan’s bachelor pad – he takes great pride in them, because only a person with an incredible amount of patience can install them.”
“We boho-fied this dresser from BoConcept by screwing in handles that we collected on our travels, like from a flea market in Lisbon, Portugal and another from Goa, India.”
“We’re obsessed with the blue-gray wall. These blue hues are known as gypsy colors, which is quite fitting for us!”
“This is a cement side table that we made, and the coconut candle was a gift from Reem’s sister.”
“The purple dreamcatcher is from Tulum, Mexico while the macrame one in the background was handmade by Reem.”
“We bought this funky Frida painting from a homeless guy on the Venice boardwalk in California. The vintage camera is from a flea market in Boston.”