When you walk through its wooden front door, there is something inexplicably calming about the home of Faiza Rangoonwala, passionate bespoke furniture designer and founder of The Edit trunk shows, which bring top Pakistani designers to a discerning Dubai clientele. The cool marble floors, the small terracotta warriors that greet you as you step into the foyer, the lush backyard that can be seen from every room in the house, and the overall ambiance make you feel immediately at ease. “The theme of the house is contemporary with a touch of modern. I love a home that looks clean and crisp, so that’s why there is a lot of white and light gray, even though they’re so difficult to maintain,” Rangoonwala explains.
Rangoonwala has quite the travel bug, always looking for the next best detox retreats and spas around the globe, and always searching the world for new pieces to give her home that extra special touch. The three Buddhist monk statues that sit in her dining room were purchased in a market in Chiang Mai, Thailand, while a beautiful hand-painted urn with Arabic calligraphy was bought on her first trip to Istanbul, and the adjacent jars placed next to it were bought on a trip to India. “Decorating has always been a great passion of mine – I love rearranging the layout of our home. My husband is an avid art collector, and I have been designing furniture for the last 17 years, so I’m constantly experimenting within my home with new designs and concepts.” Rangoonwala is also a fan of modern décor, with her go-to interior store being Andrew Martin in DIFC. “I picked up some really cool and quirky pieces from there, and they’ve really added so much character to the living area,” she shares.
When relaxing at home, her favorite spot is the scenic backyard, overlooking the pool and the beautiful Emirates Golf Club. In the evenings, Faiza, along with her husband and children, spend time by the outdoor fireplace perfecting their quest for the ultimate burger – a family passion and ongoing journey. “I really believe in homes bringing good or negative karma into your life, and mashallah this home has brought us so much more joy, happiness, success, and good times with family and friends. It’s really been a lucky home for us.”
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“This is our family lounge, and it’s my favorite room in the house. I love the fabric on the blinds, which is a print of blue-and-white Chinese urns.”
“The furniture in this room is part of my contemporary line, and this pencil-carved coffee table is one of my bestsellers.”
“I bought these Buddhist monk statues at a market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There’s something very soothing about having them in the dining room.”
“I designed this console and produced it in my workshop in Karachi. The painting above is by Bashir Mirza, and the lamp is from Andrew Martin.”
“This is our main drawing room, which overlooks the Emirates Golf Course. Most of the furniture is from Andrew Martin.”
“The black cat decoration on our drawing table is my way of rebelling against the family, as no one in my home likes pets inside the house except for me!”
“This lamp is from one of my favorite places called Kartell. They do wonderful modern furniture and accessories at reasonable prices.”
“The reindeer behind me was purchased from The One about 12 years ago, and is brought out every Christmas.”
“The blue urn is something I picked up on my first trip to Istanbul, where you find some of the best Islamic art and calligraphic designs on pottery and ceramics.”
“The acrylic chairs are from my favorite store in Dubai, Andrew Martin. I love their simplicity and how they work so well with my antique Turkish rug and the opposite sofa.”
“This is one half of a pair of terracotta warriors, which I absolutely love and bought at an antique shop in Beijing.”