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INTO THE WILD

Sarah

With Earth Hour upon us this weekend, we’re feeling really inspired by all things nature, earth and sustainability, and with increasing talks about bringing nature indoors, we are looking to Africa for its strong cultural bond with nature and the wilderness.

The use of all-natural materials such as wood, stone, jute and plants such as seagrass has consistently placed African craftsmanship on the proverbial interior design map, especially in today’s sustainability-conscious age.

As a base, we’re loving Oak Earth by Kährs Artisan Collection, which has a rich brown colour that varies from a light gold to dark and sultry soil. The wood floor’s handscraped and oiled surface also further enhances its natural feeling and provides a very special comfort underfoot. As often seen in tribal/ethnic-inspired African interiors, we recommend combining this wood floor with other earthy tones and natural materials- ranging from light creams, to golden caramel and dark tones to create beautiful and timeless harmony.

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CATCHING UP WITH NATASHA

Sarah

We recently caught up with one of our clients, Natasha Singh, Senior Sales Consultant at House Hunters Dubai, to hear what she has to say about her experience with Nordic Homeworx and how she’s enjoying the Kährs Oak Oyster wood flooring in her family’s Arabian Ranches home.

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Q: How has your experience been with Nordic Homeworx?

A: We have had a great experience. Your team was great as well, especially your sales representative, Philipe. From the time we went to choose the flooring he was fabulous and very patient. We took a while to choose the floor and went back and forth many times. Your installation team was also perfect, your installation manager Jamil was great. Even later on we had a few issues and he came and sorted it out, actually even a year later. There aren’t many places you get this kind of customer service in Dubai. I recommend you to loads of friends, everyone who walks into this house falls in love with the flooring.

Q: Were you concerned about your dog when buying your floor?

A: Yes, some say pets will scratch the wood floors. We’ve had laminate flooring before, but we’ve never dealt with real wood flooring, so we were a little bit concerned seeing as the floor is an investment. But it is definitely suitable; very easy to maintain and we’ve had no issues with our dog at all. In fact, it’s nice because it has grains and grooves in it – it gives our dog a good grip to walk on. He loves it!

Q: What made you choose Kährs Oak Oyster in particular?

A: Our existing floor was a rosewood-coloured floor and we wanted something light to brighten up this house. Oak Oyster is absolutely beautiful. The older it gets, the colour changes for the good, and looks even more rustic and vintage. It’s in our bedrooms as well, and we’re really happy with it; it’s got a really good feel to it. We walk barefoot on the flooring and it just feels so good! It took us a bit of time to choose the floor because we thought we should go for a darker floor for upstairs. We like walnut too, so we brought planks home from the Nordic Homeworx showroom of both floors and sat with them for a week to help us decide. But then we went with the lighter one eventually and kept the same floor throughout the entire house for a more bright and streamlined feel.

In fact I had a client who wanted to sell her house, she was a friend as well, and she came over and just fell in love with our flooring. Eventually she said, “I’m not selling my home, I’m just going to put this flooring down and it will look fabulous!”

Q: Is there any aspects in particular that you think makes us stand out from other companies that you have dealt with during your renovations?

A: You guys definitely stand out in customer service. That’s something you don’t get very often in Dubai. We have a fair bit of experience because we have been living in Dubai for 14 years and have had a lot of renovations done in our house.

Nordic Homeworx and the people we dealt with, such as Philipe and Jamil, have been a real pleasure and so accommodating. Just great customer satisfaction including good after-sales, even a year later. That’s not what you expect from a lot of companies here. Definitely a big deal when you’re getting work done in your home.

Q: Did you find our installers were professional and respected your home?

A: Yes, we didn’t have to do anything. They brought the vacuum cleaner, cleaned, oiled and made sure everything was done to the highest standard. The team that was brought in really knew what they were doing. They were really professional and very fast. They even completed the installation faster than expected, which was excellent. The entire downstairs was laid out in three days, including the skirting. It was perfect!

Q: Seeing as you are in the real estate business, in your experience, do you feel that wood flooring increases the value of a house?

A: I definitely think so. The houses that I sold with wood flooring really got a very good price – not only because they present really well, but also because buyers can appreciate the fact that a flooring has been in the house for an extended amount of time and is still in really good condition. The wood floor also gives off an immediate homey feel to it, which is really inviting.

When I’ve taken clients to view houses, you can see they find a house with your wood flooring much more appealing than a house of the same style, look and layout without it. The moment they walk into a house with Kährs wood flooring, the client is always wowed by it.

You can view all the images of Natasha’s beautiful Arabian Ranches home here.

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MEXICAN SUMMER

Sarah

When we think of Mexico, we think of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, beautiful aged wood and intricately patterned textiles. And dreamy, romantic summers. Bring a piece of Mexico into your home with Kährs Oak Cancun. This wood floor is reminiscent of Cancun’s iconic sandy beaches with its elegantly muted yellow, grey and white-toned stain and natural oak texture.

Stepping away from the typically colourful style, we suggest opting for a more neutral take on classic Mexican interiors. Neutral does not have to be boring! By playing with different natural textures, materials, tones and patterns typical to the Mexican heritage and culture, you can achieve a more stripped and calming look and feel.

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CHRISTMAS BY LOTTA AGATON

Sarah

We are loving the natural, laid-back and cozy Christmas feeling of these images by renowned Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton.

Her styling plays on the winning combination of greys, browns, greens and whites with various natural materials like wood, jute and wool, which we think is absolute perfection. The styling feels really spot-on for this year’s natural, clean, timeless theme for Christmas!

Images via Lotta Agaton

 

RAW LUXURY

Sarah

We are in love. The combination of colours and textures in this Berlin apartment is so incredibly sophisticated yet edgy, deep and dark. The white and wood contrast to the grey/dark tones brings everything into balance. A perfect raw, industrial kind of luxury.

To achieve the same edgy look, select Kährs Husk Oak a natural oak floor with a worn, rustic finish that offers old-fashioned appeal.

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URTH

Sarah

Feldgrau is a greenish grey colour and beautifully combines with other earthy tones, such as taupe and khaki. This suave colour combination is timeless, suitable for any style of interiors, from vintage to contemporary. One example is the vintage-infused “hipster” style of interiors (check out the gorgeous Ace Hotel as an example) that we love!

Kährs Oak Ulf is a true rustic wood floor where the surface is handcrafted and deeply brushed to enhance the beauty and specific characteristics of each and every board. Stained to a warm dark green/grey that gives it a rich colour tone. We really love this cosy, earthy floor.

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BLACK // WHITE // BRASS

Sarah

There’s something about the tiniest bit of brass that instantly makes a space more interesting. Especially spaces with lots of matte white and black surfaces; small amounts gold add a lived-in and sophisticated quality.

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VINTAGE FLOWER CHILD

Sarah

Decorate your child’s room with dusted pink florals set against a clean white contrast (e.g. a crisp white wood floor like Kährs Ash Alabaster) to create a calm, vintage and nostalgic feeling in the space. Decorating in this romantic neo-floral bohemian style is not only very on-trend and cool; it is also a design scheme that is guaranteed to evoke happiness and inspiration from your child.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Sarah

Today’s rather hazy weather is making us daydream about the summer and beach.. or more specifically: California’s dreamy beaches. That heavenly combination of sun, sand and salt (and a refreshing post-beach açai bowl to top it off).

PS. Word on the street is that there’ll be waves this weekend, so be sure to catch some surf! Be sure to check it out, it’s really beautiful to watch all the surfers with Burj Al Arab as a backdrop at sunset. Et voilà – we have our very own version of California’s hip surf scene right here in Dubai.

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CREAMY MAPLE

Sarah

It’s not everyday that one comes across a home with Hard Maple wood floors. We are especially loving seeing it in this home. The interiors are a perfect balance of what can only be described as a mix of circus-esque quirk and classic elegance that is really refreshing to see. And the clean grade of the floor makes it a subtle, warm and comforting base in the home.

Other wood species such as Oak and Walnut are substantially more popular than Hard Maple for wood flooring. However, Hard Maple is a durable wood species. It has a creamy colour that undergoes a fairly major colour change, where the creamy tone turns golden over time. Hard Maple is an excellent wood species for cabinet making; beautiful tables, cupboards and boxes are also often made from Hard Maple. Hard Maple flooring is light, airy and timeless.

Kährs Hard Maple Toronto is a light floor in North American maple. The strips are selected to provide a subdued, harmonious impression.

Images by Fantastic Frank & Nordic Homeworx