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Home Centre Makeover 1: Living Dream

Home Centre turned 15 this year, and as part of our birthday celebrations we gave away complete room makeovers worth AED 10,000 each to 15 lucky winners. In this series, we share five before-and-after experiences.


Jesika and Aswin Menon are typical of young couples in Dubai: they're recently married, both work full-time and enjoy entertaining at home. They also enjoy living in a space that reflects their essence and lifestyle, but didn't have a clue of how to furnish or accessorize their new Oud Metha flat - so it was a dream come true for them to win a Home Centre room makeover as part of our 15th anniversary celebration giveaways.

As an artist, Aswin spends a lot of time at home in his studio above the lounge. Jesika conducts classes and hosts regular poetry and drama sessions in their apartment as well. Both of them love natural woods and earthy colours, and neither have owned a TV for the past several years. Seeing that they spent a lot of time at home, we wanted to create a relaxing, comfortable and functional space for them to lounge, dine and unwind in.



The airy living/dining area was basically an empty canvas since the couple had just moved in with little furniture of their own. To create a rustic, intimate atmosphere, Ann Hayward, our Senior Visual Merchandise Manager, took cues from a favourite solid-wood chair they own, and selected complementary furniture and accessories. The sofa and dining table were positioned to make optimal use of the space, and we hand-picked ceiling lights to add a dash of sophistication. We took an inspired last-minute decision to paint the walls, adding a welcome splash of warm colour to complete the look. Jesika and Aswin loved the lanterns and candles we added - the room really comes into its own at night, giving a Zen feeling of peace and relaxation.

Since we completed the makeover, the couple has shared their new space with several visitors, all of whom have been bowled over by the transformation. Jesika and Aswin themselves love the look so much that this room has become their favourite - they even considered sleeping on the sofa instead of in their bedroom!

Next up: a grateful son surprises his parents with a much-needed bedroom makeover!