Al Bastakiya, XVA Art Hotel, Dubai

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On Saturday last weekend, an impromptu trip to the Bastakiya area was made. A historic district by the creek with winding lanes and wind towers – the ancient passive cooling systems.

I stumbled upon the XVA Art Hotel in Dubai on a Saturday morning. A small boutique hotel that could be compared to the likes of the currently trending Moroccan hotels.

Eclectic art installations. Cool design store. Luxurious patterns and textiles… *sigh* obsessed.

Here’s some pictures of my visit.

Branding on the fabric strips at entry way

Branding on the fabric strips at entry way

XVA branding

XVA branding

Private dining area

Private dining area

Pathways to the courtyard

Pathways to the courtyard

Private dining

Private dining

Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

3-Dimensional art installation

3-Dimensional art installation

Arabic calligraphy art

Arabic calligraphy art

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork storage

Artwork storage

Eclectic Arabic art

Eclectic Arabic art

Courtyard

Courtyard

Archways and ceilings.

Archways and ceilings. Check out the dried roses hanging from the tree branches.

More artworkon display

More artworkon display

Crazy awesome installation in the courtyard

Crazy awesome installation in the courtyard

Artwork for (future?) display

Artwork for (future?) display

Another little courtyard with seating

Another little courtyard with seating.

Ceiling install

Ceiling install

Courtyard and entrance to the rooms

Courtyard and entrance to the rooms

Lonely bike

Lonely bike

Surrounding the hotel

Surrounding the hotel

Seating

Seating

Ceiling installation

Ceiling installation

Main courtyard

Main courtyard

Doors and windows outside the hotel

Doors and windows outside the hotel

A look out of one of the many exits of the hotel

A look out of one of the many exits of the hotel

Seating area

Seating area

xoxo,

T

High & Low

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Working on design projects, I stumbled across this gorgeous credenza at BDDW – a company that makes handmade furniture in New York.

Source: BDDW

Source: BDDW

Source: BDDW

Source: BDDW

Source: BDDW

Source: BDDW

Source: BDDW

Source: BDDW

But the downside? These pieces list at $13,800. I bet the quality is amazing, but not a lot of people have that much money to spend on a credenza.

So I did a little research, and found some similar pieces that won’t burn a hole in your wallet!

1. The Pullhouse Credenza from Schoolhouse Electric. $3500.

Pullhouse Credenza - schoolhouse elec 3500

2. The downtown loft. Seed Furniture. $1950.

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3. The Indira 4. Organic Modernism. $1995.

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4. The Siena 4. Organic Modernism. $1595 1 (1)6.  Luxe Sideboard by WFOUR Design. $3799.

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Happy Monday!

xoxo,
Tasmia

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Quote of the Day

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Tuesday Quote

I feel like as much as I am invested in my long distance relationship, San Francisco gives me the ability to discover myself as a person and helps me grow on my own.
But.. Thomas visits this weekend! So absolutely excited to share my beautiful city with him 🙂

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Sutter Street: 94109

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Home Sweet Home

FINALLY MOVED IN!

This weekend my roommate and I moved in all my stuff from the South Bay. And though it might take me a while to get it to look amazing, here’s a couple pictures of what I would like my room to look like:
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The vibe I’m trying to go for: bohemian, eclectic, fun, vintage-y.. maybe Mediterranean. 

One thing I definitely want to make that also fits in my budget are these awesome floor cushions. Here’s an easy tutorial VIA Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy : Floor Cushions

Apartment Therapy : Floor Cushions

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I will be posting about my weekend shenanigans soon!