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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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FAMILY HISTORY

Sarah

We’re always so thrilled when we see our clients’ beautiful homes being recognised and shared with the masses. And in this month’s InsideOut Magazine our very special client Dana Najia has her cozy home is featured.

Check it out!

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BLUE

Sarah

Blue is reliable and responsible. It seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. Blue reduces stress – creating a sense of calm, relaxation and order.

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LA HAUTE VIE

Sarah

We recently had the pleasure of having a  photo shoot in our clients’ Mirador villa in Arabian Ranches – a beautiful and bright family home fully fitted with Kährs wood flooring. This home bathes in natural sunlight throughout the day and strongly reminds us of the French Riviera/Côte d’Azur with its plethora of glamorous furnishings and unique decorative gems combined with rustic, romantic touches. And that gorgeous Cocker Spaniel pup! Precious.

Kährs Oak Hultaby is a really rustic 1-strip wood floor where the surface is handcrafted to enhance the beauty of the knots and cracks. The floor is surface-treated with a natural white oil in the factory, making it the perfect choice for a family home with children and pets. A heavy-duty floor that is guaranteed to last for generations.

For more images, click here.

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SHABBY CHIC

Sarah

Shabby chic is a beautiful interior design style, made famous by British designer Rachel Ashwell in the late 1980’s.

The main characteristic of shabby chic interior design is aged furniture. It could be chosen for its appearance of age with all these signs of wear and tear or it can be distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. The first step is to create a change to items already in place. This requires the ability to think creatively. Consider how your furniture would look like in a different colour. An ordinary mirror can affect the feel of a room if you paint the frame and polish it to bring out the feeling that the mirror has been around for decades. The goal of Shabby Chic is getting new items look as if they are old beloved heirlooms, things that will be passed along through generations.

However, Shabby Chic is about so much more than just the details. Having a clean base in the room is extremely important to create the appropriate setting, as with any interior design scheme. You can never go wrong with the timeless combination of crisp white walls and a rustic wood floor such as Kährs Oak Danaborg or Kährs Oak Oyster to create the perfect base!

To get some real-life inspiration, check out our client’s beautiful Shabby Chic Arabian Ranches Mirador villa here!

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A TOUCH OF PRETTY

Sarah

Soft pink tones are known to have a strong calming effect. In interior decoration, the soft pink color is often used for a romantic style, inspired by royal palaces and their beautiful environments. A colour scheme that goes in powdered pink, cool gray, soft cream, rich brown and a touch of shimmering gold evokes a classically luxurious yet contemporary feeling.

Combined with a beautiful wood floor, such as Kährs Oak Sture (for a warm gray, brown tone) or Kährs Oak Milano (for a soft blonde, golden base) the space will feel luxurious and welcoming.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Sarah

All white.. everything.

The key to successfully designing a space in an all-white scheme is layering. By layering different materials, textures and shades of white together you essentially create depth, which is the biggest factor to consider in order to avoid the space falling flat and feeling clinical.

We are especially loving romantic boho-chic homes in pure white enriched with elegant wood textures, soft cottons and wools, luxurious lace and linens. It’s all in the details.

Images by Bubbelsoda & Nordic Homeworx

SUMMER RED

Sarah

As we accelerate into “Summer 2013” mode, we are feeling inspired by the famous Scandinavian summer cottages typically seen by the sea coast. Combining red and white is not only extremely classic and elegant, but also timeless and cozy.

Combine red and white hues with a whitewashed rustic oak floor such as Oak Oyster for that authentic beachside/summer house feel.

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GREIGE

Sarah

Greige  ˈgrā(zh)
A colour between grey and beige, closely akin to taupe; Unfinished; not fully processed; neither bleached nor dyed.

The graphic black and white interiors that have been popular on a wide front for several seasons has gained major competition from “greige” interiors. This combination of soft grays and dirty beige earth tones, is romantic, timeless, whimsical and beautiful.

Pearl by Kährs Shine Collection is the perfect wood floor with its high-gloss, silver/pearl shimmer finish if you are looking to add a tasteful and contemporary kind of glamour to your greige interiors.

If the rustic kind of bold is more your thing, then our grandest wood floor Oak Espace by Kährs Grande Collection is the one for you. Not only is it beautifully smoked with heavy variations between grey and beige/brown tones, but it is also handscraped and contains knots and cracks for that true rustic feeling best experienced by bare feet.

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NUDE MOOD

Sarah

Romance is light wood, skin-colored tones and small thoughtful words. Back to basics, stripped down and purified. A renaissance for your soul.

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