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Dominika Bajuk’s Dubai villa

Dominika Bajuk, owner of the Advanced Pet Care Clinic, blends old with new for an eclectic, homely feel that reflects the family’s love of travel and memories

As told to Catherine Harper
28 Jun 2016 | 10:52 am
  • Our large table was crafted using materials from an old church in Missouri in the US.

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  • The entrance hall and stairwell feature pieces from our travels including these pictures from Charleston, US, and my buddha statue from Sri Lanka.

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  • This detailed bar was made from recycled materials in St Louis in the US.

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  • This ship’s wheel came from an old oil tanker that was salvaged in India.

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  • We picked up these monochrome pictures at various times and in various places, but they go together nicely as a collection.

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  • The playroom is a bright, airy space where the children can relax and have fun.

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  • Our eclectic style extends to the garden, where we’ve mixed recycled pieces with modern ones.

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I would describe my interiors style as eclectic; it’s a real mix of everything, from traditional to contemporary, new to recycled. . . 

A lot of our furniture and accessories are sourced from various different places around the world, and we’re inspired by the places we’ve travelled to. Our dining room table was made from parts of a little old church in Missouri in the US, and our ship accessories are from an old oil tanker that was in use for many years until it was salvaged in India. One of my husband’s clients saved them for him as a thank you for his help and advice. We’re very attached to pieces like this; they all tell a story of our experiences and places we were at various points in our lives.

I’ve tried to create a cosy, warm and welcoming atmosphere for my family and everyone who comes to my home.

It’s important to me that my children and husband feel their home is warm and welcoming, and they enjoy spending time here. I live to entertain, too, and love having friends over. I want them to feel welcome, to feel at home here. Comfort is very important to me, and it’s very important my guests also feel comfortable in my home.

I love my kitchen, because that’s where the family always gets together.

No matter where I’ve lived, the kitchen has always been my favourite room in the house; I remember my grandmother had the smallest kitchen you could ever imagine, but all of us – children, aunts and grandparents – would be squeezed in there, cooking, eating and laughing.

It was a special time for me as a child and this makes it a special room to this day.

We brought most of our furniture with us from the states when we moved here. Designing our home wasn’t hard in itself, but physically shipping everything and recreating our home here was a lot of work. With most of the pieces having been with us for a long time, though, it was worth it; we wanted our memories and didn’t want to simply start afresh when we got here.

We have quite a few favourite things around the house.

My husband has long been an avid collector of French poster art from the late 1800s and the early 1900s, and we have plenty on display. We love the colours and depictions, and they’re always a great conversation pieces.

The large dining room table is a classic and very special to us, as Missouri is where my husband’s parents lived. Also the English oil painting from the 1800s, which my husband bought for me in Maine, is very close to our hearts.

As someone once said, it’s our job to make memories for our children and as they grow up, I’m sure our home will also grow and change to chronicle these memories. I love the way it’s designed now but this is their home as much as ours and their stories should be as visible as ours, so it’ll evolve as we do as a family.

As told to Catherine Harper

As told to Catherine Harper