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The Nautical Crush

Liza De Luna, head designer at Liza De Luna Interiors, takes us inside her latest project— a gorgeous apartment at the Bvlgari Residences, Dubai

Liza De Luna Interiors headed by designer Liza De Luna has spent a decade designing in the UAE and has built an impressive portfolio of design projects in the region. An alumnus of Parsons School of Design, Lisa’ latest project— an apartment at Bvlgari Residences in Dubai is classy and cheerful at the same time.

The inspiration for the interiors came from a vintage silk scarf. Liza was commissioned to design the apartment in March 2020, just as COVID-19 pandemic was taking over – it was a difficult time for a designer to get into a relaxed frame of mind to be able to create a beautiful home. But inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. “It was a Friday afternoon, and I was sorting through my scarf collection, and this vintage scarf with a nautical print with a quirky border of lemons, immediately struck me,” said Liza.

“It reminded me of the stunning marina views from the apartment and I was drawn to create a muted palette but punctuated with bursts of jade and lemon yellow. It was just the inspiration I needed to bring this beautiful space to life.” For the entry area of the apartment, Liza used quarter cut oak cladding with earthy straw grass wallpaper, with Japanese style slats and niches to showcase pieces of her client’s pottery collection.

For the living room, the design and colours are a homage to iconic Italian seaside towns, creating a harmony with the stunning harbour views. In the living room, She added a punch of yellow in the Fendi lounge chair and balancing it all together with a huge slab of wave marble on the TV wall installation.

“The home is the heart and soul of a family, and it’s important to me that each space in the home tells a unique story and has its own personality.” This philosophy comes to life in the guest bedroom where Liza used her love of art and pattern as the main theme. In the guest room, the bedding is a very light jade colour with a Japanese themed print, the bed itself is Meridiani linen with an oak Meridiani chair that overlooks the beautiful yacht club, creating a harmonious flow with the external environment.

Liza continued with the hint of colour with the dusty blue on the pillows and on the reading lounge to create a relaxing, intimate mood – a quiet escape from busy city living. Lifestyles have dramatically changed the last few months, and living spaces need to adapt and be flexible to accommodate working from home, while still being in harmony with the home. Liza created a beautiful home office which is an extension of the overall aesthetic of the home. Combining oak and grey paints with linen wallpaper, the desk is bespoke for the size of the office with a beautiful grey leather chair with a view of the harbour creating the most inspired workspace.

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