A compact and pretty home, Sadia moved into this house when she got married 14 years ago. It is, in fact, a portion of a bigger house that she shares with her in-laws, living in a joint family household, yet having her own personal place. Sadia has done the interior of the house herself. “It was kind of like a garden or lawn and portion at the back of the house, which became our house when we got married,” she says.
A passageway shadowed by trees leads to her part of the house, where Sadia has a lot of potted plants, a couple of small trees and hanging pots of plants as well. She has a small foyer, which leads to the formal drawing room done in colors of turquoise, beige and whites with a Victorian touch in the paintings’ frames and furniture.
A door from the drawing room leads to the TV lounge which, even though small is comfy and welcoming. The two chocolate brown sofas and the beige lounging chair (which is a favorite of everybody in the house) blend well with the Persian carpet and paintings in the house. She has wallpapers in most of the house to give a sleek and clean look. One thing I realized about wallpapers is that they give such a smooth finish to the walls, which paint somehow cannot do justice to. Even though wallpapers can be tedious and high maintenance in humid areas like Lahore, they truly transform your room. Sadia can keep a check on the kitchen and the rest of the house from the TV lounge as it is divided by glass doors, which open into the dining room. The kitchen has easy access to the dining room, which is a simple wooden table with glass top.
“It is advisable to have a no-fuss home when you have children in it, especially boys, who prefer to lounge around or bring their outdoor activities inside,” says Sadia, who has restricted her boys’ access to the drawing room because of the delicacy of her crystal collection.
A staircase leads to the bedrooms on the first floor of the house. Her own room is done in neutral shades of beige and brown while the kids’ room had a SpongeBob theme, the day we visited them. “I once had one wall of the room painted blue because I thought that there should be more color in this room. But I did not like how it turned out and I had a wallpaper of neutral shade done the next week! I feel that neutral colors are easier to manage and it is much better to add color to the room by changing bed sheets or curtains,” commented Sadia.
She has plans to renovate the boys’ room as they are growing up and while one needs more space for his books, the other wants space for his toys. “Hamza is elder, so obviously he has grown out of stuffed toys but Mohammad (the younger one) will not let go of them, that is why I am planning to shift one of the boys into the play/study room in a couple of months.”
Sadia has indoor plants, some artificial flower bouquets to liven up the house and a lot of paintings that she has collected over the years.
Living just off the Queens Road is a hazard and security risk at times, as was evident, when all of the windows of Sadia’s house were shattered in the terrorist attack on the Rescue 15 building. “It was terrifying! First the sound of the bomb blast itself was loud but then the sound of windows shattering and the exhaust fans of the house crumpled. The pots in the garden broke and besides the damage it was scary, since this time it was worse than the previous bomb blasts.”
Pretty and compact, Sadia’s home is well-kept, neat and at times gives you a feeling of a beautiful hotel suite. The only thing she has a complaint about is the location, which has proved to be insecure in the past year.
This article was originally published in the print edition of Valuemag, issue 13, August 2009