Pretty as a Picture

Pretty as a Pic­ture

Sadia and her FamilyBy Aar­zoo Naeem Chaudhry

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

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