Home is an emotion, a feeling of security, safety, and comfort, about being yourself and being together with your loved ones. Home is the place where memories are made; relationships are built, where children and families grow together. And before describing this particular home for you, here’s my experience in a nutshell, “It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”
The Zahurs have been in construction business (Linker Developers) since 1975. “My father’s imaginative and artistic bent for architecture and design coupled with his love for art is visible everywhere in our home,” asserts Haroon, Mohsin Zahur’s son. “The house was constructed in 1992. It took over a period of five years to convert it from a house into a home,” he adds.
The Zahurs consider their home the most imperative place in the world, even though they have been all over the globe on countless world tours and have fantasized about visiting certain places; it’s a place where holidays are celebrated and where friends and family meet to celebrate life’s happiest moments. Mohsin Zahur’s imagination, innovation and his wife’s ultimate aesthetic sense forms great chemistry together in selecting and designing items for their home. This made their home alive, full of energy, hope and love. It is not the tranquility of a home that makes it peaceful; it is the life within. The home is intended on the lines that a good home must be made, not bought.
They made their home by collecting exclusive items and ornaments from around the world especially from their extensive travels to Middle East and Europe. Every treasured item has a history and story to tell. What makes their home special is the treatment and use of pure materials whether it’s the wooden floor, wooden tables, chairs or wooden gabled roof, marble floor or stone in the porch area.
As you enter from the main door the grand wooden swing and splendid view of the gardens from the glass window behind the swing catches your attention and gives you an immediate pleasant feeling. The entrance is further enhanced and incredibly decorated with pottery, paintings, consoles, a marble-top wooden table and an ancient clock. The drawing room and dining rooms are on opposite ends of the entrance.
The drawing room has two sitting arrangements; one is against fire wall with simple and stylish couch and dragon design armchairs with central wrought-iron table. The other sitting arrangement is done in front of the full wall glass window which gives the beautiful view of the garden and tree house. The wooden flooring is complemented by the plain off-white walls and elegant furniture. Pure wood is used with glossy finish, which creates the feeling of warmth and friendliness incomparable by any other type of flooring. Suiting the architecture and decor, wood flooring is enhances the design scheme. And because of wood’s ability to reflect light, wooden floor has brightened and enlarged the drawing room. Wooden side tables, huge lamps, wall hangings, Mughal paintings and silver steel accessories add charisma and style to the space.
The Zahur’s have a unique collection of original art and paintings – from abstract to Mughal to landscapes, I can relate to these paintings, they depict our culture, art, heritage and normal everyday lives of common people. “A lot of paintings are from new and relatively unknown artists. My father bought them to encourage and endorse their work,” explains Haroon.
The study area gives the perfect ambiance for spending time with the books and sharing literary thoughts with the family and friends. The books are shelved in wide variety ranges from Art, Culture, Politics, Religion, Poetry, Literature, Business, wildlife, Encyclopedia, nature, architecture and design.
The room has comfortable sofa settings and unique central table with the collection of different cigar pipes from the Middle East, old oil lamps, and old pictures refreshing the memory and glass window giving awesome natural view making it an ideal study area.
Basement is another welcome addition in this home as it gives additional recreational space that is out of the way and separate from the rest of the home. The basement is designed with the fusion of ancient and contemporary styles. A fireplace is a very useful item as it not only gives warmth in the winter seasons but also boosts the beauty of the home. Combination of wooden and stone fireplace adds sophistication and style to the exquisiteness and décor of this basement. Also a snooker table, stereo system and a swimming pool in the vicinity add value to this entertainment centre for the family and guests.
The home has been designed with strong characterization which depicts the interest and innovation of the family members. While on the journey of this splendid home starting from magnificent garden landscapes to the fabulous and remarkable interiors ending at the basement I found their creativity, extraordinary taste and vast collection truly inspiring, a truly marvelous and unique gem of a home that is a last word in comfort and style.