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Let others delight mid new pleasures to roam, but give me, oh, give me, the pleasures of home Home, home, sweet, sweet home! There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home! By Sara Rathore

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home

Haroon Zahur

Haroon Zahur

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.”

It may be a bit intimidating to think about decorating your own home. Lots of people just live with things the way they find them, others get the help of professionals, since they have no clue what to do or what they like, but here, things are different. The Zahurs know exactly what they are doing. The homey feeling mixed with a dash of style and comfort is rooted in each and every inch of Mohsin Zahur’s place. He has to thank Nayyar Ali Dada for its architecture; however, the interiors are pure-Zahur, design, décor and stylization.
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

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 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.

Drawing Room

Drawing Room

Drawing Room Fire Place

Drawing Room Fire Place

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.

Dining room

Dining Room

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.

Study

Study

Study Sitting Arrangment

Study Sitting Arrangment

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.

Study Fire Place

Study Fire Place

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

Basement

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.

Basement wooden and stone fireplace

Basement wooden and stone fireplace

Basement Sitting area

Basement Sitting area

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.

This article was published in print edition of Valuemag, issue 12, July 2009.
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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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