We finished renovating our new home in Surrey just before finding out about our move to Bahrain. So, a few months after they were installed, I waved goodbye to our designer copper-inspired kitchen, our brand new grey stone tiled bathroom (with bath!) and a wooden floor throughout. My heart dropped when we first started viewing flats around Bahrain – most within our budget were overly decorated with clashing colours, mismatching furniture and fluffy rugs. After a while, we found a flat in a great location, with an outdoor pool and an impressive view of Bahrain Bay – however the first step was to insist that they remove the brown textured feature wallpaper (shudder) and repaint the flat white. We were getting somewhere… Sadly though, we are still stuck with a red sofa and orange kitchen counters.
I wanted to get to work on decorating the flat straight away, but I had no idea where to start; I also didn’t want to spend a fortune on our temporary home. Although still a work in progress, here are some shops that have made a great starting place for me.
H&M Home, City Center – The place for cushions
Admittedly, I didn’t know that H&M Home existed before moving to Bahrain; I now know this is less of a discovery than I first thought. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the natural, botanical-inspired home decor on offer in the home section. They sell bedding, towels, candles, laundry baskets, photo frames… and pretty much anything else you can think of – but for me, this is the place to go for cushions. They range in price between 2 and 13BHD for the covers and 2 and 8BHD for the insides depending on size.
Pottery Barn, City Center – Keep an eye out for a sale
As a Brit, I had heard of US-based Pottery Barn before, but never experienced it myself. Things are different now! If could afford to – I would kit out the entire flat with Pottery Barn products. I love the botanical/nautical feel to the store and products, the greys and whites, the copper kitchen collection… However for me, because of the prices, this is a place for treats rather than buying the basics. There is a sale at the moment (July), which makes it a little more affordable. We bought some wooden and silver photo frames in the sale which were about 10BHD each. I think I’ll be back before the sale is over though… the force is too strong!
Budaiya Highway garden centers – for a little greenery
Garden centers line the roadsides of Budaiya highway between the crossing with King Faisal Highway and Avenue 2. You can get anything there from potted house plants to giant topiary. It actually makes for a nice afternoon as each garden center is a little different to the last.
Check back for more suggestions soon…