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Alexander James Interiors is proud to announce that it now able to serve private and commercial clients in the UAE.

Jumeirah Golf Estates Dubai has become one of the most sought-after expat destinations and options for property investment – and with it come extensive opportunities for architectural and interior design services to meet a growing demand for luxury living.

As a company dedicated to creating the most exquisite properties, Alexander James Interiors have partnered with Dubai based design studio Oir. Offering a multi-disciplinary practice with a team of professionals dedicated to architecture, interior design and project management in the UK and the Middle East.

With extensive knowledge and experience of the UAE market, Alexander James Interiors are delighted to be partnering with Oir on this new and exciting chapter. Having completed numerous successful architectural and interiors projects, Oir is making waves in Dubai’s design scene.

Here we open the doors on one of their most recent projects, a family home in the Emirate’s prestigious Jumeirah Golf Estates development and a glimpse into the realisation of an ambitious vision in the city of gold.


To transform a shell and core property into a home which reflects our client’s lifestyle and aspirations – a home which not only functions perfectly but looks beautiful. The property, a villa in Dubai’s world-class residential golf destination Jumeirah Golf Estates, lends itself to luxury living with ample indoor and outdoor space and an incredible position. The client wanted a distinctive home that would be perfectly suited to the family’s needs and which not only incorporated the English style of their Surrey home but was also reflective of its location, a stylish home that would allow them to entertain and accommodate guests but primarily function as a working home for their family.


Working with a carefully selected team of contractors, Oir presented a vision for an elegant space that would not only serve to entertain visitors and guests but also offer all the comforts of a family home. With an uncompromising approach, the Oir team worked meticulously towards a completely new level of luxury which focused on quality, finish and contemporary elegance, incorporating bespoke features and innovative aspects to mirror the client’s passion for detail and high-end living. Mixing both formal and relaxed living was central to the design of the house and its intended use. The ground floor areas flow yet allow for privacy, giving every family member the possibility of enjoying their own space while also offering the opportunity for time together and for entertaining. A formal living room includes sofas that provides the perfect environment for hosting bigger numbers while maintaining a warm, inviting feel with bespoke lighting, artwork and rugs and a beautiful grand piano as a focus area.

For smaller gatherings or family occasions a more intimate living room allows for cosy conversation amongst beautifully curated interiors featuring specially chosen furniture which exudes comfort and style. A luxury basement cinema and media room created to allow for further entertaining or family movie nights in an area dedicated to relaxation – with cosy seating and laidback luxury vibe.

To further enhance the desire for a home which embodies wellbeing and serenity, a dedicated basement spa area with specially chosen furnishings and accessories including an integrated music system and state-of-the-art gym allows the family to enjoy hotel style luxuries within their own villa.

Always the heart of the home, the main kitchen is a clutter-free focal point that is as beautiful as it is functional. Custom cabinetry, bespoke lighting and a stunning marble finish plus hidden appliances including a drop-down over island television for relaxed tv suppers create a serene space for informal dining or morning coffee. Drenched in daylight, the kitchen overlooks the outdoor area and flows through to an informal family dining area and a formal dining room. Two further back-of-house and staff kitchens ensure that food prep and clean-up is unseen and that every dining experience can be as elegant or relaxed as it is intended to be.

Throughout the downstairs living areas, contemporary customised artworks by local artists provide highlights of colour against a palette of natural shades and wood and marble textures. A deliberate use of custom lighting and natural light guarantees the perfect ambiance in each room and attention to details including concealed air-conditioning diffusers ensure that nothing distracts from the aesthetic of the villa.

Embracing indoor-outdoor living was an addition to the brief, particularly given the property’s location as part of a luxury golf destination. Oir designed and completed a beautiful garden which includes an outdoor pool, sunken seating area, pergola and fire-pit surrounded by lush green foliage and beautiful mature trees – a sanctuary which is beautiful when viewed from the villa and ideal for outside entertaining and relaxed family weekends – with a large terrace and areas which complement the social nature of this home Beautifully crafted custom joinery, marble and parquet floors, custom rugs and meticulously selected furnishings are only a few examples of the elements that make this home so special and transform the experience of everyday life. Upstairs, the master bedroom suite includes an interplay of materials which make it feel very luxurious yet also cosy. The connecting bathroom includes a tub drenched in daylight from the window behind it and boutique-style amenities with closed storage for a clutter-free space.

Further guest bedrooms and bathrooms are similarly appointed with the very best in comfort and style with a boutique hotel feel while the children’s bedrooms were designed to be able to see younger ones through to teen years while still incorporating playful aspects. With input from the children, Oir included custom artwork of a special car to be stencilled onto the bedroom wall and bespoke lighting to add a fun vibe.

Combining all the comforts of contemporary living while maintaining timeless aesthetics and a sense of place that also pays homage to the UK, Dubai’s modern, innovative vibe meets British elegance in this beautiful family villa. A lavish yet tranquil family home which exudes luxury in its use of specialist finishes, bespoke luxury furniture, lighting and furnishes, this project was both exciting and challenging and it has been an absolute pleasure to see it come to life. Enquire today to find out how AJI x Oir can help you create the perfect UAE home.

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