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Seaside Delight Image Credit: Elle Decor India
Seaside Delight Image Credit: Elle Decor India

Seaside Delight

Dubai based architect Sneha Divias crafts interiors with modern accents and autumnal colours for this expansive villa in the ritzy waterfront development of Barr Al Jissah in Oman

Aneesha Bhadri

On the shores of the Gulf of Oman, a short drive from Muscat’s city centre, lies an exclusive enclave set in a dramatic landscape dotted with coves and cliffs. Known for its picturesque location, Barr Al Jissah is set against a stunning backdrop of Prussian blue waters and the Al Hajar mountains. Part of the secluded development is this sprawling, two storeyed villa conceived by architect Sneha Divias, who realised the brief of an open plan home with hints of modern accents to encapsulate the notion of comfortable living. In keeping with other Sneha Divias Atelier projects, this 11,840 sq ft holiday home is a unique reflection of its owners’ personality. Divias says, “Once I met the client, it was obvious that she had a clear vision and had already bought a few furniture pieces. It was a matter of working around the existing pieces to blend the interiors seamlessly.” The client’s taste for art inspired the interiors—particularly the custom Zao Khailin artwork titled Moon Shadow near the main door. Beyond the entryway lie the open plan living and dining spaces that promote socialising. “Despite the division of private and social spaces, we integrated both in a way that created fluidity and steady organisation,” says the creative. The segregation is achieved with the help of clever spatial planning and by introducing free standing elements such as the shelving unit between the sitting room and lounge—it holds hand picked sc

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