Give your home a seasonal overhaul with these interior design essentials
Time Out Bahrain staff
Artikel and Galleria Sophia Homegrown brand Decorative home stores Artikel and Galleria Sophia are adjoined in Jawad Dome and they truly are a homemaker’s haven boasting a good range of furnishings and accessories that fuse function with high style. Open daily 9am-9pm. Jawad Dome, Budaiya (1779 5070).
Babushka Homegrown brand A genuine homegrown gem is this decorative furniture and home accessories store which is the brainchild of Sara Sayyar and Mariam Fathi. It started off as a design concept, using recycled materials to make one-off furniture and art pieces back in 2013 and has since captured the nation’s imagination. The store, based in A’ali’s Riyadat Mall, sells all sorts of beautiful and quirky items. Open Mon-Sat 10am-1pm, 4pm-9pm. Riyadat Mall, A’ali (3929 4464 / 3994 4339).
Bali Angels Homegrown brand Balinese and Far Eastern craftware inspired the creation of this quaint shop in Juffair where they sell beautiful furniture, household accessories and stunning jewellery. Open Sat-Thu 8am-5pm. Villa 1723, Road 4153, Block 341, Juffair (3960 7637).
Home Centre This leading home shopping destination is our first port of call for affordable houseware items and also happens to be a genuine GCC success story. What started as a single store in Sharjah, UAE back in 1995 has grown to encompass 75 shops across the region, offering everything from furniture to accessories, bath items to kitchenware, incorporating traditional and modern designs. Open Sat-Tue 10am-10pm; Wed-Fri 10am-midnight. Floor 1, City Centre Bahrain (1717 2355). Other location: Level 1, Oasis Centre, East Riffa (1718 0443).
ID Design Design, function and innovation are at the core of the ID Design philosophy. The lifestyle brand from Denmark encapsulates the heart of Scandinavian design but caters to each individual market. They cover everything from bedrooms to lighting, accessories to sofas, and each season they uncover new collections. The Sitra Mall location also offers interior design consultancy. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 1pm-10pm. Sitra Mall, Sitra (1773 2919). Other locations: Budaiya Highway (1759 2400); Amwaj Lagoon (1601 2808).
Manazel Homegrown brand This homegrown store first opened its doors in Salmabad back in 1995 and has since become a destination of choice for Bahrain residents looking to spruce up or make over their homes. With over 50,000 products in-store, including everything from barbecue equipment to paint, furniture to Tupperware, it’s hard to leave the store empty handed. Open daily 7.30am-10pm. Road 408, A’ali (1778 6727).
Marina Homes The Marina Homes concept is an interesting one – one that looks to bring fusion to home décor. Their designs are original, catering to the ‘free-spirited discoverer’ through themes of modern yet rustic, avant garde and exotic, cosmopolitan and fiery. All of this is reflected in their premium furnishings which range from fabric to flooring to accessories and everything in between. Open Sat-Wed 9.30am-10pm; Thu-Fri 9.30am-11pm. Seef Mall (1758 2752).
Pottery Barn A trip to the Pottery Barn store in City Centre Bahrain is like coming home, as corny as that might sound. Their furniture designs are so comfortable yet stylish, using truly high quality materials and enticing customers with that all-American family style since 1949. It doesn’t come cheap but then again, great quality never does so if you want something that’s going to last you and your family a lifetime then this is the shop for you. You also have the option of looking through junior store Pottery Barn Kids. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm. Level 1, City Centre Bahrain, Seef (8000 1020).
Roche Bobois If high end is more your thing then we’d definitely recommend a trip to French retailer Roche Bobois where function meets fashion in a glitterati of desirable furniture designs. Their collections have long been gathering worldwide attention with various fashion designers – such as Kenzo, Missoni and Jean Paul Gaultier – putting their mark on the company’s pieces. Overall, Roche Bobois presents contemporary yet comfortable items ranging from bookshelves to chairs, TV stands to dining tables. Open Sat-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri 3pm-8pm. Seef Palms Building, next to The Ritz-Carlton (1758 2901).
THE One Marketing itself as an ethical home fashion brand, THE One, has become a leading retailer in the region. It was invented by Thomas Lundgren in Abu Dhabi, UAE back in 1996 after he decided the world needed an ethical, emotional retail experience. His mission statement? ‘To save the world from IKEA’. Now the brand has shops (or theatres, as they call them) in eight countries across the Middle East, including right here in Bahrain. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 1.30pm-10pm. Al A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef (1758 7178).
Trousseau Homegrown brand A treat to the eyes and the senses, Trousseau (which means the belongings collected by a bride for her marriage) is a wonderful treasure trove of a shop which was born out of a respect for all things beautiful. Its doors first opened back in 2008 in Hamala and the brand has since expanded to Al A’ali Shopping Complex, selling everything from luxurious bedding to plush towels, vintage furniture and fragrances. Open daily 10am-10pm. Al A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef (1754 1041).
Zara Home We can’t help but fall in love with the Spanish zing of Zara Home. Go there for beautiful, good quality furnishings and accessories, encompassing bedroom, bathroom, tableware, lamps, and even gift ideas, alongside occasional furniture that’s funky and contemporary. These items will swiftly inject an edge into your home. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Ground floor, City Centre Bahrain (1717 2302).
Everybody’s favourite high street basics store has extended its Bahrain offerings with a dedicated home section within the store, selling accessories for fashionable homemakers. It launches here on May 2. Call 1717 9885 (City Centre Bahrain).