Making your home a perfect ten on a shoe-string budget
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Design pros share tips on getting your place to have that modern Asian feel or ooze old English country charm

Even with a very limited budget you can still make your home look like a million bucks. Many low-budget furnishing and decorating ideas can be created if you put your imagination to work.

Gulf News has asked the design pros to share a few guidelines on how you can attractively furnish your home from scratch with a budget of just under Dh5,000:

  • Get some inspirations from the pros without spending a dirham. Whether you want your home to exude a modern Asian feel or an old English country charm, there is a wide array of options to choose from everywhere.

“There are unique and creative ideas found online in various residential articles. Also, Dubai has some fantastic interiors from [the] Dubai Mall to luxury hotels. Take photographs of your favourite design and try to implement them into your space,” advises Linsey Dolan Thomson, interior design lecturer at Heriot-Watt University Dubai campus.

Ola Al Kaltakji of Hyder Consulting Middle East suggests looking at decorating ideas blogs that are simple and easy to follow.

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Remodelers Showcase This Weekend
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Have you visited any of the Parade of Homes? They continue through the end of the month. What a great way to get free decorating ideas. The Remodelers Showcase is one weekend only (March 30-April 1) visit those for some great remodeling ideas.  


For the month of February 2012 there were 39 new listings (homes for sale) which is 25.8 percent more than February 2011. There were 22 closed sales, which is the same number as the same period a year ago. The average sales price decreased by 7.7 percent when compared to last year. Sellers are receiving about 93.6 percent of their asking price and homes are taking, on average, 140 days to sell. Keep in mind that sale prices do not reflect any seller paid concessions (i.e. Buyer’s closing costs) that may have occurred.

The statistics point to a “buyer’s market”, making it an excellent time to buy a home. Interest rates are low, inventory is solid and sellers are ready to negotiate.

To view more statistics in Oakdale click here.


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