Tuesday, March 6: I’m finally settling into my flat at the Abu Nooh building; it’s truly becoming my home away from home. Here is the wall hanging that greets visitors in my entry hallway. Come along with me for a visit…
Come right in through the front door and turn left off the hallway into my bedroom of purples and turquoises. I love how it’s turned out; I found my way to Muscat City Center, where, at the lovely Zara Home, I bought a rather expensive (35 OMR) turquoise & purple paisley duvet cover, lavender sheets and pillowcases. I also bought a rattan 3-drawer flimsy dresser for additional storage space.
At Home Centre, I found big square throw pillows, a funky purple art-deco lamp, and a modern art painting of two giant butterflies. At Mutrah Souq, I discovered a turquoise and purple Indian wall hanging that brings out the colors on my duvet cover. After hanging up all my wall art, I also hung three racks of colorful scarves that add color, texture and an Omani-head-scarf feel to my room. The armoire and the bed in the room are heavy and dark wood, pretty fancy and antique-looking stuff for such a humble place. I like my new bedroom much better than the bedroom in my old villa.
My mattress is as hard as a brick, but for some reason I’ve grown to like it. I tend to read and sleep in my room and that’s about it! Right now I’m reading a great Irish detective novel called In the Woods by Tana French. Sadly because I read lying down, I fall asleep after just a few pages….
Of course all my clothes are in my room, and my shoes, and for some reason, all my camping gear, which I’m unlikely to ever use! I also have a little old-fashioned vanity and a pile of travel books about Greece and Oman on my bedside table.
Now, come with me back through the long hallway and follow me into my wishful-thinking “garden room.”
Here is a peak at my wanna-be “garden room.” Don’t laugh, as my sons did when they came to visit, at my fake plants!! I can’t help it; I like them. 🙂 I probably couldn’t find such cool-looking live plants and actually keep them alive! I love the purple futon (Adam slept on it when he came to visit) and the big coffee table, both of which I bought myself. The university furnishes our flats, but only with the most basic and worn out furniture imaginable. My new furniture adds a crispness to my place.
My living room is larger than the “garden room,” but the furniture is old & worn and the ugliest mustard color you can imagine; I covered the sofa and chairs in Indian sheets. The room houses my desk and computer, where I spend many hours keeping myself entertained by writing my blog… 🙂
Here is my kitchen. It’s clean, light, airy and relatively roomy and modern by Omani standards. Notice there is no air conditioner in the kitchen; for some bizarre reason this is typical of Omani kitchens.
Here is my guest room, where my son Alex slept while he was here. I still have the same comforter I had in my old villa: king-sized bedding for a double bed! This is also the room where I hang my laundry and do my ironing.
This is what the building looks like from the outside ~ nothing special at all. But inside, it is quite nice, sprawling and comfortable. The building is in a quiet neighborhood on a road that leads to the back of Nizwa souq. I’m on the bottom floor.
Thanks for coming by to visit. I really do invite readers of my blog to pay me a visit in Nizwa one day! I love to have guests!