shahs of style

your space, styled.


This beautiful family wanted their family room to be the main area where their kids will play, do homework and read.  They wanted their children to be in plain sight from the kitchen area which is adjacent to the family.  Now, came the tough part:  how do we merge two spaces so it looks cohesive, be livable, and still be sophisticated in style?

Here’s the design board, the Shah Sisters created:

fatima family play area combo

fatima family room planOur design was to incorporate the play area into family room by placing it behind the sofa.  Eventually, the client decided to part from their old, sectional sofa so we helped them choose a new, family-friendly sofa and a cool chair (hence, the sight change from the design board).




The family took a trip to Morocco and came back with some gorgeous pieces!  Some of the pieces such as the Moroccan eggplant-colored rug was lovely but too small.  So, we assisted them and took into consideration their love for Morocco, their children, and watching Netflix.

Here are the transformations the room went though:

Faisal Fatima before living

how the room looked before the design process

Faisal Fatima living before 2

the Moroccan rug is beautiful but a bit small for the space


a neutral, bigger-sized rug fills the space nicely


the entire room:  where the kids play and the adults relax

The playroom area behind the gray sofa has tall bookshelves with the bottom half comprised of books, toys and game boards.  The top half of the shelves are organized with tchotchkes from a lifetime of vacations.  As you can see, the kids are ready for tea time.








Opening up a coffee shop is a challenge but constructing one from scratch is a difficult feat.  The first phase was to remove the old, dilapidated countertop and customize it with  a countertop that was much Continue reading

IMG_1470My son’s room is injected with sportiveness and playfulness–SO totally him!  His sister recently moved into a big girl bedroom. And now, he has his own space to play, read and sleep.  Adding a bunk bed, a basketball hoop and a funky, chrome chandelier was all that was needed to define his space Continue reading


Michael Kors has made it his life’s mission to fight hunger with the awareness of fashion. He has been involved since 2013 raising money for the World Food Programme by selling t-shirts and limited watches.  On Tuesday, April 12th, Michael Kors graciously received the McGovern-Dole Leadership Award from Vice President Joe Biden for his contribution in theWorld Food Programme USA.


My husband and I were honored to be guests and to be in presence of people who have generous hearts and simply want to feed the hungry.   Continue reading


Recently, I designed an office space for a good friend of mine, a Gastroenterologist doctor in the Maryland region.  I took into consideration three things:  his personality, the type of patients that come in and the functionality of the space.


In consideration to the doctor’s personality, the University he attended:  Georgetown’s colors of blue and gray  were incorporated into the space.  His style leaned towards super modern with chrome metal accents.  The endless-looking chrome and cement brick wall is definitely unique!  To match it, a caged wire sconce and a cement console was added on.

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dubai shahsofstyle

how coincidental that my DVF wrap dress matches the background


Finally, I came around to posting about my trip to Dubai!  In Dubai, not only did I feel unbelievably hot amidst the desert air but I felt absolutely inspired by the design elements there. Dubai is rich–really just loads of Continue reading

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