Experimenting with fabrics, layouts and furniture, Sameera wanted the overall feel of her Jumeirah villa to be fun, rather than traditionally elegant. Combining cultural influences seems to be her forté – she used to live in Hong Kong, but hails from India, and her décor features subtle yet exotic Oriental overtones.
Customised asymmetric Chinese-inspired cabinets vie for attention with chairs re-upholstered with vibrant motifs evocative of India, like rickshaws, traffic policemen at the Gateway of India and mythological hero Hanuman holding a double-decker bus.
Yet Sameera also makes space for art – she loves her set of three black-and-white MF Husain sketches.
Sentimental pieces are also important; Vietnamese panels that she brought back by hand from Hanoi in 2004 have been inlaid into a sideboard. And she keeps her wedding saris in a cupboard made by Indian company Godrej. “It is a complete eyesore,” she admits, “but it has moved with us across Mumbai, Delhi, Thailand, Hong Kong and now Dubai.”