Tom and Becky Urquhart
Tom – presenter, broadcaster, journalist and host of Dubai One’s Studio One and Dubai Eye 103.8’s The Grill – real estate manager Becky and their family have lived on the 150-acre Desert Palm estate for the past nine years.
Yet they insist their high-ceilinged villa, flooded with natural light and surrounded by lush landscaping, is a work in progress. “I think it’s fair to say that the place is evolving with us,” says Tom.
The Urquharts’ home has a shabby chic vibe, but it’s also practical and child-friendly. “Becky’s mantra is that you don’t have to compromise on style once you have children, and equally you don’t have to ban the children from certain parts of the house to maintain that style,” Tom says. They also embrace the idea of re-inventing furniture, rather than just replacing it with newer pieces.
Self-confessed “tables man” Tom loves his picnic table, made by a carpenter in Karama. “It acts as an unofficial guest book,” he says, “because everyone who comes to stay has to carve their name into it.”