As I entered Farah’s office, she got out of her desk with a BIG snule on her face, the one shes famous for 😀 She immediately offered me something to drink and asked me to sit down and get settled! Fairuz was playing in the background (ع هدير البوسطة)… I look around and see lots of interesting pieces, many of which are Farah’s own designs! The colors of the office is mostly earthy and warm!
I went back in time, around four years ago, when I first heard of Farah! It was when one of her chalet designs leaked on the Internet! I remember I was like “Whoa! Thats one fabulous chalet”. The name got stuck in my head ever since as a talented young Kuwaiti Interior Designer! I finally got to meet her in person over lunch arranged by my friend Shamlan AlBahar and his wife Alaa. Farah and I connected right there… and thank God for social media tools, we got to stay in touch <3
As I was looking around and checking out her office, I saw many pieces of Farah’s own work, or collectible items, some maquettes, art pieces and more! I also noticed that she have Bubble Forest 😉
Even better? She gave me this trophylike design by her and inspired by my blog design as a gift! I mean how sweet is this!!
Farah was all fresh and ready to take down my questions! So let’s hit her with’em now, shall we?
Who is Farah AlHumaidhi?
I’m a young Kuwaiti who fought my way through the very competitive business of interior design! I’m the kind of person that always work hard and never ever give up in things I believe in! When I believe in something, I prove it! I pay attention to details and I can see things as a whole or in specific! That helped me create my own touch. A stubborn??? Maybe… but I’, also someone who like to make things happen and never take NO for an answer 😉
Tell me a little bit about yourself, background, and how it all started up?
I would have to say its a little bit of everything in the atmosphere I was brought up and raised in! To begin with, I was raised in a family that appreciate arts in all its aspects. Everyone at home loves to draw and have their own artistic side involved! We have the graphical designer, the architect, the photographer… you name it! I also believe that my mom’s magazine (البيت المثالي) played a huge role into drawing me towards the love of fabrics, interiors, and design! It was my basics… the genes I mean. I then pursued my dream and majored in Interior Design in Sharja’s AUS… after the second year I had to choose between being an architect and interior designer. I picked the latter for that, in my opinion, it has the softer touch and was closer to my personality.
Was it easy? Did you face any problems?
Not at all… my family was supportive all the way, and as I explained they all appreciate art! As a matter of fact my dad was telling me the other day that he pushed us all to do it, but he knew it was something that we can do and not just CAN do, but be good at, and we only need our creativeness, which becomes our asset 🙂
Who was your first customer/first project? What did you learn?
It was my friend who wanted me to design her bedroom! At the time, people used to buy bedroom sets, arrange them in a room, put on some curtains, paint the wall or have a design on one… actually, some people still do that! Well, my friend wanted something different. She wanted a bedroom and a living room in one! The space was small to divide her room! What I basically did was creating an area with two levels separating the sleeping area from the living room area! It was a fun project. I took the whole room down for like a month! Her dad was like “what are you guys doing? Building the Louver?” I mean I started from ground zero. I imagined myself in a room and I thought of where I wanted to have my bed, the electricity outlets and switches, the windows… you know! I changed everything in the room, not just the colors and furniture. I even changed the design of the ceiling! I was overjoyed when a new client recently told me that they heard about a bedroom I designed – and that was eight years ago! People are still talking about it 😀
What did I learn? Well… to me, everything I do I learn from! Be positive and learn from your mistakes. It helps a lot
Do you get emotionally attached to your projects?
Yes! Kinda like my babies. I have been in the business for eight years now and I still form emotional attachment to my designs and work! I keep sketches of my work and I find it hard to just throw them away. When I go and check my work out, I feel proud of myself and what I have accomplished
How do you deal with customers that comes to you with totally different taste than yours?
I try my best to reach a common ground… after all, that’s what interior designers do! They become famous for their special touches and style! I mean if you take a look at my work, you will get a feel of my taste and fingerprint in my work! It is best to sit with the client to know their budget, space, taste… I usually sit with them and check out different images and see what they like, what they spot, what they say… then my jobs comes in to create something out of it! This is uniqueness… and it is very much needed in this business. I, however, try not to impose my taste, but have my touch in my work
What project(s) you enjoyed working on? You feel close to?
All of my projects actually, but I like it best when a client tell me “Farah, do what whatever you want… do it your way” I get creative. Let me tell you about recent projects that I have tried and liked:
- Perfect 10 Nail Spa – it was so much fun!
- Red Mango – I was given the guidelines and colors to use… and then I was told to do it my way but with keeping the original feel! it was challenging!
- I also loved working on the Oqyana Embassy in Dubai! Its Australia Island in the World Dubai Project!
All in all, I prefer working with commercial projects like offices, retail, restaurants, and service centers (salons, etc!) rather than houses. I have done over 90 number of projects between design and construction, and about 70 out of these were commercial! So hopefully I will be exclusively designing and constructing commercial projects only
Now what makes you different?
Everyone is different when it comes to their special touch added to their work! I, for starte, have a degree in Interior Design… I care about my projects like they are my babies. I work in a very systematic -yet very artistic- way to meet my clients needs as well as my deadlines! When I work on a project I represent my clients and speak for them in my own words. I’m passionate about what I do. I love it for what it is, not just as a business
Do you have something interesting coming up that you do not mind sharing with my readers?
Well, I am currently working on a very interesting project to design a high-end and exclusive female gym! It will be two-levels, with an outdoor private swimming pool, spa, and a semi salon in-house! The design is modern and very new! In this project, I am working hand-in-hand with my brother of NHEC as a joint venture.
Another project I am working on is a dermatology clinic with my sister of Doors Productions. The design is funky and fun… it will not be just another dermatology clinic 😉
Below are just few pictures of her work 😀 Enjoy!