The ever-so-charming Hira W Zeeshan welcomes us into her home and gives us a tour of her lavish drawing room and her favourite spaces. She delves into her love for interiors and gives us tips on how to make a house a home
Hira W Zeeshan’s home is among the most stunning houses we’ve seen in Karachi. Tucked away in a quiet street in Defence, her home is a beautiful sanctuary, which exudes luxury from the moment you enter. As we enter, we walk through a lush green garden where flowers are blooming and the grass freshly watered. Our charming host for the day awaits us at the elaborate entrance, and so begins our tour.
With a house so beautiful, we question how difficult it must be to choose just one favourite corner, but Wassan answers, “I keep this room for my formal living. It was completed very recently and there should always be somewhere formal to entertain your guests.” And so, we are taken straight through a grand wooden and glass door, into her formal drawing room where we immediately feel as though we’ve stepped into a Parisian museum.
With everything set to perfection and no cushion out of place, our attention is first drawn to the grey, gold and plum colour combination which gives the room a regal feel. “When we were deciding on a theme for the room, I had these colours in mind,” she says, adding that: “SanaSafinaz then worked around my colours and incorporated them into the design process.”
A large chandelier hangs in the middle of the room, with its light reflecting in the mirrored table directly below it and in the majestic mirror which hangs perfectly on the grey textured wall. Large floor-to-ceiling sliding windows allow us to view the picturesque garden from one side of the room, and the serene pool area from the other. Custom-made lamps sit on either side of one of the sofas, and the console under the mirror is home to some unique accents. What really brings the room together however, is the French panelling in antique gold running across all the walls. From the luxurious fabrics, to the play of textures, the sumptuous aesthetic is nothing short of fabulous and we now understand why Wassan loves to spend her time at home.
We are then taken through a corridor and into the dining room. On our way, we spot the most fabulous mirrored cabinet, tall planters and beautiful mirrored console tables. Through the sliding doors, and into the dining room, we feel like we’re in Downton Abbey! “I love Downton Abbey and inspiration was definitely drawn from it for my dining room,” Wassan explains. A black glossy table sits in the centre of the dining area, surrounded by suede, gold-studded chairs, while a faux fur chest of drawers sits against the wall which is laden with fabric as opposed to wallpaper (we touched to check and it’s definitely fabric!).
“I wanted my dining area to match with the drawing room, hence the same colour scheme has been incorporated here,” she tells us. The space is the perfect blend of Victorian and modern eras, and all the personal touches that Wassan has added to her home make it a charming space. As our day with Wassan comes to an end, we’re thrilled to have spent some time in the luxury of Wassan’s home, and leave hoping she’ll invite us back for another cup of tea!