The talented interior designer and the brains behind Vintage Galleria, gives us a tour of her boutique studio in the bustling city of Karachi
Walking through a stunning wrought iron and glass gate, we enter a modern looking studio which goes by the name of Vintage Galleria. Our charming host for the day, Anum Kasim, greets us with a warm welcome. Wearing a silk tunic and with her hair blow dried to perfection, she welcomes us into the spacious showroom.
With just one quick look around, we’re already in love with the bright space and large windows which let in ample daylight. Before we are given a tour of the showroom, we are taken straight into her cosy office space where we sit on a quirky chair, upholstered with luxe fabric. We sip on fresh juice as Kasim gives us a brief history of how she established her business, quite recently in 2015. “Vintage Galleria was established because of my love for interiors. It initially started off as a passion,” she tells us, adding that her interest grew further after completing a course from KLC School of Design in London.
After introductions are complete, we walk through the studio where our attention is immediately drawn to a large antique mirror which exudes a vintage vibe. It leans against a freshly painted white wall and enables the appearance of a larger space. French panels run along all the walls which give the modern studio a vintage feel.
Kasim has been inspired by classic interiors, which is evident in her unique designs and her aesthetic sense. “I am mainly inspired by the classic and neo-classic interior designing and that’s how I try to design my stuff,” she adds.
A series of home accents are displayed on glass and wood tables and consoles which are perfect to add that finishing touch to your home. The collection ranges from quirky ceramic pieces to beautifully carved ones but the one that particularly caught our attention was the gold fudog perched atop a pile of books. Just like Kasim, we love collecting unique pieces, both locally and during our travels; that really add that unique feel to our personal space.
Walking around, another corner draws us in, which is home to a distinct seater upholstered with a luxe cheetah printed fabric. Carved to perfection and teamed with royal blue leather, this is a quintessential piece for any corner in your home. Kasim adds that extra luxe touch with an antique tray and candles.
While each piece at the studio is unique, it works well together. Kasim has truly created a space that is welcoming, homely and visually appealing and we love that each piece can be incorporated in the home on its own as well as with other pieces.
On our way out we say our goodbyes standing by a solid rosewood table which is home to some beautiful ceramic pots and candle holders. “I work mainly on solid rosewood,” she says. The attention to detail has left a lasting impression and we’ll definitely be back to pick some unique pieces for our home.