the Roman-rooted courtyard was formed as a social place in the Middle eastern
architecture‚ connecting the inhabitants of the house‚ yet keeping them at a
distance when desired. the courtyard also unfolds as a tranquil oasis—the ultimate
place for reflection‚ away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. this
concept‚ believed to be vital by Boukhari‚ compelled the design.
Flawless‚ breezy and romantic as the mansion may appear‚ its construction
nonetheless presented a challenge for the fearless Boukhari. “it used to be a hilly
coconut grove‚” she remembers. “the most difficult part of the work was to level
out the ground‚ getting rid of tons of earth by hand to preserve the quietness of the
neighborhood.” eliminating the separation between interior and exterior space was
another challenge. the solution was found by extending the vast living‚ dining and
kitchen areas by the well-matched continuation of the pool area. the glass doors
between the living room and the pool enhanced nature’s proximity‚ letting the
breeze flow through.
As part of her vivacious vision‚ Boukhari traveled extensively throughout Java‚
bringing back ethnic treasures and artifacts now showcased at the mansion.
Chandeliers from egypt—classic and timeless pieces—add a graceful note to the
villa. Wafting linens‚ large‚ soft draping of the fabrics covering beds and windows‚
soft cushions and furnishings throughout the mansion expose the designer’s affection
towards Middle eastern décor. Accompanied by a sophisticated color palette of
silky fulvous‚ light indigo and muted green‚ the interior space reflects the designer’s
refined taste. her choice of exquisite antique pieces and period furnishings—sourced