The Bouguessa Voice: Alamira Noor Bani Hashim

Many of us are spending a lot of time at home these days. So, turning your home into a warm and cozy sanctuary is a good way to help make this time more bearable. We asked Alamira Noor Bani Hashim to share some tips on how to make some simple changes while sheltering in place. 

Noor’s distinct decorating esthetic has always inspired us. She is an interior aficionado and co-founder of the secret dining club “Dinner club by No.57” and of the beautiful No.FiftySeven Boutique Café in Abu Dhabi.

Noor shows us different ways to decorate a console table. Whether it's in an entryway, hallway, or living room, giving life to a console table is the perfect way to introduce or highlight your home decorating style. So roll up your sleeves and let's get to it!

Step 1:

Choose the table you will work with, preferably a simple console, u-shaped or with a neutral esthetic that will serve as the perfect blank canvas. 

Step 2:

Begin by creating your story for the space. I love the beautiful dramatic but simple shapes of the different objects here. I chose to start with a monochrome story. Create interest by positioning the items at different depths. Use this as your starting point. Alternatively, this could be the final composition. Keep in mind that negative space is meaningful. 

Step 3:

Repeating similar items in several scales is an easy way to create a beautiful scene. I added a large vase that was the top part of a fountain. It was quite difficult to find something in the exact shape I had wanted but I stumbled across this piece as I was shopping for plants.

Step 4:

I wanted to propose an alternative composition that also explores monochrome story for a smaller space. It’s important to be sensitive to the scales of the objects to the scale of the room.

Fresh fruits or plants are always a gorgeous addition to make a space come to life and to bring in a touch of nature.

Step 5:

Here is a different vignette that explores layering. Play with unexpected scale like the tiny elephant figurine. Don't forget about verticality too; create interest with varying heights and a similar color palette.


Your interior tells the story about you so use a console or other table tops as an opportunity to express the narrative of your home and don't be afraid to explore new pairings.