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[PODCAST] Setting up your new dream home in 7 steps

It’s perfectly possible to recreate that same cosy feeling you’ve been used to on the other side of the world! ENL Property’s interior design consultant, Louisa shares her secrets to make a success of your interior decoration and make you feel at home.

When moving to a new country, it often takes time to adjust to your new environment. You need to adapt to a new lifestyle, culture and climate, amongst other things. It is important therefore to create a new home with the right atmosphere for you, one that also fits in well in the local way of life.

This is why we provide Heritage Villas Valriche and La Balise Marina homeowners with the services of Louisa, our interior design consultant, free of charge. Using her over 10 years of experience in real estate and interior design, she will assist you in choosing the trims, furniture and decoration accessories that will allow you to fully enjoy the idyllic living conditions on the island!

Here’s how she will help you make the transition enjoyable:

1. Think big!

The number one rule when designing a living area is to let your creativity run free; don’t abnegate the joy and pleasure of creating a design that meets your expectations. Technical and budget constraints will be dealt with at a later stage. You should not stifle your creativity by putting a limit on your ideas.

2. Define your style and needs

Getting your interior design right above all implies putting together the interior that suits you best. It is therefore important to connect with the designer so that she gets to know you better and gains a good grasp of your everyday lifestyle. Louisa attaches particular importance to discussing and exchanging ideas in order to understand you better and provide you with a design that is beautiful, yet practical and functional.

3. Set a budget and schedule

To be able to implement the fit-out phase, you must set a budget and a schedule that are consistent with your needs and preferences.

4. Arrange the space

Using 2D and 3D drawings, Louisa will show you the solutions that she has come up with to optimise and enhance the use of space. Atmospheric images are provided with the drawings to allow you to visualise the outcome.

5. Choose the materials and furniture style

Once the layout has been approved, she will help you choose the type of materials and furniture and will suggest a selection according to your style and budget. Over time, Louisa has created her own network of international brands, such as Roche Bobois and local craftsmen and designers to add a personal touch to custom-made furniture.

To live in Mauritius, you will also have to immerse yourself in the way of life on the island. Louisa will suggest fittings that are suitable for the tropical climate and island living. For example, if you prefer metal furniture, rust may be an issue! Nowadays, many brands offer designer outdoor furniture that is suitable to withstand coastal weather conditions. A large variety of water- and sun-resistant outdoor fabrics is also available to decorate your veranda – an essential thing to consider when living on the coast!

6. Choose the colour scheme, textures, fabrics and artefacts

Creating a harmonious and pleasant living space requires a nice balance of the different materials and colours, using a variety of textures and fabrics: curtains, sofas, carpets, cushions, etc. Louisa will source some of the best pieces from local and international suppliers and craftsmen to add that little extra to your home. For example, she will suggest materials such as rattan, straw or vacoas to bring a local, tropical touch to your lighting, decorative pieces or furniture.

Your home wouldn’t be complete without some beautiful artefacts. You could purchase them from local artists. Mauritius abounds with talented artists and you are sure to find an artwork that is exactly right for you, whether you’re into photography, painting or sculpture. Louisa will guide you through several galleries and artists’ studios.

7. Ensure the follow-up and implementation

The care and attention to detail is what makes the difference and Louisa will closely monitor the work of service providers, timely completion and installation.

You can trust her to help you turn your living space into a real home!

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“Our partnership with La Balise Marina and Heritage Villas Valriche is self-evident” – Maxime Gonin, Director of Roche Bobois, Mauritius

Roche Bobois and luxury residential developments like La Balise Marina and Heritage Villas Valriche are driven by the same quest for excellence in the quality of their product and service offerings, which are tailored to the lifestyle of their discerning clientele. The prestigious French luxury furniture brand offers personal service and exclusive rates to these customers. The Director of Roche Bobois for Mauritius, Maxime Gonin tells us about the brand implementation and partnerships in Mauritius.

Roche Bobois has a network of more than 250 stores providing premium products and services worldwide. What has led the brand to set up shop in a country like Mauritius?

Roche Bobois has a proud legacy of expertise and quality while embracing innovation and adapting to the demands and specificities of each market where we are present. We could not remain oblivious to the sizeable growth in the Mauritian luxury property market in recent years with the development of a significant number of high-end resorts. Several South-African and European buyers have settled on the island and are looking for products and services that match with those offered by Roche Bobois.

The Mauritian, Bernard Fanchette and his wife, Sandrine are the owners of our showroom in Mauritius. They combine their local knowledge with our expertise in catering to the lifestyle of countries where we operate through constantly offering a choice of furniture and services that reflect our brand’s international quality standards. Upon the advice of Bernard and Sandrine, we launched Roche Bobois to provide highly sought-after upmarket furniture and decoration that were lacking in Mauritius.

How do you explain the brand’s success in Mauritius?

This success has been achieved through in-depth work and the impeccable quality of our exclusive collections and designs, which meets the expectations of a diverse clientele.

Our rich selection of designer furniture and the know-how of our interior designers allow us to provide an array of products and services to suit the needs and preferences of our most discerning Mauritian and foreign clients.

Does this offer fit into the lifestyle in Mauritius?

Roche Bobois works with leading global designers and architects to develop, create and introduce new collections twice each year. We constantly reinvent ourselves, we create new designs and new levels of comfort; we use innovative materials of the highest quality, such a Corian and FENIX. In addition to choosing from our large range of exclusive collections, we offer our customers the opportunity to customise their furniture – sofas, dining tables or bedroom furniture – with their choice of finish and upholstering, and in their desired sizes. Our expertise includes the ability to equip the daily living, occasional leisure or work spaces of our clientele with furniture and accessories that echo the lush tropical setting of the island – whether on the waterfront or amidst golf course with mountain and sea views.

Who are your main clients?

Roche Bobois offer products and services that suit customers looking for finely-executed workmanship as well as appealing and exclusive design. Our brand has a unique design aesthetic. Iconic models such as the AVA bridge, the LEGEND bookcase and the modular MAH JONG sofa have become standards in the industry. Our collection also includes a broader range of outdoor furniture and a larger variety of exclusive finishes, colours and upholstery.

This offering meets the expectations of the greater luxury segment and defining a « main customer category » in Mauritius may therefore prove to be difficult at this stage. It is not surprising however that foreigners, and particularly Europeans, make up a significant proportion of the clientele that turn to Roche Bobois to fit out their villas, offices or apartments. Private investors also call on us to fully furnish and decorate luxury homes.

Additionally, we have a special partnership with upmarket projects like La Balise Marina and Heritage Villas Valriche that equally benefit homeowners, property developers and our brand.

Can you tell us more about your partnerships with La Balise Marina and Heritage Villas Valriche?

Our partnership with property developments like La Balise Marina and Heritage Villas Valriche is self-evident as we have complementary offers. Roche Bobois offers a blend of inspiration and know-how that benefits our clients through integrating art into their daily lives. For example, it was interesting for us to team up with La Balise Marina, which has brilliantly crafted a unique art of living in Mauritius. Through this partnership, the development’s homeowners enjoy special rates and tailored service throughout the entire process, from in-house interior design to delivery and installation.

This shows the shared perspective and values that bind our respective entities together. This hinges on our product and service excellence and strong working relationship, which benefit all those who place their trust in us.