2 Children • London, Great Britain
Muna lives with her husband Rabih and their two daughters Shahad and Hind in London. In this portrait, she does not only give us a glimpse into their lovely decorated apartment but also takes us with her to her favorite spots in London and to the beautiful landscape of her motherland UAE. I was drawn to Muna’s creative and feminine style and the genuine love and sensitivity portrayed in her pictures and thoughts. She is a passionate mother who stands up for women's rights and says her job is to support her daughters and raise them to be fearless women of the future.
I love our flat! It’s our home. We get so much sunlight and it’s really cosy. However renting restricts what I can do in terms of decorating. Not everything in my flat reflects my style.
My friend owns a beautiful plant and homeware store on the same street called Botany. Whenever I'm stuck for a gift, I go there. They stock a beautiful selection of cards and unique handmade gifts. They also run a variety of creative workshops. The last one I did was the herbal tea making. It was both educational and fun!
We also like Petersham nursery in West London, one of London's hidden gems in my opinion. It is actually a garden center with a beautiful café in a greenhouse!
For Middle-Eastern food, I love to go to Morito, on Hackney Road. For brunch or coffee with my friends I like to go to my local café - No.197 Chiswick Fire Station. It has a relaxed atmosphere, great food and contemporary interior. The best thing about this place is the pretty garden at the back. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. My eldest daughter's favourite!
Below is Leila's Kitchen in East London. Delicious breakfast and a cosy atmosphere! Just five minutes walk to Columbia flower market.
You recently traveled to Barcelona? Tell us a little bit about your trip!
Muna: Barcelona was beautiful! We all fell in love with the city! The architecture, the good weather and all that Tapas. It was all great!! But the best thing about Barcelona was its people. They were warm and welcoming. We rented a little apartment in Gràcia through airbnb. It had so much character and Spanish charm. Visiting Bobo Choses was very inspiring. It was the highlight of the trip for us all.
Has motherhood changed you? If so, how?
Muna: In every way. I never imagined I can give endlessly and unconditionally the way I do. I am more patient and my children always come first. It also made me extremely grateful for everything my mother has done for me and still does.
You have studied business administration and psychology. Now you did some work for children fashion brands. How did this develop and what are your plans for the future?
Muna: I worked as a manager in one of London's department stores for years but started getting into children fashion when I had the girls. I've done some small projects for some brands and shops in the last year but my dream job will be children fashion editor or stylist.
What are some of your favorite children fashion brands?
Describe the evolution of your style. How has it changed over the years?
Muna: My style became simpler as I grew older. I love colour but I’m not always brave enough to wear it on a grey London day.
What are you passionate about?
Muna: My family, my community, human and women's rights. Art and design are also some of my passions.
What is your current state of mind?
Muna: I am grateful for what I have.
What do you look forward to most every day?
Muna: The cuddles I get from the girls after a long day at school!
Please share with us what you think are the most important lessons to teach your daughters?
Muna: To be themselves and to be proud of who they are.