Remember why you started. One day you’ll be staring right at the blessing you always dreamed about. ✨ . . Happy Hump Day friends!
“Little you is so proud of everything you are.” . . Talk about coming full circle! If you know Brooklyn, you know the building pictured behind me. Many many years ago, I’d go to this very building once a month for my orthodontist appointments to have my braces adjusted. I HATED IT!! . . Back then I never imagined all the adventures, challenges, wins (and loses) or the Colgate smile (😁) life would bring. . . What thing in your life do you think a younger you would be most proud of ? . . 📷 @najmdesignsphotos
“We cannot become what we want by remaining who we are” . . When the life gets too busy, sometimes its necessary to just pause and reflect on not only the challenges but also on all of the blessings and fortune we’ve been given. . . This summer I slowed things down a bit and spent time reflecting and focusing on family and the future. . . Grateful for this new season and the new opportunities that come with it. The kids are back in school 💃🏿💃🏿, and I’m ready to work! . . 📷 @najmdesignsphotos
Flash.Back.Friday Throwing it back to this picture perfect backyard oasis project we completed last summer. Who else wouldn’t mind spending the weekend here? . 📷 @iamshooter
Spending the last few days celebrating the Eid holiday with family and friends has been priceless. My birthday falling on this special holiday.. 🙌🏾🙌🏾 • So grateful for another trip around the sun and all of the life lessons that have come with it. Reflecting on all that’s been accomplished this year and focusing on all that’s to come. This is #fortyWon
✨Morning Light ✨ There’s nothing like waking up to a space you love. Happy Friday friends!
Bold. Modern. Family Living . . I love that my clients weren’t afraid of mixing prints, colors or materials to achieve a fresh look for their living space. . . One of my favorite pieces in this modern family living space is this contemporary glass and wood end table. I love the mix of materials! It allows for a blending of styles, provides great storage and makes for a pretty cool conversation piece. . #realestate
The eyes are the mirror of the soul. ✨ Doesn’t the strength and determination in her eyes just draw you in? . . Choosing art for your home is a personal investment. I encourage clients to select pieces that really speak to them and reflect who they are. . . My client fell in love with the bold color and brush strokes of this piece. Her passion is African American art, activism and keeping African culture and traditions at the forefront of her family’s life. We knew this piece would be the perfect focal point the family’s fresh soulful dining room!
It was a pleasure providing a fresh design perspective for my modern family clients with a love for culture, travel, color, mixed prints, and all things soulful. . Excited to share a peek of this vibrant living space that shows off the family’s fun personality, immediately grabs attention and intrigues guests. Welcome! . 📷 @iamshooter
Use your smile to change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile. ✨ . . 📷 @iamshooter
Stepping into the weekend like.... . . The relationship between runway design and what’s trending in home design is undeniable. As an interior designer and fashion enthusiast, I keep abreast of trends in interiors and in the fashion world. . . There is something so liberating and inspiring about recognizing unseen potential in a space and creating an authentic masterpiece. The same can be said about fashion and my early experience with modest styling. I’ve always been drawn to the details, what makes a piece unique. I fully embrace the challenge of coming up with modest looks that aren’t lackluster. . . I love creating trademark looks for myself and the spaces I design that are distinct and fashionable. These @netaporter super wide leg silk pants, @jcrew striped top, @thebougieboheme chain necklace and silk hijab from @hautehijab say “tradition with a twist.” . . What does your space or personal style say about you? . . . 📷 @iamshooter #blackexcellence #whowhatwearing #asseenonme
Hijab represents: Empowerment, Confidence, Beauty, Conviction, Identity and Courage. . . I was honored when @HauteHijab nominated me as a Change Maker and asked me to be part of the release of their highly anticipated Heritage Collection. . . Growing up, I watched my mother wrap her hijab and dress modestly. Like most little girls, I aspired to emulate her and the women I saw in our community. . . The community of women who raised me took great pride in dressing modestly and expressed themselves through their use of color and style. To these women, modesty did not equal being invisible. . . So, today I celebrate their amazing legacy by by teaching my daughters that being stylish and maintaining one’s own identity are not mutually exclusive. . . **Click the link in my bio to read the full interview where I discuss my hijab journey, my work, my love of fashion and why my heritage as an African American Muslim Woman is so important! . . 📸 @iamshooter
Thank you @shayla.martin and @archdigestpro for including myself and 24 of my colleagues in this timely write up on our experiences as Black designers in today’s design industry. It’s an honor to share the platform with such a talented group. . . Please take a moment to click on the link in my bio to read the full article. Get the scoop on our candid discussion about how we meet and overcome a variety of obstacles and stereotypes as design professionals. You’ll hear, first hand, about our careers, our successes and the challenges we face as designers of color. . . Definitely a great read! Swipe left for my 2 cent 😊
Have you picked up the latest issue of @housebeautiful yet? You know the one with the gorgeous dining room on the front cover and me on the inside. Eeek!! . . Things have been beyond crazy here with the children being out of school for the summer. There’s a lot of juggling going on. But I wanted to pop back in to share some exciting news with you. . . This month’s issue of @housebeautiful features me as an “Instagrammer to Follow.” How cool is that?!! . . Thanks so much to @najmdesignsphotos for the awesome photo capture and to @josaltz and the team at @housebeautiful for highlighting my page where fashion meets #interiors with a healthy dose of #momlife. 😉 . . #homedesign
When your light is shining bright, don’t you dare let anyone dim it. ✨ New Month New Week It’s a great day to be great. Happy Monday friends! Let’s get it!
Morning Light ✨ . I never tire of this view. Before the Littles come flying down the stairs with requests for pancakes and eggs, before Sajayah alerts me that she “needs” to go to the mall to get more “stuff”, before Saleh reminds me of his next swim meet or asks for a ride to the basketball court and before Jasirah flies out the door to go to her summer job.. there is this- the quiet time before the day begins. . . That time alone is so crucial to clearing my head and getting focused for the day. I soak up every moment of it until the pitter patter of feet coming down the stairs begins. 👣👣👣 #Momlife
Living for quiet moments at home these days. With the kids out of school for summer break and the house abuzz, having a quiet space to relax and recharge is invaluable. 💆🏾♀️💆🏾♀️ . . Where do you go to steal a moment or two to yourself?
Although I’m known for my use of color and pattern in both interiors and fashion, there are times when I reserve going bold for the furniture and decor and choose a neutral paint color for the walls. . . . “When it comes to paint colors, nothing is more timeless than the perfect shade of cream.” . . Thrilled to be joining other top designers and sharing my go-to cream paint color with @elledecor. Thanks @moniquevaleris for the opportunity and feature! . . Quick Survey: Which do you prefer? A bold colored wall or a soft and timeless neutral? Are you Team “Go Bold or Go Home” or Team “Nice and Neutral”??🎨🎨🎨
✨New press! ✨People are still talking about the Soulful Luxe vignette I created for @hwdesignonadime. It’s an amazing feeling to create a space that resonates with so many. I sat down with @downtownmagnyc to chat about my vignette and my experience as a featured designer for the 2nd year in a row! . . . “Saudah Saleem’s interiors are infused with saturated color, cultural elements, engaging artwork, and beautiful designs melding styles, textures, and finishes. Saleem recently offered her talents to Housing Works’ Design on a Dime, creating a visual masterpiece that brought attendees back, again and again—including this Downtown editor. “ -Nicole Haddad . . . In this in-depth article, I’m dishing about what inspired me to create the space, sharing tips for designers hoping to participate next year, plus giving the scoop on the amazing vendors and products I used (like @mitchell__black, @phillipsco, @tovfurniture and @modshop1 to name a few) to create this bold space and so much more! . . So if you weren’t able to attend, but saw something you like, head over to the article for a list of vendor and product sources. . . . Huge thanks to @nicoclaxton and @downtownmagnyc for the feature. To read the full article, click on the link in my profile above!
Happy Monday from me and my youngest daughter Zaria! Though she may be small, her big personality keeps us all on our toes. . . One of the many and most rewarding jobs I have is the task of being a mom. I’ve birthed 5 humans (3 of which are not so little anymore 😁). Feeling blessed to have been entrusted with guiding these precious souls through this ever changing life. Learning the 5 totally different personalities and watching them grow has been an honor and adventure. Each day, there’s something new in store. Being a mom has definitely helped me master multi-tasking. How about you? Do your kids keep you on your toes too? .