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Weylandts

Well, hello my lovelies! It’s been a while. I am having a fabulous holiday in South Africa so far. If you’ve been following my Instagram feed, you’ll know that we arrived to some pretty chilly weather conditions in the KwaZulu Natal midlands, but I’ve since migrated to the coast and am enjoying Durban’s fabulous, warmer winter conditions. My mom took the smalls off my hands for a few days (thanks Mom!) so I have been somewhat of a free agent… It’s been… Read more »

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Homeward bound

School has wrapped for the year and this household is officially on holiday. Picture me doing the happy dance! The Dubai summer, with its scorching temperatures and long days of kids being cooped up indoors, is not for the faint hearted. Last year, we braved the entire school break here and I pretty much swore I wouldn’t do that again if I could help it, so the kids and I are off to the homeland in a few days. We are so looking forward to… Read more »

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Style file: Eames Chairs

If you don’t know them by name, you will surely recognise them on sight. And like me, you probably want some of this action in your home or office. Arguably among the most iconic furniture designs of our time, Eames chairs (along with many other inventions) were the products of a dynamic design duo - husband and wife, Charles and Ray Eames. Renowned for their notable contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, Charles and Ray started their furniture design collaboration work by molding plywood in the early 1940′s. By 1946,… Read more »

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Colour crush: Grey, white & gold

I’m always amazed at how quickly my taste in interior decor and design changes. If you had told me a year or two ago, maybe even six months ago, that I would be lusting after any sort of gold accents in my home, I would have scoffed… belligerently. But alas, here and now I find myself feeling strangely drawn to a color palette of muted tones with a touch of gold. More specifically, its grey, white and gold that’s got my… Read more »

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DIY Teacher gifts

It’s that time of year when I find myself racking my brain and trawling Pinterest for cute teacher gift ideas. This year, our class representative mum has been super organized about arranging a group gift from the class. I’m totally on board with this win-win situation as the teacher gets a fabulous gift and we mums get to cross another item off the to-do list which seems to grow exponentially as the term and the school year draw to a close. That said, I… Read more »

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Home tour: Negin-Fattahi-Dasmal’s idyllic Dubai oasis

Hey everyone, I hope the week is being good to you. If not, and if you’re an avid interiors stalker, like myself, then I have a little something that is bound to improve your day, if not your whole week!

I am beyond excited to give you a little tour of an exquisite Dubai home. What makes this home an extra special feature for me is that it belongs to a dear friend of mine who also happens to be one of nicest and most inspirational people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. And did I mention that she’s my ex-boss!

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Favourite things roundup: One for the boys

Wowzers, it cat believe its Friday – and basically the end of May too! Is anyone else completely stunned that we are almost half way through this year? Remember those days as a kid, when a year felt like a lifetime. Sigh….those really were the days.

So, on the subject of kids, my roundup for this month features some of my favorite pieces for little boys’ rooms.

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Gray Malin

Hi folks, it’s been a busy two weeks around here and I haven’t managed much time on the blog, but I’m making time today to share another awesome find with you. It’s really hotting up in Dubai and with the summer holidays almost upon us, I bet many are already dreaming of picturesque escapes and good vacay vibes.  Here’s a little something that’s sure to get you in the mood… A few weeks ago, I spotted one of Gray Malin’s amazing images on… Read more »

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Tips for decorating your rented home

Reconciling your Pinterest-perfect dream home with the reality of rented accommodation can be a bitter pill to swallow. Trust me, I know. I’m an old hand at this, and as an expat living in Dubai, I know that I am definitely not alone. Landlords strive to create a neutral space with mass appeal, which usually results in a uniform palette throughout the house and zero personality. The good news, however, is that there are many easy and affordable to ways… Read more »

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DIY reward jar

I don’t know about your household but there is a fair amount of bribery that goes down in ours. In fact, I like to think of it less as bribery and more as an apropriate reward system. The kind that keeps things running smoothly around here (sound convincing?) And whilst I am quite strict when it comes to my kids’ consumption of sweets, I am a firm believer in incentivising good behavior. The bottom line is, I’m not above the occasional use bribery in those ‘pick… Read more »

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Love Warriors of Sweden

I’m ridiculously excited to share today’s treasure with you, but before I continue, can I just say, ‘what it is with the Scandinavians and their design talent?’ Is it just me, or is anyone else wondering whether its possible for a natural gift of this kind to form part of an entire region’s genetic code? Just a thought…. as I remain in awe. On that note, there really is no containing my heart-fluttering enthusiasm for Love Warriors of Sweden. A dynamic collaboration of four friends, Yvonne… Read more »

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Favourite things roundup: April

There’s been plenty of black and white on the blog this month, it’s no wonder my recent online browsing has been particularly focused in that direction. So it seems only appropriate to round up some of my favorite black and white finds as we bid farewell to another month.

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A stylish London home

London-based, Dee Purdy and her family have recently moved out of the home she always referred to as their ‘shoebox’. After gutting and refurbishing it from front to back, I think she and her hubby did an amazing job of making it appear palatial. Take a look at Dee’s impeccable taste, artistic flair and brilliant photography.

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Decorating with black & white

One of the greatest secrets of decorating is that a room doesn’t have to be elaborate to look amazing. It can be as simple as black and white. The high contrast combination adds effortless elegance to any space.

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Alex Latimer

You’ve probably realized by now that I love discovering new design talent (who doesn’t?), so I’m pleased to say its been a good week in that regard. Today I’m showcasing my latest find: Alex Latimer – an illustrator, writer and picture book maker living in Cape Town.

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Gallery wall

One of the items on my long to-do list is to sort out my living room. The wall that our TV sits against has a whole bunch of empty space that needs to be filled and I’m considering a gallery wall. I’ve seen so many inspiring images online but they all have a mismatched, almost haphazard style which is one of those things that I love to admire in other people’s homes but I’m not entirely sure my A-type personality will survive it on a daily basis.

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DIY Planter for my fiddle leaf fig tree

You may recall my recent post about fiddle leaf fig trees and how desperately I wanted one. Well I am pleased to report that not only have I tracked down the elusive fiddle leaf fig tree (aka ficus lyrata) in Dubai but I also completed a little DIY project to house it. Finding this baby proved to be somewhat of a mission but, not one to give up easily, I delved into the depths of beyond and came back victorious. Ok, so I just drove out to the Al Aweer / Warsan area, but trust me, it was very mission-like.

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Favourite things roundup: March

Just like that, we’re at the end of another month and it’s time for the second installment of our Favourite Things series. This month’s round up is a selection of fabulous finds that are all available in Dubai.

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The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Wow, it’s Thursday again. It’s been a quiet week on the blog thanks to a few of other projects that have me spinning like a hamster on a wheel in the background here. I hope yours has been a good one so far.

Today’s topic is nursery decor – something that is, very sadly, almost all gone in our home. My daughter will need to upgrade to a ‘big girl’ bed soon and with that, all traces of her baby room will no doubt be gone. Sob. But for anyone who’s yet to embark on this fun adventure, it seems criminal not to introduce you to Sharon Montrose’s Animal Print Shop. I only wish I had known of this woman’s truly incredible work five years ago.

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Design by numbers

I’m relieved to be nearing the end of what has been a very busy week. Thursdays seem to come around so quickly, and this week I am most grateful for it. My last few posts have been decor focused so I thought it was about time to throw a little design into the ring again. This was initiated by a dear friend of mine in South Africa, who recently asked me to make something for her new home. Actually, it’s… Read more »

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I want a fiddle leaf fig tree

I’m on a bit of a mission to finish up some of the smaller projects around the house this month – you know, the ones that you put off for ages because they’re no biggie and you can get to them anytime…. but then you never do. One of these missions is to acquire some indoor plants for a space or two that need filling. The fact that we don’t have many plants is not without good reason; I am… Read more »

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Skinny laMinx

Well hello there, Thursday! I can’t believe that the weekend is already upon us. Yes, Thursday marks the start of the weekend here in the UAE, and it looks as though we’re in for a dusty, blustery, sand-stormy one at that. But moving swiftly onwards from the weather, I have brighter, more exiting things to share. Heather Moore is the self-taught design and illustrator talent behind the Cape Town-based label Skinny laMinx. I first discovered her Etsy store in 2012… Read more »

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Home Tour: Shea McGee’s beautiful abode

I am so excited to share today’s post with you. When I first saw Shae McGee’s beautiful home, I immediately wanted to showcase it here. Something this lovely simply cannot be kept to oneself. I came across Shea’s Instagram account a few weeks ago and have been intrigued by the beautiful images she posts. She’s an interior designer, mom of a beautiful baby girl and blogger based in California, and her work is amazing. I got in touch with her… Read more »

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Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Today I bring you a flash of inspiration with some bright and beautiful fabrics from Caitlin Wilson Textiles. If your Pinterest boards have not yet been graced with these beautiful designs, I am sure you’ll be eager to remedy that sharp-ish. A talented decorator, fabric designer and mum of two smalls, US-based Caitlin Wilson has a flair for creating fresh looking fabrics using bright colours and bold patterns. Having lived London, Hong Kong and right here Dubai, she has no doubt… Read more »

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DIY: Mini kitchen make-over

Phew, this has been a marathon of a DIY project! It started all the way back in January and after a few stop-start attempts, its finally complete. Let me just say that there is not much love lost between me and my new nemesis, enamel paint. Grrrrr. Bad feelings aside, I am super chuffed that its all behind me now and equally happy with the result thus far. This area remains a bit of a work-in-progress. I was a little… Read more »

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Favourite Things roundup: February

Who can even believe that we have seen the end of February already!?

I had wanted to introduce a monthly ’round-up’ feature at the end of January, but with my sudden, unplanned trip to South Africa, it just never happened. Nonetheless, better late than never I say, so here it is: a round-up of some pretty little things I found online in February, all of which were spotted on Etsy.

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Style file: Exposed light bulbs

Exposed light bulbs. Who knew I could have such a thing for these babies? They definitely don’t sit within my usual sense of order… anyone who knows me would agree that I should be inclined to put a shade on it, but strange as it is, I am seeing them all over and I am loving them. Like, really loving them. A lot. It all started a few weeks ago whilst researching another post, I stumbled quite coincidentally, as you… Read more »

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DIY: Painted African baskets

Since living away from home, I seem to have some sort of subliminal urge to incorporate bits of Africa into my decor. I guess its partly a comfort thing but it also has a lot to do with my love of textures and an appreciation for the unique and irregular nature of handmade items. Woven baskets are an absolute favorite of mine, not only for practical storage purposes but also as wall art. When displayed as ‘art’, these baskets offer… Read more »

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A touch of teal: Dulux color of the year 2014

Dulux predicted teal as the color of choice for 2014. A stark contrast to Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I have to admit that I find myself firmly rooted in the Dulux camp on this one. Teal is by far a more refreshing color. According to Dulux, it “combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquility of blue to symbolize balance”, and I concur. Teal, or ‘Sea Urchin 1′, the precise shade specified by Dulux, combines beautifully with shades… Read more »

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Style file: Antlers

Considering my dislike of traditional taxidermy, I have a rather contradictory crush on antlers. The use of antlers (real and faux) as decor accessories is nothing new, they have been increasing in popularity for some time now, moving beyond the stereotype hunting lodges and into stylish homes of all genres. Admittedly, it took some for me to fully embrace the trend, but now that I am on board, I can’t help but love the versatile use of antlers in an… Read more »

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Afro-chic outdoor area

I thought I would share with you some images of my brother and his wife’s charming and rustic pool/entertainment area where I recently spent some time. I call it rustic, because it really is, in every sense of the word – they live in the middle of the bush on a private game reserve. I absolutely love this space with its practical design and exquisite view of the open plains. And the odd wild animal dotted around the garden certainly… Read more »

Off the radar

It’s been a while since I posted something here so apologies for my absence. In the early hours of 25 January I received the devastating news that my father had passed away. We left immediately for South Africa and the almost three weeks that followed have been somewhat of a blur. It’s the news you dread your whole life and all of a sudden it became my reality. The trip home was deeply emotional and mentally exhausting, but it was also… Read more »

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DIY Printable stickers for baby’s monthly photos

There are few things in this world that will have me sitting at my screen saying ‘aaaaah’ out loud, but images of babies, particularly newborns, will do it every time. I can stare at them for hours on end. I mean, what’s not to love about those pint-sized little beings? I have a serious appreciation for those precious moments being beautifully captured because, as a mom-of-two, I know that they pass all too quickly and before you know it, your… Read more »

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DIY this Valentine’s Day

I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is only a month away. We only just got through Christmas and New Year and it’s already time to start thinking about the next holiday. In our household, Valentine’s Day was forever postponed by a week when we welcomed our baby boy into the world on 14 February 2009. In an attempt to keep his special day ‘all about him’, my hubby and I agreed that from then onwards, we would keep any possible… Read more »

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Style file: The paint-dipped effect

As far as trends go, I am well aware that this one may not be cutting-edge, in fact, it may even be bordering on ‘last season’, but nonetheless, some things are always in style and I for one, am still a big fan of anything with a paint dipped aesthetic. Safe to say that what was once a ‘yeah, I kind of like that’ opinion has now developed into a full-blown crush. Source A | B | C I suspect… Read more »

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Announcing Chase | Baby boy stationery & wall art

As if Christmas week wasn’t exciting enough, our extended family was recently blessed with an adorable new arrival. My cousin, Ryan, and his beautiful wife, Stacey, welcomed their firstborn – a bouncing baby boy – into the world just a few days before Christmas. They named him Chase Clarke Patterson. Love it! Welcome to the world, little guy. Could you be any cuter? Ryan and Stacey visited Dubai a few months ago and I got to spend some time with… Read more »

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On my wish list: dining room

In follow up to the post about my dining room aspirations, and with all the talk around here about Christmas wish lists, I’ve come up with a little list of my own. Come to think of it, its probably more of a mood board, just a few accents and accessories that would bring some much needed fabulousness to this dining room I’m dreaming about…. sigh…. 1. Star Spurs napkin, Anthropologie | 2. Juju hat, The Cross Design | 3. Antler pendant, Design… Read more »

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Style file: Duck egg blue

I am terribly bored of our dining room. It is in desperate need of some attention and sprucing up – has been for some time now. Everything in there is simply functional and not particularly pretty or inspiring. I think it may even be bordering on drab. I think what’s really bothering me is that it is all dark wood in there while the rest of the house has been lightened and brightened bit by bit over the past year. Safe… Read more »

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New sofa covers

I’ve been a very bad blogger. It’s been almost three weeks since my last post. Eeeek! What is it about this time of year that leaves you with no time at all? I’m armed with a bunch of excuses from which I’ll spare you on this occasion. So without further ado, herewith the second part of my preparations for Christmas guests: arranging new covers for my sofas. You may recall the rush to get my outside cushions recovered in the… Read more »

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DIY Outdoor furniture makeover

OMG, the parentals are coming! My mom and dad are arriving imminently for their annual visit and there’s been a sudden rush to get a bunch of things done around the house so that there appears to be some sense of progress and order since their last visit. Their last visit was somewhat shambolic as we moved house during their stay. It was far from relaxing for them or anyone else. I was so grateful to have them around though… Read more »

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A little lady is turning seven

I have only just started out on this blogging adventure and already it’s been almost a month since my last post. I am sure I should be getting to this more frequently. Oh dear. Safe to say I’ve been a busy little bee since Halloween and I’ll tell you why in a few separate posts to follow (shortly, I promise), but for now, I wanted to share something pretty. The daughter of a dear friend of mine is going to… Read more »

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Halloween printables to DIY for

I can hardly believe its that time of year again. Our neighbourhood is abuzz with Halloween excitement and spooky decor – its such a fun time for the kids…… and ahem, some adults too. That said, we live in a community that is really culturally diverse and alas, Halloween and all it’s tricks is not for everyone. I’ve always thought that a little note or sign at the door is really helpful for parents and kids to know, without hazarding… Read more »

Free printable Christmas gift tags

Printable Christmas gift tags

I’ve been working on some goodies for Christmas and thought that I would share these printable Christmas gift tags with you all. I hope you like them. You will need: Cardstock of at least 180 gsm Single hole punch Ribbon, cord or embroidery cotton I tried both cotton and cord for my examples above, and whilst I think the cord has a nicer feel (less floppy), I love how the red cotton picks up the touches of red in the… Read more »

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DIY Office desk

I’ve been using this ‘solution’ for my home office for years now. It’s always worked really well for me as it offers loads of storage space. Folks are surprised when I tell them that my desk is actually just a few components of an Ikea kitchen. My desk is made up of 1x FAKTUM cabinet with shelves, 1 x FAKTUM cabinet with drawers, and a LAGAN solid wood (beech) worktop. However, Ikea have recently revised their entire kitchen range and as a result, the names and… Read more »

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Announcing Ava

Living away from your home country and family can be really difficult at times. It didn’t seem that bad when we first arrived here possibly because (A) living in a new and exciting city was still somewhat of a novelty, and (B), I hadn’t yet had kids. So its not at all surprising that I’ve found it increasingly challenging since the arrival of my children, who sadly, don’t get to spend much time with their extended family, especially grandparents. With… Read more »

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Style file: Bamileke beauty

I recently indulged in a little African decor love. It goes by the name of Bamileke. I first saw a Bamileke stool in a family friend’s home in South Africa what feels like a lifetime ago and have loved them ever since. They are widely used in South African decor and are particularly popular in luxury bush lodges. My first sightings of these little gems were generally always in dark wood finish, much like their natural state, but nowadays they’re… Read more »

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Are you ready for Christmas?

There’s nothing quite like receiving a card in the mail. And by mail, I mean good old-fashioned ‘snail mail’, the hand sorted and delivered kind, not an e-card in your Inbox. In this age of technology and electronic lifestyle, I agree that its difficult not to take the easy route, but if there is just one time of the year that’s worth going the extra mile for a personal touch, it would have to be Christmas… that is if you’re… Read more »

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She makes our world a whole lot nicer…

My daughter came into this world on the morning of 3 July 2010, and she really has been making our world a whole lot nicer since that day. I saw a quote to this effect on a scatter cushion and thought that it would make a really cute print for wall art in a nursery or kids bedroom. There were so many options for the ‘main’ word in the quote. I considered ‘making this world a whole lot CUTER… or… Read more »

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DIY Kids inspirational poster

I have seen so many of these inspirational posters around and I think they are a great option for wall art in kids rooms and family areas. I decided to make one for my son’s room, which was needing a little something on a blank bit of wall.  Putting the design together was relatively simple but deciding how to display it was a whole separate mission. It’s not often that I grapple with indecision in the realms of decorating but… Read more »