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Jotun spring/summer 2015 collection

If you haven’t already seen the six beautiful tones in Jotun’s SS2015 collection, then consider this your treat for the day. For anyone planning a little home improvement or DIY work over the summer, there is no doubt something here that you are going to fall in love with here…

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Boramiri

It seems I am experiencing a sudden wave of broodiness (WTF?) and I place the blame firmly on Instagram, because that’s where I stumbled across Boramiri. This adorable boutique has me wanting to decorate a nursery right now! Bora Lee is a Parisienne illustrator and graphic designer with Korean origins. Inspired by both worlds, she uses French fabrics and…

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Nicky McLean’s photography studio refresh

Nicky McLean is a talented and sought after Dubai-based photographer who specialises in maternity and newborn photography. She has an amazing talent for capturing those fleeting moments when your tiny new bundle looks as though it could still be in the womb. Sadly, I only came to know of Nicky’s work long after my babies…

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Succulents // the perfect house plants

Succulents are definitely amongst my favourite house plants. Not only are they very much on decorating point at the moment, but they’re also reasonably easy to keep alive – which is excellent news for an (unintentional) plant slayer like me. I popped into Dubai Garden centre last week looking for something completely different, but their gorgeous display of…

Father's Day gift guide

Father’s Day gift guide

I don’t usually do many lifestyle features here but since I have been having a look around the interweb for Father’s Day gifts, I thought I’d do you a solid and share some of the goodies I’ve discovered thus far… 1. Love, love, love this gingham shirt with elbow patches. I have a bit of a thing…

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Jamie Kay

I am sure you’ll agree that some things don’t need much in the way of an introduction or explanation – beauty can speak for itself. Like these blankets and throws in cottons and lambswool by NZ-based online retailer, Jamie Kay. The store bears the name of it’s owner, homeware designer and mum-preneur , Jamie. Aren’t they lovely? Whilst I am…

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For the love of baskets

image source My husband loves to tell anyone who’ll listen that I’m a basket case. And frankly, he’s probably right. I’m a bit of a hot mess on any given day lately. What with running around the kids, trying to grow my little decorating empire 😉 , keeping the family fed and watered and generally chasing my…

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Botanical prints

I’ve been having such fun with a project I’m currently working on in a beautiful Arabian Ranches home. Whilst there was nothing particularly wrong with the state of things, the owner was eager to give the downstairs living and dining room a little refresh – just to change things up a bit and keep things, well, fresh. And that’s precisely what…

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NIPPRIG // A Limited Edition collection from Ikea

Ikea is about to launch a new limited edition collection and this is your sneak peek. The NIPPRIG range is a collaboration with local crafters and producers in Vietnam and Cambodia, featuring products manufactured from renewable materials (think bamboo, seagrass, water hyacinth, rattan, etc.), using traditional weaving techniques. Are you feeling the feel-good factor here? This au naturel collection offers a wide range of ready-assembled…

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Art by Camilla Hind

I was introduced to the lovely Camilla Hind towards the end of last year when she and I worked on a fun Christmas styling collaboration with two other bloggers. You know how you sometimes meet a person and you know instantly that you’re going to like them? Well, Camilla is one of those people – aside…

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Favourite things for a teen girl room

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working on an e-design bedroom makeover for a sweet young lady on the brink of her teens. The brief from the young lass was one that put me slightly out of my super neutral comfort-zone. She was after something fun and fresh, and it had to have lots of bright colours. GULP. Despite…

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Typo Dubai // GIVEAWAY

Let’s have a show of hands for all the stationery lovers out there! … yup, I’m feeling you guys. If you’re anything like me, and the mere mention of stationery gets your heart racing a little (and somewhat awkwardly) faster than necessary, then you need to know about Typo. Australia’s favourite gifts and stationery brand has…

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MarMarLand

My lovelies, I’m back! As you might have gathered, I’ve been on a little blogging vacay whilst at home in South Africa for three weeks. I made a rather impromptu decision to fly to Cape Town to surprise one of my besties for her 40th birthday party. With the kids Easter break thrown in, my quick…

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Armadillo & Co. rugs

Last week I styled a nursery scene in a photoshoot for a baby brand. It was a wonderful project to be a part of, and as always, I had such fun sourcing decor pieces. I got my first up close and personal look at the exquisite rugs from Australian brand, Armadillo & Co. I had noticed the rugs…

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Gender neutral kids room makeover

I recently had the pleasure of working on an exciting decorating project with British mum-of-three-adorable-smalls, Dani Wilson. The lovely Dani is one mega multi-tasking mama. Not only is she a co-founder of Sassy Mama Dubai, she also runs a successful PR business and has founded a charity in Pakistan called the ZB Foundation, which provides free screening tests for…

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The Bowery Company // Giveaway

The Bowery Company is a newly launched, Dubai-based online store that offers a growing collection of what they refer to ‘affordable luxury furniture with an industrial edge’, and frankly, it’s a perfect description. Think old world New York meets contemporary Scandinavian style and you’ll get an idea of the direction this unique new concept is taking. It’s a breath…

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Leather seating

Well hello there, my lovelies. Apologies for the long lapse since my last blog post. Things have been busy around here. Moving straight on to today’s topic, something that’s on my mind a lot lately. Leather seating. Of all kinds, including sofas, chairs and poufs. I can’t tell you quite how odd it is for me to…

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Shop the look: my new dining room

Earlier this week, I revealed the fresh new look in our dining room. If you’re a fan of the makeover, here’s an easy guide to help you achieve a similar style. 1 Kilim rug from West Elm | 2 Ay Illuminate Z5 Cotton lamp from Questodesign.com | 3 Metallic Uashmama washable paper bag from The Corner Shop, Dubai | 4 Gold…

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Dining room makeover

I recently made some long overdue changes to my dining room. If you’re new around here, it would help to know that my mission over the past year has been to lighten and brighten my home, which has meant getting rid of and/or changing a lot of dark wood for my preferred white, grey or…

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Favourite things: Al Barsha Interiors district, Dubai

Earlier this month I shared a list of new stores I’ve discovered along Umm Sequiem Road in Al Barsha. I’m boldly calling it Dubai’s new interiors district. If you missed it, take a look. For those who’ve already seen it, I’ve made some updates to the directory of shops so it may be with a…

Al Barsha Interiors district

Dubai residents, is it just me or have you noticed that there is somewhat of a home and garden district, if we can call it that, popping up along the Al Barsha side of Umm Suqeim Road? If you haven’t already clocked this delightful collection of stores cropping up along the service road that runs towards Al Khail Road, trust…

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Watercolours by Elicia Edijanto

all images copyright Elicia Edijanto I recently discovered the work of Elicia Edijanto, the talented Indonesian artist behind these exquisite black and white watercolours that depict children interacting with wild animals. I love the melancholic mood of the images and the sheer innocence of the children who seem oblivious to the potential danger of the enormous animals they’ve…