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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 ūüėČ , 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…

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Consol Solar Jar

Hello and happy New Year my lovelies! As you¬†may have¬†noticed, I¬†took a¬†little blogging vacay over the festive season. We’ve had my mom visiting so it’s been a great few weeks of family time but the kids are back at¬†school this week and things are slowly getting back to normal around here. So, getting straight on…

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Patternsnap

Decor and interior lovers,¬†you need to get a load of this! I’m not usually one to talk techie stuff, but I’ve just discovered a new app that’s going to rock your world. Patternsnap is¬†most appropriately described by Harpers Bazaar Interiors, as ‘the Shazam of the interiors world.’ We’ve all had that frustrating experience of having…

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Christmas style: shop the look

  If you enjoyed the recent post on my collaborative Christmas styling project, then you’re going to love this inside scoop of where to find all these lovely goodies.   1¬†IKEA gift boxes¬†&¬†tags¬†| 2¬†West Elm gold servers¬†| 3¬†West Elm brass deer¬†| 4¬†West Elm gold flatware set¬†| 5¬†Black & gold tea set, The One¬†| 6¬†West Elm…

Fresh faced new-ish look

If this is not the first post you’ve ever read at House of Hawkes then you’ve probably noticed that we’ve had a wee face-lift. In keeping with the decluttering and minimising trend that’s slowly sweeping across my home, I thought it only fair to make a few housekeeping changes online too.

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A Festive Collaboration

Well hello there, December!¬†How did you get here so quickly? I guess that’s it then, we are officially on the countdown to Christmas. Can somebody give me a whoop, whoop!? If you follow any of my social media feeds, you will probably have seen that I recently worked on a collaboration project with three very…

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Printable Christmas gift tags 2014

The silly season is fast approaching. Again. Can you believe that? Are you making plans and starting to prepare for the holidays? I’m slowing moving in that direction. Last year I designed some Christmas gift tags which I made available for free download on the blog. Since they¬†were really¬†popular, I thought I’d do the same…