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Kintsugi: the art of un-breaking ceramics

I think we’ve all had that moment when a special cup, vase or plate has been accidentally knocked and broken and made you want to cry, or say a bunch of swear…

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Home Tour: Downtown Dubai

It’s been a while since I’ve had a home tour on the blog so when I saw a fiend’s gorgeous Downtown Dubai apartment, I had to show you guys too. Welcome to…

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Ikea spotting

This feels like a confession of sorts, but I have this thing I love doing on Pinterest. I guess you could call it a guilty pleasure. I call it Ikea spotting.…

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Light it up with neon signage

Happy New Year, my lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous festive season and are ready to tackle 2016 head on. If you’re looking for ways in which to…

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The Hacker kitchen that was almost ours

You may recall a few months back how I was raving excitedly about plans to move into our own place and embark on a renovation project. We had big plans…

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Boys room E-design

Yesterday I got a peek at an almost finished boys room that is a result of an e-design I completed a few months ago. It’s always so exciting to see a design come…

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Baked Decorations

This tasty recipe makes fantastically festive baked decorations. I am no baker but I wanted to try my hand at some cookie decor this year, so I enlisted the help…

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DIY rustic gift wrap

Finally, some gifts have been bought and now the wrapping begins. This year, I am going with an au naturel, rustic look for my Christmas gift wrapping. I love this…

Last minute Christmas gift Guide

Last minute Christmas gift guide

So we are down to a mere eight sleeps until Christmas and I’ve done precisely no shopping. Like, none. at. all. Hello last minute rush, I’ve not missed one bit. Fun…

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Our holiday at Niyama, Maldives

As you know, I’m no travel blogger, but we recently escaped Dubai for a quick family vacay and it was so awesome that I simply can’t keep it from you. If you happen to be on the lookout for a fabulous beach holiday, I can’t recommend Per Aquum Niyama in the Maldives highly enough.

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DIY Christmas Wreaths

I recently posted a Festive Affair Blog Collaboration that featured beautiful Christmas wreaths. These wreaths were so popular that I am sharing this super simple DIY with you on how to create…

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A festive collaboration of Christmas styling

If you’ve been a regular around here for some time, you may recall the bloggers collaboration project I was involved in around this time last year. Blogging can be a bit…

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Printable Christmas Gift Tags 2015

Don’t you love a free printable? I sure do. I remember when I first started reading blogs, many of my favourite design blogs were found as a result of searching for…

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Go green: Beautiful Botanical Arrangements

I’ve always loved having fresh flowers in my home. It can be an expensive indulgence but it’s one that I ‘allow’ myself as often as I can. I do however like to keep it simple with lots of green – I’ll usually opt for lilies, hydrangeas or roses, but lately, I’m paring things down even further, and quite coincidentally, saving some money in the process.

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Organic shaped tableware

Have you spotted the trend of using organic shaped tableware? I’m talking beautiful free form ceramics with curves and shapes that are perfectly imperfect. This unique and organic style is trending all over the…

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Downtown Design 2015

Last week this awesome city welcomed it’s inaugural Dubai Design Week, held in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3). For a city that always feels alive with possibilities, last week was particularly exciting with design related events, activities and installations seen across the city. Dubai has changed so much in the ten years that I’ve now lived here – it just keeps getting better!

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Jotun’s 2016 colour trends // Giveaway

There is so much to love about Jotun’s 2016 Wall Trends. The colours and themes are inspired by the world that surrounds us, and as Jotun so aptly puts it, are “reflections of a journey – one that makes a house become a home.” Whilst I love a bit of pretty marketing talk as much as the next person, let me assure you, this particular collection truly resonates with me and there is something in here for everyone.

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The Bowery Company // Giveaway

We’re charging through the week and month of October here – and I can scarcely believe that we’re already on the third giveaway of the month. These stunning copper plated…

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Favourite Things from Little Majlis

If you’ve not heard of Little Majlis, and you’re not already shopping there, let’s fix that today, shall we? Little Majlis is a Dubai-based, specialist online marketplace for handmade and artisan products,…

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Currently coveting: Bench and Icelandic sheepskin

Don’t you just love this simple yet stylish look? Ideal for a hallway or any little nook in need of some sprucing up. And what I love most (because I’m impatient and want to get it things done asap) is that it can be achieved with minimal effort.

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Shenouk cushions // GIVEAWAY

A recent trip to Dubai’s awesome Marina Souq led to the discovery of Shenouk. Not to mention a subsequent fascination and blossoming love affair with the traditional art of Indian block printing.

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Caramel and Sun

Allow me to introduce you to Caramel and Sun – a stunning new kids concept store that has recently open it’s door’s in Dubai’s Mercato Mall. French co-owner, Olivia Corsi, is passionate about kids decor and accessories and has garnered an impressive selection of furniture and accessories from stunning European brands including Les Gambettes, Barnabé aime le café, Laurette, Nobodinoz, Mimi Lou, Les Petit Vintage, Ferm Living and Combelle, to mention a few.

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Let’s take it outside // IKEA giveaway

Since I’m celebrating my blog’s two year anniversary this month, and because the folks at IKEA UAE are just really nice like that, they’ve given me a Dhs 500 gift voucher to give away to one lucky House of Hawkes reader!

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Two years on the interweb

Hands up anyone who’s been reading this blog for more than 18 months. Anyone out there who’s been around longer than 20 months… maybe even 22 months? Ok, Mom, you…

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Ethan’s monochrome makeover

Ethan’s room got a makeover last week! Despite being executed rather suddenly, plans for this had been in the making for a while. A few months ago, he fell in love…

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Micro trend: Round mirrors

Have you spotted the little upward trend of using round mirrors – particularly the suspended variety, and often with leather straps? Don’t you love it? I’m already scheming about where I can install one of these retro beauties…. and…

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Rolf Benz & Hulsta

I only recently discovered that renowned German brands, Rolf Benz and Hulsta have a gorgeous showroom in Dubai. I was no doubt a little late to that party but better late…

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Tribe Homeware

Tribe is one of the latest homeware boutiques to hit Dubai and I can assure you that it is about to start making some serious waves in the local interiors scene. Founder,…

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Ikea catalogue 2016

Having been away for the past few weeks, I missed my much anticipated door drop of the new Ikea catalogue. Would you believe there is no Ikea in South Africa!?…

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Bathroom dreaming

I recently let you all in on the news about the house renovation project that we will be tackling towards the end of the year. Along with redoing the kitchen (see the…