Christmas styling festive decor

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 of a solitary mission at times so I jump at the chance to work with like-minded creatives. Joining forces with my dear, and seriously talented friend, Linda…


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 free printables. I’m particularly fond of gift tags, so now that I have a blog, for the past two years I have designed a set of Christmas gift tags to offer as…


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.

Organic shaped tableware by Wonki Ware

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 globe. Closer to home, I’ve noticed that one of my favourite local eateries Tom & Serg has hopped onto this trend and the gorgeous platters and bowls used to serve…

Ben-Zovim at Downtown Design

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!

Jotun paints 2016 colour trends

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.


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 candle sticks from Dubai’s awesome online concept store, The Bowery Company, are up for grabs and entries are open worldwide. This lovely giveaway is part of the blog’s…

Top picks from Little Majlis for kids rooms.

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, marketed by Gulf-based artists, designers, and crafters. Founded by dynamic business duo, Anna Bolton-Riley and Annabelle Fitzsimmons, it’s basically the Etsy of this region and it’s…

create a stylish look with a bench and sheepskin

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.

Indian block print cushions by Shenouk

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.


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.

Outdoor furniture styling

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!


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 can put your hand down now. And can I just say, thanks for being my no.1 fan! It recently dawned on me that the first…

Monochrome big boy room

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 with a monochrome mood board I had created for another boy his age and he asked if we could do something similar for his room.…

round hanging mirror with strap

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 I’ve spotted something similar on sale at The Bowery Co. this week! Have a good one. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |…


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 than never, I guess. Anyways, as part of the same family-owned group that Hacker kitchens belongs to, the showroom is located in the same building,…

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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, Jo England, has garnered an impressive selection of decor pieces perfectly suited to a style that is best – and rather aptly – defined as ‘tribal chic’. Needless to say,…


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!? Yes, it’s a tragedy of epic proportions. Needless to say, receiving a copy of the 2016 catalogue was a welcome highlight on my return to a very…

black and white bathroom inspiration

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 mood board for that here), we are hoping our budget will also accommodate a master bathroom renovation. We haven’t yet completed all the costings, so I…


A Swedish country home

Just thought I’d share a look at this home I’ve been obsessing over lately. If you recognise the kitchen in this exquisite country house, it’s because it was a main source of inspiration in a recent post about ideas for my new kitchen project. It all started, as it often does, with a visit to Pinterest. One minute I’m drooling…

kitchen inspiration

Dream kitchen project: part 1

Towards the end of the year, we plan to move into our own home – it’s a townhouse that we have owned and rented out for some time. The space is going to be somewhat smaller than we are accustomed to renting, but we are so looking forward to having a place that we can customise to our…


A lounge & dining room makeover

Hello my lovelies. This post is coming to you from South Africa, where I’m currently enjoying some cooler weather. The kids and I have escaped the Dubai heat for the (very long) summer school holidays. The last few weeks of the term felt like a constant rush so I am looking forward to some ‘quiet time’ in…


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…



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…

Nicky mclean studio makeover

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…


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…

Jamie Kay blankets and throws

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…

favourite storage baskets

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…

Botanical art work prints

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…