Shop the Look | Safari Circus Nursery

In my previous post, a full reveal of the Safari Circus nursery we designed and installed for Zahirah Marty, I promised to give you guys a more detailed break-down of the sourcing for this sweet nursery. Dubai entrepreneur, new blogger (at Meet Mrs Marty) and blossoming mum-to-be, Zahirah, has generously agreed to let me share all the details of her new nursery. So if you like what you saw in her baby’s new room, you’re in for a treat. Tribe Dubai | Elephant, cactus… Read more »

Safari Circus nursery

A few weeks ago the lovely Zahirah Marty, of the recently launched mummy & lifestyle blog, Meet Mrs Marty (a must see), contacted me to discuss a special project that she needed help with – creating a nursery for her baby boy. I hadn’t designed a nursery in a while and was really excited to take this on. Zahirah and her hubby didn’t have any particular or preconceived ideas in mind so I was afforded free reign with the design pitch and lucked out with one of… Read more »

The Mezzanine at Dubai Garden Centre

As you may know, I love discovering new places to shop for unique and beautiful things in this ever expanding city. And because I’m nice like that, I share any hidden gems that I find with you guys. My peeps. So here it is. I have a new favourite shopping spot and it’s located at one of Sheikh Zayed Road’s older and most recognisable retail landmarks – Dubai Garden Centre. This old favourite is so much more that it’s name suggests – with two bustling cafes… Read more »

IKEA Stockholm 2017 collection

Ikea is about to launch the 2017 Stockholm collection and believe me when I say you want to see this. There are over 40 new items in the recurrent Stockholm series, including sofas, coffee tables, vases, pillows, rugs and lamps, but there are a few pieces in particular that have caught my eye. Let’s start with this rattan cabinet designed by Nike Karlsson, shall we? Is it just me, or is this also one of the hottest pieces you’ve ever seen coming out… Read more »

Bamboo linen bliss

Towards the end of last year I got my hands on a set of bamboo bed linen from Peony Living and have been meaning to tell you about it ever since. Sadly, the Christmas rush took over and I can’t quite believe that I am only getting around to this now… (insert all the shameful emojis here).  Now it has to be said that I am a bit of a linen snob, so I was somewhat skeptical when I first laid eyes… Read more »

The #HOHXMAS Giveaway (CLOSED)

Last week was all about sharing our favourite Christmas gift ideas for kids, women and men. We certainly hope you found our gift guides helpful and that you are making good use of the exclusive discounts offered to you. I know that I have. Now with exactly one week until Christmas, we have an awesome surprise for you! Many of the amazing stores that offered you the special #HOHXMAS discount have also thrown in some of their fabulous products for our big fat Christmas giveaway! Would… Read more »

Ooh Yes for Ooh Noo

A few weeks ago, I ordered some gorgeous bed linen for Ethan’s room and wanted to let you in on this awesome find! This room is a space in our new home which you probably haven’t seen much of yet. That’s because I’ve had a real decorating block with it. Yes, that happens. I don’t know why, but this room in particular has been a real struggle for me. The space is a lot smaller than his last bedroom, so we had… Read more »

Making room for guests

It’s that time of year again, folks – the festive season. I can’t even believe that December is in our sights, let alone Christmas. For most expats living in the UAE, this is ‘visitor season’ and most of us are preparing our homes for the annual onslaught of house guests. With perfect weather and a city that continues amaze the world, who can blame family and friends for wanting to get a piece of the action. My smalls have been counting the sleeps till… Read more »

White Moss Decor

This post comes with a warning. It may be harmful to your wallet because when you see what I am about to show you, you’re going to want all the beautiful things. A few months ago, a friend told me about this exciting new concept called White Moss and I’ve been following their Instagram feed with anticipation ever since. What is White Moss, you ask? Well, its a brand new online home decor store and it’s all kinds of aaaaaah-mazing! During the… Read more »

Scene and Heard | Part 1

Say hello to a brand new feature around here. It’s called Scene & Heard and it’s essentially a round up of what can only be described as snippets of the information overload in my head. Thanks to many hours spent out and about and on the interwebs sourcing products for client deigns, I come across so much information and many cool new things, often not really enough to substantiate a full blog post, but intriguing enough to warrant a mention. Admittedly,… Read more »

The New 2017 IKEA catalogue

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already seen or heard that the new 2017 IKEA catalogue has arrived in stores. I was a little late to this party as I was down South in the homeland when my favourite paperback hit the UAE so I missed the media event and associated fanfare. Suffice to say I was experiencing a good dose of FOMO whilst hanging out in the bush – something I dealt with rather swiftly after my return to Dubai. After my recent visit to the Swedish HQ, having… Read more »

Dining and entertaining with Crate & Barrel

Dubai peeps, if you don’t already know, Crate & Barrel currently have an offer of up to 30% off on selected items from their dining and entertaining range. And the Big Sur dining table, one of my favourites, is included in the sale line-up! The lovely folks at Crate & Barrel contacted me recently to ask which dining table I would pick, and if you visit the store, you may catch a glimpse of my in-store sign which tells you more… Read more »

Luxury family villas in Ios, Greece

Far Out Luxury Villas, Ios, Greece

Hello my lovelies. It’s been a while. The summer holidays call for a slower pace and I have certainly been taking advantage of that. If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you may have seen that we recently had a lovely family holiday in Greece. I’ve had a few requests to do a post on the places where we stayed, and am finally getting around to this. Apologies for the wait. I don’t know about the other mums out… Read more »

I saw the mothership: IKEA of Sweden

The past few weeks have been really busy. Like crazy-cray-cray busy. So far, the month of June has even included a trip to Sweden and Denmark. More specifically, a small Swedish town called Almhult, the very birthplace of one of the world’s most iconic furniture & lifestyle brands, IKEA. I was invited to attend their Democratic Design Days – an international media event for journalists and bloggers – and what a fabulous privilege and adventure it was. It’s quite surreal to think that I have… Read more »

Home office makeover

Over the past two weeks, I have shared mood boards on how to shop the IKEA Part Sale for your living room and bedroom. After sharing these tips with you all, I figured it was about time I put the sale to good use for myself. My home office has been in need of a change for some time and IKEA’s Part Sale presented a great opportunity to tick this one off the list. Whilst I loved the previous layout of my… Read more »

IKEA part sale shop the look

IKEA part sale: Top picks for a Scandi Chic bedroom // GIVEAWAY

With IKEA’s part sale still in full swing, I am giving away some more tips on how to shop that sale like a boss… amongst other fun things. Ever wondered how to give your bedroom a chic Scandi vibe and save a whole bunch of money at the same time? Look no further. In follow up to my last post about the shopping the Part Sale for your living room, I’ve put together a mood board to help you recreate a Scandi… Read more »

Baby girl nursery with all things cute & cuddly

Earlier this month, we installed a nursery in a beautiful Downtown Dubai apartment for the sweetest baby girl. She’s been sleeping in mum and dad’s room until now, but it was time for the big transition into her own space. Mum had a pretty good idea of what she wanted for the nursery – a calm and tranquil space for her daughter to grow into. A room design always has a starting point, and for this room, there was one particular feature that I had in… Read more »

Ikea part sale

Top picks for the IKEA part sale // GIVEAWAY

Summer has well and truly arrived here in the UAE. The sudden spike in temperature has had me huffing and puffing my way through the days as I cart my little tribe around on the school run and beyond. This time of year always brings about a rather abrupt confrontation with the inevitable – we’ll be spending large portions of the next few months indoors. And what better place to do that than at Dubai’s world-renowned mega-malls. One might think that the IKEA part sale is perfectly timed!… Read more »

IKEA’s new VIKTIGT collection

Last year IKEA launched a limited edition collection called NIPPRIG, which I loved and wrote about here. The ceiling light from that range was particularly popular and I am so glad to have secured one for my bedroom before they were all gone. I only wish I had grabbed more! So, I was super excited to learn that my favourite Scandi furniture giant has just released another fabulous limited edition collection. This one’s called VIKTIGT (have a go at pronouncing that, folks!) – and it’s the result of a collaboration with Swedish… Read more »

Emaan Home

So if you’re a regular around here, you’ll know that this old heart of mine likes to skip a little beat every time I discover a new place to shop. To be fair (and if we were being strictly accurate), its probably my hubby’s heart that does the really impressive gymnastics when this happens. And he’d better check his pulse because it’s game on… again. I’m thrilled to let you all in on my latest discovery – Emaan Home. If Scandinavian interiors are your vibe, then you’re you’re… Read more »

Surprise room makeover

I’m so excited to show you this adorable room which we recently installed. The makeover was a surprise birthday gift for a sweet ten year old from her mum and dad. Mum sent me a video of the moment she revealed the room. Safe to say, it was one of those delightfully emotional moments. There were tears. The good kind. And for me, it was so rewarding to see the joy on her face. Kelsey is approaching her teen years and… Read more »

A new shopping experience at IKEA

Last week, I was invited to the launch event of IKEA’s ‘Make Room for Life’ project – an initiative aimed at creating a more realistic and inspiring shopping experience for the IKEA shopper. The store at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi was one of only three stores worldwide selected to pilot this new store solution. A pretty impressive accolade. Representatives of both the UAE team and IKEA of Sweden were present to talk us through the new features. What might you expect to see as the ‘new… Read more »

Ikea PS cabinet

Giveaway winner announcement

Thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting giveaway! Our lucky winner of the Dhs 2,000 IKEA UAE gift voucher is Tahira Ali, who has been notified by email. Many thanks to IKEA UAE for sponsoring this competition.

Ikea in my home // GIVEAWAY

I think we all know I am a big fan of Ikea. There is no denying it’s place in the world of interiors. The brand epitomises the phrase ‘form follows function’ ensuring that everything they produce is both beautiful and functional, not to mention easy on your bank account. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when the furniture giant recently asked me to share some of my favourite Ikea pieces – the ones I #CantPartWith. Whilst I’m a big… Read more »

Girls room makeover

Kaitlyn’s room makeover

Finally, my five and a half year old has a big bed. Poor kid, has been in the running for a makeover for ages but for various reasons it kept being delayed and neglected. Then the Dubai Shopping Festival swung around and I spotted a gorgeous blush pink bed at an excellent sale price – it was the catalyst for my carpe diem revelation. And so I just ran with the whole idea from there. Rather oddly, the style of the bed is pretty… Read more »