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Louw Roets: Furniture inspired by the lighter side of life

I met Louw Roets the SARCDA trade exhibition held annually in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event showcases wholesalers, importers and manufacturers of gift, decor and design items and I was really inspired after my last visit. Louw is a Cape Town based product designer and creates conceptual pieces with a fun element. He’s also a chatty and friendly individual who I enjoyed speaking to. Louw combines traditional handcraft techniques with modern technology and one cannot help but smile when you see some of his creations. I’ve been looking… Read more »

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Styling with White Moss

When Leanne Moss of the gorgeous online home store, White Moss, recently asked me if I could help her with styling her home, I jumped at the chance. It’s no surprise that I am a big White Moss fan – their natural materials and neutral colour pallet are right up my style alley – and Leanne is just lovely too. Leanne has recently made some changes at their home and I was eager to jump in and help with styling a… Read more »

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Printable Christmas Gift Tags 2016

Guys, this post is sooooo late, and I apologise for that – it’s just been a particularly hectic run up to Christmas this year. But without further ado, and after several requests, here they are: The House of Hawkes annual free printable Christmas Gift Tags. Just in time for anyone who, like me, is wrapping at the 11th hour. Since I am working on decorating the table with sprigs and twigs this year, I thought it more than fitting to do a… Read more »

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DIY 3-D Ornaments

If you’re a regular around here, you may have noticed that I never get too wild with my DIY projects – I like to things super simple. It’s basically my DIY motto. For this most recent project, I kept it so simple, I wasn’t even involved. I can actually take no credit for this one because it was done by my colleague, the lovely Charly, and all I did was snap away while she created. And it took her a grand total of five minutes to… Read more »

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Christmas Table Inspiration & more

Anyone else thinking of Christmas table settings? I would do well to concentrate on my completing my shopping list, but instead I’m thinking about table decorations. This year, we will be having Christmas dinner at home. We are so lucky to have my mom (Ouma) here with us again this year. As the kids are getting a bit older and can appreciate the festivities more, I am starting to make that extra bit of effort at setting the dinner table. The smalls love involving themselves… Read more »

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Christmas Gifts for Him

We are down to less than two weeks until Christmas and the pressure to find the perfect Christmas gift for him is on. Never fear, we are here to help. We have searched high and low to find something awesome for all the special people in your life, each and every is gift hand-picked. The good news? You can skip the seasonal mall madness and order any of all of these products online. The best news? House of Hawkes readers receive an exclusive discount for… Read more »

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Christmas Gifts for Her

Here is our Christmas Gift list for her (myself and I!) It’s a round-up of unique and stylish gifts for all the wonderful women in your life – your mum, sister, bestie or that amazing teacher who’s made all the difference this year. Heck, it might even be something just for you, in which case you’ll want to use our ‘share by email’ feature below to inbox the hubby. Now if you’re as averse to a crowded mall as web are, you’ll be… Read more »

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Christmas Gift guide for Kids

My lovelies, it’s here! After many hours of searching, sourcing and corresponding with some of our favourite retailers, we have our 2016 gift guides ready for you. First up – the smalls. Putting together the Christmas gift guide for the kiddos was so much fun. We have selected a wide range of adorable things including wooden toys and funky clothing and of course some decor items as well. Limiting this guide to only 12 gifts was a real challenge for us. Twelve days of Christmas… Read more »

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Throw Pillow Talk: Mud Cloth

There’s a new throw pillow darling on my bed. It’s of African descent, features bold patterns and is bang on trend. Say hello to the lovely mud cloth! One can get lost in the realms of exotic African textiles as there are all sorts of interesting textures and materials, but my new focus is firmly fixed on a textile known as mud cloth. If you love earthy, neutral tones,  patterns and textures, then this is for you. 1  |  2  |  3  |  4… Read more »

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Dubai Design Week: What’s on my Radar

Where has a year gone? I cannot believe that Dubai Design Week is upon us already. Fast becoming one of Dubai’s most exciting fixtures on the events calendar, the programme for this year looks amazing. The trade show component of the event, Downtown Design, is in it’s fourth year and clearly gaining momentum. The fair takes place at Dubai Design District (D3) which is more developed this year with many shops, studios and cafes. A really cool place to visit with or without a design fair! Aside… Read more »

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Wall Lights Roundup

When was the last time you shopped for wall lights? They’re funny little blighters, those wall lights, or ‘wall sconces’ if we’re being proper. They’re just not as common or readily available as you would think. To be more precise, traditional styles are easier to come by but contemporary options are somewhat more limited and dependant on whether you’re planning to conceal the electrical cables or leave them exposed. As you may know, we moved house recently. In fact it’s no longer that recent an… Read more »

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Let’s paint the town with magic chalk paint!

During the summer I attended a workshop at the Falaknaz Warehouse – an introduction to the “Annie Sloan Method”. This workshop covered the basics of what you’d need to know when attempting your first foray into the world of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It is called chalk paint because of its beautiful velvety, matt finish. The magic of this paint is that it rarely requires any prep work (because honestly, prep work is enough to put anyone off their DIY) and can be used indoors, outdoors and… Read more »

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I found a new love, Dubailove

I didn’t know I was looking for love and then I found Dubailove. Er, sorry, I simply could not resist that one. But seriously, have you guys seen the awesome range of city souvenir goodies by newcomer, Dubailove? I discovered this awesome concept on Instagram a few months ago and have really enjoyed seeing the product range develop. As an avid lover of this awesome city I’m so thrilled to see a Dubai-inspired concept like this. And as you may know, I’m a sucker for stationery and anything… Read more »

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Office Interiors / Take one

When Brett, the owner of EngageME Consulting, approached me to design their new office space, I was as excited as I was nervous. This would be my first commercial design and installation, and for them it would be their first real office space, so a big milestone for both parties. Obviously I said yes and I am so glad I did. It’s been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I have worked on – and also the first project that I’ve taken… Read more »

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

I love putting together gift guides. It’s like shopping without spending they money. With Father’s Day just around the corner, I have put together the ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide. Most of the featured products are available online, so securing the perfect gift for dad is potentially just a click away. Whether you want to spend AED 20 or AED 2,000 we’ve rounded up some of the most stunning Dad Gifts – including a few things that the kids (that’s me) would… Read more »

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DIY Father’s Day snack pack

I’m surprisingly well prepared for Father’s Day this year. I’m not entirely sure how that came about, since I’ve been feeling particularly frantic lately, but then who am I to question such a formidable show of diligence (LOL!) – let’s just roll with it. Truth be told, I’ve seen a bunch of cute stuff for Father’s Day on Pinterest in the past few days, and since I do so love a bit of customised stationery, I thought why not try a little something… Read more »

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The e Barza Excitement

My lovelies, it’s been so long. Apologies for the radio silence around here – it’s been a very busy few weeks with lots of exciting projects on the horizon. You’ll be seeing more of that on the blog soon, but for now, I have something good to share. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I spotted a new online furniture store, Ebarza a few weeks ago. Another stylish online option has arrived in Dubai and it’s looking like we may soon be spoiled for choice. Ebarza retails well-priced… Read more »

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Pantone Colours 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

I have to admit, I didn’t fall in love with the Pantone’s choice of colours for 2016 when they were first announced. Hence the silence on this topic. The selected colour is supposed to reflect the spirit of the time. Pantone has said that colour “has always been an integral part on how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times”. For the first time, the blending of two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity were chosen as the Pantone colour(s) of the year…. Read more »

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Micro Trend: Wire Chairs

There’s a new micro trend on my radar – super cool wire chairs reminiscent of the late 70s and early 80s. Don’t you just love them? Traditionally reserved for outside patios (and I would know as I have fond childhood memories of them that include actual imprints in my flesh), nowadays, these mesh beauties are becoming key interior furniture pieces. It seems that designers are revisiting ideas from the past with a definite movement towards a ‘back-to-basics’ philosophy – think Scandi minimalism meets mid-century modern. As Tim McKeough from… Read more »

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Chunky Knits

Anyone noticed how chunky knits are having their moment under the spotlight in the world of interiors? A quick glance at Pinterest will provide all the reassurance you need to know that these dramatically bulky weaves are on fleek. And by on fleek I mean bang on trend. Trust me, I had to look it up. Knitted homewares have become part of the handmade revolution. Even celebrities have been seen knitting and this craft revival didn’t take long to extend to stylish home decor items. Forget the old scarft and… Read more »

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South African Retailers: Must Haves

Being home for a holiday is always exciting and one of my favourite things to do. The allure of comfort food, good wine, friends and family is as good a reason as any to visit South Africa. This year, I have one more thing to be excited about. A few of my latest discoveries. A burst of new home decor shops that embrace minimalist design and Scandinavian influences, while mixing it with a good dash of South African style and earthiness. I’ve rounded… Read more »

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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 words in front of the smalls… have kids they said, it’ll be fun they said… In a desperate attempt to fix your shattered possesion, you reach for the superglue that promises to bond any material together. Forever. You struggle for at least ten minutes to get the wretched lid off and finally make your… Read more »

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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 friend’s gorgeous Downtown Dubai apartment, I had to show you guys too. Welcome to the beautiful home of Karen Wandrag, fellow South African and founder of DESIGN K. I recently had the pleasure of working with Karen on a design project, but more on that in due course. For now, let’s focus on this beautiful space. A qualified engineer and talented artist, Karen has lived in London,… Read more »

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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 make some decor changes, or just light up your new year in general, I have my eye on a trend that may be just the thing for you – neon signage! Traditionally used in advertising, neon signage has become popular with many contemporary artists and architects. This trend has made it’s way… Read more »

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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 of my very talented friend (as one does), Karen from Sweet Secrets. She has amazing skills and all the right tools, but more importantly – she has the secret recipe. Once you have kneaded, cut and baked, you decorate, string up and hang. Easy right? And the best part is that you can… Read more »