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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 »

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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 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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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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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 »

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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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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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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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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. It’s a weird thrill I get when I see a beautiful, stylish room that looks super chic and totally unaffordable… until I spot the Ikea in the room. And trust me, I’m like a trained bloodhound in this particular area. It’s a glimmer of hope that makes ‘that look’ seem suddenly tangible… Read more »

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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, 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 pretty awesome. Always on the lookout for unique homewares, Little Majlis is one of my go-to sites for decor sourcing. I love the fact that… Read more »

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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, I am already a huge fan! Tribe’s carefully curated collection of home decor, furniture and accessories features lots of natural textures and ethnic treasures. Tribal… Read more »

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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 😉 , keeping the family fed and watered and generally chasing my tail in 40+ degree heat. I guess I’m just like all the other mums out there… right guys? That said, I like to think that he’s not actually referring… Read more »

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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 items from storage baskets and flower pots to flat woven rugs, lampshades and seating – all with a very earthy look and feel. And boy, do I… Read more »

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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 my initial concern about the style being a challenge for me, I found myself really enjoying the look and feel of the mood board which… Read more »

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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 not only arrived in the region, but they’ve opened the Middle East’s first flagship Typo store at Dubai’s fabulous new Boxpark retail complex. As you’ve no… Read more »

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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 on Instagram and heard great things about them from a friend and fellow blogger, but this was the first time I’d actually got to see and… Read more »

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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 of fresh air, and with plenty of metallics on offer, I was very easily wooed. Here’s my take on a few must haves. I only wish I could… Read more »

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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 second glance. Following on from these exciting retail discoveries, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite picks from some of the stores in this area. yellow chair |… Read more »

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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 to some exciting news… I made an awesome discovery yesterday. As a South African living abroad, I get really excited when I find South African… Read more »

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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 seen a fabric or wallpaper that you loved, but didn’t or couldn’t get the name of it, so you spent hours online looking for it, or… Read more »

A round up of wire furniture lighting and accessories

Favourite things: Wire decor roundup

Hello my lovelies and welcome to October… already. It seems that Christmas is officially in sight. How did that happen so fast? Updates to the blog have been a little scarce lately as I’ve been sidetracked with a few small projects. One of these is a revamp of our dining room which is looking drab to say the very least. I’ll update you on this space when its fit for public consumption but in the meantime, I can tell you that its had… Read more »

Roundup of natural decor pieces

Favourite Things: Au naturel roundup

As we bid au revoir to yet another month, it’s time for our next Favourite Things roundup. This month’s edition is a follow-on from my post on natural decor. These fabulous pieces of furniture and accessories will help create a calm and neutral ambiance in your home. 1. I raved about this pendant light and similar oversized cotton beauties here. This lamp radiates beauty and simplicity. The frame is made of bamboo and a very fine handwoven cotton. Did you know that bamboo is a renewable resource that… Read more »

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Favourite things: South African Edition

I’ve had so much fun discovering and rediscovering some amazing local brands back in the homeland, so it seems only fitting that this month’s roundup be a ‘proudly South African’ edition.

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Favourite things roundup: One for the boys

Wowzers, it cat believe its Friday – and basically the end of May too! Is anyone else completely stunned that we are almost half way through this year? Remember those days as a kid, when a year felt like a lifetime. Sigh….those really were the days.

So, on the subject of kids, my roundup for this month features some of my favorite pieces for little boys’ rooms.