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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 »

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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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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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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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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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 »

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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 style, not only because it looks great, but it’s so easy to achieve and works well with my 2015 free printable gift tags. The real secret ingredient here is the greenery. It offers such a fresh and rustic vibe. Using real fir tree cuttings from your Christmas tree or rosemary will also… Read more »

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 times ahead of me this weekend. For those of you who haven’t clocked it yet – this is the last weekend before Christmas. Somebody slap me. At this point, I need a strong game plan, so I’ve spent the morning having a look around the interwebs for some ideas. Whilst I’ve not been… Read more »

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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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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 at Live Loud Girl for another styled Christmas shoot was a no-brainer. Despite having our own distinctive styles, she and I have a shared love for… Read more »

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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.