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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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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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 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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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!

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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 two year anniversary celebrations and the competition is happening over on Instagram, so if you haven’t already entered, you still have time! The Bowery Company is one… Read more »

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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.