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 »

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 »

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 »

DIY Father's Day snack pack

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 »

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 »

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 »

Two years on the interweb

Hands up anyone who’s been reading this blog for more than 18 months. Anyone out there who’s been around longer than 20 months… maybe even 22 months? Ok, Mom, you can put your hand down now. And can I just say, thanks for being my no.1 fan! It recently dawned on me that the first week of October will mark the second anniversary of my blogging journey. I can scarcely believe that two years have passed by so quickly. So… Read more »

Botanical art work prints

Botanical prints

I’ve been having such fun with a project I’m currently working on in a beautiful Arabian Ranches home. Whilst there was nothing particularly wrong with the state of things, the owner was eager to give the downstairs living and dining room a little refresh – just to change things up a bit and keep things, well, fresh. And that’s precisely what we are doing. The living room has a huge corner sofa that is begging for statement artwork above it so I have been on the hunt for… Read more »

Fresh faced new-ish look

If this is not the first post you’ve ever read at House of Hawkes then you’ve probably noticed that we’ve had a wee face-lift. In keeping with the decluttering and minimising trend that’s slowly sweeping across my home, I thought it only fair to make a few housekeeping changes online too.

Homeward bound

School has wrapped for the year and this household is officially on holiday. Picture me doing the happy dance! The Dubai summer, with its scorching temperatures and long days of kids being cooped up indoors, is not for the faint hearted. Last year, we braved the entire school break here and I pretty much swore I wouldn’t do that again if I could help it, so the kids and I are off to the homeland in a few days. We are so looking forward to… Read more »

Off the radar

It’s been a while since I posted something here so apologies for my absence. In the early hours of 25 January I received the devastating news that my father had passed away. We left immediately for South Africa and the almost three weeks that followed have been somewhat of a blur. It’s the news you dread your whole life and all of a sudden it became my reality. The trip home was deeply emotional and mentally exhausting, but it was also… Read more »