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Natural Decor

I’m a blatant sucker for all things natural. We’re talking natural fibres, wood, colours, textures, textiles… you name it. If it has any aspect of natural going on, I’m probably sold.…

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DIY marble desk

My office got a mini makeover and a bit of a tidy up last week. It was long overdue. I’m generally a very neat person who has a place for everything…

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Hello my lovelies, The smalls and I are back in Dubai after a wonderful few weeks spent in South Africa. The kids got to run free with their cousins and…

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Mario Marino

I’m in absolute awe of the work of Mario Marino. The Austrian born portrait photographer has been capturing fascinating human subjects in their native environments for some fourteen years. Not surprisingly, his work is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

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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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Inside Out

So, I’m back with another fabulous Durban discovery. I stumbled upon the beautiful home boutique, Inside Out, during one of those kid-free days I had last week…. sigh. Picturesque both inside and…

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Weylandts

Well, hello my lovelies! It’s been a while. I am having a fabulous holiday in South Africa so far. If you’ve been following my Instagram feed, you’ll know that we…

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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…

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Style file: Eames Chairs

If you don’t know them by name, you will surely recognise them on sight. And like me, you probably want some of this action in your home or office. Arguably among the most iconic furniture designs…

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Colour crush: Grey, white & gold

I’m always amazed at how quickly my taste in interior decor and design changes. If you had told me a year or two ago, maybe even six months ago, that…

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DIY Teacher gifts

It’s that time of year when I find myself racking my brain and trawling Pinterest for cute teacher gift ideas. This year, our class representative mum has been super organized about arranging…

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Home tour: Negin-Fattahi-Dasmal’s idyllic Dubai oasis

Hey everyone, I hope the week is being good to you. If not, and if you’re an avid interiors stalker, like myself, then I have a little something that is bound to improve your day, if not your whole week!

I am beyond excited to give you a little tour of an exquisite Dubai home. What makes this home an extra special feature for me is that it belongs to a dear friend of mine who also happens to be one of nicest and most inspirational people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. And did I mention that she’s my ex-boss!

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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.

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Gray Malin

Hi folks, it’s been a busy two weeks around here and I haven’t managed much time on the blog, but I’m making time today to share another awesome find with…

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Tips for decorating your rented home

Reconciling your Pinterest-perfect dream home with the reality of rented accommodation can be a bitter pill to swallow. Trust me, I know. I’m an old hand at this, and as…

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DIY reward jar

I don’t know about your household but there is a fair amount of bribery that goes down in ours. In fact, I like to think of it less as bribery and…

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Love Warriors of Sweden

I’m ridiculously excited to share today’s treasure with you, but before I continue, can I just say, ‘what it is with the Scandinavians and their design talent?’ Is it just…

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Favourite things roundup: April

There’s been plenty of black and white on the blog this month, it’s no wonder my recent online browsing has been particularly focused in that direction. So it seems only appropriate to round up some of my favorite black and white finds as we bid farewell to another month.

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A stylish London home

London-based, Dee Purdy and her family have recently moved out of the home she always referred to as their ‘shoebox’. After gutting and refurbishing it from front to back, I think she and her hubby did an amazing job of making it appear palatial. Take a look at Dee’s impeccable taste, artistic flair and brilliant photography.

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Decorating with black & white

One of the greatest secrets of decorating is that a room doesn’t have to be elaborate to look amazing. It can be as simple as black and white. The high contrast combination adds effortless elegance to any space.

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Alex Latimer

You’ve probably realized by now that I love discovering new design talent (who doesn’t?), so I’m pleased to say its been a good week in that regard. Today I’m showcasing my latest find: Alex Latimer – an illustrator, writer and picture book maker living in Cape Town.

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Gallery wall

One of the items on my long to-do list is to sort out my living room. The wall that our TV sits against has a whole bunch of empty space that needs to be filled and I’m considering a gallery wall. I’ve seen so many inspiring images online but they all have a mismatched, almost haphazard style which is one of those things that I love to admire in other people’s homes but I’m not entirely sure my A-type personality will survive it on a daily basis.

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DIY Planter for my fiddle leaf fig tree

You may recall my recent post about fiddle leaf fig trees and how desperately I wanted one. Well I am pleased to report that not only have I tracked down the elusive fiddle leaf fig tree (aka ficus lyrata) in Dubai but I also completed a little DIY project to house it. Finding this baby proved to be somewhat of a mission but, not one to give up easily, I delved into the depths of beyond and came back victorious. Ok, so I just drove out to the Al Aweer / Warsan area, but trust me, it was very mission-like.

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Favourite things roundup: March

Just like that, we’re at the end of another month and it’s time for the second installment of our Favourite Things series. This month’s round up is a selection of fabulous finds that are all available in Dubai.

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The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Wow, it’s Thursday again. It’s been a quiet week on the blog thanks to a few of other projects that have me spinning like a hamster on a wheel in the background here. I hope yours has been a good one so far.

Today’s topic is nursery decor – something that is, very sadly, almost all gone in our home. My daughter will need to upgrade to a ‘big girl’ bed soon and with that, all traces of her baby room will no doubt be gone. Sob. But for anyone who’s yet to embark on this fun adventure, it seems criminal not to introduce you to Sharon Montrose’s Animal Print Shop. I only wish I had known of this woman’s truly incredible work five years ago.

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Design by numbers

I’m relieved to be nearing the end of what has been a very busy week. Thursdays seem to come around so quickly, and this week I am most grateful for…

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I want a fiddle leaf fig tree

I’m on a bit of a mission to finish up some of the smaller projects around the house this month – you know, the ones that you put off for…

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Skinny laMinx

Well hello there, Thursday! I can’t believe that the weekend is already upon us. Yes, Thursday marks the start of the weekend here in the UAE, and it looks as…

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Home Tour: Shea McGee’s beautiful abode

I am so excited to share today’s post with you. When I first saw Shae McGee’s beautiful home, I immediately wanted to showcase it here. Something this lovely simply cannot…

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Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Today I bring you a flash of inspiration with some bright and beautiful fabrics from Caitlin Wilson Textiles. If your Pinterest boards have not yet been graced with these beautiful designs,…