IKEA Stockholm 2017 collection

Ikea is about to launch the 2017 Stockholm collection and believe me when I say you want to see this. There are over 40 new items in the recurrent Stockholm series, including sofas, coffee tables, vases, pillows, rugs and lamps, but there are a few pieces in particular that have caught my eye. Let’s start with this rattan cabinet designed by Nike Karlsson, shall we? Is it just me, or is this also one of the hottest pieces you’ve ever seen coming out… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

IKEA part sale shop the look

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 »

Ikea part sale

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Girls room makeover

Kaitlyn’s room makeover

Finally, my five and a half year old has a big bed. Poor kid, has been in the running for a makeover for ages but for various reasons it kept being delayed and neglected. Then the Dubai Shopping Festival swung around and I spotted a gorgeous blush pink bed at an excellent sale price – it was the catalyst for my carpe diem revelation. And so I just ran with the whole idea from there. Rather oddly, the style of the bed is pretty… Read more »

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 »

create a stylish look with a bench and sheepskin

Currently coveting: Bench and Icelandic sheepskin

Don’t you just love this simple yet stylish look? Ideal for a hallway or any little nook in need of some sprucing up. And what I love most (because I’m impatient and want to get it things done asap) is that it can be achieved with minimal effort.

Outdoor furniture styling

Let’s take it outside // IKEA giveaway

Since I’m celebrating my blog’s two year anniversary this month, and because the folks at IKEA UAE are just really nice like that, they’ve given me a Dhs 500 gift voucher to give away to one lucky House of Hawkes reader!

Monochrome big boy room

Ethan’s monochrome makeover

Ethan’s room got a makeover last week! Despite being executed rather suddenly, plans for this had been in the making for a while. A few months ago, he fell in love with a monochrome mood board I had created for another boy his age and he asked if we could do something similar for his room. I’ve wanted to make changes to his bedroom for ages so it didn’t take much to convince me, and since then it’s been a regular talking point… Read more »

Ikea catalogue 2016

Having been away for the past few weeks, I missed my much anticipated door drop of the new Ikea catalogue. Would you believe there is no Ikea in South Africa!? Yes, it’s a tragedy of epic proportions. Needless to say, receiving a copy of the 2016 catalogue was a welcome highlight on my return to a very hot and humid Dubai this week. As always, Ikea’s annual publication doesn’t dissapoint. The UAE stores are already stocked with some great new items – and… Read more »

A lounge & dining room makeover

Hello my lovelies. This post is coming to you from South Africa, where I’m currently enjoying some cooler weather. The kids and I have escaped the Dubai heat for the (very long) summer school holidays. The last few weeks of the term felt like a constant rush so I am looking forward to some ‘quiet time’ in the African bush. Today I thought I’d share some images from a project I have been working on at an Arabian Ranches home. The project… Read more »

favourite storage baskets

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 »

Ikea Nipprig collection

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 »

Gender neutral kids room makeover

I recently had the pleasure of working on an exciting decorating project with British mum-of-three-adorable-smalls, Dani Wilson. The lovely Dani is one mega multi-tasking mama. Not only is she a co-founder of Sassy Mama Dubai, she also runs a successful PR business and has founded a charity in Pakistan called the ZB Foundation, which provides free screening tests for all new born babies. When Dani got in touch to ask if I could assist with a full room makeover for her adorable little twins, Rio… Read more »

Christmas style: shop the look

  If you enjoyed the recent post on my collaborative Christmas styling project, then you’re going to love this inside scoop of where to find all these lovely goodies.   1 IKEA gift boxes & tags | 2 West Elm gold servers | 3 West Elm brass deer | 4 West Elm gold flatware set | 5 Black & gold tea set, The One | 6 West Elm organic shaped, metallic rimmed dinner set | 7 West Elm chevron nakins | 8 Monogrmmed dinner plates and mugs from D.tales | 9 Gold feathers from H&M online | 10 Gold cage vase,… Read more »

DIY gold ikea bookshelf

DIY gold bookshelf

Hello my lovelies. It’s been a while since I talked ‘DIY’, but I have a great little project to share with you today. So you know how I’ve been going on about ‘lightening and brightening’ things up in my home for, oh, about a year now? I’ve managed to tick a few boxes here and there (like the purchase of my must-have light), but I’m finally making some real progress. The dining room was in need of a serious overhaul – mostly because it was filled… Read more »

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 and likes to ensure that everything stays in said place, but for some reason, my office has become a little dumping area and I have been meaning to get on top of the situation for some time. Aside of the clutter that was starting to accumulate, I’ve been wanting to change the finish… Read more »