Ikea favourite finds | April 2019

19/04/2019

We are big fans of IKEA around here. It’s not for every room in the house, but it certainly has its place – particularly in this region’s transient society, Every now and again, they really hit a home run, particularly in recent years as they’ve taken on more design collaboration projects, and of late they’ve been knocking it out of the park. After a recent trip to our Dubai store, we thought we’d give you a round-up of what really caught our eye and what we think are some of the best items in store this season. 1 / 2…

fronteriors: an exciting new venture

16/04/2019

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I made a rather exciting announcement last month. I’ve started a new business venture with friend and fellow interior stylist, Linda Dekkers, better known as @liveloudgirl. Linda and I met at an industry event a few years ago and have maintained a great working relationship and valuable friendship ever since. In fact, it’s been a collaborative connection with us from the very beginning. We often catch up to exchange thoughts and ideas and at our first such meeting this year, during yet another discussion about upgrading and/or hacking IKEA…

Ready, Steady, Style | White Moss Makeover

14/04/2019

When Leanne from White Moss asked us to join her and another interior design team for fun day of styling at her beautiful home, we were intrigued with the idea of some styling on the fly, so to speak, and immediately said yes. And not just as an excuse to visit Casa White Moss again, but also to enjoy an exclusive preview of the new collection that we would be showcasing. A random draw decided that the lovely and super talented girls from C’est ici were going to tackle the playroom downstairs and team House of Hawkes was tasked with…

Crate & Barrel Spring/Summer 2019 collection

09/04/2019

I was thrilled to be invited by home furnishing giant, Crate & Barrel to host a masterclass at their Mall of the Emirates store this morning. The topic was styling your living and dining rooms with their new Spring/Summer 2019 collection – a colourful affair. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of my top tips and tricks with the folks who came to the event, and getting to chat with everyone afterwards. Crate & Barrel’s new collection for Spring/Summer showcases rich colours, bold patterns and unique pairings of textures. The product range also leans towards a more functional lifestyle by introducing…

Instagram 15k giveaway

07/04/2019

House of Hawkes’ Instagram account has recently reached 15k followers. It’s been a long road for us out there in the intsa-sphere and we think that this milestone is worthy of a celebration. So, with you all in mind, we reached our to a handful of our favourite retail friends and asked them if they’d be willing to join us in thanking you for your loyal support by hosting a collective giveaway. As always, this group of small business owners didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to support our cause and spoil you guys – and we couldn’t be more grateful….

Helmii X House of Hawkes collaboration

30/03/2019

When I started my blog and subsequent interior design career path almost six years ago, never could I have imagined some of the personal milestones it would lead to. If you’d told me that I would been asked by a bed retailer to design a bed for them, I’d no doubt have laughed at the suggestion, but fast forward to 2019 and it is with great excitement that I announce another design collaboration – this time with Helmii, a Dubai-based bed store, specialising in affordable, customised beds. (If you missed the first big collab announcement, see that here) Fairly new to…

IKEA’S BILLY bookcase turns 40… and I hacked it to celebrate!

04/03/2019

The team and I were pretty excited when IKEA UAE asked us to participate in a campaign to celebrate 40 years of the iconic BILLY bookcase. It’s pretty amazing to think of how this bookcase (in its various forms) has stood the test of time, and of all the homes it must’ve graced and the countless ways it’s been styled during those four decades. Growing up in South Africa, we had no IKEA, so it wasn’t something I was familiar with – or that I knew I was missing out on. You can imagine the level of my excitement when…

Valentine’s inspired Rosemary & Blackberry Pink Drink

10/02/2019

  Just like that, January is behind us and we are hurtling towards Valentine’s day – a bitter sweet one for me this year as my ‘baby boy’ turns ten!  With the romantic holiday literally a few days away, our clever Marli, who does a lot of the behind the scenes work here on the blog, came up with the brilliant idea to share a cocktail recipe that may just be the ideal bevvy to celebrate this fun ‘holiday’. Whether your love is well-worn or just blossoming, we’ve got you covered for a pretty pink drink that’s bound to impress…

H&M Home launches new concept stores

28/01/2019

I’ve been watching (on Instagram) with great envy as H&M Home have been opening their new standalone concept stores across Europe since September of last year, with the latest one set to open its doors in Regent Street, London in the Spring. These new concept stores, already operational in Denmark, Sweden, Norway Germany and the UK, are so exciting because they expand the existing homewares range to include furniture and lighting, essentially making them a fully-fledged home store. From what I have seen online with the European openings, these stores are inspiring destination that offer not only the latest products from the…

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