Our rental villa upgrades: Kitchen Makeover

06/12/2019

Say hello to our new kitchen! If you follow me on Instagram, you will already have seen that I’ve done a kitchen makeover at home – and if you caught the blog post about our new flooring, then you probably also know that our landlord recently agreed to a small budget for some upgrades in our villa. Flooring was priority level one, but some changes in the kitchen were a close second. Lucky for us, this villa had already had a kitchen upgrade at some point because it has an IKEA Kitchen rather than the original Meadows spec. The space…

Baby BOY nursery bliss

01/12/2019

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on my Insta lately you might have seen some sneak peeks of a blissful boy nursery we just finished up. Our client was expecting her third little man, so this wasn’t mama’s first rodeo and the ‘bones’ of the nursery were already in place with some key pieces she already had – a crib and feeding chair that had been used in the nurseries of her two older boys. For both sentimental and practical reasons, she wanted to use these for the new room too. Our brief was to create a calming space…

Our rental villa upgrades: New flooring

19/11/2019

When we renewed our lease agreement this year, we asked our landlord if he would consider giving us a budget to spend on some upgrades that are desperately required in the house. To our absolute delight, he agreed without hesitation. And so the fix up journey began. The budget for upgrades was conservative at best and I was going to have to do some serious prioritising – hello new flooring. The flooring in this house had bothered me since the day we arrived. Whilst the tiles were actually not at all offensive, being light and very neutral in colour, they…

A Gender Neutral Room for Little Siblings

11/11/2019

Designing a shared gender neutral room can be daunting, but we never shy away from a challenge. So, when a mum of two reached out to us to assist with creating a space for her brood we accepted without hesitation. We had an generous blank canvas with a beautiful wooden floor to work from and the brief was fairly simple: double the kids meant double the volume of stuff, so enough storage for all their paraphernalia was a necessity. Our client also wanted a fun and playful space with a colourful palette. She was also really keen on having some…

Scene & Heard | Summer holiday

04/11/2019

The summer holidays feel somewhat like a lifetime ago – what, with signs of Christmas already in stores and a hint of winter weather starting to make its way to Dubai – but we realised recently the the team hadn’t yet shared our ‘scene & heard’ snippets from our various summer adventures across South Africa & Europe. Well, you might have followed along for Kath’s South African adventures via Instagram or the post she published about her stay in the Cape (be sure to see that if you haven’t already), but the rest of the team had some great escapes…

Britt’s BUDGET-FRIENDLY NURSERY

01/11/2019

A much anticipated new arrival to the House of Hawkes brood has us all hyped-up. We are on baby-watch as we speak – waiting, waiting to hear of the new little guy’s arrival. But unlike Mila’s nursery last year, which we literally threw together at the 11th hour – with awesome results I might add – we were a little more organised this time around in helping our dear colleague Britt get ready for baby’s arrival. It certainly helped that IKEA, and Jotun, two of our favourite brands, were keen to jump in and help us with this fun little…

Interior showstoppers

30/10/2019

With an influx of new decor beauties from our favourite online interiors retailers, we find ourselves wanting to hit ‘add to cart’ on pretty much all of them. So we thought we would share a couple of these stunners with you. Have a look at what is currently on our radar at House of Hawkes: 01 Showcase your favourite greenery by elevating them in this knockout plant box. You probably worked hard to keep those babies alive, so you might as well show them off. 02 Looking for something modern to dress up your walls? Artwork is such an important…

Over the rainbow Nursery reveal

24/10/2019

We met this lovely mama last year when she approached us to help with the design and installation of a shared boys and a shared girls room. Although she gravitated towards the colour palette we used for Mila’s nursery, her brief was really sweet in the sense that there wasn’t much of a brief, but rather an acknowledgement of the fact that she completely trusted us to run wild with our our creativity in the design – and so we did. In fact, we went all the way over the rainbow. It’s such a joy when clients put their trust…

Jotun 2020 Colour Collection

03/10/2019

Earlier this week our favourite paint brand, Jotun Middle East, launched their 12 new colours for 2020, and along with a few other folks, I was lucky enough to get first glimpse. My love affair with this brand goes back quite some time, so I was suitably excited when the launch invite landed on my desk. Seeing the new palette in person was a real treat and, as always, Jotun didn’t disappoint. Some of the highlights of the launch event included a commendable performance by Jotun’s very own staff band and the reveal of Jotun ZERO, an eco-friendly, non toxic product with…

Hi, I’m Kathryn


House of Hawkes is a boutique interior design studio based in Dubai. This website is where it all started and remains a creative space for my love of design and decor, and for sharing awesome everyday things. More about me & the team

Subscribe & Follow

WE WON AN AWARD!

SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG

Never miss a new post from House of Hawkes! Enter your email address to subscribe and receive new posts right in your inbox.

Follow on Instagram

  • We're so enjoying the changes we made to the IKEA kitchen in our rental home - a feel good vibe made even sweeter by the fact that those sexy black doors are made from 100% recycled wood & plastic. Nice work, @ikeatoday | Swipe left for an reminder of what this space looked like a few weeks ago. If you're interested to know about what exactly we did and see some more before and afters, hop over to houseofhawkes.com for a closer look. Link in bio.
Image by @marli_smithphotography 
#kitchendesign #kitchenmakeover #blackkitchen #ikea #ikeauae #kungsbacka #recycle #sustainability
  • On a scale of wardrobe envy from 1 to 10, I'm clocking 25 as I witness the first installation of @fronteriors cane doors for PAX wardrobe frames at a client's home. I think we have reached #ikeahack level 100! 
#want #musthave #fronteriors #pax #paxwardrobes #ikeahacks #ikeahacking
  • Gone camping.
#camping #desert #desertfun #mydubai #UAEnationalday
  • Happy National Day to the UAE! 
This beautiful country has been our home and playground for 14 years. When we first arrived, we partied at Scarlet’s in Emirates Towers and spent weekends at the beach, often watching touch rugby on the open beach area (that is now the gardens of the Westin). I had the pleasure and privilege of working for the formable powerhouse that is @thenfd at The Grooming Company, during a time when she was pioneering the grooming industry in this region. Springs townhouses were just being handed over, there were only a handful of completed buildings in the Marina and JLT was an architectural plan. The Burj Khalifa was rising from foundation level, there was no Terminal 3, no Downtown Dubai, no Canal, no Business Bay crossing, no Salik tolls or any Metro lines to be seen. The old Garhoud bridge was a three lane affair that would bring traffic to it’s knees and closed to allow large vessels to pass. We feel really lucky to have seen this incredible city grow and develop to the iconic destination it is today. 
We’ve had our ups & downs, but overall, this country has been amazingly good to us. Both our babies were born here and no matter where we might land one day, this will always be ‘home’ in their hearts. 
PS: these pictures were taken by @nateleecocks sometime last year in the midst of a full-blown sandstorm. Nat, I’m still chuckling at the fact that we just carried on regardless! 
After this bit of Dubai nostalgia, i forgot to mention something and now I’d really LOVE to hear from anyone who also  remembers when @ikeauae was a small retail outlet in Deira City Centre mall!?? #UAEnationalday #spiritofthenation #mydubai #itsbeenawhile
  • Baby boy nursery bliss on the blog today, as promised. So many cute corners and adorable accessories in this room. Link in profile.
Images by @marli_smithphotography

#babyboy #nursery #nurserydesign #nurserydecor #arearugs #theloomcollection #mywestelm #daybed #bigstuffed
  • We wrapped this nursery up just in time for baby's arrival. Like literally just in time. And we found some beautiful pieces from new suppliers. More on the blog soon.
Ph by @marli_smithphotography

#babyboy #boysroom #kidsroomstyle #nurserydesign #projectjunior #projectnursery
  • It's such fun having our @fronteriors cabinets to play with in the new studio. We tried this new combination of beige slatted doors with black hardware and it's a beauty - particularly in front of the marmorino wall by @jotunpaintsarabia | Swipe through to get a closer look. This cabinet is built using 2 x BESTA 60x128 frames that are screwed together and supported on a custom leg frame. Add 2 x slatted doors, 2 x sides, 1 x top, 2 x handles and.... voila! 
Ph by @marli_smithphotography
#ikeahacks #ikeahacking #fronteriors #slatteddoors #styling #studiof
  • Throwback to sleepy mornings in South Africa this past summer, which of course was winter over there. And now its starting to feel much the same over here. Switching ACs off and opening the doors and windows feels like a re-awakening after Dubai's looooong summer! Anyone else loving this time of year?
#dubaiwinter #chillymorning
  • Did you catch this week's blog post re our new floors? Covering those old tiles was the best decision. Link in bio for all the details. Image by @marli_smithphotography
#newfloors #laminateflooring #waterresistantlaminatefloor #interior123 #interiorstyling #myhome

Follow @houseofhawkes

Categories

×