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…

Interview with a creative | Sukaina Khimjee

26/09/2019

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Sukaina Khimjee, owner of @villa65design. She gives us a peek into her boutique design company and shares a bit about the face behind the business. A few months ago, Sukaina sent us a profile of her work and we were intrigued with her collection of art prints. Kath is particularly keen on discovering and showcasing local talent, especially when it falls within her design aesthetic and @villa65design fits the bill. Can you give us the story behind @villa65design?Born and raised in Dubai, I was surrounded by ambition and creativity. My…

House of Hawkes turns six | reflecting & evolving

15/09/2019

After a busy summer spent in South Africa, and the madness of getting back into office mode, I realised yesterday that it’s House of Hawkes’ birthday month! I mark the month rather than an exact day because, frankly, I don’t recall the exact date I ‘went live’, at that point, the blog was a loose commitment at best, but it was in the midst of September 2013. In some respects, it feels like a lifetime ago. It’s been an amazing journey so far with lots of notable milestones, and so many new friends and colleagues along the way. As cliche…

IKEA Catalogue 2020: Get Ready For A Fresh Start

28/08/2019

Hold on to your Ikea meatballs because the summer’s most anticipated literature is finally here… We’re talking about the IKEA catalog: A once-yearly release showcasing everything that’s coming in the next year.And we had front row seats at the UAE launch this week. This year’s catalogue theme “A Fresh Start” focus on the importance of mental and physical rest and will be offering products designed to improve sleep. With simple, smart solutions from blackout blinds and comfortable mattresses to new additions like sound absorbing decorative panels and ergonomic pillows designed for every kind of sleeper. Don’t worry, though, it’s not all bed frames…

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  • We started work on this shared sibling room just before the summer and after long delays with some of the items we ordered, we finally managed to apply the finishing touches last month. There's a full reveal on the blog. Link in profile. 
Images by @marli_smithphotography
#kidsroomdecor #sharedbedroom #genderneutral
  • @d3dubai is one of my favourite Dubai districts. I'll be back there this afternoon with @liveloudgirl to talk about building a business in the social media age and our @fronteriors journey thus far. We kick off at 6pm if you around and would like to join us.  #downtowndesign #ddw2019
  • Yesterday was our first day in the new studio.  Given the distinct lack of furniture, we unpacked all the crazy onto the one @andtradition sofa that we have. 😝 Thanks to @marli_smithphotography for capturing this hilarious moment, like the new age working mum that she is - with a baby on her hip. We were just missing our other brand new mummy. New chapter starts here. #studiofronteriors #girlgang
  • Dreamy terrazzo feels at the @nwt.newterracotta exhibit at @downtowndesignd #ddw2019 #terrazzo #downtowndesign
  • Aw, look at these little guys sky-rocketing the cuteness scale in yesterday's nursery installation. And as for that colour (Exhale) from @jotunpaintsarabia 2020 collection, I'm smitten!
  • @marli_smithphotography and I tried to shoot my kitchen makeover today but rain has ended play unexpectedly.... hey ho, you can't get me down though, I'm loving this new space too much!
  • A busy and exciting week lies ahead, peeps! Aside of an installation to complete for a lovely new client, I'm right on the cusp of a super exciting milestone. @liveloudgirl and I are moving into a shared studio space... because since the inception of @fronteriors we're basically married so getting a place together seems like the obvious next step 😂 But seriously though, we're becoming a blended tribe of sorts and we are really excited for this next chapter of creativity, with our respective teams working side by side while we steer the runaway train that is fronteriors. 
The new studio is a dreamy blank canvas of endless artistic possibilities. We've already treated it to some @jotunpaintsarabia magic on the walls, but I suspect that that the evolution of this workspace will be constantly in motion. Stay tuned. 
#newstudio #newbeginnings #studiio #interiordesign #interior123 #houseofhawkesloves #houseofhawkes
  • Forever discovering treasures in mom's office only to be told they're for someone else's room. She'll tell you that's the story of her life. Wonder where she gets that sense of drama? 🤔 🙎🏼‍♀️ 🐳 @bigstuffed 
#kidsroomstyle #bigstuffed
  • On the blog this morning is a better-late-than-never edition of our popular 'scene & heard' series. It's a look back at some of the team's summer highlights, including dreamy Netherlands coastal vibes and some Dubai gems discovered my Marli and Mila who spent a large chunk of the break locally. Enjoy x | image by @dutchcaribbeancharly

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