About

House of Hawkes is a Dubai-based boutique design studio specialising in interior design, styling, art direction and content creation. We document our work and anything that inspires us on the blog and our Instagram feed.

Where it all started

I’ve had a passion for interior design for as long as I can remember. In September 2013, I created a blog to share my love of design, organisation, decoration and more through a portfolio of my own projects, news from the design world, favourite finds, and inspiring home tours. What started as just a blog quickly blossomed into a new career and I couldn’t be more grateful for the journey that this path has taken me on.

Over the years, I’ve collaborated with notable brands including IKEA, Bosch, Crate & Barrel, Hansgrohe and Jotun Paints. In 2019, I was approached by bed retailer, Helmii to design a bed for them and I thoroughly enjoyed my first foray in product design. In 2018, House of Hawkes won the Amara Blog award for Best International Interior Design blog – undoubtedly, one of my House of Hawkes highlights. 

I now work with a small but talented and creative team. We offer art direction and interior styling for photoshoots as well as custom content creation for brand collaborations, but spend most of our time creating bespoke interior designs for both commercial and residential clients , creating spaces that are as useful as they are beautiful.

Meet the team

Our Dutch-Caribbean-Island-girl was the first to join me and has been a vital part of the team ever since. This mum of two boys is super practical, crafty and a total DIY diva, making her invaluable on installation days. She’s a sourcing queen who manages our project schedules and runs a tight ship. She’s also the primary line of communication with our suppliers and trade partners. 

A fellow South African, Marli is a fashion buyer turned photographer and creative – she’s also a new mum to baby Mila and our unofficial style compass here in the office. She’s the trendy one who tries to keep the rest of us on track. She works really hard behind the scenes, attending to the creative requirements of the blog, managing all our in-house shoots and contributing to our design process for clients.

The most recent South African to join the tribe, Britt, is an interior designer, draftswoman and aspiring photographer. She’s our technical girl with an eye for detail and style. Britt is mood boarding master who plays a key role in the design and creative process

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

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  • When my dining room looks this bare, you know my kids have built an epic fort somewhere. Dining chairs are an integral part of the architecture. And its their favourite weekend activity 🙄 Also, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't kind of digging the extreme minimalist vibe. Suddenly wondering if we could survive with 2 dining chairs. Dinner in shifts, perhaps?

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  • Friday chill with @privilee_uae
  • All the Friday feels in this fun room. Tap for deets 😉

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  • A piece of unquestionable beauty from the lovely Sacha at @junoandace_ arrived on our desk this morning and we're just scratching our heads dumbfounded at why we didn't order more!? Fools. 
#mobile #brassmobile #supporthandmade #handcrafted #wantone #interior123 #interiorinspo #interiorandhome #kineticmobile #cosmos
  • Yesterday during our installation I showed (off) my Bosch cordless screwdriver in action and since this is something I am asked about, I thought I’d show you guys the two tools I can’t live without and why… because I’m a tool geek - that’s why. I’ve had a Bosch cordless screwdriver for years and it’s my most used tool. A few months ago, @boschmiddleeast sent me a box of tools as a gift and it should come as no surprise to hear that I was giddy with excitement. The cordless screwdriver and laser measure included in that set were both upgrades on the ones I had and I was blown away by both. (See my story highlights for those scenes of discovery). The reason I love the new cordless screwdriver so much more than the older one is because unlike the older version, the various screwdriver heads/bits are housed within the tool and can be easily changed by rotating the cartridge. Mind blown! My old screwdriver had the bits in a separate case, which had a habit of disappearing on me. As for the laser measure, this little gem makes life so easy. Measuring up a room can be done in less than half the time and unlike my conventional tape measure, it’s super lightweight in my handbag. Which is where you’ll always find it. Obvs. 
#bosch #LikeABosch #boschmiddleeast
  • The little residents of this room got to see their new space for the first time yesterday and we hear from.the mama that there was all kinds of excitement and joy. The news warmed my heart which was much needed during an otherwise frustrating morning. 
#happydays #happykids #kidsroomstyle #kidspo #projectnursery #projectjunior #wallpaper #rainbowwallhanging
  • Charly just told me that @martin_and_ella have a sale on and so many of our favourite @piupiuchick pieces are included. Made me think of that time we had all the House of Hawkes smalls in one fun shoot. We need to do this again... but maybe when the humidity is done over achieving! .
#dubai #piupiuchick # dubaisummer #dubaikids #kidspo #kidsfashion #allthesmalls #cuties #marinandella
  • Saturday afternoon at home and there's nowhere I'd rather be. 
#lazy #lazyday #weekendchill #diningroom #diningroomdecor #interiorandhome #interior123
  • Hold up! Holy shizzz... I just caught my child cleaning his desk. You're going to laugh out loud at his reason for doing this, and I also need y'all help with something in his room. All the laughs and my question on stories. .
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#kidssaythedarndestthings #laughing #myboy #cleaning #boysroom #deskarea

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