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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  • While the kids and I have been enjoying some quality time with special friends and fam in South Africa, the orders and enquiries over at @fronteriors are coming in thick and fast. @liveloudgirl and I couldn't be more grateful for all the love, support and enthusiasm shown towards our new venture. 
We are so excited to be sharing the next installments to our collection of doors, sides, tops and accessories for your much-loved IKEA frames. This cane cabinet (constructed with 2 x 128x60xm Besta cabinets and supported on our custom leg frame) is proving to be a firm favourite. Talk about 'furniture in disguise', eh!? image by @marli_smithphotography 
cabinet by @fronteriors 
chair by @ikonhousedubai 
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  • Me just before I felt the wind temp and added another 3 layers of clothing ... 🙈❄
  • Brrr, game drives this past weekend have been sooo cold. I think all the animals are in hiding and frankly, I don't blame them. You know the game viewing is dismal when rangers are calling in giraffe sightings on the radio! But they're still one of my favourite animals to see so no complaints here 🦒💛❄🥶
  • It takes a special brand of crazy to enjoy sunset swims in rough water in the middle of winter. These kids have it in abundance. #holidays #kzn #saltrock #southafrica #travelwithkids #bestofhome #bestoftimes
  • Sorry about the radio silence around here but our first week in South Africa has been a very busy whirlwind. We settled into #hawkesholidayhome and then headed into the Midlands to drive my niece and nephew back to their boarding schools. While we were there, we made a mini vacay of it with a two night stay at beautiful Gowrie Farm. We visited loads of places, including the iconic sculpture of Madiba at the Nelson Mandela capture site. We're loving the weather and catch-ups with loads of friends and family, but really looking forward to getting into the bush at Zuka this weekend for some proper downtime with Ouma.
  • We've had such a wonderful 2 night stay at @housedatdru on Gowrie Farm. It's such a beautiful estate with so much to see and do in the area. Highly recommend
  • Crisp winter evenings in the KZN midlands are just magical. We are loving our stay at @housedatdru 
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  • It's so good to be back home in crisp, fresh air, lush greenery and small boutique stores everywhere! 
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  • The epic summer exit pack has begun and by this time tomorrow I'm going to be (hopefully) chilling right here in our living room at #hawkesholidayhome ... Actually, who am I kidding!? There will first have to be the epic unpack, and then I guess we'll need some grocery shopping done, and then the kids will be nagging me to go to the beach. But we'll be 'home' and it won't feel like someone left the oven door open. So that''s something to get excited about! 
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