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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.

Meet the team

Kathryn Hawkes, Founder & Creative Director
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.

Charly van Doremalen-Oster
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.

Marli Smith
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.

Brittany Guimaraes
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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  • These RÖNNINGE chairs are new at @ikeauae and we're wild about their elegant simplicity. In fact, therevare a few new items that have caught our eye there recently so we've rounded up some favourites on houseofhawkes.com. link in bio. #ikea #favourites
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  • It started with a conversation over lunch that went something like this: 'so these custom doors and tops that we're forever making for clients, we should probably just make more and sell them because everyone always asks where we got them'... hmm, 'seems like a perfectly reasonable plan for two people already overwhelmed by their workload. Yalla, let's do it!' And then there was the #billyhack that accelerated our @fronteriors launch plans. Read all about my exciting new business venture with @liveloudgirl on the blog. Link in profile.
  • Walking our the door with a long to do list ahead of me, including a stop to pick up Ethan's new passport that I applied for early September 2018. Better late than never, eh!? In case you missed the news about my design collaboration with @helmiibeds there's a post on the blog with all the details - and it's available to shop online if you're in the market for an awesome new bed with a handy removable cover! 📷 by @marli_smithphotography #helmiiXhouseofhawkes #bedslipcover #removablebedcover #bedroomstyling #bedroomdecor #houseofhawkes
  • The kids and I escaped for RAK to join friends for an overnight getaway. Safe to say the smalls have had a blast! 
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  • I'm taling the kids on an overnight mini vacay to Ras Al Khaimah today, although they've talked it up to something substantially more glamorous... and now it's raining. Really, weather?! Anyhoo, how cute is this room? Our refreshed website is live and a tour of this space will be on there soon. But first, the mini-break. 📷 by @marli_smithphotography
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  • Bed. That's where the party's at for me tonight. I can feel a cold coming at me like a freight train so I'm dosing myself and catching some early zzz's. This room though, and that afternoon light, from our styling sesh at casa @whitemossdecor is giving me good vibes. Night night insta family. 
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