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

Kathryn Hawkes, Found & 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.

Meet the team

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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  • Mariam from @interiorflavor reached out to me and asked if I'd like to participate in her #monthofinspiration campain and offer a tip to everyone. Mine is a really simple one that has to do with something I'm asked all the time... how do I have white furniture with kids and a pet? The answer is really simple - removable covers, peeps. My white sofa has them and they're washed every few months. It's the very reason why I partnered with @helmiibeds to design a bed frame that has removable, washable covers! No fuss, no stress. #toptip #removablebedcover #removablesofacovers #loosecovers
  • Progress report in Ethan's room... I wasn't feeling the one third ratio of the colour block against the bed, so raised the line to two thirds and I'm so glad I did. Try to ignore the pile of mess just visible on the bed and marvel at the wonder of that colour. It's called Northern Mystic but I'd totally have named it forest green. Either way, I'm loving it! 
#greenwalls #colourblock #boysroom #tween  #jotunpaints
  • We've got a full house this weekend with my niece and nephew here and all 4 kids are coughing and congested 😔 poor things.  We've had to pass on our usual Saturday activities with @pirates.surf in favour of a couch day. I caught little miss camera shy, aka Ava-licious, chilling hard with Peter Rabbit 🐰
#couchday #sickday #home #houseofhawkes
  • New to the portfolio: a piano room. Take a tour of this moody and discerning space on houseofhawkes.com. image by @marli_smithphotography #houseofhawkes #pianoroom #yamahapiano #wallpaper #pianoman
  • I've put in an order for a new slip cover for my #helmiiXhouseofhawkes bed. It's for my guestroom makeover and I've opted for the off-white. I should have it by next week and I'll be sure to show you how quick and easy the change is! #bedslipcover guestroom #makeover #easypeasy
  • When @style____k (bless her for her patience) was trying to get a shot of us at the @fronteriors product shoot, but we were knee deep in hardware discussions. Again. 
Also, could you die for the plywood fronts and top for BESTA? And the cane doors for BILLY!!?? 😁😜🤭
Image by @marli_smithphotography 
#fronteriors #productphotography #interiorstyling #ikeahacks #ikeahack
  • Today was a biggie for @liveloudgirl and I. That little idea about making custom fronts, tops and accessories for IKEA frames became a big reality as we embarked on our inaugural shoot for the @fronteriors website with the first few items fresh off the production line. The full collection isn't yet ready but we've decided that rather than waiting for everything to be finsihed before we go live, we're going to make items available to purchase as and when they are ready. A decision based largely on our excitement induced impatience, but also because of the 'are we there yet' questions we are fielding on a daily basis. And we get it. At this point, theres already a great selection of options coming online, including the hotly anticipated cane doors for the BILLY bookcase. We're so excited to bring this concept to the local market! Keep on eye out for the announcement of our website going live! 
Big thanks to everyone who assisted us in pulling today together: @nordichomeworx for the dreamy flooring, @8thstreetstudios for the studio space, @style____k for getting me out of my ripped jeans, @marli_smithphotography for being behind the lens, @jleeksma for video  magic, @jotunpaintsarabia for always having our back... and our walls! @thebowerycompany for accessories, @valentina.p.design for amazing organisation 
#ittakesavillage #almostthere #fronteriors
  • Over at @fronteriors some of our first units are almost off the production line and we're prepping to shoot images for the website every soon. Epic excitement here as It's. All. Happening! Eeek. I'm so thrilled to be embarking on this big adventure with such a fabulous partner in design endeavours - @liveloudgirl ... afterall, someone's gotta look good around here! #funtimes #fronts #frontsquad #fronteriors #herewego
  • All eyes on Kate 👀 because some icons never go out of style. 
#livingroom #livingroomdecor #katemoss #etsy

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