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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  • What are your feelings on plywood? We designed this with kids and play rooms in mind, but when we saw it come together, it gave us all the grown up feels. The raw, natural grain is unique to each piece and somewhat unpredictable - and we love that! Whether you use it as a full combination of doors, sides and top or just add a top to an existing all white BESTA, it's an instant @fronteriors upgrade to something stylish and 'new' #fronteriors #ikeahacks #ikeahacking #plywood
  • Guys, meet BILLY 3.0 with the new, slightly modified, very much improved cane doors and gold hardware that will completely transform your BILLY bookcase. Available to order from @fronteriors via email. Which means Fronteriors is open for business! 
We've got you covered for easy access to these pretty 'fronts' but you're still going to have to roll your sleeves up and get your DIY on as your BILLY frame requires painting to achieve this overall look 😉
If you'd like to see more of the products @liveloudgirl and I have designed for your furniture upgrading adventures, hop over to my latest post on houseofhawkes.com. link in bio.
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  • Sound on, peeps! Really excited to share this video with y‘all. It's Chapter One of Fronteriors. A fun behind the scenes compilation from our first ever @fronteriors photoshoot. A real first look at the doors, sides and tops that @liveloudgirl and I have designed to enhance your IKEA frames. It’s a small piece of a much bigger puzzle. The very first items off the production line. This shoot was an exciting milestone for us and we love how @yallayallamedia captured the spirit of the day. We hope you love it too. Thanks to everyone who helped us with this shoot!
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  • Oh Dubai, you're so pretty! 
Views en route to last night's iftar with @insideoutarabia at the home of @danubehome #mydubai #sunset #iftar #insideoutarabia
  • A mere 6 weeks remain before the summer break and I'm really looking forward to being back at @dunkirkestate for some down time. Forest walks and beach visits for the win!
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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

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