Our rental villa upgrades: New flooring

19/11/2019

When we renewed our lease agreement this year, we asked our landlord if he would consider giving us a budget to spend on some upgrades that are desperately required in the house. To our absolute delight, he agreed without hesitation. And so the fix up journey began. The budget for upgrades was conservative at best and I was going to have to do some serious prioritising – hello new flooring. The flooring in this house had bothered me…

A Gender Neutral Room for Little Siblings

11/11/2019

Designing a shared gender neutral room can be daunting, but we never shy away from a challenge. So, when a mum of two reached out to us to assist with creating a space for her brood we accepted without hesitation. We had an generous blank canvas with a beautiful wooden floor to work from and the brief was fairly simple: double the kids meant double the volume of stuff, so enough storage for all their paraphernalia was a…

Britt’s BUDGET-FRIENDLY NURSERY

01/11/2019

A much anticipated new arrival to the House of Hawkes brood has us all hyped-up. We are on baby-watch as we speak – waiting, waiting to hear of the new little guy’s arrival. But unlike Mila’s nursery last year, which we literally threw together at the 11th hour – with awesome results I might add – we were a little more organised this time around in helping our dear colleague Britt get ready for baby’s arrival. It certainly…

House of Hawkes turns six | reflecting & evolving

15/09/2019

After a busy summer spent in South Africa, and the madness of getting back into office mode, I realised yesterday that it’s House of Hawkes’ birthday month! I mark the month rather than an exact day because, frankly, I don’t recall the exact date I ‘went live’, at that point, the blog was a loose commitment at best, but it was in the midst of September 2013. In some respects, it feels like a lifetime ago. It’s been…

Piupiuchick at Martin & Ella

27/05/2019

Dubai’s ‘big summer break’ is hurtling towards us like a freight train with a mere five weeks left before school’s out and the mass exodus begins. It’s seems such a unique lifestyle quirk the way so many families collectively leave town over the same period to travel to their home countries or other exotic destinations during July and August, essentially to escape two of the warmest months of the year here in the UAE. I know that we…

Fronteriors is open for business

26/05/2019

Last month I shared the exciting news about Fronteriors with you all. Remember that new business venture I am embarking on with my dear friend and fellow crazy, er, I mean stylist, Linda Dekkers (aka LiveLoudGirl)? Taking our collaborative creativity to the next level is proving to be rather a lot of work, particularly on top of the usual House of Hawkes project load, but thankfully neither of us are the type to back down from a personal…

Scene & Heard | MAY 2019

21/05/2019

Welcome to our first edition of Scene & Heard with contributions from the whole team! If you’re new to our space in the blogosphere, welcome to our humble online abode. As the name suggests, this regular feature is about cool new things we’ve spotted on the scene or interesting titbits we’ve come to hear of. Either way, we’ve got you covered from all perspectives. Some of the information may seem entirely random, but trust us, if we’ve included…

Apartment Living | The piano Room

16/05/2019

Some projects tend to lead to other projects, as was the case with this client. After the living room makeover in this same apartment, we were asked to assist with something quite unique and certainly new to our portfolio – a piano room. The space was already partially decorated when we stepped in to help – and since this particular client has a great eye for design and detail, he had accumulated a few key pieces that were…

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  • That new flooring post I promised y'all is live on the blog this morning. Link in bio of via my stories. Thank you @floorworldllc for stocking this awesome product and for installing it so beautifully.
  • Changing the flooring in our rental villa has been a complete game changer. I'll be posting a full reveal of the new look on the blog tomorrow, including my choice of product from @floorworldllc and how I've found the new surface after a month of living with it. 
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  • We started work on this shared sibling room just before the summer and after long delays with some of the items we ordered, we finally managed to apply the finishing touches last month. There's a full reveal on the blog. Link in profile. 
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  • @d3dubai is one of my favourite Dubai districts. I'll be back there this afternoon with @liveloudgirl to talk about building a business in the social media age and our @fronteriors journey thus far. We kick off at 6pm if you around and would like to join us.  #downtowndesign #ddw2019
  • Yesterday was our first day in the new studio.  Given the distinct lack of furniture, we unpacked all the crazy onto the one @andtradition sofa that we have. 😝 Thanks to @marli_smithphotography for capturing this hilarious moment, like the new age working mum that she is - with a baby on her hip. We were just missing our other brand new mummy. New chapter starts here. #studiofronteriors #girlgang
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  • Aw, look at these little guys sky-rocketing the cuteness scale in yesterday's nursery installation. And as for that colour (Exhale) from @jotunpaintsarabia 2020 collection, I'm smitten!

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