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…

Contemporary Apartment living

06/05/2019

We’ve recently completed some work for a stylish bachelor in his contemporary new apartment. To be honest when we first saw the home, we weren’t entirely sure why he had contacted us. Let’s just say we’ve been called in for spaces needing a lot more ‘help’ than this one. This client has excellent taste but was struggling with narrowing down his choices and sticking with a style. After a thorough consultation, we helped him hone his desired aesthetic…

Pink bliss ombre nursery

23/04/2019

A few months ago an expectant mum-to-be reached out to us to help design a nursery for her little one. After a few sneak peeks on my Instagram on the day of the installation, we had many requests for the reveal post. So here it is – better late than never. The design brief for this room was to create a space that was both elegant and a little more ‘grown up’ than your average nursery, whilst maintaining…

Scene & Heard | April 2019

22/04/2019

Welcome back to another edition of Scene and Heard, an intentionally short and sweet series dedicated to sharing ad hoc snippets of cool things that have caught our eye on the interiors and lifestyle scene or newsworthy tidbits from our time spent online. Grab a cuppa and enjoy our April round-up. 1. SA Kids brands on our radarsWe are going absolutely gaga over these proudly South African kids brands. Flynn Jaxson – If you’re looking for some simple…

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  • Yesterday during our installation I showed (off) my Bosch cordless screwdriver in action and since this is something I am asked about, I thought I’d show you guys the two tools I can’t live without and why… because I’m a tool geek - that’s why. I’ve had a Bosch cordless screwdriver for years and it’s my most used tool. A few months ago, @boschmiddleeast sent me a box of tools as a gift and it should come as no surprise to hear that I was giddy with excitement. The cordless screwdriver and laser measure included in that set were both upgrades on the ones I had and I was blown away by both. (See my story highlights for those scenes of discovery). The reason I love the new cordless screwdriver so much more than the older one is because unlike the older version, the various screwdriver heads/bits are housed within the tool and can be easily changed by rotating the cartridge. Mind blown! My old screwdriver had the bits in a separate case, which had a habit of disappearing on me. As for the laser measure, this little gem makes life so easy. Measuring up a room can be done in less than half the time and unlike my conventional tape measure, it’s super lightweight in my handbag. Which is where you’ll always find it. Obvs. 
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  • The little residents of this room got to see their new space for the first time yesterday and we hear from.the mama that there was all kinds of excitement and joy. The news warmed my heart which was much needed during an otherwise frustrating morning. 
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  • Charly just told me that @martin_and_ella have a sale on and so many of our favourite @piupiuchick pieces are included. Made me think of that time we had all the House of Hawkes smalls in one fun shoot. We need to do this again... but maybe when the humidity is done over achieving! .
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  • Hold up! Holy shizzz... I just caught my child cleaning his desk. You're going to laugh out loud at his reason for doing this, and I also need y'all help with something in his room. All the laughs and my question on stories. .
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