Our rental villa upgrades: Kitchen Makeover

06/12/2019

Say hello to our new kitchen! If you follow me on Instagram, you will already have seen that I’ve done a kitchen makeover at home – and if you caught the blog post about our new flooring, then you probably also know that our landlord recently agreed to a small budget for some upgrades in our villa. Flooring was priority level one, but some changes in the kitchen were a close second. Lucky for us, this villa had…

Over the rainbow Nursery reveal

24/10/2019

We met this lovely mama last year when she approached us to help with the design and installation of a shared boys and a shared girls room. Although she gravitated towards the colour palette we used for Mila’s nursery, her brief was really sweet in the sense that there wasn’t much of a brief, but rather an acknowledgement of the fact that she completely trusted us to run wild with our our creativity in the design – and…

Jotun 2020 Colour Collection

03/10/2019

Earlier this week our favourite paint brand, Jotun Middle East, launched their 12 new colours for 2020, and along with a few other folks, I was lucky enough to get first glimpse. My love affair with this brand goes back quite some time, so I was suitably excited when the launch invite landed on my desk. Seeing the new palette in person was a real treat and, as always, Jotun didn’t disappoint. Some of the highlights of the launch…

La Cotte Farm, Franschhoek, SOUTH AFRICA

23/08/2019

One of the highlights of our summer break (which is indeed a winter break when you’re in South Africa) was a trip to the beautiful Cape region with friends who were visiting from London. I absolutely love everything about the Cape – from the picturesque landscapes to the beautiful wine farms and dramatic ocean views, it gives me all the holiday feels. And I don’t mind whether it’s summer or winter because it’s beautiful in all seasons. Since…

Baby Mila’s nursery

21/09/2018

I am so excited to be sharing the result of our House of Hawkes team effort to help our colleague and friend, Marli, prepare of the arrival of her baby girl – Mila. Charly and I were just about as excited for baby’s arrival as the gorgeous mum-to-be was and we are happy to report that the little cherub has since arrived safely and is as cute as a button! We pulled together a gorgeous,budget-friendlyy nursery that doubles as…

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Shades of Homeware

21/12/2017

The countdown is officially on for the last-minute shopathon and I am here to help with a few more fabulous gift ideas. Essentially a bunch of things I would be very happy with under the tree. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink to the familia. Add sleek, sophisticated designs to any home with my ‘8 Shades of Homeware’ Holiday Gift selection. These pieces are not only functional, but also beautiful. When not in use, they make for beautiful display pieces….

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Little Ones

17/12/2017

It’s that festive time of the year again and, as is becoming tradition around here, I am running a bit late with things. I’ve usually rounded up a great selection of gift ideas for you by now so I apologise for how late this is. I really enjoy putting gift guides together as I trawl the interwebs looking for items to tick off my own Christmas shopping list. And now with just a week to go, there is…

H&M Home: Kids Edition

22/11/2017

Just want to have a bit of a rave about the fact that H&M Home is back in Dubai – an now even closer to home for me at Mall of The Emirates. I absolutely adore this shop and it’s one of the stores that I really enjoy visiting in person rather than online. It’s particularly good for kids rooms because who really wants to spend a fortune on accessories for the smalls’ rooms? And besides, kids will…

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