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…

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…

My love for Skinny LaMinx | Giveaway

12/11/2017

Skinny LaMinx is one of my favourite South African design labels and has been for a long time. I featured this awesome brand in a blog post years ago and they just seem to keep screen-printing their way into my heart. I have watched this homegrown brand grown in size, but their values haven’t changed bit. They continue to design and manufacture all of their products in Cape Town – and their wide variety of products now include…

Ikea 2018 Catalogue

28/08/2017

We’ve just got back to Dubai from a few weeks in South Africa and it feels like Christmas has come early with the launch of IKEA’S 2018 catalogue. This year’s theme, ‘make room for life’ encourages you to make room for the things you love, no matter the size of your home or your wallet. Having lived in our current home for exactly one year now, and still seeing too many blank walls and spaces around me (quite simply because…

Home Tour: Petro Vivier from Monoshop

10/08/2017

It’s been a while since we had a home tour on the blog and this one comes all the way from the Western Cape in South Africa. A beautiful minimalistic home in the heart of Somerset West. The home owner is the lovely Petro from Monoshop, who’s no stranger to us. We’ve talked about her shop before and I’ve done a guest post for her blog too. Needless to say Monoshop is one of my favourite online home boutiques from ‘back home’. Amongst…

Salt Rock Beach House, KZN, South Africa

08/08/2017

Hello my long lost lovelies. It’s been a while, I know. Apologies, as always, for my radio silence. If you follow my social media, you’ll know that the smalls and I have been in South Africa for the past few weeks on our annual pilgrimage to escape the heat and enjoy some downtime time with friends and family. This year, we’ve spent a fair amount of time of the road, covering vast areas of our beloved KwaZulu Natal province from…

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  • When my dining room looks this bare, you know my kids have built an epic fort somewhere. Dining chairs are an integral part of the architecture. And its their favourite weekend activity 🙄 Also, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't kind of digging the extreme minimalist vibe. Suddenly wondering if we could survive with 2 dining chairs. Dinner in shifts, perhaps?

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  • All the Friday feels in this fun room. Tap for deets 😉

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  • A piece of unquestionable beauty from the lovely Sacha at @junoandace_ arrived on our desk this morning and we're just scratching our heads dumbfounded at why we didn't order more!? Fools. 
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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. 
#bosch #LikeABosch #boschmiddleeast
  • 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. 
#happydays #happykids #kidsroomstyle #kidspo #projectnursery #projectjunior #wallpaper #rainbowwallhanging
  • 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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  • Saturday afternoon at home and there's nowhere I'd rather be. 
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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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