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…

our living room – a work in progress

29/12/2018

Hello lovelies! I hope you have all had a fabulously festive Christmas. I’ve have been taking some time off from work and the blog and have really been enjoying the down time with no deadlines. I’ve been spring-cleaning the house and getting myself ready to face the new year with a clean(ish) slate. That said, there is one post that is long overdue and that I wanted to publish on here before the year is through. We shot…

Christmas table styling | shop the look

09/12/2018

In a recent post, we created a set of printable stationery for your Christmas gifts and table settings and to photograph the items, we set up a festive tablescape in my dining room. We really enjoyed the process and loved the outcome, so we thought it would be nice to share some of images with ideas for decorating the table and dining room for your own Christmas entertaining. We wanted to give the dining room a festive ambiance…

EARTHBOUND ROUNDUP: PRODUCTS WE LOVE

22/11/2018

I think we all know that team House of Hawkes is not backing down from our love of neutrals any time soon. Personally, I’ve pretty much always been based in camp neutral. I have moments of bravery that allow me to make some bold colour moves every now and then, and frankly with no regrets so far, but I’ll always feel most at home surrounded by pared back tones and earthy textures. After a very busy few weeks…

IKEA favourite finds

12/04/2018

If you know me at all, then you probably know of my big love for Ikea. I love to mix affordable basics with investment pieces and the two don’t usually come from the same store. That said, IKEA is collaborating with some big name designers these days and on some levels, they’re threatening to occupying both camps! This week, while running around like a headless chicken for some installations (which you will be reading more about in the…

Fab finds at H&M Home

03/03/2018

While on a quick sourcing trip earlier this week we decided to pop into H&M Home and as always they didn’t disappoint. The new stock in-store is all kinds of gorgeous and we thought we would share some of the beauties we came across with you. Whilst I sure the hubster will disagree, I am great believer in the fact that there is no such thing as “too many cushions”. But why this obsession? Simply put, cushions are the…

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….

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…

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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
  • Progress report in Ethan's room... I wasn't feeling the one third ratio of the colour block against the bed, so raised the line to two thirds and I'm so glad I did. Try to ignore the pile of mess just visible on the bed and marvel at the wonder of that colour. It's called Northern Mystic but I'd totally have named it forest green. Either way, I'm loving it! 
#greenwalls #colourblock #boysroom #tween  #jotunpaints
  • We've got a full house this weekend with my niece and nephew here and all 4 kids are coughing and congested 😔 poor things.  We've had to pass on our usual Saturday activities with @pirates.surf in favour of a couch day. I caught little miss camera shy, aka Ava-licious, chilling hard with Peter Rabbit 🐰
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  • New to the portfolio: a piano room. Take a tour of this moody and discerning space on houseofhawkes.com. image by @marli_smithphotography #houseofhawkes #pianoroom #yamahapiano #wallpaper #pianoman
  • I've put in an order for a new slip cover for my #helmiiXhouseofhawkes bed. It's for my guestroom makeover and I've opted for the off-white. I should have it by next week and I'll be sure to show you how quick and easy the change is! #bedslipcover guestroom #makeover #easypeasy
  • When @style____k (bless her for her patience) was trying to get a shot of us at the @fronteriors product shoot, but we were knee deep in hardware discussions. Again. 
Also, could you die for the plywood fronts and top for BESTA? And the cane doors for BILLY!!?? 😁😜🤭
Image by @marli_smithphotography 
#fronteriors #productphotography #interiorstyling #ikeahacks #ikeahack
  • Today was a biggie for @liveloudgirl and I. That little idea about making custom fronts, tops and accessories for IKEA frames became a big reality as we embarked on our inaugural shoot for the @fronteriors website with the first few items fresh off the production line. The full collection isn't yet ready but we've decided that rather than waiting for everything to be finsihed before we go live, we're going to make items available to purchase as and when they are ready. A decision based largely on our excitement induced impatience, but also because of the 'are we there yet' questions we are fielding on a daily basis. And we get it. At this point, theres already a great selection of options coming online, including the hotly anticipated cane doors for the BILLY bookcase. We're so excited to bring this concept to the local market! Keep on eye out for the announcement of our website going live! 
Big thanks to everyone who assisted us in pulling today together: @nordichomeworx for the dreamy flooring, @8thstreetstudios for the studio space, @style____k for getting me out of my ripped jeans, @marli_smithphotography for being behind the lens, @jleeksma for video  magic, @jotunpaintsarabia for always having our back... and our walls! @thebowerycompany for accessories, @valentina.p.design for amazing organisation 
#ittakesavillage #almostthere #fronteriors
  • Over at @fronteriors some of our first units are almost off the production line and we're prepping to shoot images for the website every soon. Epic excitement here as It's. All. Happening! Eeek. I'm so thrilled to be embarking on this big adventure with such a fabulous partner in design endeavours - @liveloudgirl ... afterall, someone's gotta look good around here! #funtimes #fronts #frontsquad #fronteriors #herewego
  • All eyes on Kate 👀 because some icons never go out of style. 
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