Home Tour: Karen Pissarra from DESIGNK

11/01/2019

We haven’t done a home tour on the blog in quite some time, but this feature is coming back with a bang as our first peek inside a beautiful home is one that I am personally crazy about and have been dying to show you for ages. It belongs to fellow South African and Interiors colleague, Karen Pissarro of Design K. And it’s not the first time we’ve featured the living quarters of this talented creative on the…

Our Holiday Home Reveal Part 3 : Master bedroom and bathrooms

29/09/2018

Work has been so ridiculously busy the past two weeks that I haven’t been on the blog much. We are working on some great new projects which I look forward to sharing on here in the coming weeks but for now, I’m conscious that I still owe you guys more room reveals from our new holiday home. So whilst the family are chilling in the pool this weekend morning, I’ve started to type this post on my iPad…

Our Holiday Home reveal : Part 1 The kitchen

10/09/2018

Remember that holiday apartment we bought in South Africa earlier this year? Well, it’s all renovated, furnished and ready for it’s big reveal. If you follow me on Instagram, you no doubt feel like you’ve had the full tour already. Perhaps you caught all the ‘behind the scenes’, ‘under the scenes’ and ‘knee deep in renovation scenes’ too? In case you missed all of that action, you can see a good chunk of it on my Instagram story…

Holiday Home Bathroom Planning

30/05/2018

The renovation work at project Holiday Home is in full swing and as with any renovation project, we have had a few hiccups along the way, but for the past week or two all focus has been on the bathrooms. When presented with a blank canvas, or more accurately, bathrooms that have been stripped to their shell and core, it’s surprisingly tricky to decide on what your ideal space actually looks like. Not to mention all the finishes…

Holiday Home kitchen planning

15/05/2018

As you may know, I was back home in South Africa last week. The (rather ambitious) mission of my 5 day trip was to source and specify all the finishes for the #HawkesHolidayHome renovation project with our contractor, Jarrod, from Gator Projects (whose patience with me warrants a separate blog post). Given that helping people decorate and improve their homes is what I do, you’d think that this would be a walk in the park for me. At least, that’s…

AXOR Press trip – Germany & Italy

27/04/2018

Last week was a great week design wise. Did you get the chance to follow me and fellow interior stylist Linda Dekkers aka @liveloudgirl on our European adventures? If you missed any of the action, I’ve saved the Instagram stories to the highlights in my profile. We had the amazing opportunity to attend a VIP press trip with AXOR Middle East and have co-written this post to tell you all about it. AXOR is the premium bathroom collection of the Hansgrohe…

Micro Trend: Bathroom Art

17/04/2017

Bathroom art is a micro trend that’s putting a smile on my face. Art in the bathroom, you say? Oh yes. Gone are the days where exhibits of your fine art pieces are limited to a display wall in the living room. Art is moving to the bathroom and it seems that designers are loving this trend. I like to think of it as a lovely and unexpected surprise. I spotted a few interiors with great bathroom artwork and thought it is time to share…

The Hacker kitchen that was almost ours

30/12/2015

You may recall a few months back how I was raving excitedly about plans to move into our own place and embark on a renovation project. We had big plans for a new Hacker Kitchen and redesigning the bathrooms and I shared mood boards for these spaces here and here… and then there was radio silence on the topic. I realised that some of you may be wondering whatever happened with that so I thought a little update was…

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  • So enjoying early walks and slow mornings with the kids - and ever conscious that there are so few mornings like this left before its back to school and work and busy routines. Savouring it all. We decided to go Dutch for brekkie this morning with some pancakes made from @woolworths_sa gluten free ready mix. They were delish!! Do yourself a favour and get some. Also, while you're spoiling yourself, find someone who looks at you like my kids look at pancakes.
  • So glad I went with dark lower cabinets in this kitchen. I realised this morning, as we were packing for a quick trip to Zuka, that I've posted barely any pics of #hawkesholidayhome since I've been here. Such a weirdo. Happy Saturday y'all! .
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  • Impromptu sundowners this evening with @sweetsecrets.dubai and co. Beaut!
  • I arrived in South Africa with a laundry list of things I wanted to do / get done while I was here. Anyone want to attempt a guess on how many of those things I've actually accomplished? ... anyone?

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#kitchendecor #kitcheninspo #blackcabinets #blackkitchen Image by @l_a_r_l_a_r
  • This might just be the scene of an afternoon nap. Let's see...
  • So many beautiful and inspiring homes to see on my morning walk. I just love the pretty creeper on this wall. And I hope the owner doesn't find me super creepy for admiring it 🙈🤔😊
  • Quite possibly my favourite corner of #hawkesholidayhome
  • I can't believe we are already on the downward slide towards the end of summer. I've still got some time left in South Africa, but my head is back 'home' in Dubai as @liveloudgirl and I are in full planning mode for our next @fronteriors release. This is my favourite cabinet in the current collection - can you guess which IKEA frames are behind it? And do you have a favourite?

Ps: have a peek at the other looks for this frame on my stories
  • Treated myself to a little spa moment at @laura_channing_spa this morning. Still high-fiving myself for that smart decision. This little gem is a literal 3 minute walk from our front door and yet it always feels like I've escaped somewhere far away. The setting is so pretty and the service is amazing. It's an amazing perk to staying at #hawkesholidayhome

#spa # massage #facial #metime #dunkirkestate #laurachanningspa #houseofhawkesloves

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