Boys Adventure Bedroom Makeover

26/05/2018

A little while ago we were asked to create two new rooms for four young siblings. The project had a tight timeline that presented several challenges, but we pulled off two rooms in excellent time – one for the boys and one for the girls. The project kicked off with the boys room makeover, followed closely their sisters’. This room was so much fun to design and install for a really lovely client and her adorable boy brood….

Baby Boy Nursery in shades of grey

18/12/2017

Last month, we designed a nursery for the sweetest South African couple who are expecting their first child, a little boy, in the new year. When we met, they had just moved into their new home on The Palm and were understandably very eager to get the nursery done before the big holiday. Our clients had a clear idea of the the look and feel they wanted to have in the nursery so the design process was a…

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…

Shop the Look | Safari Circus Nursery

22/05/2017

In my previous post, a full reveal of the Safari Circus nursery we designed and installed for Zahirah Marty, I promised to give you guys a more detailed break-down of the sourcing for this sweet nursery. Dubai entrepreneur, new blogger (at Meet Mrs Marty) and blossoming mum-to-be, Zahirah, has generously agreed to let me share all the details of her new nursery. So if you like what you saw in her baby’s new room, you’re in for a treat. Tribe Dubai…

Safari Circus nursery

21/05/2017

A few weeks ago the lovely Zahirah Marty, of the recently launched mummy & lifestyle blog, Meet Mrs Marty (a must see), contacted me to discuss a special project that she needed help with – creating a nursery for her baby boy. I hadn’t designed a nursery in a while and was really excited to take this on. Zahirah and her hubby didn’t have any particular or preconceived ideas in mind so I was afforded free reign with the design pitch and lucked out…

Christmas Gift guide for Kids

11/12/2016

My lovelies, it’s here! After many hours of searching, sourcing and corresponding with some of our favourite retailers, we have our 2016 gift guides ready for you. First up – the smalls. Putting together the Christmas gift guide for the kiddos was so much fun. We have selected a wide range of adorable things including wooden toys and funky clothing and of course some decor items as well. Limiting this guide to only 12 gifts was a real challenge for us. Twelve days…

Ooh Yes for Ooh Noo

03/12/2016

A few weeks ago, I ordered some gorgeous bed linen for Ethan’s room and wanted to let you in on this awesome find! This room is a space in our new home which you probably haven’t seen much of yet. That’s because I’ve had a real decorating block with it. Yes, that happens. I don’t know why, but this room in particular has been a real struggle for me. The space is a lot smaller than his last bedroom, so…

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