Let’s paint the town with magic chalk paint!

15/10/2016

During the summer I attended a workshop at the Falaknaz Warehouse – an introduction to the “Annie Sloan Method”. This workshop covered the basics of what you’d need to know when attempting your first foray into the world of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It is called chalk paint because of its beautiful velvety, matt finish. The magic of this paint is that it rarely requires any prep work (because honestly, prep work is enough to put anyone off…

Baby girl nursery with all things cute & cuddly

29/05/2016

Earlier this month, we installed a nursery in a beautiful Downtown Dubai apartment for the sweetest baby girl. She’s been sleeping in mum and dad’s room until now, but it was time for the big transition into her own space. Mum had a pretty good idea of what she wanted for the nursery – a calm and tranquil space for her daughter to grow into. A room design always has a starting point, and for this room, there was one particular feature that I…

Surprise room makeover

27/04/2016

I’m so excited to show you this adorable room which we recently installed. The makeover was a surprise birthday gift for a sweet ten year old from her mum and dad. Mum sent me a video of the moment she revealed the room. Safe to say, it was one of those delightfully emotional moments. There were tears. The good kind. And for me, it was so rewarding to see the joy on her face. Kelsey is approaching her teen…

The e Barza Excitement

14/04/2016

My lovelies, it’s been so long. Apologies for the radio silence around here – it’s been a very busy few weeks with lots of exciting projects on the horizon. You’ll be seeing more of that on the blog soon, but for now, I have something good to share. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I spotted a new online furniture store, Ebarza a few weeks ago. Another stylish online option has arrived in Dubai and it’s looking like we may soon be spoiled for…

Kaitlyn’s room makeover

11/02/2016

Finally, my five and a half year old has a big bed. Poor kid, has been in the running for a makeover for ages but for various reasons it kept being delayed and neglected. Then the Dubai Shopping Festival swung around and I spotted a gorgeous blush pink bed at an excellent sale price – it was the catalyst for my carpe diem revelation. And so I just ran with the whole idea from there. Rather oddly, the style of the bed…

Boys room E-design

29/12/2015

Yesterday I got a peek at an almost finished boys room that is a result of an e-design I completed a few months ago. It’s always so exciting to see a design come to life and I thought you guys would enjoy having a look at a mood board along with it’s end result. Excuse the not so great pic taken on my phone. This room was designed for a little tot who will soon transition from a cot to a big boy bed, so the brief was…

Favourite Things from Little Majlis

20/10/2015

If you’ve not heard of Little Majlis, and you’re not already shopping there, let’s fix that today, shall we? Little Majlis is a Dubai-based, specialist online marketplace for handmade and artisan products, marketed by Gulf-based artists, designers, and crafters. Founded by dynamic business duo, Anna Bolton-Riley and Annabelle Fitzsimmons, it’s basically the Etsy of this region and it’s pretty awesome. Always on the lookout for unique homewares, Little Majlis is one of my go-to sites for decor sourcing. I love the…

Caramel and Sun

08/10/2015

Allow me to introduce you to Caramel and Sun – a stunning new kids concept store that has recently open it’s door’s in Dubai’s Mercato Mall. French co-owner, Olivia Corsi, is passionate about kids decor and accessories and has garnered an impressive selection of furniture and accessories from stunning European brands including Les Gambettes, Barnabé aime le café, Laurette, Nobodinoz, Mimi Lou, Les Petit Vintage, Ferm Living and Combelle, to mention a few.

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