H&M Home launches new concept stores

28/01/2019

I’ve been watching (on Instagram) with great envy as H&M Home have been opening their new standalone concept stores across Europe since September of last year, with the latest one set to open its doors in Regent Street, London in the Spring. These new concept stores, already operational in Denmark, Sweden, Norway Germany and the UK, are so exciting because they expand the existing homewares range to include furniture and lighting, essentially making them a fully-fledged home store. From…

Louw Roets: Furniture inspired by the lighter side of life

08/03/2017

I met Louw Roets the SARCDA trade exhibition held annually in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event showcases wholesalers, importers and manufacturers of gift, decor and design items and I was really inspired after my last visit. Louw is a Cape Town based product designer and creates conceptual pieces with a fun element. He’s also a chatty and friendly individual who I enjoyed speaking to. Louw combines traditional handcraft techniques with modern technology and one cannot help but smile when you see some of his creations. I’ve…

Wall Lights Roundup

22/10/2016

When was the last time you shopped for wall lights? They’re funny little blighters, those wall lights, or ‘wall sconces’ if we’re being proper. They’re just not as common or readily available as you would think. To be more precise, traditional styles are easier to come by but contemporary options are somewhat more limited and dependant on whether you’re planning to conceal the electrical cables or leave them exposed. As you may know, we moved house recently. In fact it’s no longer that…

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…

Light it up with neon signage

03/01/2016

Happy New Year, my lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous festive season and are ready to tackle 2016 head on. If you’re looking for ways in which to make some decor changes, or just light up your new year in general, I have my eye on a trend that may be just the thing for you – neon signage! Traditionally used in advertising, neon signage has become popular with many contemporary artists and architects. This trend has made…

NIPPRIG // A Limited Edition collection from Ikea

14/05/2015

Ikea is about to launch a new limited edition collection and this is your sneak peek. The NIPPRIG range is a collaboration with local crafters and producers in Vietnam and Cambodia, featuring products manufactured from renewable materials (think bamboo, seagrass, water hyacinth, rattan, etc.), using traditional weaving techniques. Are you feeling the feel-good factor here? This au naturel collection offers a wide range of ready-assembled items from storage baskets and flower pots to flat woven rugs, lampshades and seating – all with a very earthy look and feel. And boy,…

Typo Dubai // GIVEAWAY

24/04/2015

Let’s have a show of hands for all the stationery lovers out there! … yup, I’m feeling you guys. If you’re anything like me, and the mere mention of stationery gets your heart racing a little (and somewhat awkwardly) faster than necessary, then you need to know about Typo. Australia’s favourite gifts and stationery brand has not only arrived in the region, but they’ve opened the Middle East’s first flagship Typo store at Dubai’s fabulous new Boxpark retail complex. As…

The Bowery Company // Giveaway

26/02/2015

The Bowery Company is a newly launched, Dubai-based online store that offers a growing collection of what they refer to ‘affordable luxury furniture with an industrial edge’, and frankly, it’s a perfect description. Think old world New York meets contemporary Scandinavian style and you’ll get an idea of the direction this unique new concept is taking. It’s a breath of fresh air, and with plenty of metallics on offer, I was very easily wooed. Here’s my take on a few must haves. I only wish…

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