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 New 2017 IKEA catalogue

30/08/2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already seen or heard that the new 2017 IKEA catalogue has arrived in stores. I was a little late to this party as I was down South in the homeland when my favourite paperback hit the UAE so I missed the media event and associated fanfare. Suffice to say I was experiencing a good dose of FOMO whilst hanging out in the bush – something I dealt with rather swiftly after my return to Dubai. After my recent visit to the Swedish…

Home office makeover

07/06/2016

Over the past two weeks, I have shared mood boards on how to shop the IKEA Part Sale for your living room and bedroom. After sharing these tips with you all, I figured it was about time I put the sale to good use for myself. My home office has been in need of a change for some time and IKEA’s Part Sale presented a great opportunity to tick this one off the list. Whilst I loved the previous layout…

IKEA part sale: Top picks for a Scandi Chic bedroom // GIVEAWAY

30/05/2016

With IKEA’s part sale still in full swing, I am giving away some more tips on how to shop that sale like a boss… amongst other fun things. Ever wondered how to give your bedroom a chic Scandi vibe and save a whole bunch of money at the same time? Look no further. In follow up to my last post about the shopping the Part Sale for your living room, I’ve put together a mood board to help you recreate…

Top picks for the IKEA part sale // GIVEAWAY

26/05/2016

Summer has well and truly arrived here in the UAE. The sudden spike in temperature has had me huffing and puffing my way through the days as I cart my little tribe around on the school run and beyond. This time of year always brings about a rather abrupt confrontation with the inevitable – we’ll be spending large portions of the next few months indoors. And what better place to do that than at Dubai’s world-renowned mega-malls. One might think that the IKEA part sale is…

Ikea in my home // GIVEAWAY

21/02/2016

I think we all know I am a big fan of Ikea. There is no denying it’s place in the world of interiors. The brand epitomises the phrase ‘form follows function’ ensuring that everything they produce is both beautiful and functional, not to mention easy on your bank account. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when the furniture giant recently asked me to share some of my favourite Ikea pieces – the ones I #CantPartWith. Whilst I’m…

South African Retailers: Must Haves

17/02/2016

Being home for a holiday is always exciting and one of my favourite things to do. The allure of comfort food, good wine, friends and family is as good a reason as any to visit South Africa. This year, I have one more thing to be excited about. A few of my latest discoveries. A burst of new home decor shops that embrace minimalist design and Scandinavian influences, while mixing it with a good dash of South African style and earthiness….

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…

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