Our Holiday Home Reveal : Part 2 The living areas

19/09/2018

If you asked me what the best thing is about this apartment, it is without a doubt the two generous living spaces. One of the reasons we loved this property when we first saw pictures of it was it’s large outside patio area and the fact that the previous owners had installed custom sliding doors to enclose the space. Enclosing this area has pretty much doubled the living space of the apartment, allowing for a second lounge and…

South African Interior Scene : Kipekee Studio

09/09/2018

If you’re a House of Hawkes regular, you’re probably aware of my recent trips to South Africa and my efforts in renovating and furnishing the #HawkesHolidayHome. Having lived outside of South Africa for more than 13 years now, I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of decor sourcing back home, but I delved deep and loved every moment of the mission that lead to the discovery of many interesting and new (to me) brands and makers. I was…

GOOP x CB2

07/09/2018

Goop, the modern lifestyle empire founded by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, has ventured into furniture and décor for the first time, creating pieces reflecting the aesthetic of her own California home. The collaborator? CB2, the younger, more accessible and millennial-focused sister of Crate and Barrel. The newly released line includes around 60 pieces, ranging from mid-century velvet sofas to leather firewood totes and ceramic match strikers. The price range is, well, quite a range, reaching up to around AED 22k,…

West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids collaboration

07/06/2018

Have you heard the news of West Elm’s collaboration with Pottery barn Kids? The sister brands, owned by Williams Sonoma, have joined forces to create a baby & kids line of products, including furniture, bedding, wallpaper, décor and storage – seamlessly merging West Elm’s signature aesthetic with Pottery Barn Kids’ years of experience in the baby & child arena. We are big fans of West Elm at House of Hawkes and personally, I’ve always been quite disappointed at…

Fab finds at H&M Home

03/03/2018

While on a quick sourcing trip earlier this week we decided to pop into H&M Home and as always they didn’t disappoint. The new stock in-store is all kinds of gorgeous and we thought we would share some of the beauties we came across with you. Whilst I sure the hubster will disagree, I am great believer in the fact that there is no such thing as “too many cushions”. But why this obsession? Simply put, cushions are the…

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Shades of Homeware

21/12/2017

The countdown is officially on for the last-minute shopathon and I am here to help with a few more fabulous gift ideas. Essentially a bunch of things I would be very happy with under the tree. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink to the familia. Add sleek, sophisticated designs to any home with my ‘8 Shades of Homeware’ Holiday Gift selection. These pieces are not only functional, but also beautiful. When not in use, they make for beautiful display pieces….

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…

Urban Nest styled shoot

03/12/2017

I think we all know how much I love discovering a new interior store. And we are truly becoming spoilt for choice here in Dubai. Before the summer Urban Nest had caught my eye on Instagram but the new online retailer wasn’t yet up & running. So, I had to be patient but I kept them on my radar. And I wasn’t the only one, the new concept gained a lot of interest in the run-up to their…

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