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…

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 wasnโ€™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…

IKEA Stockholm 2017 collection

24/03/2017

Ikea is about to launch the 2017 Stockholm collection and believe me when I say you want to see this. There are over 40 new items in the recurrent Stockholm series, including sofas, coffee tables, vases, pillows, rugs and lamps, but there are a few pieces in particular that have caught my eye. Let’s start with this rattan cabinet designed by Nike Karlsson, shall we? Is it just me, or is this also one of the hottest pieces you’ve ever seen…

White Moss Decor

25/11/2016

This post comes with a warning. It may be harmful to your wallet because when you see what I am about to show you, you’re going to want all the beautiful things. A few months ago, a friend told me about this exciting new concept called White Moss and I’ve been following their Instagram feed with anticipation ever since. What is White Moss, you ask? Well, its a brand new online home decor store and it’s all kinds of aaaaaah-mazing!…

Scene and Heard | Part 1

07/10/2016

Say hello to a brand new feature around here. Itโ€™s called Scene & Heard and itโ€™s essentially a round up of what can only be described as snippets of the information overload in my head. Thanks to many hours spent out and about and on the interwebs sourcing products for client designs, I come across so much information and many cool new things, often not really enough to substantiate a full blog post, but intriguing enough to warrant a…

Dining and entertaining with Crate & Barrel

27/08/2016

Dubai peeps, if you don’t already know, Crate & Barrel currently have an offer of up to 30% off on selected items from their dining and entertaining range. And the Big Sur dining table, one of my favourites, is included in the sale line-up! The lovely folks at Crate & Barrel contacted me recently to ask which dining table I would pick, and if you visit the store, you may catch a glimpse of my in-store sign which tells…

Micro Trend: Wire Chairs

17/03/2016

There’s a new micro trend on my radar – super cool wire chairs reminiscent of the late 70s and early 80s. Don’t you just love them? Traditionally reserved for outside patios (and I would know as I have fond childhood memories of them that include actual imprints in my flesh), nowadays, these mesh beauties are becoming key interior furniture pieces. It seems that designers are revisiting ideas from the past with a definite movement towards a ‘back-to-basics’ philosophy – think Scandi minimalism meets mid-century modern. As Tim…

Chunky Knits

23/02/2016

Anyone noticed how chunky knits are having their moment under the spotlight in the world of interiors? A quick glance at Pinterest will provide all the reassurance you need to know that these dramatically bulky weaves are on fleek. And by on fleek I mean bang on trend. Trust me, I had to look it up. Knitted homewares have become part of the handmade revolution. Even celebrities have been seen knitting and this craft revival didn’t take long to extend to stylish home decor items. Forget the…

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  • So enjoying early walks and slow mornings with the kids - and ever conscious that there are so few mornings like this left before its back to school and work and busy routines. Savouring it all. We decided to go Dutch for brekkie this morning with some pancakes made from @woolworths_sa gluten free ready mix. They were delish!! Do yourself a favour and get some. Also, while you're spoiling yourself, find someone who looks at you like my kids look at pancakes.
  • So glad I went with dark lower cabinets in this kitchen. I realised this morning, as we were packing for a quick trip to Zuka, that I've posted barely any pics of #hawkesholidayhome since I've been here. Such a weirdo. Happy Saturday y'all! .
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  • Impromptu sundowners this evening with @sweetsecrets.dubai and co. Beaut!
  • I arrived in South Africa with a laundry list of things I wanted to do / get done while I was here. Anyone want to attempt a guess on how many of those things I've actually accomplished? ... anyone?

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  • This might just be the scene of an afternoon nap. Let's see...
  • So many beautiful and inspiring homes to see on my morning walk. I just love the pretty creeper on this wall. And I hope the owner doesn't find me super creepy for admiring it ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Quite possibly my favourite corner of #hawkesholidayhome
  • I can't believe we are already on the downward slide towards the end of summer. I've still got some time left in South Africa, but my head is back 'home' in Dubai as @liveloudgirl and I are in full planning mode for our next @fronteriors release. This is my favourite cabinet in the current collection - can you guess which IKEA frames are behind it? And do you have a favourite?

Ps: have a peek at the other looks for this frame on my stories
  • Treated myself to a little spa moment at @laura_channing_spa this morning. Still high-fiving myself for that smart decision. This little gem is a literal 3 minute walk from our front door and yet it always feels like I've escaped somewhere far away. The setting is so pretty and the service is amazing. It's an amazing perk to staying at #hawkesholidayhome

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