Scene & Heard | Summer holiday

04/11/2019

The summer holidays feel somewhat like a lifetime ago – what, with signs of Christmas already in stores and a hint of winter weather starting to make its way to Dubai – but we realised recently the the team hadn’t yet shared our ‘scene & heard’ snippets from our various summer adventures across South Africa & Europe. Well, you might have followed along for Kath’s South African adventures via Instagram or the post she published about her stay…

La Cotte Farm, Franschhoek, SOUTH AFRICA

23/08/2019

One of the highlights of our summer break (which is indeed a winter break when you’re in South Africa) was a trip to the beautiful Cape region with friends who were visiting from London. I absolutely love everything about the Cape – from the picturesque landscapes to the beautiful wine farms and dramatic ocean views, it gives me all the holiday feels. And I don’t mind whether it’s summer or winter because it’s beautiful in all seasons. Since…

Scene & Heard | JULY 2019

08/07/2019

Welcome to the latest installment of Scene and Heard, a regular feature where the team shares interesting bits and bobs that we’ve recently came across. If you missed last month’s Scene & Heard, check it out here. You may not be aware of this, but Charly is our resident DJ at House of Hawkes HQ. She keeps the atmosphere serene when stress levels are high and keeps us up to speed with what the cool kids are listening…

Piupiuchick at Martin & Ella

27/05/2019

Dubai’s ‘big summer break’ is hurtling towards us like a freight train with a mere five weeks left before school’s out and the mass exodus begins. It’s seems such a unique lifestyle quirk the way so many families collectively leave town over the same period to travel to their home countries or other exotic destinations during July and August, essentially to escape two of the warmest months of the year here in the UAE. I know that we…

Scene & Heard | MAY 2019

21/05/2019

Welcome to our first edition of Scene & Heard with contributions from the whole team! If you’re new to our space in the blogosphere, welcome to our humble online abode. As the name suggests, this regular feature is about cool new things we’ve spotted on the scene or interesting titbits we’ve come to hear of. Either way, we’ve got you covered from all perspectives. Some of the information may seem entirely random, but trust us, if we’ve included…

Scene & Heard | April 2019

22/04/2019

Welcome back to another edition of Scene and Heard, an intentionally short and sweet series dedicated to sharing ad hoc snippets of cool things that have caught our eye on the interiors and lifestyle scene or newsworthy tidbits from our time spent online. Grab a cuppa and enjoy our April round-up. 1. SA Kids brands on our radarsWe are going absolutely gaga over these proudly South African kids brands. Flynn Jaxson – If you’re looking for some simple…

Valentine’s inspired Rosemary & Blackberry Pink Drink

10/02/2019

Just like that, January is behind us and we are hurtling towards Valentine’s day – a bitter sweet one for me this year as my ‘baby boy’ turns ten!  With the romantic holiday literally a few days away, our clever Marli, who does a lot of the behind the scenes work here on the blog, came up with the brilliant idea to share a cocktail recipe that may just be the ideal bevvy to celebrate this fun ‘holiday’….

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…

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  • Yesterday was our first day in the new studio.  Given the distinct lack of furniture, we unpacked all the crazy onto the one @andtradition sofa that we have. 😝 Thanks to @marli_smithphotography for capturing this hilarious moment, like the new age working mum that she is - with a baby on her hip. We were just missing our other brand new mummy. New chapter starts here. #studiofronteriors #girlgang
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  • Aw, look at these little guys sky-rocketing the cuteness scale in yesterday's nursery installation. And as for that colour (Exhale) from @jotunpaintsarabia 2020 collection, I'm smitten!
  • @marli_smithphotography and I tried to shoot my kitchen makeover today but rain has ended play unexpectedly.... hey ho, you can't get me down though, I'm loving this new space too much!
  • A busy and exciting week lies ahead, peeps! Aside of an installation to complete for a lovely new client, I'm right on the cusp of a super exciting milestone. @liveloudgirl and I are moving into a shared studio space... because since the inception of @fronteriors we're basically married so getting a place together seems like the obvious next step 😂 But seriously though, we're becoming a blended tribe of sorts and we are really excited for this next chapter of creativity, with our respective teams working side by side while we steer the runaway train that is fronteriors. 
The new studio is a dreamy blank canvas of endless artistic possibilities. We've already treated it to some @jotunpaintsarabia magic on the walls, but I suspect that that the evolution of this workspace will be constantly in motion. Stay tuned. 
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  • Forever discovering treasures in mom's office only to be told they're for someone else's room. She'll tell you that's the story of her life. Wonder where she gets that sense of drama? 🤔 🙎🏼‍♀️ 🐳 @bigstuffed 
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  • On the blog this morning is a better-late-than-never edition of our popular 'scene & heard' series. It's a look back at some of the team's summer highlights, including dreamy Netherlands coastal vibes and some Dubai gems discovered my Marli and Mila who spent a large chunk of the break locally. Enjoy x | image by @dutchcaribbeancharly

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