Let’s take it outside // IKEA giveaway


Let’s take it outside // IKEA giveaway

Outdoor furniture styling

Something wonderful is happening around here. Autumn has arrived and as of the last week or so, you can actually feel it. This is BIG news for us desert dwellers. The UAE summer is (very, very) long and sweltering and when the rest of the Northern hemisphere start to move indoors as winter draws nearer, we do the exact opposite. Leaving the comfort of our air-conditioned surroundings, we start to venture outside for more than 10 minutes at a time.

It’s officially time to dust off the patio furniture and embrace Dubai’s golden months. Yes, please!

These moderate temperatures, which by the way are still well into the mid-30s (degrees C), have got me thinking about outdoor living and there’s a particular trend that’s got my full attention. Enter the wood table and white chair combination.

I’ve seen a lot of this look indoors, and I love that too, but it’s time to take this one outside.

Gorgeous, right?

Thought you might appreciate some tips on how to get a similar look for your outdoor space.

shop the look outdoor living

IKEA table and chairs set // acrylic glasses // IKEA outdoor umbrella // tropical pillow // grey pillow // Armadillo outdoor rug // IKEA outdoor trolley // IKEA outdoor armchair // IKEA outdoor tray table

You can pick up almost all of these items at your local IKEA store, making it even easier to take things outside in the next few weeks.

Since I’m celebrating my blog’s two year anniversary this month, and because the folks at IKEA UAE are just really nice like that, they’ve given me a Dhs 500 gift voucher to give away to one lucky House of Hawkes reader!


Two easy steps to enter:

  1. Take a look at IKEA UAE’s website and choose an item (or items) you would buy if you won the credit.
  2. Leave a comment below letting us know what you’ve picked.

It’s not a requirement to enter, but I would love it if you subscribed to my blog, using the ‘subscribe by email’ function under my profile in the sidebar 🙂

Giveaway Rules: Open to UAE residents. Entrants must register their email address when using the comment section. Giveaway ends on 11 October 2015. Winner will be randomly selected and informed via email.

But wait, there’s more good news: We’re giving away another Dhs 500 gift voucher from IKEA on Instagram so if you fancy doubling your chances of winning, hop on over and enter that draw too!

A big thanks to IKEA UAE for sponsoring these giveaways.

Kathryn Hawkes

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  • rania aziz 13/10/2015 at 10:53 PM

    congratulation for your second Blog’s anniversary dear ,I would love to buy study table and bookshelf for my daughter

    • Kathryn Hawkes 14/10/2015 at 8:27 AM

      Hi Rania, thanks for your comment. Please note however that this giveaway has closed. regards, Kath

  • deepa 11/10/2015 at 9:48 AM

    Thanks for giving such nice giveaway ikea all products are lovable. My son will b happy to have this .as he likes very much.

  • ivy belela 11/10/2015 at 9:05 AM

    happy anniversary Kathryn Hawkes…more years of blogging…i love IKEA with its super affordable prices and an excellent quality who would never be addicted shoppin around with this store..im dreaming o adding furnitures in my living room..and i wish il have the chance to win the voucher…thanks!!!

  • heena Sharma 11/10/2015 at 8:20 AM

    congratulation for your second Blog’s anniversary dear ,I would love to buy study table and bookshelf for my daughter.

  • Nazia kazia 11/10/2015 at 7:27 AM

    I want to make my house a home by winning this amazing prize. Till now I have not brought a bedroom set for my daughters. If I win it will be a room makeover for them with their favourite bed set n wardrobe. And u know #houseofhawkes how much it means to a mom to see a smile on her kids face. Striving hard to win to see that smile on their faces.

  • Mahe Ram 09/10/2015 at 7:06 PM

    My daughter is a ferocious reader adding up her collection whenever she gets money. Already we have 3 book cases overflowing in my living room & 2 bedrooms. Just to keep it organized & getting some room for her new collection I would love to buy a book case within my budget using the IKEA gift card. Also it’s my pleasure to add all my furniture are from IKEA including complete bed set, TV unit, Dining and Watdrobes. This would be a welcome addition into my living room !
    Bookcase, pine, grey
    Dhs 695.00

  • Rachel 09/10/2015 at 6:42 PM

    I would buy any of their desks. I love them all!

  • Alina 09/10/2015 at 1:23 PM

    I jus shifted to a new home and was planning to discard the old furniture in my daughters room as she’s growing up so it would be a great opportunity to win this IKEA voucher to give my daughters room a whole new look.From bed,to small furniture,storage,toys etc.

  • Terri 08/10/2015 at 3:41 PM

    One thing I have never owned in our home is a nice rug or carpet.. My mom bought my boys two for their room, but I’m 31 years old and still to own my own. I would get the IKEA PS 2014
    Rug, flatwoven, multicolour handmade multicolour.. I think it is absolutely stunning!

  • Nisha Sangeeth 08/10/2015 at 9:08 AM

    Hearty congratulation for your second Blog’s anniversery dear , I wish you many many more success to your Blog.
    Actualy its very difficult to choose one when it comes to the name IKEA… but since here demands to choose i will definitely go for Grebbestad Table , as my table is almost gone with shivering legs and cracking sound…. so if i get a chance to win with you i will definitely buy this one…. as my dining table is the best place in my house where we all family talk about anything under this world…. 🙂

  • Neeta Rajwani 07/10/2015 at 11:29 PM

    Congratulations on your Blog Anniversary. Since my noy is growing therby his clothes are also increasing. I really need a separate wardrobe for him. So, if I win i will buy SUNDVIK Wardrobe (80×50×171 cm) worth Dhs 695.00
    Hope my wish comes true.


  • Eric Lobo 07/10/2015 at 4:53 PM

    Firstly Hearty Congratulations on your awesome bog’s second anniversary, I wish you many, many more to come. May success follow you always !

    I have taken a look at IKEA UAE’s website and the item I would buy if I won the credit would be the VALJE Wall Cabinet because they suit any space and have an easy-to-mount rail system and clever connections, to hang and combine, which is just ideal for my living room.

    Thanks so much for being so generous to us fans and giving us this great opportunity to win with you.

    Kind regards,

    Eric Lobo

  • farah chahal 07/10/2015 at 2:53 PM

    Storage combination, white, multicolour.
    it would be great to pack my kids toys and cars as they have many into a nice colored storage 🙂

  • sobia 07/10/2015 at 2:20 PM

    I woukd buy a much needed baby bed which is worth 450+

  • Namita V Suri 07/10/2015 at 1:12 PM


    Storage is a big issue at my place – so would love to buy these chest of Drawers for my sunny boys room for the reason-
    1. Its goes well with the rest of the furniture
    2. It can acomodate and organize his stuff like stationary, watches, glares, socks etc
    3. I still have left few bugs left to buy some more goodies for myself 😉 (Being honest)

    Thanks for the opportunity – Kept my fingers tightly crossed
    Namita V Suri

  • Ma Levilee Guerra 07/10/2015 at 1:06 PM

    Glass-door cabinet with 2 doors

  • Namita V Suri 07/10/2015 at 1:02 PM

    IKEA stuff is just “wow” – would love to win for my sunny boys room which demands a little upgradation too – hope to win

  • ruth o connell 07/10/2015 at 10:49 AM

    I would love a new kitchen dining table mine has holes in it!!

  • afaf 06/10/2015 at 3:21 PM

    Rocking Chair

  • Irmina Teodoro 06/10/2015 at 12:04 PM

    Shared your giveaway using all your social media links above. Hoping for luck.

  • Christel 06/10/2015 at 9:59 AM

    Garo/ Riso
    Hammock with stand ( Red)

  • Vijitha Arul 06/10/2015 at 9:33 AM

    Storage combination, white, black .

    The clutter in my kids room needs a lot of organizing and right now all I need is some storage to get things right. I would definitely buy this storage for them if I win.

  • Ajay Jain 05/10/2015 at 8:07 PM

    Hogsten White armchairs

  • Julie Wolf 05/10/2015 at 7:53 PM

    I love all things IKEA! We have redone are closets using the PAX systems. I would love to win. I would purchase the LIATORP Glass-door Cabinet in grey or we are also adding a bar area to our home and would use cabinets found from the kitchen cabinet section.

  • Shilpa Jain 05/10/2015 at 6:50 PM

    I would like to purchase either
    IKEA PS GULLHOLMEN Rocking-chair or
    The Hogsten White armchair.

  • Archana 05/10/2015 at 1:18 PM

    I would love to get IKEA PS GULLHOLMEN .. I am newly married , new to Dubai … So I dint know what to gift to my husbands or his bday this oct end .. This would be perfect …

  • Huda 05/10/2015 at 11:18 AM

    Im in the process of redesigning my room, and the “IKEA PS 2014
    Corner easy chair with cushions” will definitely be the perfect purchase!

  • Elena Arsene 05/10/2015 at 9:31 AM

    Moving in a new house very soon so for sure there will be plenty of things which I need, like: dining table, wardrobe, carpets etc.
    But if I will win this giveaway Iam going to buy Ektorp Tullsta armchair.

  • Nithu 05/10/2015 at 1:05 AM

    First of all ,thanks for this oppurtunity..
    I have always found it hard to choose when it comes to Ikea..
    If i get to win the voucher …I would consider buying BEDDINGE LÖVÅS
    Three-seat sofa-bed,Always wanted something like that to watch late night movies with my hubby..♡

  • Cathy Rodrigues 05/10/2015 at 12:15 AM

    IKEA PS GULLHOLMEN Rocking-chair would be my first buy. Love it! Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Congrats and all the best!

  • tahira ali 04/10/2015 at 11:54 PM

    i would by BESTÅ
    Storage combination w glass doors, black-brown, Selsviken high-gloss/brown smoked glass http://www.ikea.com/ae/en/catalog/products/S69090098/
    wish to win

  • Noora ashraf 04/10/2015 at 11:04 PM

    Its really a tough thing fo choose few items as all the Ikea items are good in quality and the best. But with the credit I won I would prefer to buy the following items
    1.CIRKUSTALT children’s tent for my kids as they love to play in tents and play hide n seek
    2.BRIMNES cabinet with doors which I am planning to buy
    3.Also a GRILLA grill pan for grilling yummy food for my family.
    Following in all medias
    In facebook as noora ashraf
    instagram as @ashrafnoora
    Twitter as @NOORAASHRAF

  • Marwa 04/10/2015 at 10:45 PM
  • Marwa (@Enthralling_g) 04/10/2015 at 10:36 PM

    Oh! that is awesome news. Congrats from a fellow blogger for reaching 2 years! I am only 5 months in.
    I am a DIY blogger and often visit IKEA for their decor items and anything that I can transform into a wow.
    But due to budget constraints I am unable to get a rug and a new table to up my workspace.
    Would love to win this voucher, and try an IKEA Hack or two!
    Thanks for being so generous to offer a giveaway!

  • martha 04/10/2015 at 10:10 PM

    I love storage and quirky ideas on organisation which is why my choices are as below:
    http://www.ikea.com/ae/en/catalog/products/30271368/ stepping stool
    http://www.ikea.com/ae/en/catalog/products/40246774/wall shelf
    I fell in love with the display of the wall shelf at the Ikea store.It looked so elegant and divine and you can almost treat it as a showcase in your bathroom.The stepping tool is ofcourse for me to reach the stairway to heaven:)

  • Paul Thanikal 04/10/2015 at 10:04 PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! I love IKEA products..wish to own this item if i win –
    TULLSTA Armchair, Ransta natural

  • Lawrence Eka 04/10/2015 at 9:27 PM

    Nice review kath! And happy 2nd anniversary for your blog.
    Ikea is an expert in designing space-saving furniture, and what i choose is one of the best example. Kids can study underneath their bed, or put it another way, they can have fun climbing onto their bed. Moreover, which kid doesn’t like climbing?

    Stuva Loft Bed Combo with 4 drawers/2 doors

  • promise poulose 04/10/2015 at 8:14 PM

    I would like to buy this sofa if i win, KNISLINGE -Two-seat sofa,

  • Flash 04/10/2015 at 4:57 PM

    A sofa bed!

  • Feira 04/10/2015 at 4:03 PM

    First of all, happy anniversary Kath! We love IKEA product range that space saving designs. We have purchased some great products which has made our lives a lot more organised and were inexpensive. If I win, I would like to buy a table & chairs for my son. 2 weeks ago, He just turned 2 years old. I hope I can give him a surprise 🙂

    Mammut Children’s table & chairs and Poang children’s armchair


  • Priscila 04/10/2015 at 3:12 PM

    Always wanted the Tirup Swivel armchair… Still in my wish list!! 😉

  • Irmina Teodoro 04/10/2015 at 2:55 PM

    Followed all your social media. Noor noor in fb, bebolion instagram and noor19haider twitter. Wish to win for my baby’s bday nxt month. I want to buy the wardrobe I mentioned earlier. More power to you!

  • Irmina Teodoro 04/10/2015 at 2:50 PM

    I would love to buy this BUSUNGE wardrobe medium blue in color for my baby. He’s starting to have lots of clothes now. I want theme to be in one place and properly stored for him. So wish to win for him.

  • Ayu Saraswati 04/10/2015 at 2:22 PM

    i will deliver my baby girl on December, so if I’m lucky enough to get the IKEA voucher, I’ll use it for her. First thing to buy is STUVA cot with drawers. Wish me luck ^_^

  • Haseeba thanveer 04/10/2015 at 1:54 PM

    All the items are really awesome…. And I would like to purchase outdoor arm chairs ….. That one is looking cute and comfortable…….

  • Melissa 04/10/2015 at 12:28 PM

    I have my eye on the SILLERUP rug for a guest room makeover.

  • Shelley 04/10/2015 at 12:09 PM

    Out door arm chair! So cool!

  • Tamlynne 04/10/2015 at 11:50 AM

    So many awesome items to chose from…??

  • Kym 04/10/2015 at 10:47 AM

    The Hogsten white armchair is fab!

    • buthaina 04/10/2015 at 2:28 PM

      Hello; appreciate your giveaway such a kind behaviour
      For me if I won and I wish to?
      I have choosen this items:
      1.IKEA PS GULLHOLMEN Rocking-chair
      2.ASKHOLMEN Balcony table+2chrs outdoor
      3.KULÖRT Decoration,stones,0.75 kg

  • Bhumika Aakanksha Chelani 04/10/2015 at 10:13 AM

    All the items of Ikea are superb …..Actually my daughter’s birthday is on 27th of October so if I win than it would be my daughter’s choice what she wants to buy. I think she will go for toys for her and her little brother. Hope to win for my daughter as her birthday gift.

  • Shada Nazeer 04/10/2015 at 9:47 AM

    All the items of ikea is superb so its really very difficult to choose one .. Ikea decoration category is simply awesome and my personal favourites in that category is candles and picture frames .. Premiar Picture ,Jungle journey is one of the best from my personal collections .. http://m.ikea.com/ae/en/catalog/products/art/30173216/

  • Samantha Warrender 04/10/2015 at 9:05 AM

    For me it would be the Applaro sun loungers to relax by the pool and enjoy the cooler weather. ?

  • Aoife 04/10/2015 at 9:02 AM

    Childrens white wooden kitchen !

  • Kaya 04/10/2015 at 8:49 AM

    Definitely the outdoor armchair – love it!

  • Kelly harvarde 04/10/2015 at 8:15 AM

    That trolley is to die for! Would totally be my first purchase if I won!

  • Joelene 04/10/2015 at 8:05 AM

    Maryd tray x2 green

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