Making room for guests

28/11/2016

Making room for guests

28/11/2016

It’s that time of year again, folks – the festive season. I can’t even believe that December is in our sights, let alone Christmas. For most expats living in the UAE, this is ‘visitor season’ and most of us are preparing our homes for the annual onslaught of house guests. With perfect weather and a city that continues amaze the world, who can blame family and friends for wanting to get a piece of the action.

My smalls have been counting the sleeps till their ‘Ouma’ (my mom) arrives this weekend. I on the other hand am feeling slightly panicked about the fact that the guest room over here in the new House of Hawkes HQ is in fact a dumping ground. Since we arrived it has served as ‘file 13’ of sorts. You know that special place for the too-difficult-to-deal-with stuff. The I’ll-sort-it-out-later stuff which is now an imposing pile of objects awaiting their fate. It’s the sort of chaos that unsettles me to the core, and explains why the door to that room has been firmly shut for weeks. It’s time for me to face the music.

Enter my old friend, IKEA and the wonders of their storage and organisation section. My mission: to create a space for guests to unpack and feel at home. Our guest room has a small built-in wardrobe, but since that is currently being used to store a bunch things I’ll probably never need again, but feel the need to keep, I needed a wardrobe that didn’t look like another typical wardrobe in the room. I’ve been on the lookout for something a little different, and I found the lovely ELVARLI system and a neat selection of accessories to accompany it.

Take a look at how much storage space this baby offers.

Making room for guests from House of Hawkes on Vimeo.

I love the versatility of this open storage unit. It offers plenty of space for clothing and shoes and has gorgeous bamboo shelf surfaces to decorate and accessorise. Here’s a look at the storage and organisation accessories I used to maximise packing space…

1 ELVARLI system | 2 KNARRA white baskets | 3 & 4 SKUBB storage boxes | 5 BOOMERANG white hangers

So, are you ready for your guests?

Kathryn Hawkes

All posts

2 Comments

  • […] on the lookout for these special businesses. We’ve collaborated with recognizable brands such IKEA, Bosch, Crate & Barrel, Hansgrohe, to name a few and continue to align ourselves with brands we […]

  • carpets dubai 31/12/2016 at 12:17 PM

    nice

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Hi, I’m Kathryn


    House of Hawkes is a boutique interior design studio based in Dubai. This website is where it all started and remains a creative space for my love of design and decor, and for sharing awesome everyday things. More about me & the team

    Subscribe & Follow

    WE WON AN AWARD!

    SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG

    Never miss a new post from House of Hawkes! Enter your email address to subscribe and receive new posts right in your inbox.

    Follow on Instagram

    • Did I mention I got a new floor? 🤪😂 #laminateflooring #waterresistant #wholenewworld #livingroom #flooring #homeinspo #houseofhawkeshq #finally #mydomaine #myhome #myhomevibe #dubaiinteriors
    • Yesterday I assisted at a @fronteriors installation at the beautiful home of @shoestova - she opted for our brand new slatted doors in grey with matte black handles and the combination is ace! We love seeing customers play with the options to achieve their individual vision. 
#fronteriors #installation #greyslatteddoors #love #ikeahack #ikeahacking
    • There's nothing quite like that first night back in your own bed. #home
    • I can't quite explain how happy I was to open the front door and see our new flooring all finished when I got home this morning. Home sweet home just got sweeter. When I left last week, @floorworldllc were still working on the installation and they've done such a great job on the finishing touches. Feeling all the good feel this Monday morning. Now to attend to that to do list! 
#happydays #floorworldllc #newfloors #laminateflooring #houseofhawkeshq
    • Despite signs of autumn all over the city, the weather was amazing! Till next time beautiful Lisbon X 
#lisboa #lisbon #travel #nokids #citybreak
    • Good morning from a bright &sunny Lisbon apartment. Last day here and we plan to make the most of it. And suggestions?
    • Our lunch spot in Lisbon @cafenochiado - came here in June and couldn't wait to get back. #lisbon #portugal #foodie #lunch #highlyrecommended
    • Tonight's sunset was on fire!
    • I'm on a quick trip to Portugal which turned into a very spontaneous girls catch-up when my cousin from Dubai joined me and a friend of ours flew in from England to meet us. We found such a cool little villa on @airbnb that overlooks the rice fields in Carvarhal, Portugal.  Enjoying the end-of-summer beautiful weather. Happy Friday! X

    Follow @houseofhawkes

    Categories

    ×