Mother’s Day Spoils

08/05/2019

Mother’s Day can be confusing in the multi-cultural society that is the UAE – with such a vast number of nationalities in one place, many of which celebrate Mother’s Day at different times of the year, it all becomes a bit puzzling – especially for the dads. consider this your ‘heads up’ if you’re from the USA, Canada, most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines or South Africa where Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May – that’s this coming Sunday, 12 May. It’s time to get the gift ideas rolling. And let…

Contemporary Apartment living

06/05/2019

We’ve recently completed some work for a stylish bachelor in his contemporary new apartment. To be honest when we first saw the home, we weren’t entirely sure why he had contacted us. Let’s just say we’ve been called in for spaces needing a lot more ‘help’ than this one. This client has excellent taste but was struggling with narrowing down his choices and sticking with a style. After a thorough consultation, we helped him hone his desired aesthetic and got to work with the required changes. A few things had to go, but we worked around many pieces that he…

Currently crushing | etsy sellers

03/05/2019

Oh, how we love a good Etsy find. We also know all too well that the amount of beautiful things you come across when browsing online can be completely overwhelming at times. So, in an effort to make this a bit easier for you, we thought it would be a good idea to share our shortlist of Etsy sellers that we are currently crushing on. From wallpaper and cushions to toys and beautifully crafted ceramics, our list covers most decorating bases. 01 Floral ColorayCustomizable self-adhesive wallpapers that pack a punch into any interior makeover. 02 Bo&An Studio and 03 One…

Greenify your home with fresh or faux

25/04/2019

Using greenery to spruce up a room is like adding accessories to an outfit, without them you look fine, but throw on some clever additions and you look fabulous. In a world dominated by concrete and glass, indoor plants and fresh flowers offer a welcome change and giving your home a natural green tinge definitely has plenty of perks. Adding a plant to a room is arguably one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to give a space a new lease on life without any major changes. As you probably know, we are big fans of greenery around here…

Pink bliss ombre nursery

23/04/2019

A few months ago an expectant mum-to-be reached out to us to help design a nursery for her little one. After a few sneak peeks on my Instagram on the day of the installation, we had many requests for the reveal post. So here it is – better late than never. The design brief for this room was to create a space that was both elegant and a little more ‘grown up’ than your average nursery, whilst maintaining an element of fun and whimsy. This particular design and it’s associated mood board went through a substantial evolution from our original…

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 yet sophisticated clothing for your mini me, this brand’s for you. The folks at this chic label believe that childhood is too…

Ikea favourite finds | April 2019

19/04/2019

We are big fans of IKEA around here. It’s not for every room in the house, but it certainly has its place – particularly in this region’s transient society, Every now and again, they really hit a home run, particularly in recent years as they’ve taken on more design collaboration projects, and of late they’ve been knocking it out of the park. After a recent trip to our Dubai store, we thought we’d give you a round-up of what really caught our eye and what we think are some of the best items in store this season. 1 / 2…

fronteriors: an exciting new venture

16/04/2019

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I made a rather exciting announcement last month. I’ve started a new business venture with friend and fellow interior stylist, Linda Dekkers, better known as @liveloudgirl. Linda and I met at an industry event a few years ago and have maintained a great working relationship and valuable friendship ever since. In fact, it’s been a collaborative connection with us from the very beginning. We often catch up to exchange thoughts and ideas and at our first such meeting this year, during yet another discussion about upgrading and/or hacking IKEA…

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  • 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 🙈🤔😊
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Ps: have a peek at the other looks for this frame on my stories
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