Style file: Eames Chairs

24/06/2014

If you don’t know them by name, you will surely recognize them on sight. And like me, you probably want some of this action in your home or office. Arguably among the most iconic furniture designs of our time, Eames chairs (along with many other inventions) were the products of a dynamic design duo – husband and wife, Charles and Ray Eames. Renowned for their notable contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, Charles and Ray started their furniture design collaboration work by molding plywood in the early 1940’s. By 1946, Evans Products had began producing the Eames’ molded plywood furniture but production was later taken over by Herman Miller, Inc., who…

Colour crush: Grey, white & gold

20/06/2014

I’m always amazed at how quickly my taste in interior decor and design changes. If you had told me a year or two ago, maybe even six months ago, that I would be lusting after any sort of gold accents in my home, I would have scoffed… belligerently. But alas, here and now I find myself feeling strangely drawn to a color palette of muted tones with a touch of gold. More specifically, its grey, white and gold that’s got my decor mojo jumping. It seems to work really well in almost any area of the home. Take a look and see…

DIY Teacher gifts

15/06/2014

It’s that time of year when I find myself racking my brain and trawling Pinterest for cute teacher gift ideas. This year, our class representative mum has been super organized about arranging a group gift from the class. I’m totally on board with this win-win situation as the teacher gets a fabulous gift and we mums get to cross another item off the to-do list which seems to grow exponentially as the term and the school year draw to a close. That said, I still like to have a little something that my kids can be involved in making. I think it’s important for them to…

Home tour: Negin-Fattahi-Dasmal’s idyllic Dubai oasis

04/06/2014

Hey everyone, I hope the week is being good to you. If not, and if you’re an avid interiors stalker, like myself, then I have a little something that is bound to improve your day, if not your whole week!

I am beyond excited to give you a little tour of an exquisite Dubai home. What makes this home an extra special feature for me is that it belongs to a dear friend of mine who also happens to be one of nicest and most inspirational people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. And did I mention that she’s my ex-boss!

Favourite things roundup: One for the boys

29/05/2014

Wowzers, it cat believe its Friday – and basically the end of May too! Is anyone else completely stunned that we are almost half way through this year? Remember those days as a kid, when a year felt like a lifetime. Sigh….those really were the days.

So, on the subject of kids, my roundup for this month features some of my favorite pieces for little boys’ rooms.

Gray Malin

22/05/2014

Hi folks, it’s been a busy two weeks around here and I haven’t managed much time on the blog, but I’m making time today to share another awesome find with you. It’s really hotting up in Dubai and with the summer holidays almost upon us, I bet many are already dreaming of picturesque escapes and good vacay vibes.  Here’s a little something that’s sure to get you in the mood… A few weeks ago, I spotted one of Gray Malin’s amazing images on Instagram and was instantly (see what I did there?) intrigued. If you haven’t already seen some of the LA-based photographer’s work, you…

Tips for decorating your rented home

12/05/2014

Reconciling your Pinterest-perfect dream home with the reality of rented accommodation can be a bitter pill to swallow. Trust me, I know. I’m an old hand at this, and as an expat living in Dubai, I know that I am definitely not alone. Landlords strive to create a neutral space with mass appeal, which usually results in a uniform palette throughout the house and zero personality. The good news, however, is that there are many easy and affordable to ways to put your mark on the place you call home β€“ its your signature style, after all, that transforms a rented…

DIY reward jar

08/05/2014

I don’t know about your household but there is a fair amount of bribery that goes down in ours. In fact, I like to think of it less as bribery and more as an apropriate reward system. The kind that keeps things running smoothly around here (sound convincing?) And whilst I am quite strict when it comes to my kids’ consumption of sweets, I am a firm believer in incentivising good behavior. The bottom line is, I’m not above the occasional use bribery in those ‘pick your battle’ moments. The ‘bribes’ are simple: do as you’re told without a fuss and you’re in for a reward. Skittles…

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