Homeward bound

04/07/2014

School has wrapped for the year and this household is officially on holiday. Picture me doing the happy dance! The Dubai summer, with its scorching temperatures and long days of kids being cooped up indoors, is not for the faint hearted. Last year, we braved the entire school break here and I pretty much swore I wouldn’t do that again if I could help it, so the kids and I are off to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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  • It's been a pretty slow weekend here. Hope yours has been chilled too?
  • On the blog this week, we are sharing some of our favourite digital art resources. During these times of restricted movement, it's more convenient than ever to be able to purchase artwork that can be downloaded, sent to print and frame via online framing specialists like @draftframes and delivered to your door. I'm all about the convenience factor here! Link in bio for some of our go-to's

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  • My Fronteriors co-founder, @liveloudgirl and I are going to be hosting a live Q&A session over on the @fronteriors account this Sunday. If you've got any  burning questions for us - about anything from which IKEA frames we use, our suggestions for hacking your way to a unique furniture piece, to new designs or just something random you might like to know? Join us on Sunday, 24 May at 4pm UAE time.

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  • I've been thinking about all the kids rooms we've designed and installed over the past few years, many of which had desks included. Unless they're kids in senior school, I usually view desks as a 'nice to have' addition if space allows. But I'm guessing those desks are getting a lot of mileage these days with Dubai schools continuing online learning until at least the end of the academic year. #crazytimes #stayhome #staysafe
  • A quiet afternoon was much needed to round off the weekend. Hope you all had a good one? Just peeking out on the left there is my new, improved @fronteriors Billy bookcase. More on that tomorrow. 
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  • She's been cursed with my coarse, wiry locks (that take 400 hrs to dry), if only I'd been blessed with that gorgeous colour. Suddenly wondering why I've never tried it. #hmm #maybe
  • I'm out of the house and in someone else's home and its feeling like a big adventure after so many weeks amidst the same walls. We are finally  starting to install the spaces we've designed for a family villa that we've been working on remotely for several weeks. Installation days are not what they used to be for us. This one is happening over a number of days. Fewer handymen and painters on site, masks, a safe distance and a whole lot of handwashing. Its feels strange but its definitely a step in the right direction.
  • The kitchen. It's always been the heart of the home, but over the past two months, it's been more of a command central in the home. All the cooking, baking, copious tea and coffee-making, school planning, live lesson participating, news watching (we have a TV room to the left), snack foraging.... you name it, it's been happening right here.

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  • If you'd told me a few months ago that I'd spend 8 straight weeks within the confines of my home, leaving only a handful of times for essentials, I'd have laughed out loud. And that's coming from a real homebody. Life sure is unpredictable. 
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