Halloween printables to DIY for

29/10/2013

I can hardly believe its that time of year again. Our neighbourhood is abuzz with Halloween excitement and spooky decor – its such a fun time for the kids…… and ahem, some adults too. That said, we live in a community that is really culturally diverse and alas, Halloween and all it’s tricks is not for everyone. I’ve always thought that a little note or sign at the…

Printable Christmas gift tags

06/10/2013

I’ve been working on some goodies for Christmas and thought that I would share these printable Christmas gift tags with you all. I hope you like them. You will need: Cardstock of at least 180 gsm Single hole punch Ribbon, cord or embroidery cotton I tried both cotton and cord for my examples above, and whilst I think the cord has a nicer feel (less floppy), I love…

DIY Office desk

01/10/2013

I’ve been using this ‘solution’ for my home office for years now. It’s always worked really well for me as it offers loads of storage space. Folks are surprised when I tell them that my desk is actually just a few components of an Ikea kitchen. My desk is made up of 1x FAKTUM cabinet with shelves, 1 x FAKTUM cabinet with drawers, and a LAGAN solid wood (beech) worktop. However, Ikea have…

Announcing Ava

27/09/2013

Living away from your home country and family can be really difficult at times. It didn’t seem that bad when we first arrived here possibly because (A) living in a new and exciting city was still somewhat of a novelty, and (B), I hadn’t yet had kids. So it’s not at all surprising that I’ve found it increasingly challenging since the arrival of my children, who sadly, don’t…

Style file: Bamileke beauty

26/09/2013

I recently indulged in a little African decor love. It goes by the name of Bamileke. I first saw a Bamileke stool in a family friend’s home in South Africa what feels like a lifetime ago and have loved them ever since. They are widely used in South African decor and are particularly popular in luxury bush lodges. My first sightings of these little gems were generally always…

Are you ready for Christmas?

23/09/2013

There’s nothing quite like receiving a card in the mail. And by mail, I mean good old-fashioned ‘snail mail’, the hand sorted and delivered kind, not an e-card in your Inbox. In this age of technology and electronic lifestyle, I agree that its difficult not to take the easy route, but if there is just one time of the year that’s worth going the extra mile for a…

She makes our world a whole lot nicer…

14/09/2013

My daughter came into this world on the morning of 3 July 2010, and she really has been making our world a whole lot nicer since that day. I saw a quote to this effect on a scatter cushion and thought that it would make a really cute print for wall art in a nursery or kids bedroom. There were so many options for the ‘main’ word in…

DIY Kids inspirational poster

01/09/2013

I have seen so many of these inspirational posters around and I think they are a great option for wall art in kids rooms and family areas. I decided to make one for my son’s room, which was needing a little something on a blank bit of wall.  Putting the design together was relatively simple but deciding how to display it was a whole separate mission. It’s not…

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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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