IKEA Catalogue 2020: Get Ready For A Fresh Start

28/08/2019

Hold on to your Ikea meatballs because the summer’s most anticipated literature is finally here… We’re talking about the IKEA catalog: A once-yearly release showcasing everything that’s coming in the next year.And we had front row seats at the UAE launch this week. This year’s catalogue theme “A Fresh Start” focus on the importance of mental and physical rest and will be offering products designed to improve sleep. With simple, smart…

La Cotte Farm, Franschhoek, SOUTH AFRICA

23/08/2019

One of the highlights of our summer break (which is indeed a winter break when you’re in South Africa) was a trip to the beautiful Cape region with friends who were visiting from London. I absolutely love everything about the Cape – from the picturesque landscapes to the beautiful wine farms and dramatic ocean views, it gives me all the holiday feels. And I don’t mind whether it’s…

Scene & Heard | JULY 2019

08/07/2019

Welcome to the latest installment of Scene and Heard, a regular feature where the team shares interesting bits and bobs that we’ve recently came across. If you missed last month’s Scene & Heard, check it out here. You may not be aware of this, but Charly is our resident DJ at House of Hawkes HQ. She keeps the atmosphere serene when stress levels are high and keeps us…

Rug Crush Roundup

27/06/2019

It’s no secret that a good rug can make a room, I’m sure this is no surprise to most of you, but finding the right rug can be tricky. After doing some rug sourcing for a few clients recently, we discovered quite a few beauties out there. So, we have done the groundwork for you and have roundup our favourites and some tips to consider when choosing a…

Father’s Day Gift Guide

11/06/2019

In yet another fine act in the art of of procrastination, we are a little late on ordering gifts for Father’s Day – approaching at a helluva speed. As a result of our panic, we’ve taken a load off your shoulders and whipped up a fresh batch of delightful gift ideas just for Dad. Getting creative when it comes to Father’s Day gifting is easier said than done,…

Piupiuchick at Martin & Ella

27/05/2019

Dubai’s ‘big summer break’ is hurtling towards us like a freight train with a mere five weeks left before school’s out and the mass exodus begins. It’s seems such a unique lifestyle quirk the way so many families collectively leave town over the same period to travel to their home countries or other exotic destinations during July and August, essentially to escape two of the warmest months of…

Fronteriors is open for business

26/05/2019

Last month I shared the exciting news about Fronteriors with you all. Remember that new business venture I am embarking on with my dear friend and fellow crazy, er, I mean stylist, Linda Dekkers (aka LiveLoudGirl)? Taking our collaborative creativity to the next level is proving to be rather a lot of work, particularly on top of the usual House of Hawkes project load, but thankfully neither of…

Console Styling with The Bowery Company

25/05/2019

Something we’re asked all too often by clients is “how do I style a sideboard?” It’s actually a great question, and as stylists we sometimes forget that it doesn’t come naturally to everyone – yet it so important to have these surface spaces looking ‘pulled together’ in you home. With this in mind, we thought it might be helpful to share some console or sideboard styling ideas as…

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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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