South African Interior Scene : Victoria Verbaan

19/12/2018

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m somewhat obsessed with the work of Durban-based artist and designer, Victoria Verbaan. Since I was introduced to her work by a fellow South African client earlier this year, I have incorporated it in many designs for clients as well as my own home. I used some of my favourites in the master bedroom and bathroom at our new holiday home in South Africa and she’s released many more gorgeous pieces since then. We recently connected with the incredibly talented creative to talk about her life, her inspiration and what’s in store. –…

Christmas table styling | shop the look

09/12/2018

In a recent post, we created a set of printable stationery for your Christmas gifts and table settings and to photograph the items, we set up a festive tablescape in my dining room. We really enjoyed the process and loved the outcome, so we thought it would be nice to share some of images with ideas for decorating the table and dining room for your own Christmas entertaining. We wanted to give the dining room a festive ambiance and have it look a little different than it’s every day style, so we removed all the artwork from the back wall…

True Blue Christmas styling with Marina Home Interiors

05/12/2018

Marina Home Interiors was one of the first interior stores that caught my eye when I moved to Dubai in 2005. I remember wanting to buy everything in the store. And over the years that followed, I worked up quite the collection of their furniture and accessories. Safe to say I’ve been a fan for some time, so when they approached us to style a Christmas shoot last month, we jumped at the opportunity. Marina’s Woodland Dreams collection of festive décor and accessories showcases a mix of earthy materials and shiny surfaces in the form of ornaments, figurines, wreaths and…

Printable Christmas Stationery Set 2018

04/12/2018

Designing a set of free printable Christmas gift tags for you, our lovely readers and social media followers, has become somewhat of a tradition around here. With the exception of last year (and I’m not even sure what happened there), I have put out a set from the very beginning in 2013 through 2014, 2015 and 2016. It’s quite interesting to look back at the style evolution over the years. As any reliable advent calendar will tell you, Christmas is just around the corner. Which means the annual gift wrapping marathon is about to commence and we are due to deliver some printables…

EARTHBOUND ROUNDUP: PRODUCTS WE LOVE

22/11/2018

I think we all know that team House of Hawkes is not backing down from our love of neutrals any time soon. Personally, I’ve pretty much always been based in camp neutral. I have moments of bravery that allow me to make some bold colour moves every now and then, and frankly with no regrets so far, but I’ll always feel most at home surrounded by pared back tones and earthy textures. After a very busy few weeks of sourcing for clients, we’ve noted many gorgeous items that fit perfectly into this category, across a variety of new collections from…

THE BOWERY COMPANY | GIVEAWAY

15/11/2018

One of my favourite aspects of our business is discovering exciting new brands and concepts to share with our clients and all of you.  One such company that we stumbled upon earlier this year at the Maison et Objet show in Paris was the Spanish label, Lorena Canals. We instantly fell in love with their collection of rugs that are as stylish as they are practical. These beauties are machine washable. At home. In your very own washing machine. Each Lorena Canals rug is handmade by artisans in India using all-natural cotton to ensure it stands the test of time when…

Wallpaper Wonder Nursery Reveal

12/11/2018

Last month we had the privilege of designing a nursery for the sweetest mum-to-be. Her vision was simple – nothing too over the top, a dash of dusty pink and something special for the walls. Other than that, she pretty much left it up to us. We had seen a few sneak peeks of the wallpaper collaboration project between Jimmy Cricket and well-renowned Swedish art duo, Mrs Mighetto on Instagram and were eager to have one particularly special paper in the design, but we didn’t think the product would be released in time. As it turned out, the beautiful ‘Land of…

Our Holiday Home Reveal Part 3 : Master bedroom and bathrooms

29/09/2018

Work has been so ridiculously busy the past two weeks that I haven’t been on the blog much. We are working on some great new projects which I look forward to sharing on here in the coming weeks but for now, I’m conscious that I still owe you guys more room reveals from our new holiday home. So whilst the family are chilling in the pool this weekend morning, I’ve started to type this post on my iPad whilst nursing a virgin mojito. Multitasking at its best. I’m going to show you what we did with the master bedroom and…

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