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Feature walls – our last four homes and my top tips

Coming from a hotel design/development background the feature wall is a favourite amongst designers to add instant (and permanent) interest to a room. I can remember choosing the interior for our first home almost 20 years ago.  The house was a modern brick and tile and we went for a deep aubergine on a niche wall in our dining area and a paprika red one in the lounge area.  They were painted and an easy way to add depth to the space when most of our furniture was hand me downs from family.  When we moved to our next house, a 100 year old villa, the previous owner had painted every room a different colour so we just updated a couple to our preferred colours but hadn’t got around to repainting the house before we moved to Dubai although the end of our kitchen/dining room was anchored with a fab dark blue.  Of course these homes were before digital cameras so photos are all stored back in New Zealand in a shed in Hakaru! Once …

Lighting up a little girls world

In the adventure of renovating a house by remote control one of the things I have had a lot of fun looking for online is wall lights for the girls rooms.  Here was my shortlist. Super cute bunny ears from Atelier Pierre Lightbox with super cute lettering from Maisons du Monde Opalescence from Cecile Chareyron AM.PM’s Fifi Box from La Redoute Ferm’s Living Cactus spotted at Amara Living Standout copper pineapple from Jasmine Living Haya wall light from La Redoute Seletti’s Hanging Monkey spotted at the Bowery Company Origami from Tedzukuri Atelier What was I looking for in the wall lights? something that could take my littlest girl from 2 to 6 years old and another light that would be good for Miss 4 and 6 until they are about 10 years old.  Which ones did I end up picking? well watch this space as we put the rooms together and share the spoils of all our hard work. Photo credits: the feature image is from Ekaterina Galera, the individual products are from the websites …

The best balconies in Dubai

When I got the chance to visit the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai in Business Bay I jumped at it as I had been aware of the repositioning that the brand had been going through globally and I wanted to see how this was brought to life in Dubai. I will fill you in on what I found around the hotel in other posts but I needed to share the guestrooms as they have the best balconies in Dubai !!! I checked out both the suites and guestrooms and they are gorgeous. The guestrooms are spacious, with all the bits I love about hotels, the crisp white linen, light streaming in the windows and a place for everything and everything in its place.  The carefully curated furniture gave a feel of visiting a friend’s new home and the art was simple, camel focused and appropriate for Dubai with a really fun twist.  It plays along that fine line of being a business hotel and one for leisure and I would be quite chuffed for a stay …