So to follow up on my post from a couple of weeks ago on how to incorporate tropical accessories in your outdoor space, I decided to add yet another post on my other obsession these days (and hopefully, for all eternity) – Tribal & Global Décor! I have to admit though, I get slightly confused by the concept of tribal décor… More Summer Inspired Décor: Tribal & Global Chic
OK. I’m warning you. This post is REALLY long. I just have toooo many pictures to show you!!! I know you’ll probably be a little overwhelmed by pictures and random information and my emotional descriptions, but if you’re not planning on visiting, I think you can just go straight for the pictures. I will totally forgive you… More Southern Spain
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been seeing tropical prints EVERYWHERE! That’s probably why I’m slightly obsessed with trying to figure out how to recreate the same look for my outdoor space. While pineapples, banana leaves, and parrots aren’t really for everyone, I do love that it’s become such a popular trend that I don’t… More Outdoor Décor: Tropical Prints & Parties!
I started visiting London a lot a few years ago when my parents moved to the city. Actually, when they first moved, I really wasn’t the biggest fan. I mean I had been to London a couple of times as a kid, but as an adult it just seemed like an overwhelmingly big city with too many tourists, a super congested and complicated public… More London Town & Exploring the Non-Antiquey Side of Portobello Road
Justine’s home and outdoor living spaces are ALL heart. Everything she loves is in there. You can clearly see that each item has been picked for the space because she loves it – not just because it looks pretty or suits the aesthetics of her home. Her furniture is eclectic and unique, but still feels so comfortable. She… More An Eclectic Home Tour
Is it just me or is Dhahran going through some major baby mania? Almost everyone I know is pregnant or just had a baby! I never thought I’d be attending or be invited to more baby showers than birthday parties… So in the spirit of this “season,” I thought I’d do a little throwback to a baby… More Baby Room #TBW
Ever wonder how a real interior designer would set up a home here? Well, you’re in for a treat! I met Rilia through my friend Zaza, the one with the awesome shabby chic home that I covered a few weeks ago. Rilia is Zaza’s next door neighbor, and while they have houses that look the same from the outside,… More The Designer’s Home Tour
Storage is not really the biggest issue in my house… but what I DO lack though is organized storage! I’ve realized that you can have tons of closets and storage room space, but if there aren’t shelves, storage containers, drawers, etc., to actually store what you own, it’s not really going to work well for you or your… More Before & After: Closet Makeover
I was lucky enough to have been invited to the opening of Villa Style, an interior design business and furniture store, a few months ago in Khobar. I was SO blown away with the type of furniture and accessories in the store – it was just incredibly stylish! I can safely say that they had some of the most beautiful pieces that… More Villa Style
When I think shabby chic, I pretty much think of Zaza’s home now. I originally saw her home and creative ideas on Instagram, and knew immediately that she had that very unique skill of being able to make the most ordinary things look extra special. Her Instagram feed is one of my favorites because of how pretty she makes… More A Shabby Chic Home & Garden Tour
If you’re even slightly interested in gardening, you’ve probably heard of the environmentally-friendly concept of “xeriscape/smartscape” yards by now. The concept is built around the idea that you should reduce the amount of green lawn in the landscape, and use hardy native plants that are generally better suited to the climate. It’s especially great for people who are interested… More Putting Together A Xeriscape Yard
I recently spent quite a bit of time helping reorganize and declutter a client’s kitchen, and while it was an amazing experience, it also was SUPER challenging – mainly because the kitchen is pretty small and there really wasn’t much storage space available… First off, the shelves in the pantry are quite odd. Deep, not very tall, and extended way… More Before & After: Kitchen Decluttering & Reorganizing
I’ll be honest, I haven’t been feeling super inspired these days. I think it’s probably because vacation mode is really hard to get out of… So when I get like this, I then spend A LOT of time browsing my all-time favorite design and decorating industry guru’s websites for some good ol’ inspiration. While some of… More My Top 10 Favorite Design Sites Right Now
Sooo time really flies… I can’t believe it, but around this time last year, I “sort of” launched The Design Souk! Eekk! A year ago, I had started writing a few home posts on my new blog and had only told my immediate family members about my idea. I was very hesitant to go public with it, but my sister… More It’s been 1 Year!
Sorry guys – it’s been a super busy month, and my husband’s been on a lengthy “stay cation,” so that’s why I’ve been a little behind with blogging… But I’m hoping that this post can make up for it! I’m sure that you can tell by now that I love going to IKEA. It’s a sick… More IKEA. My Fave.
A couple of months ago, Franca came to me with a design dilemma… For the past few years her dining room has been used as an “activity space” for her children and their friends. But now that they’re older, she wanted her dining room back. So we sat down to plan out how it could be… More From Playroom to Dining Room!
If you’re an art lover or a collector, you’re gonna love this… About a month ago, I stopped by ArtBahrain, an international art fair focused on showcasing the works of artists from all over the world. Galleries from so many different countries attended, including our very own Arabian Collections Gallery based out of Dhahran! I’ll be completely honest… when I first heard about the show,… More ArtBahrain 2015
Row 1 (left to right): Sadaqat Ali, Raazia Ali, Erin Clayton; Row 2 (left to right): Hina Mushtaq, Sheraz Mushtaq, Julie Owens Strawn; Row 3 (left to right): Amanda Peasley, Allison Redmon, Donna Weaver Ever considered having a family portrait done? Or interested in having someone photograph an event for you? Didn’t think you could get… More Your Local Photographers!
I’ve often found it difficult to imagine how one tastefully incorporates Halloween décor into their home. I’ve always seen great fall décor items, but I don’t see witches, ghosts, skeletons and just the combination of black and orange, in general, working in my home… However, I do happen to have a wonderfully stylish friend who seems to totally get… More A Very Stylish Halloween Home Tour!
If you live in Dhahran and are even slightly interested in home décor you’ve probably heard of Arabian SAS by now. It seems like everyone’s asking or talking about them these days… So because I’ve had a custom wood piece made by them, a post about this company seems quite timely and relevant! Arabian SAS has actually… More Arabian SAS
I love organizing things. While I don’t really consider it my forté, I understand and strive for that huge sense of satisfaction that comes from when you can find things and can tell how much of it you actually have! But because I’ve been avoiding this pantry for a while, I can’t tell you how many… More Kitchen Pantry Organizing Tips
And… I’M BACK! After a wonderful summer abroad, I am finally back home and so happy about it! I hope all of you had an amazing break and are ready to enjoy the beautiful weather that we have coming up in just over a month. So just when you were getting back into the swing of things, we get hit… More Eid Décor!
Hi all! I’ll be out and about/travelling the globe for just a couple of more weeks, so be ready for some exciting posts by the end of September! Hope you all had a fantastic summer
Last week, I showed all of you my very awesome exterior door transformation, and as some of you may have noticed, I added a personalized doormat to my front door as well. It was actually my very first DIY project… and it went really well! I bought everything for this project from Dhahran, so this… More My Personalized Doormat
I have 2 entrances to my home, and one of the entrances was just plain ugly. Luckily, I was able to change my “other” exterior door into a nice glass door. It looks beautiful and lets in a lot of light, but because this side is a little more visible to the public, a glass door wasn’t… More Exterior Door Makeover!
Yay for my first guest post! Here is a lovely DIY project for Ramadan and Eid, created by a friend of mine, Sabrina. I keep seeing her beautiful creations on Facebook, and since she doesn’t have a blog of her own, I thought that this would be a great way for her to share her awesome ideas for this holy month with everyone. Enjoy! … More DIY Guest Post: Create A Ramadan & Eid Mubarak Sign!
If you’ve been in the EP for a while, you’re probably pretty familiar with Desert Designs (DD). Whether you know it as a gift shop, a coffee shop, a gallery, or just a place to buy antiques or bedouin handicrafts, it is hands down one of the best shopping experiences in Dhahran. My visits to the store usually consist… More Desert Designs: The Artist’s Incubator
This home is the definition of my obsession with Pinterest and why it can be such an amazing source of inspiration. This particular homeowner is pretty much a home decorating blog and pinning junky like me, so it was great to be able to see how a DIYer translates projects, by Western bloggers who shop at Lowe’s and Home… More A Pinterest-y Inspired House
Blogging – and being in the “accessorizing my home” process – means that I spend A LOT of time browsing sites for inspiration and ideas. My typical morning starts with me in front of my computer, with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, checking out my Pinterest account and my crazy Feedly account… In the process of browsing, I always manage to… More Get Inspired
Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I hope many of you will be milking your families for some love and cute homemade cards this weekend! I do feel slightly horrible though since Saudi’s celebration of this epic day is apparently on March 21st… I guess I’ll just have to make sure I remind all of you… More A Saudi-Inspired Mother’s Day
Ever since I moved here from Canada, I’ve found that I’m becoming more and more interested in buying antiques from the region for my home. I’m not really interested in huge pieces of furniture, but I think it’d be great to have a few accent pieces that have more meaning behind them and that would… More Finding Antiques in the EP
Teresa moved to Dhahran from Los Angeles about 4 years ago with a half a container full of household items and a few pieces of furniture for her new abode. While that’s not really a lot of stuff for a family of four, Teresa wanted to bring the essentials so that she could fill in the rest… More A Blend of East & West
I met Racha Kayali at the opening of the Arabian Collections Gallery a couple months ago. She was introduced to me as the mastermind behind the showroom, as her company had constructed and designed the entirely new space in Amwaj Plaza in Al-Khobar. After chatting with her about her amazing work at the gallery, I walked away… More RK Interiors: Design in Saudi Arabia
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Dhahran Garden Group’s annual Home & Garden Tour – an amazing showcase of some of the homes and gardens that we have here in Dhahran! What I love about this event is that you get to see a lot of the same types of houses in the compound, done… More Home & Garden Tour
While this is not really a design related post, it is definitely related to Saudi, is about the creative process, and of course, is quite dear to my heart! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been out of kingdom and in Karachi, Pakistan, preparing for the launch of my sister’s debut novel, “Magic Within,” published by HarperCollins Publishers… More Magic Within by Manal Shakir
I love Erlina’s home. It’s trendy, stylish, comfortable, and is made up of my current favorite colors in the world – grays, blues and whites. Clearly, the Kim family and I are on the same wavelength… But what I really love is the way that Erlina and her husband have used creative and inexpensive ideas to infuse oodles of character into their home.… More It’s All About Creativity!
Compound life doesn’t really lend itself to expressing your individuality. Most compounds try to keep their houses, facilities and anything else as standard and uniform as they can get. It’s not a bad thing, but it can be hard to find a way to distinguish yourself from others or express your own style. Yet… I’ve noticed… More Glam Up Your Yard
Local art is tricky to find in Saudi Arabia. It’s almost like you have to be in the “in crowd” to find out about the latest exhibitions, the gallery openings, the art shows, and whatever other kind of exclusive event people can think of. It’s fun when you’re one of the movers and shakers of Dhahran, but not… More Arabian Collections Gallery
In this region of the world, transforming fabric into a custom piece is not too difficult to do, and can be a reasonably priced option for people living here. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in the market, it’s worth considering having a piece made or a worn out piece reupholstered. This is… More From Fabric to Custom
I feel like Saudi Arabia is a country where a culture of outdoor grilling really makes sense. The weather is great for a good chunk of the year, most people have decent yards in their villas or homes, and you get a lot of quality family time on weekdays and weekends. While finding a basic outdoor… More Backyard: The Middle East’s Grilling & Outdoor Living Specialists
Our home has 2 bedrooms, and one more room that was originally staged like a dining/breakfast/”I don’t know what” room… Most houses, villas, and apartments in the Eastern Province come somewhat furnished, and while staging a space with dining room furniture makes sense, I was confused because this room had the largest closet in the house! This amazing closet is… More My Home Office… Or the “Man Cave”
I first saw Maggie’s house on a community “Home & Garden Tour,” and was shocked by what she had done with her place! She had somehow managed to bring the inside… outside….. I’d never seen a home where being in the yard felt like I was still in the house! It was after seeing her place that… More Designing from the Inside Out
Living in Saudi, you sometimes get in a rut and start thinking that you just can’t get the things that you want. I’ll admit, it’s not always available or in the color, size or shape that you want. But having been here for a while now, I’ve realized that you can find almost everything in Saudi… More Garden Pinning
I decided to do a little exploring the other morning, so I hopped on the bus to King Khalid Street with a friend, and spent a good 2 1/2 hours walking into random stores!
My first experience with getting custom made furniture in Saudi was absolutely fabulous! I had a company in Dammam, called Arabian SAS Co., make a dining room cabinet for me a couple months ago since I was having such a hard time finding EXACTLY what I wanted.
If I had known that I was going to be starting this blogging thing, I would’ve taken lots of before and after pictures. It’s my MOST favorite part of every blog that I read! I, on the other hand, have very few pictures and most of them are after I made a few improvements to the house.… More Setting Up My Yard: BEFORE & AFTER
It’s been 2 years since my husband and I moved to Dhahran. We got married just a year before we moved here while he was doing his MBA in Canada, so we didn’t have too many things to bring to Saudi. … More Moving to Dhahran: BEFORE & AFTER of my Living Room