[Styling Workshop] Mastering the art of the #shelfie

[Styling Workshop] Mastering the art of the #shelfie

I am mega excited to announce that I'll be hosting a little interior styling workshop in collaboration with NOOK, one of Dubai's coolest interiors stores

Taking place next week, the 90-minute class will focus on the art of the #shelfie! It will be a fun and interactive morning during which I'll give you my top tips to style the perfect bookshelf and you'll get a chance to style your own shelfie, live, using Nook's beautiful collection of home accessories. The workshop is totally free and there may or may not be a little goodie to take home with you from the store... [insert emoji of monkey covering his mouth here].  

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[Star Buys] 5 fabulous places to find affordable (yet cool!) art online

[Star Buys] 5 fabulous places to find affordable (yet cool!) art online

Sourcing art can be a very expensive exercise, even more so when you live in Dubai, as there aren't a million places to find affordable original art… I should know as I have been living in our pad for six months now and still have too many blank walls to count, staring at me each morning... So I have done a bit of research and basically done the hard work for you to find my top 5 virtual art galleries to get stunning original and contemporary art (including this gorgeous piece called Lost in Neon by photographer Jenny Woods) without having to win the lottery first. I obviously added some of my favourite pieces from each gallery in case you're interested and a little freebie/discount code for each. Oh, and they all ship to Dubai of course... 

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[Star Tips] How to transform your pad in 2017 (rented or not!)

[Star Tips] How to transform your pad in 2017 (rented or not!)

I thought I'd start the year with a little lesson on 'there are no right or wrong in home styling' and 'trust your gut' to get you to make your pad your happy place over the next few months. The majority of expats (me included) are not home owners and rent out their pad here and this can bring a whole world of limitations (click here for my tips on how to turn your rental into a home) but it doesn't mean you have to give up on having your dream home. So forget about resolutions, it's so 2014, and instead here are a few 'do's and don't', easy tips, my two cents' worth essentially, on how to pluck up the courage to transform your home (even if it's not yours!) in 2017. In the next few weeks, I will post more blogs about how and where to find the cool stuff to make it a reality. 

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[Stellar Giveaway] Meet Wild Child Designz (and win a cool kids chair!)

[Stellar Giveaway] Meet Wild Child Designz (and win a cool kids chair!)

A few weeks ago, I met the lovely brains behind Wild Child Designz, a fabulous kids furniture brand based in Dubai. As it often happens these days and thanks to the power of social media, I 'met' founder and chief designer, Sameera Ameer on the old Instaweb and we connected virtually before we met in the flesh - she showed me her collection and told me all about her brand. This is the kind of encounter that Stella + the Stars is all about (and I am planning to do more so watch this space) and I thought, if I fell in love with Wild Child Designz's quirky collection, chances are, you will to. I interviewed Sameera, who is a mama of two, to find out a bit more about the brand and how it all started. Warning: this post contains an awesome giveaway competition exclusive to Stella + the Stars readers. 

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I am dreaming of a colourful Christmas (in the desert...)

I am dreaming of a colourful Christmas (in the desert...)

In case you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you'll have by now realised that tomorrow is officially December, which means one thing and one thing only: it's time to unleash the festive beast! This year will be my first ever Christmas in the desert after 12 years in London, and I was keen to make things extra festive on Stella + the Stars. So I have teamed up with a bunch of fabulous Dubai brands to bring you the most colourful Christmas styling ideas (on a budget) just in case, like me, 'red and green' just doesn't cut it for you... 

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[Mini Style] Kids room storage idea: YONDER.living pompom baskets

[Mini Style] Kids room storage idea: YONDER.living pompom baskets

I blame YONDER.living and their gorgeous storage baskets for fuelling my pompom addiction. I mean, you can never have too much storage in a 3-year old room, especially when it involves pink pompoms, so when they approached me to ask if they could send me this little drop of Moroccan basket heaven, I thought it would work perfectly in Stella's bedroom to store (aka hide) the never ending amount of soft toys she seems to accumulate. Oh and don't miss the special reader discount at the end of the post! 

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5 things I learned from winning the Amara Interior Blog Awards

5 things I learned from winning the Amara Interior Blog Awards

If you've already heard about this on social media, feel free to move on with more importants things and your day. If you haven't, may I announce some terribly exciting news: Stella + the Stars is now officially an 'award-winning' blog after being voted (bear with me, it's a mouthful) Best International Blog in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2016. I bet you can smell the smugness just reading this. What can I say, one does not win an award every day, right? But more importantly, winning the Amara Awards has also taught me very important and serious life lessons which I am sharing with you...

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Stella + the Stars' guide to Dubai Design Week 2016

Stella + the Stars' guide to Dubai Design Week 2016

Fancy heading out to find out what Dubai Design Week is all about but not idea where to start? With 150 events running across town, it can seem a little bit overwhelming to say the least, especially if you're a newbie like me. But fear not, I have put together a little Design Week Guide, edited the Stella + the Stars way, with my suggested itinerary of the top events not to miss. Notepads at the ready. 

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[Stella Loves] 6 cool online interiors stores (that ship to Dubai!)

[Stella Loves] 6 cool online interiors stores (that ship to Dubai!)

Last week's post with my newbie's guide to interior shopping in Dubai may have sounded a little bleak to those who are not keen on (physically) hitting the shops when it comes to redecorating their pad. Indeed I gave the lowdown on the topic of online shopping or its quasi non-existence. Well, you'll be happy to hear that it's not all doom and gloom my dear e-shoppers as there are a few wonderful independent online stores that are popping up on the Middle Eastern Tinternet and some are so fabulous and budget friendly, you might never have to see a mall again. 

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[Star Tips] A newbie's guide to interior shopping in Dubai - Part 1

[Star Tips] A newbie's guide to interior shopping in Dubai - Part 1

After five months in Dubai (of which roughly 80% have been spent in homeware stores, it has to be said) I have learned a few tricks about efficient interior shopping in the desert, albeit the hard way. If you have just landed and have a whole new space to kit out, you might be totally overwhelmed already. I just want to say, I hear you, my friend. I have been there and got the 'where the hell is Habitat?!' t-shirt. But don't worry I got your back. So pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy my little beginner's guide to interior shopping in Dubai.

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[Chez Moi] Am I suffering from design schizophrenia?

[Chez Moi] Am I suffering from design schizophrenia?

Although things are probably not as dramatic as this blog title suggests, and I am probably not suffering from an actual diagnosable mental illness (although if you consider madness that could be questionable), but I am definitely showing symptoms of what you'd call design schizophrenia, if that was an actual condition. 

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[Stella Loves] Tribe Dubai's new showroom

[Stella Loves] Tribe Dubai's new showroom

Looking for quality yet affordable design in Dubai, is a bit like looking for tasty chocolate that doesn't make you fat... (forgive the bad food analogy but I have been the victim of the 'Dubai stone' curse and currently experiencing serious cravings). So when you find a store that has beautiful and unique pieces, carefully selected from independent designers from around the world, made from sustainable materials, and the price tags don't make you shiver uncontrollably with anxiety, it really feels like the interiors gods have heard your prayers... So if you're not familiar with this little drop of homeware heaven yet, let me introduce you to Tribe Dubai.

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[Mini Style] Stella's new bedroom revamp

[Mini Style] Stella's new bedroom revamp

If you happen to have kids, then you probably won't be surprised to hear that the only room that's actually finished in our new pad, is neither the living area or our master bedroom but my daughter's bedroom. When you move across continents with a toddler, end up living out of suitcases in rented temporary accommodation for over two months, and finally settle in a new home, the priority is really to keep the troops happy and avoid as many diplomatic incidents at bedtime as possible. So there you go: we may not have any bedside tables, lamps, or shelves yet, but man, Stella's room is (almost!) done and is definitely one of my proudest projects to date.

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