A Shabby Chic Home & Garden Tour

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 […]

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Putting Together A Xeriscape Yard

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 […]

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Before & After: Kitchen Decluttering & Reorganizing

I recently spent quite a bit of time helping reorganize and declutter for a kitchen project, 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 […]

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My Top 10 Favorite Design Sites Right Now

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 […]

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It’s been 1 Year!

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 […]

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IKEA. My Fave.

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 […]

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From Playroom to Dining Room!

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 […]

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ArtBahrain 2015

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, […]

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Your Local Photographers!

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 […]

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A Very Stylish Halloween Home Tour!

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 […]

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