My name is Emily. I am the blogger (and maman of Luella and Josefin) behind this sunny little place on the web, called Dubai our Sandbox. I am on a mission to browse online, check magazines, talk to mums and girlfriends, be on the look out for kids 'goodies' to share with you. I hope to bring you useful and inspiring little finds for your family life in Dubai.
This is it! An overdue blogpost about our new kitchen. About four months in the new house now, we have finally settled. We love the new dynamic of our family life around this new favourite space in the house. Here's the final results and also some before and during photos to show you the process.
I did a quick inquiry around friends and search on Instagram looking for quality kitchen manufacturer available in Dubai. I came across Hacker, luxury kitchen engineered in Germany. The brand is known for it's quality and design but also function. Making a kitchen look good is one thing - making it work well is another. We decided to trust that their world renowned quality was the solution to our new home investment.
On our first visit to the Hacker showroom, we had in mind some aesthetic but we also felt so comfortable with the designer that we could let him do his job and present to us his vision. My requirement were, " a big open space, bright and white, a family space with lots of storage to hide the mess". I think David, senior design at Hacker absolutely delivered our request and beyond that.
The design process was effortless, we approved the design within a week and choose all the different finishes and appliances shortly after that. The team was great to advise us on what would work best for our needs based on design, function and quality. They have a large selection high quality door and top finishes available to satisfy a variety of budgets. We picked high gloss white cabinets with a light grey stone composite as a counter top. The inserts, clever corner units and soft closer drawers were all part of the design, making the kitchen very functional. They have the technology to find solution and to optimize space, we loved the carousel units for example to fully use our corner space.
The Hacker team can recommend contractors to do the initial work, what I would call the prep job. They were able to co-ordinate with our contractors, making the process relatively smooth. Communication during this kind of stressful project is so important, thankfully the Hacker team is always receptive and ready to step up.
Regarding timing, it took less then two weeks to approve the design layout, the finishes and appliances. After placing the order and first payment, it took about six weeks for the kitchen to reach Dubai. The Hacker team was on site to coordinate with our contractors making sure all was ready for the installation. It took just over a week for the installation to be done, but the team came back a couple of time later for some finishing touches and some tweaking. Again, the process was relatively painless and efficient. We were lucky that all was done before we moved in the house.
The Hacker showroom, is part of Innerspace, a design company based in Dubai. They have a great selection of brands. The portfolio include Kaiser kitchen, Hulsta and Rolf Benz, and also lighting, rugs, flooring and accessories.
During the design process of our kitchen, we came across a flooring solution that was displayed in the Hacker Showroom. We were looking at wood flooring to be installed throughout our new house. We were introduced to Hürne flooring, high-quality and innovative products on the basis of new technologies. I truly believe that flooring is a crucial part of the home decor, so I was very excited to discover Hürne Luxury Vinyl Tiles as our new flooring option. We choose the light wood effect for its warm and elegant feel. It might not be wood but it looks great and feel great. We trust that it has a durability and long-term life. The product is convenient, it can be installed directly on top of your original tiling, no need to removed the old flooring making the installation process quicker and easier. It's also well priced, our option retails for about AED220/sqm. We had our kitchen floor installed and loved it so much that we went back to Hacker and ordered Hürne Luxury Vinyl Tiles for the rest of the house.
Home renovations are always a little scary, stressful, time consuming and expensive. It's a commitment but looking back at it, I have no regrets and I am truly grateful we achieved our dream kitchen. The space is becoming our favourite family hangout, a great entertaining area with friends and with no doubt the heart and soul of our new home.
If you are looking into Kitchen renovation, you should consider Hacker or maybe Kaiser kitchen the sister company. And if you need more feedback back or words of encouragement please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.
Back in Dubai and already at the mall shopping! Getting stuff for back to school is a way to get the children excited for the new school year. On the wish list, new lunch box and water bottles while the mandatory pit stop at the uniform shop is more daunting.
Sometime mums also need to get back to school ready, right? So this week we stopped by Birkenstock, our favourite summer family sandals brand is gearing up for the new season with a back to school offer. We had a peek at the collection...
Lots of good old classic in navy, black, beige and metallic silver... Luella picked a pair of silver slides and Josefin a pair of pink snake skin printed patter - both very cute but you would agree that the girls did not let go of the summer vibes... To my surprise Birkenstock also carry a range of school shoes. Definitely worth checking out.
I am so happy with my classic black slides. They are definitely the most comfortable mum shoes! Their well designed footbed sets them apart because it’s built for lasting comfort and told to your foot shape. Birkenstock can be so versatile, there is plenty ways to style them to avoid the frumpy hippie look.
Here's some basic tips on how to get the cool new effortless look with your birks. I will work it on the school run... hopefully, cause I am no expert! Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration...
♥ Always show your ankles! Pair it with cropped or cuffed jeans, shorts, dresses... to keep things feminine and light.
♥ Birkenstock is not the sexy shoe type so play with the feminine side to balance out the look. Experiment with fresh patterns, flower prints, nautical stripes, soft material, embroideries,...
♥ Accessories to lift the look to casual cool
♥ Perfect pedi! Yep sorry but freshly painted toes in bold or glossy neutral colours or are a must.
Looking for a fun venue for your next kids party?! You might want to look into Dubai Bowling Centre, it's a cool option for kids of all ages.
Last weekend, my girls celebrated end of school year with a Jump Up Party. It was a fun morning for kids aged from 4 to 10... everybody mingled and had a good laugh together. There is a a
multitude of packages and customizability themes to please celebrants. The DBC was recently refurbished, we love the bright and happy trampoline area, the classic bowling lines and super fun arcade games zone with VR Zone. Some serious fun for the whole family!
JUM UP PARTY (trampoline fun)
Fun Party host 30 mins free-jump with coach 2 Party Games with prizes
30 min arcade access, all rides , VR Zone, select video games
Private Party Hall with Stage & LED Dance Floor Music & Party lights Balloon decoration Photo backdrop with celebrant’s name
Food YAMU kids’ meal Juice box & water
AED 2,600 for 20 kids
Get in touch for more info about Strike Party, Game On Party and all the party possibilities!
Thank you team DBC, you made lots of kids very happy! Great memories.
It might not be new on the block, but this is my new little gem in town. A convenient and affordable salon for mamas and their little ones! This week we tested Chloe's beauty salon located on Jumeirah Beach Road it's a bright, clean and friendly salon perfect for easy pampering. They do hair treatments, beauty treatments, massages, spray tan, eyelashes and more .... (list)
Chloe's open at 7.30am perfect after school drop off or early-bird emergency, while the afternoons are more busy with 'mommy and mini me' treatments, kids hair cuts and even little girls beauty parties (checkout their photo gallery for inspiration)
Took the girls for a hair cut, getting our self ready for summer holidays! Perfectly set up in the children corner with cute decor and all the iPads needed to keep the little ones still. The girls enjoyed cookies and juice while mama had a coffee - Thank you! A simple kids haircut is AED50, while the wash, cut and blow-dry package is about AED120.
Two happy little girls being pampered...
Getting myself ready for summer, I was in need of a facial, a good skin treatment to deep clean my congested pores and get back some healthy glow. Chloe's offer two kind of Dermalogica facial (475AED and AED550), your therapist can advise you. I absolutely enjoyed the treatment, from face analysis, cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, high-frequency treatment, massage, masque... I got exactly what I needed a deep clean and a more hydrated and luminous skin. Good to know, you will find this Dermalogica treatment from Chloe's in the Entertainer 2 for the price of 1! #DSBrecommends
The no makeup no filter shot! Feeling very happy about my deep cleaning and rehydrated skin.
Chloe's Beauty Salon Jumeirah Beach Road next to BurgerFuel, opposite Saga World.
Sunday to Thursday 7AM – 9PM Friday to Saturday 9AM – 9PM +971 4 388 4884 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adorable little gift ideas! Absolutely love this little bracelets handmade and custom made in Dubai. Annilein Bracelets are specially made for kids, with wooden beads from Germany with names, initials, charms... From sweet bracelets for little girls, the collection has expended to a woman line.
We had a lovely time creating our own design and choosing colour combination. You can find Annilein Bracelet at ARTE, the Makers’ Market , you must check her Instagram page to checkout the dates and all her lovely creations.
Also available via ToyBox. Happiness is Handmade ♥ ♥ ♥