January 25th, 2011 | No Comments »

I discovered this chair and just had to share it with you all, the twist is in the coffee cup.   The designer and other information about the product can bbe found at this link http://www.hewasborn.com/2010/projects/coffeechair_gallery.html


I like tha simplicity of the design, taking a familiar item - in a familiar type of shape and adding a twist to both the use and the look of the design and making it a very different item.

January 17th, 2011 | No Comments »

Well the closing date for the CAO is coming around fast.  The homework has been done and the open days in the colleges, universities and Institutes of Technology have all taken place and the revelant visits have happened.

The newspapers have all had their features on the subject and the form is about to be submitted in our house.


The list has been drafted, having visited the NUI Maynooth last week we had a better understanding of how to go about filling out the form.  All we can do now is wait, lend support and hope things work out ok.

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January 8th, 2011 | No Comments »

With the Christmas season over and the New Year just started we are getting back to normal.  We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

If you are thinking of doing some spring cleaning or even some spring decorating then get some inspiration from Designers Guild.

Some of the rugs from their new collection are posted below.   They have a lovely range just for the children along with more elaborate designs.

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November 30th, 2010 | No Comments »

The countdown to the holiday season is well and truly on the way, I have been looking at some of my favourite online shops for some inspiration and would like to share them with you.

Here are just some of lovely items that are available.


These can be dressed up or down and would be just lovely when set off with some candles, they are available at Mabel & Violet.


If you are looking for something more contemporary check out www.debruir.com where you can find a range of gifts from candlesticks to picture frames and a range of leather goods.


Lorna at Garrendenny Lane Interiors has recently launched her new website, the picture frame pictured is just one of the items that I like.


Over at the blog of Rosemarie Durr Pottery, you’ll find lots of beautiful items to give or receive as Christmas presents.  If you are looking for pottery or something more festive, Rose has some lovely pictures of items in stock and for sale at her shop.


For a more unusual gift there is a lovely Irish photographer, with whom I have exhibited in the past, Bernie O’Reilly.  Check out her website where you can buy copies of these amazing landscapes, the one above is of Glendalough.

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October 16th, 2010 | No Comments »

A great new iPhone application was launched recently which allows the user to see how much they could save when they replaced their existing light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.  With energy costs raising and the introduction of carbon tax this is the one way that we can take control of the costs to ourselves.  So why not download the app at the iTunes Store where is costs €2.99 and see the real savings you can make.  Eco-Blubz will show you the light!


Check out the site Eco-Bulbz for further information about the application.

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September 8th, 2010 | No Comments »

We are delighted to have been nominated for the Irish Web Awards,  it is a long long list of a wide and varied range of wonderful websites, insights and facebook pages as well as small business, podcasters, videocasters and entertainers.

We’d also like to say a big big Thank You to all the organisers and sponsors who work very hard to put together the awards each year.


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September 6th, 2010 | No Comments »

It’s always worth a visit to the Brocante when visiting France.  You never know what little gem that you’ll come across.



I just love this item, I love the colours and the pattern.  It’s a lovely little piece of Limoges Porcelain, as can be seen from the markings on the bottom. 

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September 1st, 2010 | No Comments »

Colourful accessories like those pictured can be found at La Chaise Lounge a lovely interior design shop which is located in the Le Passage Pommeraye which is in the city of Nantes.





For more information about this shopping mall here’s the link http://www.passagepommeraye.fr the site is in French at present but there is an English version due, you can however see the layout and the architecture.

July 27th, 2010 | Comments Off

I saw a clip on RTE TV last evening about the Oxfam Home project and thought it deserved a mention.  Oxfamhome DIY is a project that will end with the individual pieces of furniture being auctioned.

Items of furniture have been selected and revamped by artists and bloggers, interior designers and journalists.  Each item has been given a makeover and been brought back to life, each piece has incorporated imagination and style.

Further details about the project can be found at this link http://www.oxfamireland.org/shop/oxfamhome-diy/ 



Blanaid Hennessy is a freelance stylist, writer and blogger. Find her blog here http://www.blanaid.com/

The items  can be viewed at Oxfam’s exhibition, which is in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre in Dublin 2 until July 31st.

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July 24th, 2010 | No Comments »

A fellow blogger who writes the blog on Breast Cancer, http://beyondbreastcancer.wordpress.com/ had a post earlier this week about the Pink Auction.


The post on the Pink Auction really touched me.  There is not a family that has not been touched by this subject, so I put a comment on the blog that I would make a one off piece to offer for the auction, which takes place in October, for details about the event here is the link http://pinkcork.blogspot.com/

So I’d like to show you the clock that I’ve put together for the Auction.  It’s pink, embellished with glass and features Swarovski Crystals.
If there is a demand for this style of time piece I will produce a limited number and make a donation for each one to the Pink Auction, as it is a wonderful event. 
July 24th, 2010 | No Comments »

It’s great when you get a welcome surprise.  I was surprised recently when I was featured in the current edition of Munster Interiors, the article was written by Lorna of Garrendenny Lane Interiors.  Lorna writes a Blog Watch article in the magazine, she is a blogger and shopkeeper at the online shop http://www.gdlaneinteriors.ie/


The article link is here http://www.gdlaneinteriors.ie/blog/index.php/2010/07/3948/  So if you’ve come by this site as a result of the article in Munster Interiors then “Welcome, do leave a comment and say Hello”

Now I’m off to check out Lorna’s other recommendations!

July 2nd, 2010 | No Comments »

Liven up your summer.  As we look forward to the long summer and spending days in our gardens, this is the time of year when we can treat our outside spaces as rooms and extend our living areas.

No matter what size of outdoor space we have it can be used for a wide variety of occasions and can be decorated in a number of ways to demonstrate our personalities.  Our gardens and patios can be used for entertaining, relaxing, playing and enjoying spending time together. 

Colour can play a very big part in this area of our lives, whether in the form of planting and flowers in bloom or indeed colourful planters, in a variety of colours and finishes.  Our outdoor furniture can also show our personalities and add that all important colour and vitality to our living space.

These areas are not only for use by grownups, but can also be enjoyed by the children, whether having a picnic on the grass, or with the use of toys and play areas.

Using our outside space as a dining and entertaining area can be a great way to spend time.  There is a large variety of colour in the form of picnic sets, salad servers and even glassware available which can add atmosphere and bring your scheme together.

Lighting can be added whether in the form of fairy lights or colourful lanterns, be aware of the safety issues though and make sure that these items are suitable for outdoor use.

Another way to use colour in the outdoor space is with brightly coloured bunting, similar to that pictured, which is normally stocked by Mabel & Violet the online boutique shop.  Also available are many items to create the perfect outdoor space, lovely picnic baskets or garden lanterns.   Whatever style you’re looking to put into your garden this summer you are bound to find something special at Mabel & Violet.  www.mabelandviolet.com



Enjoy the summer.

Photo supplied by Mabel & Violet, www.mabelandviolet.com

June 3rd, 2010 | No Comments »

We are all very conscientious of the food we eat and whether or not it is organic.  But if we’re thinking about the sustainability of the planet and the ecology and use of land and water, then we must consider the fabrics that we use.

I was carrying out some research in this very area when I remembered meeting a lady who produces organic cotton fabric for use in interior design.  I meet her at the Ideal Homes Show a number of years ago and earlier today I phoned her and also revisited her website.  I gathered a lot of valuable information for my project, but also decided that this topic should also be discussed in general from an ECO point of view.  The lady in question runs the website Eco Creations http://www.ecocreations.ie/ 

So spread the news - organic cotton is available and Fair-Trade organic cotton is available you just have to search it out.


May 27th, 2010 | No Comments »

I’m delighted to let you all know that I’m taking part in the Show Your Business event at the Bank Of Ireland on the Main Street in Blanchardstown, as part of National Enterprise Week, I’ve been there most of this week and will be there again tomorrow.

I have a range of my clocks on display, so if you are in the area and would like to view them, then do drop by and say hello. 


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April 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

I’ll be taking part in an art exhibition this weekend along with thirty six other artists, the venue is Arch. Ryan SNS at Balgaddy, Lucan.  The exhibition is being opened by the Lord Mayor of South County Dublin at 7.30pm on this Friday, 23rd April.

The exhibition runs on Saturday from 11am til 5pm and again on Sunday from 11am til 5pm.

I am exhibiting a number of watercolour paintings along with a craft stand displaying my range of clocks.

Do say hello if you happen to be around and drop by.


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April 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

I’m pleased to let you all know that I am now a contributor to the Child and Parent focused free magazine which is distributed to schools and businesses in the the Kildare and West Wicklow area.  The magazine is called Optimum and the link to their site is www.optimummagazine.net

The launch issue was released just before the Easter Holidays and the next issue is due out prior to the Summer Holidays.  I’m happy to receive suggestions for the next article or answer any interior design questions in the OptiMum Interiors section.

Its a wonderful magazine packed with useful information and valuable articles that are child focused. 


March 3rd, 2010 | No Comments »

Those of you who know me well, would know that my son is involved in martial arts, and there is a very worthy event taking place in the martial arts calander this very weekend 5th to 7th March 2010. The  Irish Open 2010 International is an annual event, held at around this time with the ISPCC benefiting.
The new venue for this year is City West Conference Centre, but being a bigger venue it requires a larger audience to fill the venue. There are international teams arriving all week to take part.
This is officially the largest martial arts event in World and though attracting an audience would be great, any sponsors that would like to come on board would also be very welcome. There are 2150 participants from 31 countries, with many international names attending again as in the past.

Again any help in promoting this event would be greatly appreciated. The event will be opened by Pat Hickey Olympic of the Council of Ireland at 11am on Sunday 7th.

Further information can be found at http://www.irishopenonline.com



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February 18th, 2010 | No Comments »

I’ve always been a fan of Designers Guild, I love the fabrics and accessories which they produce.  The colour schemes always appear to be bright and fresh.  So I was delighted to receive in my inbox today their newsletter which announced that they have a new and imporved website.  I couldn’t resist and had to check it out and I’m still very much a Fan!

I just love some of the items in the Childrens range and just have to share them.






February 18th, 2010 | No Comments »

I’ve been busy lately doing a lot of networking and attending seminars, the one that I would recommend to anyone who is in business, if its on near you is The Better Business Show for details www.betterbusiness.ie The small firms association is involved in this show and following on from this I was invited and attended a networking event which took place in the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel and was sponsored by Vodafone.  It was the first time that I had attended such a large event and thoroughly enjoyed it - though I was promoting the other business Pedreschi Electrical & Alarms at that event.

The Kildare Enterprise Board, women is business initiative which I have been attending for the last two to three years has been withdrawn for funding reasons.  This was a great event, there were great speakers every month and I’d made a lot of what I’d call friends through attending this event - I’ll really miss it.

Another event which I attended and again enjoyed was the Life Lasting Success event which was held in the Red Cow Hotel, I had applied for and received the tickets from Krishna De, having been told about the event by Lorna at Garrendenny Lane.  We had a catch up and a chat with fellow twitter member JBBC.  This was a very long day - for I could only make it on the Friday.  The high point for me was listening to the inspiring talk given by Sean Gallagher of Smarthomes and RTE’s Dragon’s Den. 

As a Smarthomes approved installer and working in the construction sector I could really relate with what Sean had to say.  I took away a list of books to read - some of which I had already on my bookshelves and must revisit.


January 30th, 2010 | No Comments »

I had a great day on Monday last at Showcase 2010 at the RDS in Dublin.  It turned into a bloggers meet up, an unexpected one at that, I had been planning to met Lorna from Garrendenny Lane Interiors.  While there Lorna had been planning to catch up with Paula from Mable & Violet and Angela from LivingRoom, so the four of us had a great chat about blogging and business. 


It’s something that we are planning to do again in the future, to catch up and swap ideas.  I really enjoyed meeting my fellow bloggers.

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