November 22nd, 2012 | No Comments »

I recently took part in a fundraising event, a Girls Night in aid of our local kickboxing club here in Leixlip, Bushido Martial Arts.  I’m putting this Thank You on my blog here as some of those who donated prizes for the raffle and spot prizes are from the craft community and I’d like to acknowledge their support at this time.188170_123204071162492_33158429_n-girls-night1

For the best part the event was organised through Facebook and I have included our Thank You post here.

capture-girls-nightI’d like to give a special thanks to Mary & Greg Whelan from Irish Linen House for the lovely gift of their Christmas Table Runner.  I have mentioned Greg and Mary here before as I first met them a number of years ago when they first launched their range of table ware at Showcase and it’s wonderful to see how they have grown and flourished in the meantime. Their range can be viewed online and are stocked as far a field as Canada and the US, as well as here in Ireland.  For more information check the website Irish Linen House.

If you are buying gifts this holiday season please try to shop local, if you can’t buy local then please buy Irish!

November 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

Check out the IKEA App, there are some nice features included. There are a number of brochures included in the App. When downloading the App you pick your Country so the brochure is specific to what is available in your local store. There are brochures within the app for different departments like Kitchens & Appliances, Wardrobes, Bestå, Bathrooms and even a brochure for Business. Each brochure is downloadable separately.

There is also a full catalogue: it is a page by page of the hardcopy but with the additional feature where you can share a page, add to favourites or even share the entire catalogue. Additional content and video is available on some pages. This really brings the app to life.






So rather than just seeing the room setting is a still photo each item in the room can give a different perspective as the additional content can be a variety of photos from different angles and even close up pictures of individual items, whether fabrics, cushions or even furniture.

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October 21st, 2011 | No Comments »

IKEA launched a new range of bedroom sets recently and I was invited along to the launch along with members of the press.

The press event which I attended at IKEA was one of those surreal events.  The event was to launch the new bedroom room sets and was go-hosted by the Japanese IKEA designer, Michiko Nakata

Michiko is based in Sweden and is influenced by the openness and nature. Having been to Sweden back in the 80’s I could see exactly where she was coming from.  Having grown up in the large city of Tokyo and now living in Sweden, Michiko has married the Japanese and Swedish traditions into her designs. Simple shapes and forms with subtle colour and pattern.

IKEA were launching their new bedroom room sets. Following some consumer interaction and surveys/feedback they have updated the room settings from the standard layout of room sets across their new stores to one which suits consumers in the local region.  Room sets suit a range of homeowners whether singles, young couples, families or older couples. 

The sets also show how each person is an individual and rather than have all bedrooms looking symmetrical the way most bedrooms are, IKEA have some rooms with different types of lockers and bookshelves for each occupant.

So whether you have an alcove in the bedroom or a chimney breast or even a large bay window IKEA have thought of how you can make the most of the space you have in your home to have a comfortable bedroom no matter how you use the space. 



March 16th, 2011 | No Comments »

An energy saving bulb has just been announced the winner of a design award, Hulger and Samuel Wilkinson won the Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2011.

As can be seen from the photos below (which are copy write Hulger)  the bulbs are there to be seen and not covered up.  The bulb is called the Pulmen.



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February 17th, 2011 | No Comments »

As you can see from the photos below - cutlery need not be boring, but it can be used as part of the overall look of the table.  Whether in terms of colour of just sculpturally these items can give a lift to any table setting.




February 5th, 2011 | No Comments »

I visited Showcase recently at the RDS in Dublin and spent the best part of the afternoon chatting to the craftspeople who were exhibiting.  I had arrived earlier in the day and had tea and a good catch up with Lorna from Garrendenny Lane.  Meeting at Showcase is becoming a regular event for both Lorna and myself, last year a group of bloggers met – but this year it was just the two of us,  as events beyond our control meant the Paula from Mabel & Violet and Angela from Livingroom were not able to make the get together.
 There were some newly launched enterprises along with more established craftspeople exhibiting and displaying their crafts.
Some of my favourites from the show are listed below, they are just a small sample of the vast range of crafts available and on display.
A big feature of the show this year was jewellery, with plenty of variety from Button & Co.


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Based in Wicklow, this family business offer a range of handcrafted products made from slate.



Jerpoint Glass
An old favourite of mine, I just love the range of glass and tableware the Jerpoint Glass manufacture.


Klickity Design who are based in Dublin were the winners of the Best New Product 2011 award in the Tabletop and Interiors category.



Garvan De Bruir
I didn’t get a chance to speak to Garvan, each time I passed by his stand he was busy with a que of clients waiting to speak to him.  Garvan had a range of his leather work on show.



Karen Morgan Porcelain
Karen works from her own premises in Kilkenny, her pottery has a simplicity and fluidity to it and was displayed in the current trend setting colours of cream/off white along with pastel shades of blue and green.


Irish Linen House

Greg and Mary Whelan from Irish Linen House, were at the Fingal Enterprise Board catchment area and were displaying a range of individually designed and made table runners.  Greg sources all the materials in Ireland, fine Irish linen is the main material used.  The patterns and designs are both traditional and contemporary in their style.


The balcony was where the County Enterprise Boards had craftspeople from around the country, some of which were start-ups in innovative areas. 
I really enjoyed the show, the Craft industry is thriving in Ireland.

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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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 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 



Blanaid Hennessy is a freelance stylist, writer and blogger. Find her blog here

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, 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

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


The article link is here  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.



Enjoy the summer.

Photo supplied by Mabel & Violet,

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 

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


December 15th, 2009 | No Comments »

I have a special offer running at the shop for the Season that’s in it - Free presentation box with all orders/sales (certain sizes only).  This offer is open until 1st January.

Its only available in two sizes and details can be found at the shop.


I will extend this offer to the New Year for any orders placed on or before 1st January and for shipping up to the end of February.  So if you have a gift to buy for yourself or someone else special how about comissioning a very special one of a kind original piece of functional art. 


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November 26th, 2009 | No Comments »

On cold wet and wintery days I day dream of being in sunny and warm places.  So I was happy to find this lovely pic to take me away to day dreams of being in the sun or by the beach.


A costal interior can be easily achieved, the basis of this scheme is the panelling which is painted in warm netural colours.  Accessories really finish off a scheme like this and can be easily picked up in any good DIY or home interiors shop.

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November 18th, 2009 | No Comments »

I’ve just relased two new items of stock at the shop, they take the form of Gift Vouchers - Gift Certificates.  The come in two sizes and two price ranges, one of which is a half day, 4 hour consultation and the other is for a full day 8 hour consultation.  The full day can be split over two 4 hour sessions by prior agreement.

The vouchers are valid for an initial twelve month period and can be extended by prior arrangement. Futher details can be found at the shop.

These would make an ideal Christmas Gift for that special someone who has everything!  

September 21st, 2009 | No Comments »

I have been meaning to put together this post for a while now but have been very busy networking and attending courses and conferences, along all the other responsibilties that I have.  This post is a follow up the the Sun Sea and Antiques post of during the summer, we spent a few days with a friend who happens to have a holiday home in France and while there we visited the local antiques and bric-a-bric where I discovered this lovely Singer Sewing Machine.  The timber cabinet which housed this machine was wonderfully carved, I just fell for it. 

Anyway I was home a few days when I got a call from my friend to say she’d returned to check the price and was dumbfounded to hear it was for a pricely sum of €15.00. She bought it and has it sitting in the corner of her sitting room ready for me to pick up next time I’m over.     



The sea and sun were also welcome and it all seems like such a long time ago now, we were unlucky to have very few sunny days but it rained mainly each morning and picked up in the afternoon, so it wasn’t too bad as you can see from the photos below. The first is of  LaTrancheSurMer and the second is the port at La Rochelle.  



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September 4th, 2009 | No Comments »

 Autumn is well and truly here, with autumn colours to be discovered in all the shops.  The Autumn Furniture and Interiors Fair takes place this weekend and runs from Sunday to Wednesday inclusive.  This is a trade only show and having attended last year, it’s been in my dairy for some time now. 

The following items can be found in Marks and Spencer’s now in the colours of the season with deep pinks and rich reds.  Wallpapers in metallic’s are also in vogue this season.




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April 30th, 2009 | No Comments »

Lorna at Garrendenny Lane Interiors has a post on the subject of wallpapering within panelling, her post can be found here

I did a similar type of project recently when I put some wallpaper into a picture frame.
I was toning down the colour scheme in our bedroom when we were putting the house on the market, the wall behind the bed was deep pink so I got some samples of wall paper in a similar colour and put it into suitable picture frames for a similar effect to the panelling. 


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