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 http://michikonakata.com/work.html

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. 



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.  http://www.harmonydesignstudio.ie/index.php/products-page/

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

October 24th, 2008 | No Comments »

Well I took myself off today to the Ideal Homes Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin, while there I caught up with some of the exhibitors that I met while exhibiting there last year.  The show is not as big as last years show although the car park was full.

The show features a section based around the current buzz word “ECO” and there are a large amount of stands displaying everything from pellet burning to rain water gathering.  The showhouse is this year again designed by Sinead Kelly of Source in Naas, Co. Kildare, it is designed with the environment in mind.  If I were to choose my favourite item featured in the showhouse it would be a hard choice, one item that I really liked was the light fitting in the girls bedroom.  My favourite room would have to be the kitchen, it was bright and airy, with clean crisp lines.

While there I met with Jenny and Willie from Celtic Crete Designs based in Fethard, Co. Tipperary who design and manufacture concrete counter tops, fireplace surrounds and furniture.  They have a range of tables on display in a variety of colours and finishes.  Check their website www.celticcretedesigns.ie  or on 0526130884.

It is worth a visit to the show for anyone interested in interiors, furniture, art or installing a money saving eco based item in their home.  There is also a range of vechicles under the “Sustainable Motoring” banner.

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