Month: May 2015

Backyard Summer Styling Inspiration

Summer is literally right around the corner (although here in Ireland you’d hardly know it), but nevertheless I thought a post about how to sort out your outdoor space would come in handy for all that summer entertaining we all plan to do when the weather heats up a little.

For those of us who live in towns and cities, outdoor space comes at a premium and often we can struggle trying to make the most of what space we have.  However, whether it’s a square of decking, a few slabs of patio or a patch of grass that you have, these styling ideas will be sure to inspire you to make that space a wonderfully inviting and functional area. (more…)

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Spend vs. Save: Shop the Blue Trend

The biggest colour trend for 2015 has without a doubt been blue.  Every shade, from cobalt through to cornflower, from indigo to azure, has adorned the catwalk and interior showroom alike.  It really is the ideal colour to bring your home into summer with its connotations of clear Mediterranean skies and glistening turquoise waters.  The high street stores are crammed full of an almost overwhelming choice of blue beauties for your home, but with a little background knowhow you can become wise to the best buys out there.  One of the oldest and cleverest little tricks high street retailers have is to offer designer looks at competitive prices, so here’s a round up of some blue homewares you can find whether you’re on a spending splurge or an unbudging budget.

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Recipe: Almond & Chocolate Oat Granola

I love baking, especially over the weekend when life is a little slower paced and blissfully free from the rigidity of routine.  Being a self-confessed foodie and coming from a family of foodies, the weekend’s meal plan has always been of great importance to me!  I like to make something a little different from the norm for breakfast or I’ll cook with my other half on a Saturday evening.  It’s a good time for us to chat about the week ahead and enjoy a glass of wine while we’re at it.

From time to time I may share a recipe or two on the blog, but I will also take the opportunity to display my baked wares in some of my favourite tableware and any new pieces I pick up along the way. Where possible, the source of any items used for food styling will be noted. (more…)

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Wholesome Homewares

As a family, we are very privileged to live in a city that proudly boasts one of the top farmer’s markets in the UK & Ireland, St George’s Market.  We have loved bringing the kids there most weekends since they were very little and it’s been fantastic to watch “our wee market” and its weekly traders thrive over the years.  In recent years people have become much more aware of the importance of organic ‘clean’ eating and I suppose buying from a local market allows us a degree of control in knowing where the produce has come from and how it has been produced.  It follows that farmer’s markets have now become almost fashionable to be seen shopping in and therefore it’s not entirely surprising that there is a certain trend for all things natural, organic and recycled which has emerged in the home decor department (you knew there’d be a link to home interiors here somewhere…!)

It has inspired me to source some wholesome homewares for your perusal… so take a peek! (more…)

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Front Door Styling

I wanted to write a post about styling your front door because it’s an area of the home that can often be overlooked in terms of maintenance and décor, yet it is so important because it really can transform the entire look of your home.   It’s also the first impression a visitor has upon arrival – when we approach a front door we’re already subconsciously forming some sort of opinion about the owner’s home and how it reflects their personality.

Spring is the perfect time to give the front of our home a quick refresh, but with today’s busy schedules, we don’t all have bags of time to spend doing it.  So how do we create that fabulous first impression of our home, and quickly?  Here are some easy and instant updates you can make over a weekend to show your front door a bit of love and bump up the kerb appeal while you’re at it.

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The New Metallic – Copper

I really am in love with the current trend for all things copper.  From blush to rose gold, this pretty pink-tinted metal just about goes with anything and everything and it adds a luscious warmth to your interior scheme in a way that just isn’t possible with other cooler, ‘black’ metallics such as steel and iron.  Don’t get me wrong, these big metals are equally fabulous and will stand the test of time in more ways than one, but for the moment I am lusting after those warm coppery hues.

A copper accessory, when paired with other softer decor pieces, will add a certain edginess to the overall look, such as a shiny copper pendant lamp sitting alongside a pale pastel blue sofa.  Equally, it has the ability to soften the harsh lines and dark tones of a heavily industrial interior.  Adding copper accents to an otherwise neutral interior will warm things up, though that said, it happily lends its rosy gleam to a surprising number of other colour schemes, including teal, black, monochrome, muted pastels and the classic all white. (more…)

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Making Use of Small Spaces

I’m back after a bit of a break and hope you’ve all had a lovely, peaceful and relaxing start to the month of May!  We had lots of time together as a family over May Day weekend, just the five of us, not trying to fit too much in and not trying to see everyone humanly possible in the space of three days… and do you know what, it was really soul-soothing!

Anyway, after lots of time to think about the blog (of course), I am back and ready to throw some new ideas and thoughts around for you.

Recently with the kids getting bigger I have often struggled trying to make the most out of the space available to us (and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this)!  Friends and family have marvelled at how we’ve “done so well” in our wee house with three little ones and how the place doesn’t feel cluttered.  I suppose it’s partly been because I’m a naturally pretty tidy person and like to have everything organised.  I get sadly excited at the prospect of filling a new bookcase (after the initial excitement of building it – yes I know, I need to get a life) and Ikea is a pure heaven for me with its wonderful array of boxes, shelving, memo boards, storage systems etc etc.  (You get the picture).  However, I do believe that to be well organised in your home you need to be creative in your approach too, so I’d like to share some of the ways I have utilised small corners and spaces in my own home to better practicalise the space as a whole.

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