Month: August 2016

My Dekko Loves { August }

Hello and welcome back to My Dekko Loves feature this month!  As August comes to a close, I always feel a sense of relief that the kids are soon back to school and into a normal routine again, but also a sense of melancholy as another school year begins… their childhood is absolutely flying by!  My littlest starts school in September and I am pretty sure I will be the blubbering wreck seeing her off into her classroom on her first day.  Sniff!

I also have a fairly big (who am I kidding? It’s very big!!) birthday coming up at the start of September … and as I enter my forties (argh!), it’s something else I could feel melancholy about, but I absolutely refuse to – I am lucky to have health and happiness and a wonderful set of friends and family around me, so it’ll be a great party weekend ahead!!  I suppose I am also leaving behind the early years of parenting and sleepless nights that took up much of my thirties and I plan to embrace having some time to devote to myself, at last!  The blog is one thing that I always wanted to do and 16 months in, I am starting to see opportunities opening up for me that I’m excited to have decent time to work on with the mornings to myself for the first time in 8 YEARS!!!

Anyway, before all that, let’s take a look back at lovely August…

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My Kitchen Makeover Update #2: First Reveal

This year, when I returned home from holidays in July, I felt totally energised and ready to get really stuck into some decor projects around the house, including our ongoing kitchen update project. This, I’m sure, was partly due to having a fantastically chilled out holiday in a beautiful part of France, but also because I was really inspired by the wonderful flea markets, antiques shops and interiors over there.  There was just so much to whet my appetite.  Please take me back!!

Alas, not possible, but back home I am and ready to spend some more time here on the blog.  So what’s been going on at home?  Well, with our kitchen/living space undergoing its gradual makeover these past few months (see some more of this here), I have lots of progress to share with you!

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A New Dunnes Homeware Department to Swoon Over

I recently took a trip across to my local shopping centre in the suburbs of Belfast, where one of the flagship brands, Dunnes Stores (a fabulous Irish department store which also delivers to the UK and further afield), has been undergoing a major makeover, including a huge expansion of its beautiful home department.

I was expecting it to be a slight improvement on layout and use of space, but I was so wrong – it is a massive improvement!!  The tiny homewares corner that once was, has been moved to a new, open plan upstairs floor and totally rejuvenated, updated and modernised with a wide range of home accessories, giftware and furnishings to suit all tastes and budgets.  Dunnes’ homeware range is split into different sub-brands, each designed by a well-known Irish name and appealing to a particular taste, be it elegant and modern ‘hotel chic’, as seen in the Paul Costelloe Living range; colourful and eclectic, as seen in its Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic range; or earthy and organic, the general feel of its Considered by Helen James collection, as well as some own brand Dunnes pieces across its cooking, dining, bed and bath departments.  As for me, I’m loving a bit of every style on offer!

So, here is a peek around the new store – please excuse the photo quality, as I was rushing around with two of my children begging me to pleeeease go home – as well as further links to some of the products I loved in particular… I guarantee you will be itching to reach for that credit card!

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My Dekko Loves: { July }

Well, better late than never I suppose with My Dekko Loves feature this month!  I hope you’re all enjoying a lovely summer, even if our UK/Irish weather leaves a little to be desired sometimes.  I am finally back at the laptop with lots of upcoming blog posts and ideas to share with you over the coming weeks.  As a blogger with three children off school for the holidays, it can be difficult to find time to set aside for blogging that doesn’t include 2am keyboard tapping, but keep checking my Instagram feed, Pinterest boards and Facebook and Twitter accounts for regular updates on the blog.

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20 Essentials for Building up your Interior Decorating Tool Kit

Whether it’s a spot of minor interior decorating you enjoy, upcycling the odd piece of second hand furniture or really getting stuck into a big room makeover, one thing is certain; you need to have the right tools for the job close at hand.  There are plenty of great pieces of kit out there to help you make your interior decorating a success, but there are also everyday objects around the house that can play as important a role in ensuring your decorating project doesn’t become a DIY disaster!

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