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Recreate the Scandi Boho look in your home

Scandi boho blog feature

It seems like a juxtaposition in terms, the words scandi and boho appearing in the same sentence, however it appears that the clean, defined lines of scandi design and the eclectic artfulness of boho marry beautifully.  Just type ‘scandi boho’ into Pinterest or Google Images and your eyes will immediately be met with a feast of stunning images of home interiors typifying this trend.  It’s no surprise this easy to live with look has become the defining interior mood for 2017 and I absolutely love it!

The Scandinavian and bohemian decor moods have a lot in common when you think about it … lots of trailing greenery, natural wood surfaces and an emphasis on texture (think sheepskin rugs) and pattern (boho ethnic or scandi geometric).  By combining these two styles, a minimalistic scandi-inspired interior can be warmed up with colour and texture, just as a busy, eclectic interior can be pared down and streamlined a little with white painted walls or monochrome touches.

If you believe you can never have too many houseplants or vintage rugs in your home, this could well be because you’re already channeling this look.  However, for the rest of you who simply aspire to it thanks to an Insta-feed of swoon worthy scandi-boho room shots, but don’t have the confidence to try it out yet, read on to find out how to work it successfully in your own home!

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Summer Dining with Amara Living

Amara sugarbush dining ware LSA glassware

May has arrived in all its glory here and across the country, patio tables and chairs have been dusted down, or in some cases, entirely stripped and repainted (you can get carried away when the sun shines), and friends invited over for impromptu barbecues and drinks in the garden.  It’s fabulous!

I was planning a patio tidy up myself recently, when Amara Living got in touch asking me to take a look at some of their summer dining collection.  As a blogger, I had initially heard of Amara as they host the IBAs (Interior Blog Awards), however if you haven’t come across them before, they are an über stylish homes and lifestyle store, housing over 300 of the world’s most luxurious home fashion brands, including Orla Kiely, Missoni Home, Ralph Lauren, HAY and Bloomingville, to name but a few.  Amara have evolved since their inception in 2005 to build on their brand and product range, however quality of service and luxury style remain at their core and their website definitely reflects this.

Here are some products I want to show you in all their summery loveliness…

 

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Easter Touches for the Home: An Easter Blog Hop

easter touches for home

With Easter just a week away, all thoughts of Winter are now far behind us and Spring has truly sprung, with many of us refreshing our home interiors with new accessories and getting out into the garden for some much needed outdoor time.  Perhaps you’ve swapped out the faux fur throws for lightweight colourful striped cottons or packed away the fairy lights with the onset of lighter evenings, but have you considered those little additional touches with a fun, Easter theme?

I was delighted to be invited along on an Easter Home Blog Hop by the lovely Carly who blogs over at A Cup Full of Glitter.  Together, a handful of us have put together some Easter touches to our homes which we’d like to share with you.  At the bottom of my post, you’ll be able to hop over to another super-creative blogger’s Easter home!

Now, I appreciate not everyone is as into decorating their homes for Easter as perhaps they are for Christmas or even Hallowe’en, but there is a fast growing trend for colourful Easter trees, wreaths and decorated branches becoming the norm in our homes.  With a little thought and without having to step anywhere near a discount store’s Easter goody aisle, you can add some delicate, stylish, details to your home that welcome in the new Spring season and cheer things up a bit.

I was recently asked by TK Maxx to have a look at their Easter offering in the homewares department and as I always enjoy working with them, I thought I’d take a look.  Needless to say, I had lots of fun choosing a few accessories that I will definitely be using in my own home this Easter and hopefully beyond… here are my favourite pieces which I want to share with you lovely people. (more…)

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Mothers Day Gift Edit

Mothers Day gift guide

With Mothers Day just over a week away, I figured a little gift guide might come in handy for some of you.  It can be daunting trying to think up an original gift idea for that very special lady in our lives; something that is both personal to your mum and properly shows how much you appreciate everything she does for you.  Often it’s a case of picking up a scented candle, some flowers or expensive chocs at the last minute, and very nice though these treats are, I thought it would be fun to look at a few alternative gift ideas, each costing no more than a fiver.

I was therefore delighted when the kind folk over at TK Maxx sent me a gift card recently to spend in-store on Mothers Day gift ideas.  I have made no secret before of just how much of a TK Maxx fan I am and after a very enjoyable wander around the store, I chose a handful of goodies which I think make quite unique gifts, so if you’re struggling on the present front, have a read for some last minute inspiration…

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Designers in Detail: Showcasing Irish Design {& a Gorgeous Giveaway!}

Candella copper candle dekko bird

With Christmas literally just around the corner, the shopping days left in the calendar are quickly falling away. Hopefully you will be super organised and have everything wrapped up and safely installed under the tree, however for many of us (me included!), there is often the stress of that last present or two that we are simply struggling to find inspiration for.

With this in mind, I was therefore delighted to be contacted by the lovely Katrina, who co-runs Designers in Detail, an exclusive pre-Christmas pop-up shop, showcasing some of the best designers and makers from all over Ireland.  Located in the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Maryville House, off Lisburn Road, Belfast, the collection features unique and carefully designed gifts for men, women and children, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, skincare, homeware pieces, leather and tweed bags, cookbooks and candles, as well as a fantastic children’s range of clothing, toys and books.  Many of these designs aren’t available locally here in Northern Ireland, so if you’re looking for that unique, individual gift for someone, I urge you to visit the pop-up shop – it’s open between 11 and 5 everyday (except Sun) until Christmas Eve, upstairs in Maryville House, 2 Maryville Park (above the Maryville Tearoom), so you’ve a few days left to have a browse and hopefully find that perfect gift! (more…)

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Autumn Pieces for the Home with TK Maxx

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly Autumn lands upon us once the kids are back to school at the beginning of September.  First I notice a slightly fresher chill in the air on our morning walks to school, then I go for a run in the park with a friend and we marvel at how the leaves are turning golden.  The garden especially is showing lots of Autumnal signs, as the Japanese acers start to turn a beautiful fiery red.  I can’t wait to see how the garden looks in another month or so.

However, back indoors we go, as the purpose of this post is to look at pieces we can buy for the home to welcome in the new season and finally let go of Summer for another year.  I personally love the Autumn for all the rich colours and textures we can bring into our decor to make our homes feel welcoming and cosy, and when the kind folks at TK Maxx sent me a gift card to spend in their store, needless to say I was delighted!  They have recently brought in their new range of Autumn homewares and I couldn’t wait to get over to my local store to take a look around.

Here are some pieces I found that will help you bring your home from Summer into Autumn, all for less than a fiver each!

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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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Summer Sales Edit: How to find the best bargains

It’s the perfect time of year to get out there and peruse the summer homeware sales whilst there are still bargains aplenty to be had.  I have tried to take the weary slog out of sales shopping for you with a wee round up of some of the better bargains still there for the taking.  However, should you decide to take yourself off to snap up some cut price must-haves for the home, remember a few key points to make your sales shopping a success…

1) Don’t fall into the trap of buying something solely because it’s a real bargain.  Do consider how much you really love an item for what it is and how it will work in your home, whether it will sit well within your general home decor style and, for slightly pricier items, is it a timeless design that will still please you in years to come?  There’s no sense in buying that brightly patterned turquoise set of designer cushions at this late-ish stage in the summer only for them to be packed away again during the colder months in favour of your darker, autumnal homewares, and not brought out next Spring because you decide you really do prefer lemon yellow after all…

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